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Don't Forbid Me

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Words & Music: Charles Singleton

Don't forbid me to hold you tight
Darling don't forbid me to hold you tight
Take me in your lovin' arms
'cause it's cold and I can keep you warm

Don't forbid me to talk sweet nothings
Don't forbid me to talk sweet talk
Take me in your arms baby please
'cause it's cold, it's cold and your lips might freeze

Recordingdate: 1956/12/04, first released on: The Million Dollar Quartet (album)


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old shep wrote on April 23, 2008
Maybe Elvis should have recorded this song instead of handing it to Pat Boone, it could well have been a major hit.
old shep wrote on August 19, 2008
This track is from the Million Dollar Quartet album
NONE000000 wrote on August 19, 2008
Great song that Elvis should have recorded officially. I generally HATE Elvis tribute artists, but a guy named Jamie Aaron Kelley recorded this, using the Jordanaires and many of Elvis' musicians--DJ Fontana on drums, etc. And he used the Million Dollar Quartet version as sort of a demo/model. It really gives you a good idea of how great this would have been had Elvis really done a studio version of this great track.
sitdown68 wrote on February 04, 2009
surely would have yielded a fine song. but I also like Presey's generosity towards another artist. or was it music right wise?
Deano1 wrote on September 16, 2010
One of Pat Boone's weaker 50's songs and a far cry from Elvis' 1957 hits ("Too Much", "All Shook Up", "Teddy Bear" and "Jailhouse Rock"). Heck, it is a far cry from Pat's best hits from 57 ("Love Letters In The Sand" and "April Love"). I am glad he didn't record this one, it is not a well-written song. If he had recorded it, it would have probably been an album or EP track. Think about it, which one of the Elvis singles from late 56 through 57 would you replace with this song?
Steve V wrote on September 16, 2010
Its just an OK song and not up to the standards of Elvis' 50's output. So simple, a 5th grader could have written it. That being said, he laid down a great smooth vocal on it during the Million Dollar Quartet.
dgirl wrote on September 16, 2010
This is a very weak and childish 50's type rock and roll(?) song. I'm sort of glad Elvis didnt officially record it but I'm sure it would have been much better than Pat's version.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on June 03, 2011
Elvis would have had a "huge hit" with this song. He does a nice "jam vesion" with Jerry Lee, Lewis and Carl Perkins and friends at the Sun Studios in 1956.
Monster wrote on June 03, 2011
Don't forbid you to what Pat? Fall asleep while you're singing? This is a really fun song to sing and I love Elvis' jam version. Pat Boone's take on it was so, so, sooooo straight and unimaginative. I felt Elvis really "brought something to the song" as they say on those dreadful X Factor/Got Talent shows. His version has energy and excitement compared to Boone's cosy fireside snoozer.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on June 03, 2011
Pat Boone and Elvis both did nice versions of this song. I wish Elvis had recorded professionally.
sugartummy wrote on March 02, 2013
What a difference in voice, Boone or Elvis. Boone can sing but sounds like Jim Reeves, when Elvis sounds sexy on an informal recording. Don't forbid me sounds like a good song for Elvis. Glad we have it, one way or another.
Cruiser621 wrote on July 15, 2019
Would have been a huge hit if released back in the day compared to the Pat Boone version. I still laugh at Pat Boone's attempt at doing Little Richard's tune "Tutti Frutti". Please, give me a break.
Gorse wrote on September 23, 2020
The Million Dollar Quartet songs were just a passing interest to me evidencing 3 musical giants enjoying a laugh and a sing song. This performance was just another tease as to what might have and could have been.
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