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It Hurts Me

4.6 / 5

Words & Music: Joy Byers Charlie E. Daniels

It hurts me to see him treat you the way he does
It hurts me to see sit and cry
When I know I could be so true
If I had someone like you
It hurts me to see those tears in your eyes

The whole town is talking, they're callin' you a fool
For listening to his same old lies
And when I know I could be so true
If I had someone like you
It hurts me to see the way he makes you cry

You love him too much, you're too blind to see
He's only playing a game
But he's never loved you
He never will
And darling, don't you know he will never change

Oh, I know he never will set you free
Because he's just that kind of guy
But if you ever tell him you're through
I'll be waiting for you
Waiting to hold you so tight
Waiting to kiss you goodnight
Yes, darling, if I had someone like you

Recordingdate: 1964/01/12, first released on: single (album)


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FJE wrote on August 25, 2009
What can one say? This is a gem of a song. Elvis' voice is sublime to say the least and, together with "Anything That's Part Of You", it's one of the greatest ballads from the sixties and should definitely have been the A-Side when released on a single with "Kissin' Cousins". Perfection.
JLpResLey wrote on September 15, 2009
Fantastic vocals by Elvis. I really love it and I really can´t understand why it wasn´t bigger. It should be
derekd wrote on September 15, 2009
one of the best songs released in '64. had rac promoted it as the singles a side surely it would have been a #1. KC was good but It Hurts Me was great.
Monster wrote on September 15, 2009
One of my favourite Elvis songs. Brilliant in 1964 and brilliant in 1968. Magnificent. I've always felt this song was a bridge between the smooth voiced Elvis of the early sixties and the deeper voiced latter day Elvis so here you get the best of both worlds. Imagine if he had recorded more legitimate songs like this at this time instead of spending the next three years singing to dogs. Damn shame.
Steve V wrote on September 15, 2009
One of the best songs from the 60's and never should have been a B side to anything. Powerful ballad that could have been the follow-up to Devil In Disguise and part of a great 1963 studio LP. If only Elvis had a good artistic manager instead of a quick buck manager.
NONE000000 wrote on September 15, 2009
A great song with intelligent lyrics--which was a rarity for this period of Elvis' career. I like the more soulful 1968 version best, but both versions are fantastic. This song could be a hit right now if someone rerecorded it. It's just a great song.
bajo wrote on September 15, 2009
One of those timeless recordings that still stands! Reminding us of great he really was! A true classic!
Marty_TCE wrote on September 15, 2009
The 1968 version with the strings is particularly poignant. Elvis clearly loved this song.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on September 16, 2009
Very good song along with Kissin'Cousins. He did this justic in the 68 show as well. A very moving song. One of my all time favs. The single version just has the edge over the 68 version, but both very very good. 6 Stars.
Deano1 wrote on February 25, 2010
A five star ballad all the way! This is Elvis at his best, putting everything he had into a song to make it memorable and absolutely amazing. How in the world was this song put on the B-side of "Kissin' Cousins". This song should have been an A-side and I guarantee it would have been a top five hit. Bobby Rydell hit the top five with a good, but inferior song called "Forget Him" early in 1964, so it wasn't like it was impossible for an American artist to still crack the top five. Why was the album released without including this song as a bonus song? For that matter, why wasn't there a studio LP released instead of the "Kissin' Cousins" soundtrack? Even with using the two songs "Slowly, But Surely" and "Love Me Tonight" on the "Fun In Acapulco" LP, they still had this great song ("It Hurts Me") the two bonus songs from the KC LP ("Echoes Of Love" and "Long Lonely Highway"), "For The Millionth And The Last Time", "Ask Me", "I Met Her Today", "Never Ending", "Western Union", "Blue River", "What Now, What Next, Where To", "Memphis, Tennessee", "Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers", "Tell Me Why", "Ain't That Loving You Baby" and a few others. Wouldn't any combination of these songs are even eight of them and maybe four songs from KC been better than the KC album as it is???
old shep wrote on July 18, 2010
A missed opportunity to give Elvis another number 1 record in the static mid sixties. One of my all time favourites far better than it's A side.
alheil1 wrote on July 18, 2010
Another classic Elvis song that again proves Elvis will ALWAYS be remembered as the best entertainer period. Second to none fits Elvis very well!!
Morris wrote on November 01, 2011
What a shame we can´t change history.One of the better songs from the early sixties not only from Elvis but in also in musichistory.
ElvisSacramento wrote on November 05, 2012
This is such a spectacular song and it's easily one of my most favorite Elvis songs. This song should've been a major hit for Elvis here in the United States, but wasn't. It's such a travesty that this song was issued as a B side instead of an A side. RCA's poor decision making is to blame for this song not being a massive hit for Elvis here in the United States.
Gorse wrote on November 27, 2012
An absolute gem of a song that has stood the test of time. Issued as B side it still scraped into the US top thirty but could have been a top 3 as an A side. Memory plays tricks but I bought this single from Italy back in 1964 and I think the backing consisted of piano as the sole instrument.
sugartummy wrote on March 28, 2013
Indeed a very powerful ballad. Both versions are great. In the Singer Special Elvis is attacked while singing this song. Fun.
JohnRichardson wrote on January 14, 2014
My all time elvis song. It's elvis at the top of his game.Again a gem that the public in general are not aware of. There are a lot of fantastic elvis songs such as this one that I'd love to get exposure,
trudygillenwater wrote on December 31, 2014
Every time I hear this classic I get goosebumps. I wont say where.
rai wrote on January 27, 2015
Elvis voice was top notch in this show. Still like the video version of 68 Comeback. Putting on a CD and listening to it is just another run through without any focus or attention to the song.
ElvisSacramento wrote on February 12, 2016
This song is a true masterpiece and Elvis' renditions of it were all brilliant. The other fifteen songs that Elvis recorded that were written or co-written by Joy Byers were "Baby, If You'll Give Me All Of Your Love", "C'mon Everybody", "Goin' Home", "Hard Knocks", "Hey, Hey, Hey", "Hey Little Girl", "I've Got To Find My Baby", "Let Yourself Go", "Please Don't Stop Loving Me", "She's A Machine", "So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise)", "Stop, Look And Listen", "The Meanest Girl In Town", "There Ain't Nothing Like A Song" and "There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon".
Cruiser621 wrote on May 13, 2016
This, without a doubt, was the worst recording mismanagement fiasco ever conducted by the Colonel for letting this happen. One of his best ballads ever released and instead, we got "Kissin' Cousins" as the A side. Give me a break! When one looks back on his music, there are events (excuse me, record releases) that never should have been promoted like this one. That goes for the soundtracks of which "Kissin' Cousins" was the promo for the movie.
TheMemphisFan wrote on May 24, 2020
The first time I ever heard this fabulous 1964 song was in 1974 when I discovered Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 4
jaques marcello wrote on May 24, 2020
Great song, 10 stars
Stevekimb1 wrote on July 14, 2020
The late Charlie Daniels (Uneasy Rider) shares a writing credit on this beautiful ballad recorded in 1964. This version and the ‘68 Comeback performance are both remarkable in their ability to bring the listener into the song and convey the emotion of the track.
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