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Wild in the Country

3.7 / 5

Words & Music: George David Weiss Hugo Peretti Luigi Creatore

A rose grows wild in the country
A tree grows tall as the sky
The wind blows wild in the country
And part of the wild, wild country, am I
Wild, wild, like the deer and the dove
Wild and free is this land that I love

A dream grows wild in the country
A love grows tall as the sky
A heart beats wild in the country
And here with a dream in my heart
Part of the wild, wild country, am I

Recordingdate: 1960/11/07, first released on: single (album)


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Steve V wrote on September 11, 2009
I like the song but it killed I Feel So Bad from ever becoming a huge hit because this song was pushed to promote the movie and was competing with a much better song. Radio was confused.
Deano1 wrote on March 03, 2010
A very slow, rather dull ballad uses as the title song to Elvis' 7th movie. It has a pleasant tone about it, but it is not memorable and when it was released as a single in the U.S. it quickly hit #26, but spent only five weeks on the chart. In other words, the public found itself attracted to it at first, but there wasn't enough substance to keep them interested for long. According to the 60's box set, this song reached #2 in the U.K. which if true, I find amazing. The A-side, "I Feel So Bad" did better in the U.S. hitting #5, but overall it is Elvis' weakest single from 1960-1963 and it was his second lowest selling during that period.
dgirl wrote on January 31, 2011
Quickly fogrettable. Only an Elvis fan could like this as it really has no commercial appeal other than Elvis singing it. Weak single material.
Marty_TCE wrote on September 09, 2011
A nice song but there was better single material that should have been released at the time. Great movie though.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on September 09, 2011
A good song really but the "B" side was much better with a great Sax solo from Homer Boots Simpson...Doh !
Lpool kid wrote on September 09, 2011
like the song but it should have only been the "B" side.3 stars
Natha wrote on September 09, 2011
A lovely song from an intriguing movie. The fact that Elvis is very much upfront thrills me as we can enjoy the wonder of his voice. Amidst the array of different styles he mastered this is a hidden gem. And compared to the 'hit' songs of that period I enjoyed this one more!
TCB1974 wrote on September 09, 2011
A lovely song delivered as only Elvis could have done it. My favorite part is 'Wild, wild, like the deer and the dove. Wild and free is the land that I love'. Unfortunately, it is another very short recording, an issue with more movie songs in the years to come. Definitely a three star recording though.
dgirl wrote on September 09, 2011
Was a bit harsh on this song first time around. It is a very nice ballad, well sung, but still not quite A side material. Did not have much transistor radio appeal for those that remember walking around with those! The B side ranks as one of Elvis' greatest studio achievements but got buried because of this side.
NONE000000 wrote on September 09, 2011
A beautiful song, very much along the lines of "Love Me Tender". Also from this film, "In My Way" and "Forget Me Never"--2 of my personal fav Elvis tracks. Elvis' voice accompanied by only acoustic guitar (no Jordanaires) is the most beautiful sound on Earth. Wild In The Country, to me, suffers a little from the production. "Lonely Man" is similar---I prefer the quiet solo acoustic version. I had always hoped such a version of Wild In The Country existed. Either way, a very nice song and performance. (Isn't it kinda pointless and silly to only think of this song in conjunction with "I Feel So Bad"? It is as if people resent this song because it somehow hurt "I Feel So Bad".)
Gorse wrote on December 10, 2012
Sung in his tender, gentle ballad voice, Elvis does what he can with an average song. It is pleasant but unremarkable, and although I never skip it, I do not play it that often.
ElvisSacramento wrote on April 06, 2013
This is such a terrific and underrated song and I've never skipped it. "Wild In The Country" is easily one of Elvis' very best movies and I love all of the songs from its soundtrack too.
sugartummy wrote on June 12, 2013
A bit boring, but Elvis' voice sounds wonderful.
alanfalk wrote on September 05, 2013
Problably songs like this that made the famous opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa answer "the young Elvis" when she was asked who she thought had the best voice throughout time (the interviewer had expected her to name Caruso or Pavarotti, i bet). I give this song 4 stars (5 when in the right mode)
GEORGE (GK) wrote on September 05, 2013
Love this song and his smooth mellow vocal. But the "B" side ("I feel so bad") should have been the "A" side. It had more Radio appeal. Both songs are Elvis at his vocal best !
Cruiser621 wrote on July 25, 2014
I actually like this song and for that matter, all of the others that were included or left out of the movie, "Wild In The Country". The Colonel only included it on a 45RPM RCA record as "promotion" for the actual movie, which in reality, was a token to the actual movie producing company. Yeah, it was lightweight, but in conjunction with "I Feel So Bad" what chance did it have? None!
atomic powered poste wrote on May 08, 2018
While the movie was a failure because of way to mamy compromises in the script and a unconvincing elvis, the songs that where recorded for the soundtrack are actually quite good. The title track, maybe a little lightweightet, is no exception. Elvis sounds wonderful on this one, as usual in the early 60''s. 4 stars.
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