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A Mess of Blues

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(Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman)

Information:
A Mess of Blues was written for Elvis by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Elvis recorded the song on March 21, 1960, at RCA's Nashville studios. The single release had an 11-week stay on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, peaking at #32. A Mess Of Blues sold over one million copies.

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Lyrics:

I just got your letter, baby
Too bad you can't come home

I swear I'm goin' crazy
sittin' here all alone
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues
 

I ain't slept a wink since Sunday
I can't eat a thing all day
Every day is just blue Monday since you've been away
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues
 

1. Whoops, there goes a teardrop
Rollin' down my face
If you cry when you're in love
You know it's no disgrace / (It sure ain't no disgrace)

2. I gotta get myself together before I lose my mind
I'm gonna catch the next train goin'
And leave my blues behind
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues

1. 2. (repeat)

Since you're gone I got a mess of blues
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues

Where it was released:
First released on single 
 

Singles:

- It's Now Or Never / A Mess of Blues (RCA 47-7777) July 1960. Standard release

- It's Now Or Never / A Mess of Blues (RCA 61-7777) July 1960. "Living Stereo" release.

- It's Now Or Never / A Mess of Blues (rCA PB-11110) October 1977. One of 15 singles in the boxed set 15 Golden Records - 30 Golden Hits (RCA PP-11301).

 
LPs/CDs:
- Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 4 (1968) 
- Elvis: Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1 (1970) 
 Memories of Elvis (1978) 
- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) 
- Return of the Rocker (1986)
- Forever, Volume 2 (1992)
- From Nashville To Memphis - The Essential 60's Masters (1993) 
- Platinum - A Life In Music (1997) 
- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 1 (1998)
- Rock'n'Roll (1999)
- Artist of the Century (1999)
- The Swedish Hit Collection (2000)
- Long Lonely Highway (2000) - FTD 
- Elvis Chante Mort Shuman & Doc Pomus (2000)
- Blues (2000)
- Greatest Hits (2001)
- Elvis 60's (2001)
- 2nd To None (2003)

- Elvis is Back! (2005) FTD

Elvis' Golden Records, Volume 4

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