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Frankfort Special

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(Wayne / Edwards)

Information:
Sid Wayne and Sherman Edwards wrote Frankfort Special for Elvis’s 1960 movie,
G.I. Blues. The film version had added voices and included horns. Elvis first recorded the song on April 27, 1960, but that version was not released until 1978. The version that was released in the film and on the record was recorded on May 6, 1960, at Radio Recorders. Take #10 was edited from 2:55 to 2:29 for release.

Lyrics:

 

Is this train the Frankfort Special
Now ain’t this outfit something special
Well, we heard rumours from the bases
Frankfort girls got pretty faces

1. Go, Special go. Blow whistle, blow
Frankfort Special’s got a special way to go
Whoa - oh - oh

Now when we get to our headquarters
We’ll be good boys and follow orders
Now don’t take girls from one another, no! No! No! No! No!
We’ll treat a sailor like a brother

1. (repeat)

Round wheels singin’ on a long flat track

Boiler bustin’ to blow its stack
Towns and villages just flyin’ by, farewell frauleins, don’t you cry
You’ll soon get another G.I.

2. Come on, train, and get the lead out
Well, one more day we gotta sweat out
Frantic frauleins at the station
They’re ready for a celebration

1. 1. (repeat)

2. 1. (repeat)
Whoa - oh

Whoa - oh, whoa - oh, whoa - oh, whoa - oh, whoa - oh,
Whoa - oh, whoa - oh, whoa – oh

 

Where it was released:
Released for the first time on the album G.I. Blues »

 

LPs/CDs:

- G.I. Blues (1960) »

– Elvis - A Legendary Performer, Volume 3 (1978) »
– G.I. Blues (1980) »

- G.I. Blues – DeLuxe Edition (1997)

- Silver Screen Stereo (2001) - FTD »

- Close Up (2003)

- G.I. Blues (2012) - FTD »

- From Memphis to Hollywood (2012) - FTD »

– G.I. Blues, Volume 2 (2013) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- Unfinished Business (1980) - Reel to Reel Record Company

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