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Soldier Boy

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(Jones / Williams Jr.)

 

Information:
Soldier Boy was written in Korea in 1951 by David Jones and Larry Banks (although credited to David Jones and Teddy Williams Jr.), and first recorded by the Four Fellows with the Abie Baker Orchestra (Glory 234) in 1955. Other recordings in 1955 included those by Pat O'Day (MGM 12025) and Sunny Gale (47-6227). This is not the same song as the Shirelles' 1962 number one hit.

 

Elvis recorded Soldier Boy at RCA's Nashville studios on March 20, 1960. While stationed in West Germany, Elvis made a home recording of Soldier Boy, that was released in 1984 on the boxed set A Golden Celebration. While he was dating Anita Wood, it was "their song".

 

Lyrics:


Soldier boy, tell me why you feel blue

Don't you believe she will be true
It's written in the book
That she was meant for only you

Soldier boy, tell me why do you cry
When you return she'll rush to your side
It's written in the book
That she was meant for only you

1. So prove your love is true
She'll be there to say "I do"
And if you go sea or land
She'll make you understand

2. While you're gone, oh, try, try to believe
Her love for you is really real
It's written in the book
That she was meant for only you

1. 2. (repeat)

 

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on Elvis is Back 

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis is Back (1960)

- A Golden Celebration (1984)

- From Nashville to Memphis The Essential 60s Masters (1993)

- A Golden Celebration (1998)

- Essential Elvis, Volume 6 Such a Night (2000)

- Close Up (2003)

- Fame and Fortune (2004) - FTD

- Elvis is Back (2005) FTD

- Welcome Home Elvis 1960 (2012) FTD

- The Best of British - The RCA Years - 1959-1960 (2015) - FTD

Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3 (2015) - FTD

The Elvis is Back! Sessions (2019) - FTD

 

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