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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

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(Wickham / Napier-Bell / Donaggio / Pallavicini)

 

Information:

Using the title Io Che Non Vivo (Senza Te), V. Pallavicini and P. Donaggio wrote You Don't Have to Say You Love Me for the San Remo (Italy) song contest in 1965. English lyrics were later written by Vicki Wickham and Simon Napier-Bell. In 1966 Dusty Springfield reached #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and sold a million copies with her recording of the song (Phillips 40371). Two years later, the Four Sonics had a mildly successful cover version (Sport 110) that reached #89 on the chart.

 

Elvis recorded You Don't Have to Say You Love Me on June 6, 1970, at RCA's Nashville studios. The brief piano introduction was eliminated from RCA's single release. Elvis can be seen rehearsing the song at MGM in preparation for his upcoming Las Vegas engagement in the 1970 documentary, Elvis - That's The Way It Is. Rehearsals at the International Hotel were also seen.

 

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me spent 10 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, peaking at #11. It replaced the Carpenters' We've Only Just Begun at number one on the Easy-Listening chart and was itself replaced after only a week at the top by Perro Como's It's Impossible. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me was on the Easy-Listening chart for 11 weeks. A peak position of #56 was achieved on the country chart. Sales of a million copies were easily attained.
 

Lyrics:

When I said I needed you

You said you would always stay
It wasn't me who changed, but you
And know you've gone away

Don't you know that now you're gone
And I'm left here on my own
Now I have to follow you
And beg you to come home

You don't have to say you love me, just be close at hand
You don't have to stay forever, I will understand
Believe me, believe me, I can't help but love you
But believe me, I'll never tie you down

Left alone with just a memory
Life seems dead and so unreal
All that's left is loneliness
There's nothing left to feel
 

You don't have to say you love me, just be close at hand
You don't have to stay forever, I will understand
Believe me, oh believe me

You don't have to say you love me, just be close at hand
You don't have to stay forever, I will understand
Believe me, believe me, believe me


Where it was released:

First released on single »
 
Singles:
- You Don't Have to Say You Love Me / Patch It Up (RCA 47-9916) October 1970. Standard release »

- You Don't Have to Say You Love Me / Patch It Up (RCA 447-0678) February 1972. Gold standard series reissue


LPs/CDs:

- That's The Way It Is (1970) »
- Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Volume 2 – The Other Sides (1971) »

- Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden (1972) »

- The Elvis Presley Story (1977) »

– From Elvis With Love (1978) »

- Elvis: Memories (1978) »

- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) »

- Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden (1979) »

– Elvis Love Songs (1981) - K-Tel »

– That's The Way It Is (1981) »

- The Collection, Volume 4 (1986)

- From the Heart (1991)

- Elvis Forever, Vol. 2 (1992)

- Gold – The Very Best of the King (1995)

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes – The Essential 70’s Masters (1995)

- Heart and Soul (1995)

- Essential Elvis, Volume 4 – A Hundred Years From Now (1996)

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- An Afternoon in the Garden (1997)

- Are You Lonesome Tonight (1997)

- Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 5 (1997)

- Forever in Love (1997)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)

- Ballads (1999)

- Artist of the Century (1999)

- Legendary Elvis Presley (2000)

- One Night in Vegas (2000) – FTD »

- That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition (2000)

- 50 Years 50 Hits (2001)

- The Live Greatest Hits (2001)

- The 50 Greatest Love Songs (2001)

- Junichiro Koizumi Presents My Favourite Elvis Songs (2001)

- Dixieland Rocks (2001) – FTD »

- Elvis Hits (2001)

- The Very Best of Love (2001)

- The Way it Was (2001) - FTD »

- 2nd to None (2003)

- 2nd to None – Silver Edition (2003)

- Heart and Soul (2003)

- The Impossible Dream (2004) - FTD »

- Elvis Forever – Limited Edition (2004)

- Big Boss Man (2005) – FTD »

- Summer Festival (2005) - FTD »

- Hitstory (2005)

- Love, Elvis (2005)

- Love, Elvis – UK Edition (2005)

- Elvis – The Dutch Collection (2007)

- Elvis – The King (2007)

- Viva Las Vegas (2007)

- Elvis – Viva Las Vegas (2007)

- You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (2007)

- I’ll Remember You (2008) – FTD »

- That’s the Way It Is (2008) – FTD »

- The Way it Was (2008) – FTD »

- High Sierra (2010) - FTD »

- Elvis as Recorded at Boston Garden '71 (2010) - FTD »

- Fashion for a King (2011) - FTD »

- Hits of the 70s (2012) - FTD »

– 3000 South Paradise Road (2012) - FTD »

– Sold Out! (2013) - FTD »

– Destination U.S.A. (2014) - FTD »

– In Florida (2014) - FTD »

- Taking Care of Business (2016) - FTD »
– Elvis at Madison Square Garden (2017) - FTD »

– Lake Tahoe '74 (2017) - FTD »

Bootleg Releases:
- The King: From the Dark to the Light (1974) - Tiger Records
- That's The Way It Is (1980) - Amiga Records
- Susie Q (1985) - Astra

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