Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Written by Roy Turk and Lou Handman in 1926. Elvis recorded it April 4, 1960 at RCA Nashville studios, reportedly at the request of Colonel Parker. It entered Billboards Hot 100 chart at #35; it was #2 in the second week, the biggest one week jump within the Top 40 history. It stayed #1 for six weeks. It reached #22 on the country chart and #3 on the rhythm & blues chart. In England, it was #1 for four weeks. Worldwide sales have been estimated at over 4,000,000 copies. It was the A-side to I Gotta Know. Elvis received three Grammy Award nominations for the song, Record of the Year, Best Vocal Performance, Male, and Best Performance by a Pop Singles Artist, but it didnt win one.

On August 26, 1969, Elvis performed the song at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, where he messed up the lyrics and laughs uncontrollably, which was released in 1982 in England and 1983 in this United States.

This song is available on many CDs, including Elvis Golden Records, Vol. 3, Elvis: Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Vol. 1, The Very Best of Love, 50 Greatest Love Songs, Heart and Soul, From Nashville to Memphis-The Complete 60s Masters, 30 #1 Hits, and Artist of the Century, which is where this version is from.

Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?
Does your memory stray
To a bright summer day
When I kissed you and called you sweetheart?
Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
Do you gaze at your doorstep
And picture me there?
Is your heart filled with pain,
Shall I come back again?
Tell me, dear, Are You Lonesome Tonight?

I wonder if youre lonesome tonight
You know someone said that the world's a stage
And we each must play a part.
Fate had me playing in love with you as my sweet heart.
Act one was when we met, I loved you at first glance
You read your lines so cleverly and never missed a cue
Then came act 2, you seemed to change, you acted strange
And why Ive never known.
Honey, you lied when you said you loved me
And I had no cause to doubt you.
But I'd rather go on hearing your lies
Than to go on living without you.
Now the stage is bare and I'm standing there
With emptiness all around
And if you won't come back to me
Then they can bring the curtain down.

Is your heart filled with pain?
Shall I come back again?
Tell me, dear, Are You Lonesome Tonight?