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Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Elvis Presley – 1969

About The Song

“Are You Lonesome Tonight?” is a classic ballad recorded by Elvis Presley in 1960. The song was re-released in 1969 for his album “From Elvis in Memphis.” Known for its emotional depth and Presley’s soulful delivery, the track has become one of his iconic ballads.

Five facts about “Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Elvis Presley – 1969”:

  1. Original Release: “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” was originally recorded by Elvis Presley in 1960 and released as a single. The song became a massive success, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming one of Presley’s signature tunes.
  2. Re-release in 1969: In 1969, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” was re-released as part of the album “From Elvis in Memphis.” This re-release showcased the enduring popularity of the song and its significance in Presley’s body of work.
  3. Live Performances: Elvis often performed “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” live, incorporating spoken word sections that added a unique and theatrical element to the song. These live renditions, featuring Elvis’s dramatic recitations, became notable and added to the song’s charm.
  4. Songwriting Credits: The song was written by Roy Turk and Lou Handman in 1926, but it was popularized by Elvis Presley in 1960. The lyrics explore themes of love, heartache, and the longing for a lost connection.
  5. Chart Success: Both the original release in 1960 and the re-release in 1969 achieved significant chart success. The song’s timeless appeal and emotional resonance contributed to its enduring popularity, making it one of Elvis Presley’s most celebrated ballads.



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 you’re lonesome tonight
You know someone said that the world’s a stage and each of us must play a part
Fate had me playing in love with you as my sweetheart
Act one was where we met
I loved you at first glance
You read your lines so cleverly and never missed a cue

Then came act two, you seemed to change, you acted strange
And why I’ve 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?