Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Posted: November 25, 2011 in lyrics, music
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“Are You Lonesome Tonight?” is a popular song with music by Lou Handman and lyrics by Roy Turk. It was written in 1926, first published in 1927 and most notably revived by Elvis Presley in 1960 (with the title spelled “Are You Lonesome To-Night?”), recorded on April 4, 1960 along with “I Gotta Know”, and engineered by Nashville sound pioneer Bill Porter. His management, Colonel Tom Parker (it was one of his wife’s favorite songs), persuaded Elvis to record his own rendition of this song. Elvis’ version was based on the Blue Barron Orchestra version from 1950 with spoken segment. It went on to be one of the biggest-selling singles of 1960, peaking at number one on the Billboard pop chart for six weeks and peaking at number three on the R&B charts.


Front cover for the single “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”, including side-B “I Gotta Know”, by Elvis Presley, release on 1960.

ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?
Words & music by Roy Turk and Lou Handman

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 ?
 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 ?

See the Norah Jones performing of “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” on YouTube:

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