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Fever

COVERED BY ELVIS

fever
letter from my darling


recording date elvis: sunday 3 april 1960
first release: on audio album elvis is back ! ( april 1960 )

originally by: Little Willy John


recording date: 1 march 1956
written by:
eddie cooley ; davenport
catalognumber: 4935
label: king


Other versions:
14-10-57 - Ray Peterson (RCA 20-7087);
19-05-58 - Peggy Lee (Capitol 3998).



Talented Little Willie John's career was cut short in 1966 when he was convicted of manslaughter. He died in prison just two years later. The Davenport in the composer credits is a pseudonym for none other than Otis Blackwell. Davenport was the name of Blackwell's stepfather and was used because Little Willie John recorded for one music publisher, while Blackwell was under contract to another. Though Elvis almost certainly knew Little Willie John's version (Elvis's knowledge of black music was extensive), his own version is clearly based on Peggy Lee's (from 1958), which has different lyrics and the same emphasis on the bass-line.


Fever
performed by:
Little Willy John



You never know how much I love you
Never know how much I care
When you put your arms around me
I get a feelin' that's so hard to bear
You give me fever

When you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the mornin'
An' fever all through the night

Listen to me, baby
Hear ev'ry word I say
No one could love you the way I do
'Cause they don't know how to love you my way
You give me fever

When you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the mornin'
An' fever all through the night

Bless my soul, I love you
Take this heart away
Take these arms I'll never use
An' just believe in what my lips have to say
You give me fever

When you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the mornin'
Fever all through the night

Sun lights up the daytime
Moon lights up the night
My eyes light up when you call my name
'Cause I know you're gonna treat me right
You give me fever

When you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the mornin'
An' fever all through the night

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Fever
performed by: Elvis Presley

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Never know how much I love you
Never know how much I care
When you put your arms around me
I get a fever that's so hard to bear
You give me fever

When you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the morning
Fever all through the night.

Sun lights up the daytime
Moon lights up the night
I light up when you call my name
And you know I'm gonna treat you right
You give me fever

When you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the morning
Fever all through the night

Ev'rybody's got the fever
That is something you all know
Fever isn't such a new thing
Fever started long ago

Romeo loved Juliet
Juliet she felt the same
When he put his arms around her
He said 'Julie, baby, you're my flame
Thou giv-est fever when we kisseth
Fever with the flaming youth
Fever I'm afire
Fever yea I burn for sooth'

Captain Smith and Pocahantas
Had a very mad affair
When her daddy tried to kill him
She said 'Daddy, o, don't you dare
He gives me fever with his kisses
Fever when he holds me tight
Fever, I'm his misses,
Oh daddy, won't you treat him right'

Now you've listened to my story
Here's the point that I have made
Cats were born to give chicks fever
Be it Fahrenheit or centigrade
They give you fever when you kiss them
Fever if you live and learn
Fever till you sizzle
What a lovely way to burn
What a lovely way to burn
What a lovely way to burn
What a lovely way to burn



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