About the song

Absolutely, let’s delve into the world of Didja’ Ever, a gem from the crown of the King himself, Elvis Presley. Released in 1960, this song marked a significant turning point in Presley’s career. Having just completed his military service, he returned to Hollywood with renewed energy and a desire to showcase his artistic growth.

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Didja’ Ever wasn’t just another rock and roll tune. It belonged to the soundtrack of Presley’s film, G.I. Blues, a lighthearted musical comedy depicting the experiences of a soldier stationed in Germany. The film itself held a special place for Presley, offering him the opportunity to not only sing but also act after a two-year hiatus.

Composed by songwriting duo Sid Wayne and Sherman Edwards, Didja’ Ever stands out for its introspective lyrics and a shift in Presley’s vocal delivery. Gone were the raw, rebellious intonations of his earlier hits. Here, he presented a more mature and nuanced performance, showcasing a newfound depth of emotion. The song opens with a gentle guitar strumming, setting a melancholic tone that permeates the entire piece. Presley’s iconic voice, seasoned with a touch of vulnerability, asks a series of introspective questions. “Didja’ Ever” becomes a heartfelt inquiry about love, loss, and the longing for connection.

The lyrics explore the complexities of relationships. Lines like “Didja’ ever get the feeling that you wanted somethin’ you never had?” resonate with a universal yearning for something more. Presley’s voice cracks slightly as he croons “Didja’ ever stand alone and watch the rain come down?”, evoking a sense of loneliness and isolation. The song is not simply about lamenting the absence of love, but rather a contemplation of the bittersweet nature of desire and longing.

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Didja’ Ever also showcased Presley’s remarkable ability to blend musical styles. The song seamlessly incorporates elements of rock and roll with a touch of blues and country, creating a unique sonic tapestry. The backing vocals by the Jordanaires add a layer of soulful harmony, further enhancing the emotional impact. It’s important to remember that 1960 was a pivotal year in music history. Rock and roll was still evolving, and artists like Presley were pushing boundaries and experimenting with new sounds. Didja’ Ever stands as a testament to Presley’s artistic evolution, demonstrating his ability to adapt and mature as a performer.

Though not a chart-topping hit like some of Presley’s earlier works, Didja’ Ever has earned its place as a fan favorite. It’s a song that resonates with listeners of all ages, a testament to the enduring power of Presley’s music and his ability to connect with audiences on an emotional level. So, the next time you hear the introspective “Didja’ Ever” wafting through the speakers, take a moment to appreciate this hidden gem from the King’s vast repertoire. It’s a song that invites reflection, evokes emotions, and showcases a new facet of Elvis Presley, the maturing artist.

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Lyrics

“Didja’ Ever”
(from “G.I. Blues” soundtrack)

Didja’ ever
Didja’ ever get
Didja’ ever get one
Didja’ ever get one of them
Didja’ ever get one of them days, boy
Didja’ ever get one of them days
When nothin’ is right from mornin’ till night
Didja’ ever get one of them days
Didja’ ever get one of them days

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Ya get up in the morning and turn the shower on
You’re gettin’ pneumonia, the hot water is gone
Freezin’ sneezin’
You wanna dry your back, a well
Didja’ ever get one of them days
When there’s no towel on the rack

Didja’ ever
Didja’ ever get
Didja’ ever get one
Didja’ ever get one of them
Didja’ ever get one of them girls, boys
Didja’ ever get one of them girls
Who’s awful nice
But cold as ice
Didja’ ever get one of them girls, yeah
Didja’ ever get one of them girls
Yeah! Girls, girls, girls, girls, girls, girls, girls, girls
You’re at a drive-in movie
With a cute brunette
A countin’ on the kisses that you figure to get
Closer, closer, then she hollers ho!
Didja’ ever get one of them girls
Who just wants to watch the show
Show, show, show, show, show, show, show, show

Didja’ ever
Didja’ ever get
Didja’ ever get one
Didja’ ever get one of them
Didja’ ever get one of them days, boy
Didja’ ever get one of them days
When nothin’ is right
From mornin’ to night
Didja’ ever get one of them days, boy
Didja’ ever get one of them days
You’re on a Sunday picnic
And then it starts to pour
You run through poison ivy, scratch until you’re sore
Ants come dancin’, carry off the bread
Didja’ ever get one of them days
When you should a-stayed in bed

Didja’ ever
Didja’ ever get
Didja’ ever get one
Didja’ ever get one of them

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