FROM THE ARCHIVE 331 -1977-

1977_ytmha_cen2Can’t Help Falling In Love is a song from the 1977 Album You Take My Heart Away. The song was made famous by Elvis Presley, who recorded it in 1961 and it was included in ‘Blue Hawaii’, a 1961 Elvis movie. The soundtrack to the film went to number 1 on the US Billboard and remained there for 20 weeks. According to songwriter George Weiss, neither the movie producers nor associates of Elvis liked the song demo, but it was upon Elvis’ insistence that it was recorded and included in the movie.

According the the book ‘Roots of Elvis’ written by David Neale, the song was based on a seventeenth century French song ‘Plaisir D’Amour’ with original words by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian and music by Johann Paul Aegidius Martini. The words first appeared in de Florian’s novel ‘Cèlestine’ and, because of its context there the song was also know as ‘Romance du Chevrier’ (Romance of the Goatherd). The song quickly became popular in the 1700’s and is still performed today, with notable recent interpretations by artists such as Charlotte Church and Andrea Bocelli.

Can’t Help Falling In Love is an adaptation of the original tune with new words, and since Elvis’ huge success it has been recorded by many different artists, such as Doris Day, Julio Iglesias, UB40 and Andy Williams to name but a few!

Sheet Music 1977 Can't Help Falling In Love

Lyrics:

Wise men say only fools rush in
But I can’t help falling in love with you
Shall I stay
Would it be a sin
If I can’t help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you
For I can’t help falling in love with you

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