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"Don't" is a song performed by Elvis Presley, which was released in 1958. Written and produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, it was Presley's eleventh number-one hit in the United States. "Don't" also peaked at number four on the R&B charts. Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1958. The song was included in the musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe, as a medley with "Love Me", and cleverly used in the key scene of the 1992 film Dave, right at the moment the President of the United States (played by Kevin Kline), has a heart attack while making love to a mistress, inside the White House.  


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Don't, don't, that's what you say
Each time that I hold you this way,
When I feel like this and I want to hold you,
baby, don't say don't.

Don't, don't leave my embrace
For here in my arms is your place
When the night grows cold and I want to hold you,
baby, don't say don't.

If you think that this is just a game
I'm playing
If you think that I don't mean
every word I'm saying
Don't, don't, don't, don't,
Don't feel that way
I'm your love and yours I will stay

This you can believe
I will never leave you 
Heave knows I won't
Baby, don't say don't

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. One of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". more »

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11 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Don't" is a song performed by American singer Elvis Presley. The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
Chart Performance
Upon its release, the song topped the Billboard singles chart on its 11th week, staying there for a week, and remained on the chart for a total of 26 weeks.
Release Date
Elvis Presley's rendition of "Don't" was released in 1958 as one of his all-time classics.
Album Placement
The song featured in the compilation album 'The King...The Music of Elvis Presley' which was released in 2011.
Song Style
Notably, "Don't" isn't a typical rock and roll song which Elvis is best known for. Instead, it showcases his smooth, deep vocals in a pop ballad style.
Commercial Success
The song sold over 800,000 initial copies in the US and it went on to sell over a million copies, earning it a gold disc by the RIAA.
Song Recording
Presley recorded "Don't" in the sessions for his motion picture 'King Creole'.
Remarkable Entry
This was one of just two Presley singles to be released during his military service. However, both songs (the other being "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck") were not reviews of his new movie releases.
Song Influence
"Don't" is considered one of the best examples of the ballads that Elvis made a crucial part of his repertoire.
Cover Versions
It has been covered by many artists over years including Cliff Richard, Eddy Arnold, and Rick Nelson.
Other Media Features
The song was also featured in the TV series "Quantico" in 2015, giving it a new lease of life to a fresh audience.

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