Words: Vera Matson & Elvis Presley; Music: George R. Poulton (1956)


Love me tender,
Love me sweet,
Never let me go.
You have made my life complete,
And I love you so.

Love me tender,
Love me true,
All my dreams fulfill.
For my darlin’ I love you,
And I always will.


The music of “Love Me Tender” was adapted from “Aura Lea,” a sentimental Civil War ballad. The lyrics are credited to Presley and Vera Matson, but it is believed the principal writer of the lyrics was Ken Darby (Matson’s husband). When asked why he credited his wife as co-songwriter along with Presley, Darby responded, “Because she didn’t write it either.”


Here is a version with the original performer, the one and only Elvis:

Here is a very interesting performance where Sinatra sings “Love Me Tender” and Elvis sings one of Sinatra’s hits:

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

Love Me Tender