London, South Kensington
27 April 2000
A rare page of lyrics in Elvis Presley's hand for Yes I know why, circa 1959, the words and music for the song credited by Presley to Webb Pierce, the fifteen lines in blue ink (faded) beginning Well tomorrow I'll be twice as blue I'm so low I could die over you I should have known that you'd never be true, the next twelve lines divided by Presley into two parts, the first four lines of Part I marked as the chorus and annotated in the margin No good, Elvis Presley, the next three lines And I'm painting the town feelin' blue Should you ever love one thats untrue Yes I know why I want to cry followed by his instruction [Piano break E.P. or Country style Guitar break! partly scored out, the final three lines of part two ending Well I tried you all over again and you just smiled all over again Yes, I'm asking for heartache anew, followed by the instruction Repeat Well, I tried you..., the top of the page numbered 86, the lyrics in common mount with two machine-print photographs of subject in army uniform, both -- 11x8in. (28x20.3cm.), overall measurements -- 17x33in. (43x84cm.) framed
Andy Schröer, author of Private Elvis, Elvis In Germany - The Missing Years obtained these lyrics, and those in lots 76 and 79, from Frau Pieper, Elvis Presley's landlady in Germany, who rented her house to the Presleys at 14 Goethestrasse, Bad Nauheim, Germany in 1959 during Elvis' army service.
These lyrics, like other examples to have been offered at auction and sold through these rooms between 1996-1999, came from Presley's personal notebook. Elvis had left this behind with his landlady in Germany when he returned to the States in 1960. He apparently used to rehearse in the living room of the house he rented from Frau Pieper using a piano he hired for the purpose.
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