Don't Be Cruel
Elvis Presley Lyrics


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You know I can be found
Sitting home all alone
If you can't come around
At least please telephone
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true

Baby, if I made you mad
For something I might have said
Please, let's forget my past
The future looks bright ahead
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true
I don't want no other love
Baby it's just you I'm thinking of, mmh

Don't stop thinking of me
Don't make me feel this way
Come on over here and love me
You know what I want you to say
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true
Why should we be apart?
I really love you baby, cross my heart

Let's walk up to the preacher
And let us say I do
Then you'll know you'll have me
And I'll know that I'll have you
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true
I don't want no other love
Baby it's just you I'm thinking of

Don't be cruel to a heart that's true
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true




I don't want no other love
Baby it's just you I'm thinking of

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Elvis Presley's song Don't Be Cruel are fairly straightforward in their meaning. The song is essentially a plea from the singer to their lover, asking them not to be cruel to a heart that is true. The singer is alone and hoping that their lover will come around or at least call, rather than leaving them to sit home alone. The lyrics were written by Otis Blackwell and were inspired by his own experience of being left alone by a lover. The song is not only a plea for love but also a promise of loyalty; the singer promises that they don't want any other love except the one they are thinking of.


The lyrics also touch on the subject of forgiveness. The singer apologizes for anything they might have done to make their lover mad and asks for them to forget the past and focus on the future. The song ends with a suggestion of marriage, with the singer proposing that they walk up to the preacher and get married so they can be together forever.


Line by Line Meaning

You know I can be found
I am always available and present.


Sitting home all alone
I am lonely and waiting for you.


If you can't come around
If you can't physically be here with me right now.


At least please telephone
Please call me to let me know you are thinking of me.


Don't be cruel to a heart that's true
Please be kind to me because I truly love you.


Baby, if I made you mad
If I upset you in any way.


For something I might have said
Because of something I said that was unintentional.


Please, let's forget my past
Let's move on from any mistakes I made previously.


The future looks bright ahead
We have a positive future ahead of us.


I don't want no other love
I don't want anyone else but you.


Baby it's just you I'm thinking of, mmh
You are the only one on my mind.


Don't stop thinking of me
Continue to remember me and our love.


Don't make me feel this way
Don't make me feel uncertain or unwanted.


Come on over here and love me
Come to me and show me love.


You know what I want you to say
You know what words I need to hear from you.


Why should we be apart?
There is no reason for us to be separated.


I really love you baby, cross my heart
I truly and genuinely love you.


Let's walk up to the preacher
Let us get married and start our life together.


And let us say I do
Let us make a commitment to each other.


Then you'll know you'll have me
You will know that I am fully committed to you.


And I'll know that I'll have you
I will know that we will be together forever.


Don't be cruel to a heart that's true
Please be kind to me because I truly love you.


I don't want no other love
I don't want anyone else but you.


Baby it's just you I'm thinking of
You are the only one on my mind.


Don't be cruel to a heart that's true
Please be kind to me because I truly love you.


Don't be cruel to a heart that's true
Please be kind to me because I truly love you.


I don't want no other love
I don't want anyone else but you.


Baby it's just you I'm thinking of
You are the only one on my mind.




Lyrics © BUDDE MUSIC FRANCE, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Elvis Presley, Otis Blackwell

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