Today’s song is ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’. This is a 1961 song recorded the singer Elvis Presley for the album ‘Blue Hawaii’ (1961). It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creratore and George David Weiss. The melody is based on Plaisir d’amour’, a popular French love song composed in 1784 by Jean-Paul Martini. The song was initially written for a woman as ‘Can't Help Falling in Love with Him’, which explains the first and third line ending on ‘in’ and ‘sin’ rather than words rhyming with ‘you’.
‘Can't Help Falling in Love’ was also featured in Presley's 1961 film ‘Blue Hawaii’. During the following decades, it has been recorded by numerous other artists, including Bob Dylan and the British reggae group UB40, whose 1993 version topped both charts in the United States and the United Kingdom.
When this song first came out I was an 18-year-old romantic teenager who thought that he was God's gift to women. The more beautiful and socially out of reach the young woman was, the more appealing they often were in my eyes. The more likely she would not even look twice at a mill hand with a questionable reputation, and who was one of seven siblings living on a council estate, the greater I thought the challenge.
I was at that age when anything and everything in the world seemed possible for someone with the appetite to want the world and second helpings into the bargain!
The simple truth was that I have always been a sucker for a good-looking woman of independent mind and a confident attitude. She didn't have to be a 'stunner' to my male eye to initially attract my attention and hold my interest long enough to ask her out on a date. She did have to have a beautiful character that shone through the homogeneousness of the crowd. Her beauty would be reflected, not in a bonny face, big bust, slim waistline or shapely leg, but in her differences to other young women. She needed to be different; interesting enough in personality to have an opinion of her own without being afraid to voice it and sassy enough to jump in puddles with me for no other reason than the sheer hell of it!
Whenever I came across such spirited females, I knew I'd found a young woman who would always stimulate me (mentally, emotionally, physically and psychologically) and not bore. Such was the young women I always fell in love with. Indeed, I'd have to say that such was the young woman I couldn't prevent myself from falling in love with. The only problem as far as the young lady was concerned, was that I was not the 'settling down' type and didn't intend to marry anyone until my mid-thirties. My falling-in-love phases would, therefore, last only two or three weeks before I'd found someone else to fall-in-love with!
Today's song is dedicated to my great-niece, Katie Jo who lives in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire and whose birthday it is today. I also posthumously dedicate my song to Gladys Spencer, the mother of my Facebook friend, Steven Spencer, whose 85th birthday it would have been today. Steven informs me that his mother, Gladys, was a keen Elvis fan. Have a lovely day, Katie Jo and God bless Gladys. Bill x
Love and peace Bill xxx