Ferrera Trio:
O Sole Mio!
(recorded 1923)


The song title translates into English as "O sun I love!" or more loosely, "Oh, my lovely sunshine!" The lyrics to It's Now Or Never, made into a major hit in the late 1950s by Elvis Presley, were penned in half an hour by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold. Instead of the romantically dreamy Italian tune as played here, Presley's backing was given a sort of Spanish flamenco treatment, reflecting the urgency in the lyrics.

It's now or never --
Come hold me tight!
Kiss me, my darling,
Be mine tonight!
Tomorrow will be too late.
It's now or never --
My love won't wait.

When I first saw you
With your smile so tender
My heart was captured,
My soul surrendered.
I'd spend a lifetime
Waiting for the right time
Now that you're near
The time is here at last!

It's now or never -- Come hold me tight!
Kiss me, my darling,
Be mine tonight!
Tomorrow will be too late.
It's now or never
My love won't wait.

Just like a willow,
We would cry an ocean
If we lost true love
And sweet devotion.
Your lips excite me,
Let your arms invite me --
For who knows when
We'll meet again this way?

It's now or never --
Come hold me tight!
Kiss me my darling,
Be mine tonight!
Tomorrow will be too late.
It's now or never --
My love won't wait.

It's Now or Never lyrics Imagem U.S. LLC


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