Poor Boy

Written by Elvis PresleyVera MatsonUnreleased song

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Home recordings

Circa 1971-1972

Other unreleased songs from "Choba B CCCP" sessions

Cut Across Shorty

Unreleased song

Lend Me Your Comb

Officially appears on Anthology 1

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Poor Boy is a song by Elvis Presley. The song is credited to Elvis Presley and Vera Matson, the wife of Ken Darby, the principal writer, published by Elvis Presley Music. The song was featured in the movie Love Me Tender and was released as an RCA Victor EP in 1956.


Poor Boy” was recorded on August 24, 1956. “Poor Boy” appeared in the 1956 movie Love Me Tender. The song was released on an RCA Victor EP from the movie, EPA-4006, which also included the title track, “We’re Gonna Move“, and “Let Me“.


Poor Boy” reached no. 35 on the U.S. Billboard pop singles chart in December, 1956, in an 11-week chart run.

Instead of a full long-playing album soundtrack, for Love Me Tender the four songs appearing in the film were released as an extended-play, seven-inch 45 RPM record on RCA Records, Love Me Tender, catalog EPA 4006, during November 1956. The EP was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The EP reached #10 on the Billboard EP chart, and #22 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It peaked at #9 on Top Pop Albums chart with sales of over 600,000, as well as making it to #35 on the singles chart. The four EP soundtrack songs were recorded at Fox’s Stage One in Hollywood, at three sessions on August 24, September 4, and October 1, 1956. […]

In 1987, Paul McCartney recorded “Poor Boy” as part of the sessions for his Choba B CCCP album ; this performance remains unreleased. However, a fragment appears on a medley of several songs from the “Choba B CCCP” sessions, which leaked online in April 2010, presumably from cassettes from the legacy of former Wings roadie Trevor Jones, auctioned off by Christie’s in 1998.

Last updated on September 9, 2016


Hey there, poor boy, lost your honeycomb
One thing's sure, boy, if you're stayin' home
You got no chance for another chick
Make tonight's dance that'll turn the trick
Rock-in', roll-in' you'll forget her, boy
Put your soul in someone better, boy

Have a big ball, get it off your chest
Maybe this all happened for the best
Could be, Poor Boy, as you flip 'n' whirl
You'll find pure joy with another girl

When your old flame comes a runnin' back
Just say "shame, shame" and begin to quack
Ha, ha, ha, ha,
Are you kidding me?
Ha, ha, ha, ha,
I could never be like I once was
I'm no fool now, I'm too cool now
I am free just say "Hi" to her, and good bye to her
Stroll away and let her be

Hey there, poor boy, watcha mopin' for
That's the cure boy, you've been hopin' for
Good advice now, you're not takin' it
Won't try nohow even fakin' it
Love can stall you like a little toy
So I call you poor boy


Let 'Em Out Vol. 3 - Outtakes & Upgrades

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

Alternate takeA • Part of 2nd "Choba B CCCP" medley used for promotional purposes.

Session Recording:
July 20th 1987 or July 21st 1987
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Aug 20, 1987

Choba B CCCP - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

1:02 • Studio versionA • Part of 2nd "Choba B CCCP" medley used for promotional purposes.

Session Recording:
July 20th 1987 or July 21st 1987
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Aug 20, 1987

A Garden Full Of McCartney Roses - The Trevor Jones Tapes

Unofficial album • Released in 2018

Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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