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Unchained - The movie and its endless versions of the song

Updated on July 13, 2011

I've known the song because of the Righteous Brother's version and the movie Ghost. Yes, I'm talking about Unchained Melody but never did I knew that it has that song in the movie Unchained.

Now wonder it is aptly titled based from the movie, although the lyrics didn't suggested the title after all. It was never mentioned in the entirety of the song.

Versions that I've encountered are from Elvis Presley (King of Rock & Roll), The Platters ( a very emotional version), The Drifters, The Supremes, LeAnn Rhimes, Clay Aiken, Gareth Gates and Ricky Nelson. Instrumental version of the song also flooded music channels and lots and lots of it on You Tube. It seemed endless, that's my apt word to describe this unchained phenomenon.

Elroy Hirsch, a professional football player
Elroy Hirsch, a professional football player | Source
Unchained - The Movie
Unchained - The Movie | Source

It is a 1955 film release.

The synopsis of the movie tells about a convict in a medium-security prison is torn between his need to finish his sentence and his family.

I'm sure most of the prisoners are thinking like him. Each day, while counting their stay inside the prison, they are also thinking ways on how to escape the system.


Hall Bartlett


Hall Bartlett, Kenyon J. Scudder (book)


Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch, Barbara Hale and Chester Morris

The film didn't stirred much of the imagination of the critics during the release. The story was a typical portrayal of the prisoner's life, but the actor is very convincing with his character.

Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch (June 17, 1923 – January 28, 2004) was an American football running back and receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Rockets, nicknamed for his unusual running style.

He also acted on his bio0fil, Crazylegs in 1953 and Zero Hour (an airline disaster movie) in 1957.

He is well loved in Wisconsin, his home state that he served as Director of Athletics in the university for 18 years (1969-1987).

When he died, they still remember him through the annual marathon race called Crazylegs.

GENE VINCENT- UNCHAINED MELODY 1956 c/o misslillyblue

Gene Vincent (February 11, 1935–October 12, 1971) - The original singer of Unchained Melody

He died during the year I was born, 1971. It was then that my father started collecting vinyl records with his name on Side A and my nickname on Side B. His name was Ely (RIP 1998) and he nicknamed me Enong. although I don't like the sound of it.

Well, after researching so much about the 'origin' of Unchained Melody, I stumbled on its movie, aside from singing it along with the Righteous Brothers, the famous version of course. Although, it should be credited to the original singer.

It happened that the YouTube channel of misslillyblue uploaded the original singer of this all-time fave.

Once again, let's forget all the copycats that made the song famous. The Mr.Be-Bop-A-Lula himself. Gene Vincent, the originator of rock and roll and rockabilly.

Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers c/o magnus306

Unchained Melody lyrics based from Righteous brothers' interpretation

It is also based from the original version of Gene Vincent, the theme song from the movie Unchained.

So, if you still have time to emote and let your heart out with this song, here's the lyrics that you can interpret with.

Happy singing everyone!!!

Oh, my love
my darling
I've hungered for your touch
a long lonely time
and time goes by so slowly
and time can do so much
are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love
Godspeed your love to me

Lonely rivers flow to the sea,
to the sea
to the open arms of the sea
lonely rivers sigh 'wait for me, wait for me'
I'll be coming home wait for me

Oh, my love
my darling
I've hungered for your touch
a long lonely time
and time goes by so slowly
and time can do so much
are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love
Godspeed your love to me


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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @dallas93444: Thank you so much for dropping by. Short but happy comments still count the most. :D

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Enjoyed. Awesome!