According to Elvisologist
David Neale, the song is actually based on the melody of the lullaby "Hush Little Baby." To anyone familiar with the earlier song, this is not at all obvious, but many composers borrow phrases from other songs; Al Stewart based "Palace Of Versailles
" on "The Earl Of Salisbury", Donald Swann based "The Gasman Cometh
" on "Dashing Away With A Smoothing Iron", and perhaps most controversially Ritchie Blackmore based "Mandrake Root
" on the Bill Parkinson instrumental "Lost Soul".
Whatever its origin, "Puppet On A String" is a fairly run of the mill song, performed by an artist who was anything but. It is not to be confused with the Sandie Shaw Eurovision winner
of the same name.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2