Back In Memphis

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

L'album "Back in Memphis", issu des sessions de 1969, reflète admirablement le réel enthousiasme d'Elvis à revenir sur le devant de la scène. Son implication dans le projet est totale à l'instar des musiciens qui l'accompagnent . "Chanteur et musiciens ne formaient qu'un seul et même instrument accordé avec précision". (Peter Guralnick dans son livre "Elvis Presley careless love"). Pour preuve, il suffit d'écouter le blues "Stranger in my own home town". Le King donne l'impression de ne pas souhaiter que cela s'arrête et prolonge l'instant autant que possible et savoure pleinement. Cette ENVIE artistique est telle que, de sa propre initiative, Elvis se lance dans une interprétation plus que convainquante de "From a Jack to a King" (ainsi naitront également "I'll be there" ou encore "Hey Jude". Cette dernière figurant sur l'album "Elvis now" perd tout intérêt artistique et contribue, en partie, à ce que le-dit album ne soit pas vraiment harmonieux). C'est son quart d'heure de folie. La détente tout en restant professionnel. Obéissance aux techniciens tout en restant libre. Que cet Elvis cru ' 69 à de ressemblances avec l'Elvis ' 54 ! Timide, humble mais déterminé quant à ses choix et à la direction créative qu'il désire emprunter.

Avec "A little bit of green" (magique !) et "And the grass won't pay no mind" (re-magique ! Une merveille !), la voix du chanteur est emplie de douceur et de délicatesse. Exercice plutôt difficile quand on porte son attention sur le côté "rauque 'n' rock" de la voix d'Elvis en 1969 ! Seule la "sincérité vraie" d'Elvis permet d'obtenir de tels (prodigieux) résultats. Le travail ultérieur sur les overdubs vocaux (sur lesquels Elvis participera activement) et musicaux apporte une certaine sophistication qui peut déranger les puristes . En ce qui me concerne je trouve que cela rend le produit plus abouti. Les instruments choisis (principalement cordes et cuivres) vont dans le rythme que le chanteur impose et se marient sans conteste avec le travail "live". Les choristes sont en osmose parfaite avec le King. Ils peuvent se révéler trés rocks ou trés sensibles au gré des interprétations.

Je ne parle ici que de quelques titres, cela ne signifie cependant pas que les hits non cités sont de qualité inférieure : comment pourrais-je négliger "Whitout love (there is nothing)" dans laquelle Elvis se livre complétement et passionnément ? Comment occulter "You'll think of me" ou encore "Inhérit the wind" véritables bonheur pour les oreilles et que des années plus tard j'écoute toujours avec autant de plaisir ? Rien n'est à supprimer dans ce vinyl d'exception, qui obtiendra la 12ème place au classement (5ème dans les charts country), si l'on veut réellement prendre conscience de l'immense artiste qu'est Elvis Presley en cette année 1969.

 

Album édité en Novembre 1970

Inherit The Wind
This is The Story
Stranger In My Own Home Town
Little Bit Of Green
And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind
Do You Know Who I Am
From A Jack To a King
Fair's Moving On
You'll Think Of Me
Without Love (There Is Nothing)

 


Les Paroles

Inherit The Wind

Baby don't fall in love with me
I'll only bring you grief
Baby, don't set your heart on me
I'll only have to leave

'Cause the north wind flows through my veins
Like my dad there's a dream in my brain
In the morning I'll have to leave again
That's how it is when you inherit the wind
Inherit the wind

Daddy, he was a wondering man
I hardly knew his face
Momma, she cried for him at night
He never stayed in one place

'Cause the north wind flows through my veins
Like my dad there's a dream in my brain
In the morning I'll have to leave again
That's how it is when you inherit the wind
Inherit the wind

Oh I can't give you the love you need
I just won't be here that long
But if you still want me here tonight
I'll love you till the break of dawn

'Cause the north wind flows through my veins
Like my dad there's a dream in my brain
In the morning I'll have to leave again
That's how it is when you inherit the wind
Inherit the wind
Inherit the wind, inherit the wind


This is The Story

I play the song, it was our own
Your photograph's by my side
I know I can't forget you
So I don't even try

The note you left is in my hand
I read again what you say
You're sorry but you love him
And you've both gone away

This is the story of a man
Whose world has fallen apart
And it's the story
That is breaking my heart

An open fire, our favorite chair
I get a book from the shelf
But the words I am reading
Could apply to myself

This is the story of a man
Whose world has fallen apart
And it's the story
That is breaking my heart
Yes, it's the story that is breaking my heart
Yes, it's the story that is breaking my heart
Yes, it's the story that is breaking my heart


Stranger In My Own Home Town

I'm like a stranger
Like a stranger in my own home town
I'm like a stranger
Like a stranger in my own home town

My so called friends stopped being friendly
Oh but you can't keep a good man down
Oh no, can't get him down

I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago
I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago

But my home town won't accept me
Just don't feel welcome here no more

My home town won't accept me
Just don't feel welcome here no more

I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago, yes I did
I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago
But my home town won't accept me
Just don't feel welcome here no more
I'm like a stranger, like a stranger in my own home town
Yeah, I'm like a stranger, like a stranger in my own home town
My so called friends stopped being friendly
Oh but you can't keep a good man down

I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago, yes I did
I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago
My so called friends stopped being friendly
Oh but you can't keep a good man down

I'm like a stranger, like a stranger in my own home town
I'm like a stranger, like a stranger in my own home town
My so called friends stopped being friendly
Oh but you can't keep a good man down


A Little Bit Of Green

Now that the truth is hard to face
I can't forget you once were mine
Someone else is in my place
Whenever we meet my heart beats out of time

Just a little bit of green
Clouds my eyes to what I've seen
Just a little bit of green
When I see you with someone new
And knowing that there's nothing I can do

Please don't try to tie me down
Those are the words you often say
I can't help seeing you around
You smile with surprise, I turn my eyes away

Just a little bit of green
Oh-oh-ho, clouds my eyes to what I've seen
Just a little bit of green
When I see you with someone new
And knowing that there's nothing I can do

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Just a little bit of green
Oh-oh-ho, clouds my eyes to what I've seen
Just a little bit of green
When I see you with someone new
And knowing that there's nothing I can do

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Just a little bit of green


And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind

Listen easy, you can hear God calling
Walking barefoot by the stream
Come on to me, Your hair's softly falling
On my face as in a dream
And the time will be our time
And the grass won't pay no mind

Saying nothing, lying where the sun is
Baking down upon our sides
My lips touch you, with their soft wet kisses
Your hands gentle in reply
And the time will be our time
And the grass won't pay no mind

Child, touch my soul with your cries
And the music will know what we've found
I, hear a hundred good-byes
But today I hear only one sound
The moment we're living is now
Now now now now now now now

Young bird flying, and a soft wind blowing
Cools the sweat inside my palms
Close my eyes, hear the flowers growing
As you lay sleeping in my arms
And the time will be our time
And the grass won't pay no mind
No the grass won't pay no mind


Do You Know Who I Am

Do you know who I am
Have you have any idea who I am?
Yes it's been quite a while
And it's so good to see you again

It's so dark in this place
That I can't see your face
May we leave? Oh, I see...
Does he know who I am
And what once was between you and me?

Do you know how I tried
Have you any idea how I tried
Not to keep you in sight
Do you know darling how much I cried?

I remember you said
That you had to forget about me and be free
Do you know who I am or have you forgotten about me?

Do you think there's a chance
You and I could start over anew
Is there a prayer you still care
Or has it just been too long and we're through?
Well, what about you and him
Oh he's only a friend
Well I see there's still a chance for me

Maybe some other time, in some other place
With our love in your heart and a smile on your face
You will know who I am
When that time comes you'll know who I am
You will know who I am
When that time comes you'll know who I am
You will know who I am
When that time comes you'll know who I am


From A Jack To a King

From a jack to a king of loneliness to a wedding ring
I've played an ace and I won the queen
I walked away with your heart

From a jack to a king
With no regrets I stacked, I stacked the cards, I stacked the cards last night
And lady luck played her hand just right
You made me king of your heart

Oh for just a little while I thought that I might lose the game
Oh but just in time I saw that twinkle in your eyes
From a jack to a king of loneliness to a wedding, wedding, wedding ring
I played an ace and I won the queen
You made me king of your heart

For just a little while I thought that I might lose the game
Oh but just in time I saw, I saw that twinkle in your eyes
From a jack to a king from loneliness to a wedding, wedding, wedding ring
I played an ace and I won the queen
You made me king of your heart


The Fair's Moving On

All the rides are over and done
It's late and no prizes are left to be won
The rides are closed, it's the end of the day
The horses are moving away
Yes the fair's moving on
And I'll soon be gone
Remember the love that we've known
Yes the fair's moving on
But I won't leave you long
It's the last time you'll be on your own

The music has ended, the carousel's still
The horses in boxes with the big Ferris wheel
The canvass and glitter are safely on board
The trailers will soon hit the road

Yes the fair's moving on
And I'll soon be gone
Remember the love that we had
Yes the fair's moving on
But I won't leave you long
I'm coming back so please don't be sad

At dawn I'll be gone but I'll soon return
Till then the fair's moving on
Till then the fair's moving on
Till then the fair's moving on
Till then the fair's moving on


You'll Think Of Me

I'm sorry now girl, but I must leave you
There's something deep inside my soul keeps calling me
The winter wind girl, will not deceive you
And in your cold and empty bed, you'll think of me, oh yes
You'll think of me

You'll see me coming, you'll see me going
Don't ask me why, I'm just the kind needs to be free
Just like that outlaw wind keeps on a-blowin'
Yeah, in your cold and empty bed, you'll think of me, oh yes
You'll think of me

Now I know you loved me just like I wanted
I know you'd follow me across an endless sea
But baby I've got a heart that's haunted
Yeah, in your cold and empty bed, you'll think of me, oh yes
You'll think of me

Ah but you should know girl that I'll be crying
Out on that lonely road where not a soul can see
I'll shed my tears for a love that's dying
Yeah, in your cold and empty bed, you'll think of me, oh yes
You'll think of me

The summer sun girl will bring a stranger
And he'll be better to you than I used to be
And when he takes you into his arms girl
Well, in your warm and loving bed, you won't think of me, no, no
You won't think of me

Then in your warm and loving bed, you won't think of me, no, no
You won't think of me


Without Love (There Is Nothing)

I awakened this morning, I was filled with despair
All my dreams turned to ashes and gone, oh yeah
As I looked at my life it was barren and bare
Without love I've had nothing at all

Without love I've had nothing
Without love I've had nothing at all
I have conquered the world
All but one thing did I have
Without love I've had nothing at all

Once I had a sweetheart who loved only me
There was nothing, oh that she would not give, oh no
But I was blind to her goodness and I could not see
That a heart without love cannot live

Without love I've had nothing
Without love I've had nothing at all
I have conquered the world
All but one thing did I have
Without love I've had nothing at all