Elvis Now

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

Cet album est composé de ballades, de country aux rythmes variés et de gospels, émanant des années 69/70/71 et c'est la raison pour laquelle ce disque ne possède pas une réelle homogénéité.

Hey Jude (janv. 69) diffère vocalement des titres de ' 70 et ' 71. Sans compter que ce n'est pas la plus belle interprétation d'une reprise du king. Lui qui s'approprie les chansons, les fait siennes, manque ici de conviction et d'originalité.

I was born about ten thousand years ago, country de juin 1970, transpire la joie des protagonistes à jouer ensemble mais fait quelque peu désordre dans cet album musicalement plus sophistiqué. Fools rush in (au rythme moins "western") , Help me make it through the night (superbe ballade de mai 71) et Early mornin' rain (mars 71 - tout en délicatesse avec l'omniprésence de l'harmonica qui confère tout son cachet à l'interprétation) nous font découvrir 3 facettes de la musique country.

Miracle of the rosary nécessite un "grand écart" vocal d'Elvis pour qu'il puisse imprimer sa profonde conviction et nous transmettre toute sa sincérité. Ce titre oblige aussi à un travail bien spécifique des choristes et musiciens et aurait mérité de figurer dans un album gospel comme He touched me.

Insérée dans "Elvis now" le public est conscient de la qualité de la chanson mais elle n'est pas mise en valeur. Pourtant Miracle of the rosary provient, comme la majeure partie des hits ici présents, de la session de mai ' 71. Cela aussi caractérise Elvis : pouvoir passer à des styles musicaux situés aux antipodes les uns des autres en l'espace de quelques minutes.

Put your hand in the hand (juin 71), avec son remarquable pont musical, est un autre chant religieux faisant quant à lui partie intégrante de l'album.

Et les ballades proprement dites ? Sublimes !

Until it's time for you to go (06/71). Magnifique à tous les niveaux. Je voulais plus particulièrement insister sur  les exceptionnels violons mais ce serait négliger les autres participants, irremplaçables, qui permettent d'obtenir un tel résultat de perfection.

Sylvia est de la même veine que We can make the morning (mai 71) alors que ce titre est de juin 70 !

Ces 2 titres pré-cités nous dévoile l'aspect crooner du king, ce que certains dénigreront. Crooner oui. Mais crooner de qualité ! Le meilleur ! Cette voix à la fois rauque et puissante. Ne rien toucher. Ne rien supprimer sous peine que tout ne s'effondre tant l'oeuvre minutieuse est fragile. A donner des frissons de bonheur. Quel dommage que ces 2 chef-d'oeuvres, n'ayons pas peur des mots, ne fussent jamais interprétés en public ...

Hélas, alors que les 9/10ème des titres composant ce disque sont de trés grandes qualités, grâce à la stratégie économique de RCA, nous avons là un 33 t conçu sans véritable logique (si ce n'est commerciale) et donc sans âme.

L'album se hissera à la 43ième place.

 

Album édité en Février 1972 !

Help Me Make It Through The Night
Miracle Of The Rosary
Hey Jude
Put Your Hand In The Hand
Until It's Time For You To Go
We Can Make The Morning
Early Mornin' Rain
Sylvia
Fools Rush In
I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago

 


Les Paroles

Help Me Make It Through The Night

Take the ribbon from your hair
Shake it loose, let it fall
Lay it soft against my skin
Like the shadow on the wall

Come and lay down by my side
Till the early morning light
All I知 taking is your time
Help me make it through the night

I don't care what's right or wrong
I won't try to understand
Let the devil take tomorrow
'Cause tonight I need a friend

Yesterday is dead and gone
And tomorrow's out of sight
And it's sad to be alone
Help me make it through the night

I don't care what's right or wrong
I won't try to understand
Let the devil take tomorrow
'Cause tonight I need a friend

Yesterday is dead and gone
And tomorrow's out of sight
And it's sad to be alone
Help me make it through the night

I don't want to be alone
Help me make it through the night


Miracle Of The Rosary

Oh blessed mother we pray to thee
Thanks for the miracle of your rosary
Only you can hold back
Your holy son's hand
Long enough for the whole world to understand

Hail, Mary full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed are thou among women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
Oh holy Mary dear mother of God
Please pray for us sinners
Now and at the hour of our death
And give thanks once again
For the miracle of your rosary


Hey Jude

Hey Jude, don't make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
The minute you let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

Hey Jude, don't let me down
Take a sad song and make it better
The minute you let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

Let it out and let in
Hey Jude begin
To making the world a little better
Don't you know that it's a fool
Who plays it cool
In making the world a little better

Hey Jude, don't let me down
Take a sad song and make it better
The minute you let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

Let it out and let in
Hey Jude begin
To making the world a little better
Don't you know that it's a fool
Who plays it cool
To taking the world upon your shoulder

Hey Jude, don't let me down
Take a sad song and make it better
The minute you let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

Na na na na na.....


Put Your Hand In The Hand

Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself
And you can look at others differently
Put your hand in the hand of the man
From Galilee

My momma taught me how to pray
Before I reached the age of seven
When I知 down on my knees
That's when I知 closest to heaven
Daddy lived his life, two kids and a wife
Well you do what you must do
But he showed me enough of what it takes
To get me through, oh yeh!

Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself
And you can look at others differently
Put your hand in the hand of the man
From Galilee
Oh yeh!

Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself
And you can look at others differently
Put your hand in the hand of the man
From Galilee
Oh yeh!

Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself
And you can look at others differently
Put your hand in the hand of the man
From Galilee
Oh yeh!
Put your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee
Put your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee, Oh yeh!


Until It's Time For You To Go

You're not a dream,
You're not an angel,
You're a woman,
I'm not a king,
I'm just a man,
Take my hand,
We'll make a space,
In this life that we planned,
And here we'll stay,
Until it's time for you to go.

Yes, we're diff'rent, worlds apart,
We're not the same,
We laughed and played,
At the start, like in a game,
You could have stayed,
Outside my heart,
But in you came,
And here you'll stay,
Until it's time for you to go.

Don't ask why,
Don't ask how,
Don't ask forever,
Love me, love me,
Love me, love me now.

This love of mine,
Had no beginning,
It has no end,
I was an oak,
Now I'm a willow,
Now I can bend,
And tho' I'll never,
In my life see you again,
And still I'll stay,
Until it's time for you to go.

Don't ask why,
Don't ask how,
Don't ask forever,
Love me, love me,
Love me, love me now.

This love of mine,
Had no beginning,
It has no end,
I was an oak,
Now I'm a willow,
And I can bend,
And tho' I'll never,
In my life see you again,
Here I'll stay,
Until it's time for you to go,
Yes I'll stay,
Until it's time for you to go.


We Can Make The Morning

I just thought I heard a small voice crying
Looked again and saw that it was me
I feel like a little boy denying
That he fears the night 'cause he can't see

Then a larger thought said stop your crying
Don't be scared to search 'cause you may find
Fate holds out a candle for your footsteps
Time rolls back the shadows of your mind

It's a long, long lonely night
You can make the morning if you try
It's a long, long lonely night
Oh, we can make the morning if we try
Girl, we can make the morning you and I
Together, together, together

Loneliness is darkness' first companion
Spend the night alone and faith may bend
Share it all and see how fear starts fading
Chase away the shadows with a friend

Dawn's elusive light is just beginning
Now the day can push away the night
Dreams can make the sun feel much brighter
Hope creates a foothold for the light

It's a long, long lonely night
We can make the morning if we try
It's a long, long lonely night
We can make the morning if we try
Girl, we can make the morning you and I, Oh
Together, together

It's a long, long lonely night
We can make the morning if we try
It's a long, long lonely night
We can make the morning if we try
It's a long, long lonely night
We can make the morning if we try


Early Mornin' Rain

In the early mornin' rain
With a dollar in my hand
And an aching in my heart
And my -pockets full of sand
I'm a long ways from home
And I missed my loved one so
In the early mornin' rain
With no place to go

Out on runway number nine
Big 707 set to go
Well I知 out here on the grass
Where the pavement never grows
Where the liquor tasted good
And the women all were fast
There she goes my friend
She's rolling out at last

Hear the mighty engines roar
See the silver wing on high
She's away and westward bound
For above the clouds she flies
Where the mornin' rain don't fall
And the sun always shines
She'll be flying over my home
In about three hours time

This ol' airport痴 got me down
It's no earthly good to me
'Cause I知 stuck here on the ground
Cold and drunk as I might be
Can't jump a jet plane
Like you can a freight train
So I best be on my way
In the early mornin' rain
So I best be on my way
In the early mornin' rain
So I best be on my way
In the early mornin' rain


Sylvia

These long lonely evenings
Here I am on the phone
Wondering when she will call
She said she would write me
'Cause she knows I知 alone
But I hear nothing at all

I'm waiting for a word of love from Sylvia.
You think she'd never heard of love my Sylvia,
But when I知 with her Lord, I forgive her
'Cause she's more than the whole world to me
There's nothing like a word of love from Sylvia
The only one I知 thinking of is Sylvia
Feeling so sad now, I'll be so glad now
If I just had my Sylvia with me

That old weepin' willow
Seems to whisper her name
Why did she go away
The tears on my pillow
They're not hard to explain
There's nothing else I can say

I'm waiting for a word of love from Sylvia.
You think she'd never heard of love my Sylvia,
But when I知 with her Lord, I forgive her
'Cause she's more than the whole world to me
There's nothing in the world like my Sylvia
The only one I知 thinking of is Sylvia
Feeling so sad now, I'll be so glad now
If I just had my Sylvia with me


Fools Rush In

Fools rush in, where angels fear to tread
And so I come to you my love
My heart above my head
Though I see the danger there
If there's a chance for me
Then I don't care, oh-oh-oh-oh

Fools rush in, where wise men never go
But wise men never fall in love
So how are they to know
When we met, I felt my life begin
So open up your heart and let
This fool rush in

And I don't care, oh-oh-oh-oh

Fools rush in, where wise men never go
But wise men never fall in love
So how are they to know
When we met, I felt my life begin
So open up your heart and let
This fool rush in

So open up your heart and let
This fool rush in

So open up your heart and let
This fool rush in

So open up your heart and let
This fool rush in

 


I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago

I saw old pharaoh痴 daughter bring Moses from the water
I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so

I was born about ten thousand years ago
There ain't nothing in this world that I don't know
I saved king David痴 life and he offered me a wife
I said now you're talking business have a chair

Yeah, I was born about ten thousand years ago
Ain't nothing in this world that I don't know
Saw Peter, Paul and Moses playing ring around the roses
I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so

I was born about ten thousand years ago
Ain't nothing in this world that I don't know
I saw old pharaoh's daughter bring Moses from the water
I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so

I was there when old Noah built the ark
And I crawled in the window after dark
I saw Jonah eat the whale and dance with the lion's tale
And I crossed over Canaan on a log

I was born about ten thousand years ago
Ain't nothing in this world that I don't know
I saw old pharaoh's daughter bring Moses from the water
I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so

Yeah, I was born about ten thousand years ago
Ain't nothing in this world that I don't know
Saw Peter, Paul and Moses playing ring around the roses
I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so

I was there when old Noah built the ark
And I crawled in the window after dark
I saw Jonah eat the whale and dance with the lion's tale
And I crossed over Canaan on a log

I was born about ten thousand years ago
There ain't nothing in this world that I don't know
I saved king David痴 life and he offered me a wife
I said now you're talking business have a chair

Yeah, I was born about ten thousand years ago
Ain't nothing in this world that I don't know
Saw Peter, Paul and Moses playing ring around the roses
I'll lick the guy that says it isn't so