Elvis Christmas Album

       

Commentaire de Ph. T

Cet album de chants de noël et religieux peut tout aussi bien :

- déstabiliser l'Amérique puritaine qui diabolise Elvis, l' accusant de tous les maux relatifs à la jeunesse

-  que rendre sceptiques les puristes, adeptes du Rock 'N' Roll de la première heure, quant à la trajectoire artistique prise par leur idole !

Quoiqu'il en soit, malgré son succès "Rock 'N' Rollesque", le king n'hésite pas à faire ce qu'il lui plait musicalement . On peut également voir dans ce projet une stratégie du colonel Parker ; à savoir, donner à l'opinion publique une image du chanteur comme étant un "gentil garçon", honorant Dieu, sa famille et non plus une image de rebel aux déhanchements obscènes, incitant les jeunes à la débauche. Les 8 premiers titres sont issus des sessions des 5 et 7 septembre 1957, les 4 derniers chants provenant des 12, 13, 19 janvier de la même année ( radio records - Hollywood ). Ceci n'empêche pas d'obtenir un LP trés homogène car les chansons proviennent de la même veine. La voix d'Elvis y est irréprochable. Elle se fait rauque et agressive dans "Santa Claus is back in town" ( histoire dans laquelle le père Noël troque son traineau contre... une cadillac noire ; pour retrouver l'estime des gens bien-pensants , il y a mieux ! ). Elle est toute en délicatesse dans "Here comes Santa Claus" ; elle apporte apaisement dans "Silent night" ou "It is no secret" ; elle traduit la conviction religieuse d'Elvis dans "O little town of Bethlehem" ; elle monte en puissance pour redescendre tout en douceur avec "I believe".

Dans toutes ces interprétations les choristes, the Jordanaires,  sont omniprésents et en osmose avec le king. Nous avons la sensation d'être en présence d'une véritable chorale alors qu'ils ne sont que 4 !!! Pour les sessions des 5 et 7 septembre 1957, est adjointe aux Jordanaires, Millie Kirkham qui travaillera avec Elvis jusqu'en 1970 en tant que soprano. Elle apporte tout son talent et s'intègre immédiatement au groupe ( écouté le blues "Blue Christmas" ! ). Car il s'agit bien de cela. Il s'agit d'un Groupe ! Choristes, musiciens et Elvis sont liés et unis pour ne former qu'un seul et même Groupe. Les musiciens ( S. Moore , B. Black , DJ. Fontana , G. Gordon ), qui seront épaulés par le pianiste Dudley Brooks en septembre 1957, ponctuent les chansons admirablement. Avec force ou délicatesse. L'orgue en introduction de "Take my hand , précious Lord", la sonorité quelque peu caverneuse du titre, donne l'impression que cette chanson se déroule à l'intérieur d'une église.

Cette osmose Elvis/choristes/musiciens est également parfaitement illustrée dans "Silent night", entre autre .

Ce LP dégage une atmosphère de quiètude, d'apaisement à l'image de la Nativité et de Noël, qu'il célèbre.

 

Album édité en Novembre 1957

Santa Claus Is Back in Town
White Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Blue Christmas
Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Silent Night
(There Will Be) Peace in the Valley (for Me)
I Believe
Take My Hand, Precious Lord
It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)

 


Les Paroles

Santa Claus Is Back in Town

Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling down
Well you be a real good little girl
Santa Claus is back in town
Got no sleigh with reindeer
No sack on my back
You're gonna see me comin' in a big black caddilac
Oh, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well you be a real good little baby
Santa Claus is back in town

Hang up your pretty stockings
And turn off the light
Santa Claus is comin' down your chimney tonight
Oh, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well you be a real good little baby
Santa Claus is back in town


White Christmas

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know.
Where those tree-tops glisten,
And children listen
To hear sleighbells in the snow.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
With every Christmas card I write,
"May your days be merry and bright,
And may all your Christmases be white".

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know.
May your days may your days may your days be merry and bright,
And may all your Christmases be white.


Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Right down Santa Claus Lane.

Vixen, Blitzen, all his reindeer
Pulling on the reins.
Bells are ringing, children singing,
All is merry and bright.
Hang your stockings and say a prayer,
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Riding down Santa Claus Lane.

He's got a bag that's filled with toys
For boys and girls again.
Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle,
What a beautiful sight.
Jump in bed and cover up your head,
Because Santa Claus comes tonight.

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Riding down Santa Claus Lane.

He doesn't care if you're a rich or poor boy,
He loves you just the same.
Santa knows that we're God's children,
That makes everything right.
Fill your hears with Christmas cheer,
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

Well, here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Riding down Santa Claus Lane.

He'll come around when the chimes ring out
It's Christmas morn again.
Peace on Earth will come to all
If we just follow the light
Let's give thanks to the Lord above,
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.


I'll Be Home for Christmas

I'll be home for Christmas,
You can plan on me.
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents for the tree.

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light leads.
I'll be home for Christmas, oh yes
If only in my dreams.

 
Blue Christmas

I'll have a Blue Christmas without you
I'll be so blue thinking about you
Decorations of red on a green Christmastree
Won't be the same dear, if you're not here with me

And the when those blue snowflakes start fallin'
That's when those blue memories start callin'
You'll be doin' all right, with your Christmas of white
But I'll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas


Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me

I don't need a lot of presents
To make my Christmas bright
I just need my baby's arms
Wound around me tight
Oh oh santa hear my plea
Santa bring my baby back to me

The Christmas tree is ready
The candles all aglow
But with my baby far away
What good is mistletoe
Oh oh Santa, hear my plea
Santa bring my baby back to me

Please make these reindeer hurry
Well their time is drawing near
It sure won't seem like Christmas
Until my baby's here
Fill my sock with candy
And a bright and shiny toy
You wanna make me happy and fill my heart with joy
Then Santa, hear my plea
Santa bring my baby back to me

Please make these reindeer hurry
Well their time is drawing near
It sure won't seem like Christmas
Until my baby's here
Fill my sock with candy
And a bright and shiny toy
You wanna make me happy and fill my heart with joy
Then Santa, hear my plea
Santa bring my baby back to me

Then Santa, hear my plea
Santa bring my baby back to me


O Little Town of Bethlehem

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above
While mortals sleep the angels keep their watch of wondering love
Oh morning stars together, proclaim thy holy birth.
And praises sing to God the king, and peace to men on earth.

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.


Silent Night

Silent night, holy night.
All is calm, all is bright.
'Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night.
Shephards quake at the sight.
Glorious strains from Heaven afar
Heavenly ghosts sing alleluia.
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.

 
(There Will Be) Peace in the Valley (for Me)

Oh well, I知 tired and so weary
But I must go alone
Till the lord comes and calls, calls me away, oh yes
Well the morning's so bright
And the lamp is alight
And the night, night is as black as the sea, oh yes

There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me, for me

Well the bear will be gentle
And the wolves will be tame
And the lion shall lay down by the lamb, oh yes
And the beasts from the wild
Shall be lit by a child
And I'll be changed, changed from this creature that I am, oh yes

There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me, for me


I Believe

I believe for every drop of rain that falls
A flower grows
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night
A candle glows
I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come
To show the way
I believe, I believe

I believe above a storm the smallest prayer
Can still be heard
I believe that someone in the great somewhere
Hears every word

Everytime I hear a new born baby cry,
Or touch a leaf or see the sky
Then I know why, I believe

Everytime I hear a new born baby cry,
Or touch a leaf or see the sky
Then I know why, I believe


Take My Hand, Precious Lord

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I知 weak, I知 lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near
When my light is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When the darkness appears and the night draws near
And the day is past and gone
At the river I stand
Guide my feet, hold my hand
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I知 weak, I知 lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home


It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)

The chimes of time ring out the news,
Another day is through.
Someone slipped and fell.
Was that someone you?

You may have longed for added strength,
Your courage to renew.
Do not be disheartened,
For I have news for you.

It is no secret what God can do.
What He's done for others, He'll do for you.
With arms wide open, He'll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.

There is no night for in His light
You never walk alone.
Always feel at home,
Wherever you may go.

There is no power can conquer you
While God is on your side.
Take Him at His promise,
Don't run away and hide.

It is no secret what God can do.
What He's done for others, He'll do for you.
With arms wide open, He'll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.