Elvis Country

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

Cet album nous permet d'explorer l'univers de la musique country et l'on plonge aisément (et imaginairement) dans le monde "cowboy" qui lui est associé généralement.

D'ailleurs Tomorrow never comes, plus qu'un simple country, serait digne d'illustrer le générique d'un western datant de la grande époque hollywoodienne et dont la fin tournerait au drame tant l'interprétation d' Elvis est subliment grave et tant la musique va en s'amplifiant pour devenir pesante voire écrasante à l'image d'une cavalerie avançant inexorablement et réduisant tout à néant sur son passage.

Little cabin on the hill, ambiance fête au village, quant à lui aborde le côté "pure et dure" de la country music. Pas d'artifices. Juste une chanson respirant joie de vivre et dance folklorique et jouée avec les instruments de base et indispensables à ce genre musical.

David Briggs et son piano en intro. de I really don't want to know nous conduisent directement au saloon ;  pour Funny how time slips away la guitare de James Burton se charge d'apporter la sonorité country. De même avec Make the world go away, cette guitare solo est primordiale. Mettez la entre les mains d'un musicien moins doué ou moins convaincu par le projet et vous n'obtenez plus qu'une, certes jolie mais simple ballade. Les frontières entre les styles musicaux sont parfois infimes et seul le talent des instrumentistes fait qu'on ne les franchisse pas ou, au contraire, que l'on accède discrètement et délicatement à une autre catégorie. There goes my everything en est la preuve. J'ai écouté X fois ce titre me demandant pour quelle raison il était inclu dans ce vinyl (d'autant que j'étais fortement influencé par He is my everything, chant d'inspiration). Et effectivement cette chanson est légèrement teintée country grâce, toujours, à la guitare de J. Burton.

L'harmonica de Charlie Mc Coy est également indispensable pour que I washed my hands in a muddy water demeure dans le cercle de la country. Amputez ce titre de cet instrument et vous cédez la place à un bon vieux R'N'R tant le rythme imposé est rapide.

Par contre, concernant Whole lotta shakin' goin' on, cela reste, selon moi, un R'N'R de légende et la super version du King ne contredit pas ce fait. Pour obtenir un album 100% country peut-être aurait-il fallu le remplacer par It ain't no big thing inclu dans le 33 t Love letters from Elvis ?

Guitare et harmonica travaillent de concert pour donner naissance à It's your baby , you rock it, alors que Charlie Mc Coy impose la sonorité country et James Burton suit la voix du rock and roll dans Faded love (que l'intervention de tout un orchestre rend trés "moderne") .

The fool, dépouillé de toute orchestration "sophistiquée", trouve naturellement sa place sur ce support même si l'ambiance est relativement plus "hard". Rythmes et styles différents pour un magnifique résultat.

Snowbird qui provient de septembre ' 70 (tout comme Whole lotta ....) est soutenu par le guitariste H. Bradley qui s'accorde impeccablement avec la voix plus limpide d' Elvis (le King qui a par ailleurs participé à certains arrangements vocaux). Mais cela ne nuit en rien à l'homogénéité de l'album qui se classera 12ème et que les extraits de I was born about ten thousand years ago rendent trés harmonieux.

Il est vrai que j'ai beaucoup axé mon "étude" sur les instruments qui octroient aux chansons leurs couleurs musique-country mais il ne faut pas oublier de mentionner le formidable travail de chacun et le timbre de voix exeptionnel du King. Il ne faudrait pas banaliser les bonnes choses pour finir par ne voir que le négatif ...... pourtant que fait Whole lotta shakin' goin' on dans ce vinyl ?

 

Album édité en Janvier 1971 !

Snowbird
Tomorrow Never Comes
Little Cabin On The Hill
Whole Lot-ta Shakin' Goin' On
Funny How Time Slips Away
I Really Donít Want To Know
There Goes My Everything
It's Your Baby, You Rock It
The Fool
Faded Love
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
Make The World Go Away

 


Les Paroles

Snowbird

Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting
for its coat to turn to green
The snowbird sings a song he always sings
And speaks to me of flowers
that will bloom again in spring

When I was young my heart was young then too
Anything that it would tell me,
that's the thing that I would do
But now I feel such emptiness within
For the thing that I want most in life
Is the thing I can't win

Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know
that I would fly away with you

The breeze along the river seems to say
That she'll only break my heart again
should I decide to stay
So little snowbird take me with you when you go
To that land of gentle breezes
where the peaceful waters flow


Tomorrow Never Comes

Oh you tell me that you love me
Yes you tell me that you care
That tomorrow we'll be married, oh
But tomorrow's never there

Oh tomorrow never, never comes
Oh tomorrow never comes
Now you tell me that you love me, oh
But tomorrow never comes

Many weeks now have I waited
Oh many long nights have I cried
But just to see that happy morning, happy morning
When I have you right by my side

But tomorrow will never come, oh no, no
Tomorrow never gonna come
Now you tell me that you love me
But tomorrow never, never comes

So tomorrow Iíll be leaving
Yes tomorrow Iíll be gone
But tomorrow you'll be weeping, oh
But tomorrow will never, never come

Well tomorrow will never, never come
Oh no, tomorrow ain't never gonna come
Yeah, yeah, you tell me, you tell me
That you love me, but tomorrow never comes


Little Cabin On The Hill

Tonight Iím alone without you my dear
It seems that there's a longing for you still
Oh but I just keep it there so I won't be alone
In our little cabin on the hill

Oh someone has taken you from me
And left me here all alone
To listen to the rain beat on our window pane
In our little cabin on the hill


Whole Lot-ta Shakin' Goin' On

I said come on over baby,
a-whole lotta shakin' goin' on
Yeah I said come on over baby,
a-whole lotta shakin' goin' on
Well we ain't fakin',
a-whole lotta shakin' goin' on

Mmm, I said come on over baby,
we got chicken in the barn
Whose barn, what barn, my barn
Come on over baby,
we got the bull by the horns
Yeah, we ain't fakin',
a-whole lotta shakin' goin' on

Well, I said shake baby, shake
I said shake, baby shake now
I said shake it baby, shake it
I said shake it baby, shake
We ain't fakin',
a-whole lotta shakin' goin' on

Well, I said come on over baby,
a-whole lot-ta shakin' goin' on
I said come on over baby,
a-whole lotta shakin' goin' on
Well we ain't fakin',
a-whole lotta shakin' goin' on

Well my mom-mom-mom,
I said shake it baby, shake it
I said shake it baby, shake it
I said shake it baby, shake all right
I said shake it baby, shake it
We ain't fakin',
a-whole lotta shakin' goin' on


Funny How Time Slips Away

Well hello there,
my it's been a long long time
How am I doin',
oh well I guess Iím doin' fine
It's been so long now and it seems that
It was only yesterday
Mmm, ain't it funny how time slips away

How's your new love,
I hope that he's doin' fine
Heard you told him, yes baby
That you'd love him till the end of time
Well you know, that's the same thing
that you told me
Well it seems like just the other day
Mmm, ain't it funny how time slips away

Gotta go now,
guess Iíll see you hanging round
Don't know when though, oh
Never know when Iíll be back in town
But I remember what I told you
That in time your gonna pay

Well ain't it surprisin' how time slips away
Yeah, ain't it surprisin' how time slips away


I Really Donít Want To Know

Oh how many arms have held you
And hated to let you go
How many, oh how many, I wonder
But I really don't want, I don't wanna know

Oh how many lips have kissed you
And set, set your soul aglow, yes they did
How many, oh how many, I wonder, yes I do
But I really don't want to know

So always make, make me wonder
And always make, make me guess
And even, you know even if I ask you
Oh darling oh don't you, don't confess

Just let it, let it remain your secret
Oh for darling, darling I love you so
No wonder, yeah no wonder, I wonder
Mmm, 'cause I really don't want, I don't wanna know


There Goes My Everything

There goes my only possession
There goes my everything

I hear footsteps slowly walking
As they gently walk across the lonely floor
And a voice is softly saying
Darling this will be goodbye for evermore

There goes my reason for living
There goes the one of my dreams
There goes my only possession
There goes my everything

As my memory turns back the pages
I can see the happy years weíve had before
Now the love that kept this heart beating
Has been shattered by the closing of the door


It's Your Baby, You Rock It

You offered me a penny for my thoughts
And I told you then that woman won't stay caught
But you turned around and loved her anyway
She broke your heart and all Iíve got to say

It's your baby, you rock it
It's your heartache, you bought it
You made the bed your sleeping in
And Iím tired of hearing about it friend
It's your baby you, rock it

Well you cried upon my shoulder like a baby
I'm sorry 'bout your troubles and your lady
But she done you like she done me and Iíve used
up all my sympathy
It's your baby you, rock it

It's your baby, you rock it
It's your heartache, you bought it
You made the bed your sleeping in
And Iím tired of hearing about it friend
It's your baby you, rock it


The Fool

Gather round me buddy, raise your glasses high
And drink to a fool, a crazy fool
Who told his baby goodbye
Too late he found he loved her so much he wants to die

So drink to a fool, a crazy fool
Who told his baby goodbye
He needs her, he needs her so
He wonders why he let her go

She's found, she's found, she's found
A new love buddy, he's a lucky guy
So drink to a fool, a crazy fool
Who told his baby goodbye


Faded Love

As I read the letters that you wrote to me
Well it's you, it's you that Iím thinking of
As I read the lines that to me were so sweet
I remember our faded love

I miss you darlin' more and more everyday
As heaven would miss the stars above
With every heartbeat, I still think of you
And remember our faded love

As I think of the past, all the pleasures that we had
As I watch the mating of the doves
It was in the springtime that you said goodbye
I remember our faded love

I miss you darlin' more and more everyday
As heaven would miss the stars above
With every heartbeat, I still think of you
And remember our faded love


I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water

I was born in Macon Georgia
They kept my daddy over in Macon jail
He told me if you keep your hands clean
You won't hear them bloodhounds on your trail

Well I fell in with bad companions
Robbed a man, oh up in Tennessee
They caught me way up in Nashville
They locked me up and threw away the key

I washed my hands in muddy water
Washed my hands, but they didn't come clean
Tried to do what my daddy told me
But I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream

Well I asked the judge now when's my time up
He said son, oh you know we won't forget
If you try just to keep your hands clean
We might just make a good man of you yet

Oh I couldn't wait to get my time up
I broke out, broke out of Nashville jail
I just crossed the state-line of Georgia
Well I can hear those bloodhounds on my trail

I washed my hands in muddy water
Washed my hands, but they didn't come clean
Tried to do what my daddy told me
But I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream



Make The World Go Away

Make the world go away
Get it off my shoulder
Say the things we used to say
And make the world, make it go away

Do you remember when you loved me
Before the world took you away
Well if you do, then forgive me
And make the world, make it go away

Make the world go away
Get it off my shoulder
Say the things we used to say
And make the world, make it go away

Now Iím sorry if I hurt you
Let me make it up to you day by day
And if you will please forgive me
And make the world, make it go away

Make the world go away
Get it off my shoulder
Say the things we used to say
And make the world, make it go away