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Commentaire de Ph.T

Elvis n'enregistrant pas de nouvelles chansons en cette année 1959 (service militaire oblige), la stratégie de RCA et du "colonel" Parker, afin que le public n'oublie pas leur poulain, est d'éditer un album composé de titres sortis auparavant en EP's ou en singles pendant les années 1954/55/56. Ce LP est intéressant car il constitue une sorte de flash back de la courte -et pourtant déjà bien remplie- carrière du King.

Ce retour nous permet de (re)découvrir LA chanson qui a synthétisé le blues -plongeant ses racines dans la culture musicale noire américaine- et la country -ancrée dans la tradition musicale blanche américaine. "That's all right, mama" a, de l'avis de tous les spécialistes, créé un véritable big-bang dans l'univers de la musique ! Mais durant ces 3 années le chanteur a également exploré des titres aux sonorités et aux rythmes variés comme le démontrent fort bien "You're a heatbreaker" (08/12/54 - Elvis/Scotty/Bill), "I'm left, you're right, she's gone" (?/03/55 - Elvis/Scotty/Bill/Jimmie Lott, batteur) ou encore "Lawdy miss Clawdy" (03/02/56) magnifiquement accompagné par le piano de Shorty Long ... sans oublier Scotty et Bill évidemment. "Mystery train" (11/07/55) est en total harmonie avec "Shake, rattle and roll" et "My baby left me" des sessions de janv./fev. 1956. Ces 2 titres sont un réel retour à la source SUN ! "Playing for keeps" (01/09/56)  et "I was the one" (11/01/56) nous font pénétrer dans le monde romantique de la ballade. Romantisme d'autant plus accentué qu'en cette année ' 56 les choristes sont là pour épauler Elvis (Pour la petite histoire le 11/01/56 Gordon Stoker est accompagné de Ben et Brock Speer, les Jordanaires interviendront au côté du King à partir de juin 1956).

Ce vinyl serait trés cohérent s'il n'y avait en son sein "Poor boy" du film "Love me tender" qui a nécessité banjo, accordéon ainsi que des choristes et  musiciens différents lors de son enregistrement. L'état d'esprit dans lequel a été élaboré cette chanson, l'atmosphère et le son qui s'en dégagent sont par trop différents de ceux des 9 hits cités précédemment. De plus -mais cela ne vient-il pas de mon esprit "trop ordonné"- je pense qu'une chronologie respectant l'ordre de création des chansons "améliorerait l'écoute".

 

Album édité en Février 1959

That's All Right, Mama
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Mystery Train
Playing for Keeps
Poor Boy
My Baby Left Me
I Was the One
Shake, Rattle and Roll
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
You're a Heartbreaker
Blue Suede Shoes

 


Les Paroles

That's All Right, Mama

Well, that's all right, mama
That's all right for you
That's all right mama, just anyway you do
Well, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Mama she done told me,
Papa done told me too
'Son, that gal you're foolin' with,
She ain't no good for you'
But, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

I'm leaving town, baby
I'm leaving town for sure
Well then you won't be bothered
With me hangin' round your door
But, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do


Lawdy Miss Clawdy

Well, lawdy, lawdy, lawdy Miss Clawdy
Girl, you sure look good to me
Well please don't excite me, baby
I know it can't be me
Well, I give you all my money
Yeah but you just won't treat me right
You like to ball every morning
Don't come home til late at night

I'm gonna tell, tell my mama
GirlI swaer to God what you been doing to me
I'm gonna tell everybody that I'm down in misery

So bye, bye, bye, baby
Girl, I won't be comin' no more
Goodbye little darlin' down the road I'll go
So, bye, bye, bye baby
Girl, I won't be comin' no more
Goodbye little darlin' down the road I'll go


Mystery Train

Train arrived, sixteen coaches long
Train arrived, sixteen coaches long
Well that long black train got my baby and gone

Train train, coming 'round, 'round the bend
Train train, coming 'round the bend
Well it took my baby, but it never will again (no, not again)

Train train, coming down, down the line
Train train, coming down the line
Well it's bringin' my baby, 'cause she's mine all, all mine
(She's mine, all, all mine)


Playing for Keeps

I'm playin' for keeps
This time it's real
And I want you to know
Exactly how I feel
I'm playin' for keeps
I'm sure this time
And I won't be happy
Until I know you're mine

There have been others
That could love me true
But no one else can thrill me like you do
I'm playin' for keeps
Oh love me too
Oh, don't make me sorry
That I fell in love with you

There have been others
That could love me true
But no one else can thrill me like you do
I'm playin' for keeps
Oh love me too
Oh, don't make me sorry
That I fell in love with you


Poor Boy

They call me poor boy, poor boy, poor boy
But I ain't lonesome and I ain't blue
'Cause I could never be a poor boy
As long as Iíve got a dolly like you

Ain't got a crust, ain't got a cent
Can't buy a jug, can't pay the rent
I got a heartfull of dreams
And a lot of memories
And that's enough for me

Can't buy a house, can't buy a lot
Ain't got a bean, I ain't got a pot
But what I got is a heartfull of
Love and memories
And that's enough for me

Don't have a pig, don't have a cow
I don't have a horse to pull a plow
But what I got is a heartfull of
Love and memories
And that's enough for me


My Baby Left Me

Yes my baby left me,
never said a word.
Was it something I done,
something that she heard?

My baby left me,
my baby left me.
My baby even left me,
never said a word.

Now I stand at my window,
wring my hands and cry.
I hate to lose that woman,
hate to say goodbye.

You know she left me,
yes, she left me.
My baby even left me,
never said a word.

Baby, one of these mornings,
Lord, it won't be long,
You'll look for me and,
Baby, and daddy he won't know.

You know you left me,
you know you left me.
My baby even left me,
never said goodbye.

Now, I stand at my window,
wring my hands and moan.
All I know is that
the one I love is gone.

My baby left me,
you know she left me.
My baby even left me,
never said a word.


I Was the One

I was the one who taught her to kiss
The way that she kisses you now.
And you know the way she touches your cheek,
Well, I taught her how.

I was the one who taught her to cry
When she wants you under her spell.
The sight of her tears drives you out of your mind,
I taught her so well.

And then one day
I had my love as perfect as could be.
She lived, she loved, she laughed, she cried,
And it was all for me.

I'll never know who taught her to lie.
Now that it's over and done,
Who learned the lesson when she broke my heart?
I was the one.

And then one day
I had my love as perfect as could be.
She lived, she loved, she laughed, she cried,
And it was all for me.

I'll never know who taught her to lie.
Now that it's over and done,
Who learned the lesson when she broke my heart?
I was the one.


Shake, Rattle and Roll

Well get out of that bed, wash your face and hands
Get out of that bed, wash your face and hands
Well get in that kitchen
Make some noise with the pots and pans
I believe it to my soul you're the devil in nylon hose
I believe it to my soul you're the devil in nylon hose
For the harder I work the faster my money goes

Well I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake rattle and roll
I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake rattle and roll
Well you won't do right
To save your doggone soul

Shake rattle and roll

I'm like the one-eyed cat peeping in a seafood store
I'm like the one-eyed cat peeping in a seafood store
Well I can look at you tell you ain't no child no more
I believe you're doing me wrong and now I know
I believe you're doing me wrong and now I know
'Cause the harder I work the faster my money goes

Well I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake rattle and roll
I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake rattle and roll
Well you won't do right
To save your doggone soul

Play it again!

I went over the hill, way down underneath
I went over the hill, way down underneath
You make me roll my eyes
And then you make me grit my teeth

Well I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake rattle and roll
I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake rattle and roll
Well you won't do right
To save your doggone soul


I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone

Well, you're right, I'm left, she's gone.
You're right, and I'm left all alone.
Well, you tried to tell me so,
But how was I to know
That she was not the one for me?

You told me all along,
You're right, our love was so wrong.
But now I changed my mind,
Because she broke the ties that bind,
And I know that she never cared for me.

Well, I thought I knew just what she'd do,
I guess I'm not so smart.
Oh, you tried to tell me along she'd only break my heart.
I'm left, you're right, she's gone.
You're right, and I'm left all alone.

Well, she's gone I know not where,
But now I just don't care.
For now I'm falling for you.

If you'll forgive me now,
I'll make it up somehow.
So happy we will be,
In a home just for three,
And I'll soon forget her,
Now I know.

Well, I thought I knew just what she'd do,
I guess I'm not so smart.
You tried to tell me all along,
She'd only break my heart.

Well, you're right, I'm left, she's gone.
You're right, and I'm left all alone.
Well, she's gone, I know not where,
But now I just don't care,
For now I've fallen for you.


You're a Heartbreaker

You're a heartbreaker,
You're a love faker,
A heartbreaker playing with fire.
You're a tear snatcher,
You're a quarrel patcher,
But you can't break my heart anymore,
For I just found someone else who's sure to take your place.
Someone I can always trust and to fill this empty space.

You're a heartbreaker,
You're a love faker,
But you can't break my heart anymore.

You're a smooth talker,
You're a real cool walker,
But now you have talked out of turn.
You're a high stepper,
You're a eye-catcher,
But you won't catch my glances anymore.
For I just found someone else who's sure to take your place,
Someone I can always trust and to fill this empty space.

You're a heartbreaker
You're a love faker,
But you can't break my heart anymore.

You're a heart breaker
You're a love faker,
A heartbreaker playing with fire.
You're a tear snatcher,
You're a quarrel patcher,
But you can't break my heart anymore.
For I've just found someone else who's sure to take your place.
Someone I can always trust and to fill this empty space.

You're a heartbreaker,
You're a love faker,
But you can't break my heart anymore.


Blue Suede Shoes

Well, it's one for the money,
Two for the show,
Three to get ready,
Now go, cat, go.

But don't you step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my Blue suede shoes.

Well, you can knock me down,
Step in my face,
Slander my name
All over the place.

Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,
Honey, lay off of my shoes
Don't you step on my Blue suede shoes.
Well you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

You can burn my house,
Steal my car,
Drink my liquor
From an old fruitjar.

Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,
Honey, lay off of my shoes
Don't you step on my blue suede shoes.
Well you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

Well, it's one for the money,
Two for the show,
Three to get ready,
Now go, go, go.

but dont you step on my blue suede shoes,
well you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

Well it's a blue blue blue suede shoes
Blue blue blue suede shoes
Blue blue blue suede shoes
Blue blue blue suede shoes
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.