From Elvis In Memphis

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

C'est un Elvis inspiré ("Il chantait de façon formidable. C'est tout." dira Wayne Jackson , trompettiste. ), professionnel et bousté par le trac ("Cet endroit me donne le trac" avoue t'il lors de son arrivée aux studios American de Memphis) qui se rend aux sessions d'enregistrements en cette année 1969. Il s'agit également d'un Elvis plein d'humilité vis-à-vis des musiciens et techniciens qui l'entourent.

Selon R.Young, guitariste, le chanteur s'est littéralement fondu dans le groupe. Bref, nous avons un King possédé par l'ENVIE. Ces sessions seront d'ailleurs qualifiées par tous (fan ou non) d'exceptionnelles et donneront naissance au présent album (ainsi qu'à un second "Back in Memphis"  tant les titres sont nombreux et de qualités artistiques et commerciales irréprochables. Que le périple hollywoodien parait loin !).

Ce vinyl peut sembler assez paradoxal en ce sens que sont "opposés" des instruments réputés "rocks" (guitare, batterie, ..) à des instruments "classiques" (cordes, cuivres). De même, la voix limpide, tendance soul des choristes est aux antipodes du timbre rock (et rauque, Elvis étant enrhumé) du chanteur. Et pourtant, nous avons là un disque possédant indubitablement une âme, et cette harmonieuse atmosphère ne sera rompue ni par les différents styles musicaux explorés, ni par le fait que cette galette soit composée de titres trés travaillés pour certains alors que d'autres sont plus spontannés comme l'est "I'll hold you in my heart". Elvis, au piano, exprime toute sa passion dans cet impromptu. Ce titre illustre parfaitement l'ENVIE d'Elvis. Le king pur, sauvage, instinctif, imprévisible de la période SUN est de retour ! Ces adjectifs caractérisant le chanteur sont valables pour chacune de ses interprétations.

Dès l'introduction de ce 33T avec "Wearin' that loved on look" c'est la grande claque entre les oreilles. La voix d'Elvis, les musiciens "live", le travail des techniciens sur les overdubs, tout est parfait ! Ne rien toucher SVP ! Mike Leach, bassiste, affirmera "Il chantait tout comme ça (parlant de la gestuelle d'Elvis et de sa façon de se tenir en studio comme s'il était sur scène). Il fermait les yeux et se retrouvait plutôt bien en sueur à la fin de chaque morceau. Il entrait vraiment dedans". C'est ainsi qu'Elvis se met complétement à nu lorsqu'il enregistre "In the ghetto" (23 prises seront nécessaires pour parvenir au résultat final de cette protest-song). Il nous démontre tout son talent vocal dans "Any day now" (titre qui a captivé mon attention dès la première écoute allez savoir pourquoi lui plus qu'un autre ?) en montant dans les octaves alors que sa voix en 1969 ne s'y prête pas forcément. Cette voix si rock dans "Power of my love" ou "After loving you" et si pleine de délicatesse et de sensibilité dans "Only the strong survive".

"I'm movin' on" nous montre un Elvis "meneur" de part le rythme rapide qu'il impose à ce country. La guitare électrique n'est pas pour autant perturbée par ce tempo endiablé. Son travail est purement magique de même que l'est le travail sur overdub que ce soit avec les choristes ou l'orchestre.

"Gentle on my mind" quant à elle nous prouve, si besoin est, le don du King à faire sienne une version originale à laquelle Engelbert Humperdinck insufflait un côté trés crooner classant plus ce titre dans la catégorie variété que rock.

Cet album que chaque fan ou tout simplement que chaque personne s'intéressant à l'Histoire de la musique se doit de posséder atteindra la 13ème place et se classera 2nd dans les charts country.

 

Album édité en mai 1969

Wearin' That Loved On Look
Only The Strong Survive
I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)
Long Black Limousine
It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'
I'm Movin' On
Power Of My Love
Gentle On My Mind
After Loving You
True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
Any Day Now
In The Ghetto

 


Les Paroles

Wearin' That Loved On Look

I had to leave town for a little while,
You said you'd be good while I'm gone,
But the look in your eye dun told me you told a lie,
I know there's been some carryin' on.

Baby, You're wearin' that loved on look, Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop
Baby, You're wearin' that loved on look.

The ash trays are all full of ashes,
The floor needs a touch of the mop,
There's a man downstairs with a long bushy hair,
He said your party was a three day rock.

Baby, You're wearin' that loved on look, Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop
Baby, You're wearin' that loved on look.

Baby if you ever loved me,
Then Bonnie and Clyde loved the law,
Yea, an a bird can't fly and I don't like apple pie,
A tree won't grow in Arkansas.

Baby, You're wearin' that loved on look, Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop
Baby, You're wearin' that loved on look.

I had to leave town for a little while,
You said you'd be good while I'm gone,
But the look in your eye dun told me you told a lie,
I know there's been some carryin' on.

Baby, You're wearin' that loved on look,
Baby, You're wearin' that loved on look,
Baby, You're wearing that loved on look,Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop
Baby, You're wearing that loved on look,Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop


Only The Strong Survive

I remember my first love affair
Somehow or another the whole darn thing went wrong
My mamma had some great advice
So I thought I'd put it into words of this song
I can still hear her sayin' it

Boy, Oh, I see you're sittin' out there all alone
Cryin' your eyes out 'cos the woman that you love has gone
Oh, there's gonna be, there's gonna be a whole lot of trouble in your life
Oh, so listen to me get up off your knees 'cos only the strong survive
That's what she said, only the strong survive
Only the strong survive,
Oh you've got to be strong, you'd better hold on
Don't go all around with your head hung down
Well I wouldn't let that little girl
No, I wouldn't let her know that she made me feel like a clown
There's a whole lot a girls lookin' for a good man like you
Oh but you'll never meet 'em if you give up now and say that your life is through
Yes she said: Only the strong survive, only the strong survive,
You've got to be a man, you've got to take a stand

Only the strong survive, only the strong survive,
Oh, you've got to be strong, you'd better hold on
'Cos only the strong survive
Only the strong survive, only the strong survive,
Well, you've got to be a man, you've got to take a stand
Only the strong survive, only the strong survive


I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)

I said I'd hold, I said I'd hold,
I said I'd hold you in my heart 'till I can hold you in my arms
Like you've never been held before
Well I'll think of you each day and then I'll dream the night away
Oh, 'till you are in my arms once more

The stars up in the sky, you know they know the reason why
I feel so blue 'cause I'm away from you
Yeah I'll hold you in my heart 'till I can hold you in my arms
Oh darling please wait for me

You know the stars up in the sky, you know they know the reason why
I feel so blue 'cause I'm away, I'm away from you
Yeah I'll hold you in my heart 'till I can hold you in my arms
Oh darling please wait for me

The stars up in the sky you know they know the reason why...
I feel so blue 'cause I'm away, I'm away, I'm away, I'm away from you
I said, I said I'd hold you in my heart, heart, heart 'till I can hold you in my arms
Oh darling please wait for me

The stars up in the sky, you know they know the reason why
I, I feel so blue 'cause I'm away, I'm away from you
Yeah, I'll hold you in my heart 'till I can hold you in my arms
Oh darling please wait for me



Long Black Limousine

There's a long line of mourners
Driving down our little street
Their fancy cars are such a sight to see, oh yeah
They're all your rich friends who knew you in the city
And now they've finally brought you
Brought you home to me

When you left you know you told me
That some day you'd be returnin'
In a fancy car, all the town to see, oh yeah
Well now everyone is watching you
You finally had your dream, yeah
And you're ridin' in a long black limousine

You know the paper told how you lost your life, oh yeah
The party, the party and the fatal crash that night
Well the race upon a highway, oh the curve you didn't see
Well you're riding in that long black limousine

Through tear-filled eyes I watch as you ride by, oh yeah
A chauffeur, a chauffeur at the wheel dressed up so fine
Well I'll never, I'll never love another
Oh my heart, all my dreams, yeah they're with you
In that long black limousine

Yeah, yeah, they're with you in that long black limousine
Yeah, yeah, yeah, they're with you in that long black limousine


It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'

I cry myself to sleep each night
Wishing I could hold you tight
Life seems so empty since you went away
And the pillow where you lay your head
Now holds my empty dreams instead
And it keeps right on a-hurtin'
Since you're gone

It keeps right on a'hurtin every minute of the day
Every hour you're away I feel so lonely
And I can't help it, I don't think I can go on
And it keeps right on a-hurtin' since you're gone

They say a man ain't supposed to cry
But when I see you passing by
My heart breaks down and cries a million tears
The pillow where you lay your head
Now holds my empty dreams instead
And it keeps right on a-hurtin' since you're gone

It keeps right on a'hurtin every minute of the day
Every hour you're away I feel so lonely
And I can't help it, I don't think I can go on
And it keeps right on a-hurtin' since you're gone
Yes, it keeps right on a-hurtin' since you're gone


I'm Movin' On

That big eight-wheeler runnin' down the track
Means your true lovin' daddy ain't acomin' back
'Cause he's movin on, he's rollin on
You were flyin too high for my little ol' sky
So I'm movin' on

But some day baby when you've had you play
Your gonna want your daddy but your daddy will say
Keep movin' on, keep rollin' on
You were flyin too high for my little ol' sky
So I'm movin' on. Move on baby.

Mr. Fireman won't you please listen to me
'Cause I gotta pretty momma in Tennessee
Keep rollin on, keep movin' on,
Please listen to me let this rattler free
And keep movin' on
Move on ol' son, move on

Well I told you baby from time to time
But you just wouldn't listen or pay me no mind
And now I'm movin' on, I'm rollin' on
I'm through with you, too bad you're blue
But I'm movin' on
Move on baby, move on
I said move on, I said move on,
I said move on, I said move on,
Well I'm through with you, too bad you're blue
I said move on, I said move on
I said move on, I said move on


Power Of My Love

Oh break it, burn it, drag it all around
Twist it, turn it, you can't tear it down
Cos' every minute, every hour you'll be shaken
By the strength and mighty power of my love

Crush it, kick it, you can never win
I know baby you can't lick it
I'll make you give in
Every minute, every hour you'll be shaken
By the strength and mighty power of my love

Baby I want you, you'll never get away
My love will haunt you yes haunt you night and day
Punch it, pound it, what good does it do
There's just no stoppin' the way I feel for you
Cos' every minute, every hour you'll be shaken
By the strength and mighty power of my love

Yeh, yeh, baby I want you, you'll never get away
My love will haunt you yes haunt you night and day
Touch it, pound it, what good does it do
There's just no stoppin' the way I feel for you
Cos' every minute, every hour you'll be shaken
By the strength and mighty power of my love

I said every minute, every hour you'll be shaken
By the strength and mighty power of my love

Every minute, every hour you'll be shaken
By the strength and mighty power of my love


Gentle On My Mind

It's knowin' that your door is always open
And your path is free to walk
That makes me tend to keep my sleeping bag rolled up
And stashed behind your couch

It's knowin' I'm not shackled
By forgotten words and bonds
And the ink stains that have dried upon some line
That keeps you in the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
And keeps you ever gentle on my mind

It's not clinging to the rocks and ivy
Planted on their columns now that binds me
Or something that somebody said
Because they thought we fit together walking
It's just knowing that the world will not be cursin'
Or forgiving when I walk along some railroad track and find
That you're moving on the back roads
By the rivers of my memory and for hours
You're just gentle on my mind

Though the wheat fields and the clothes lines
And the junk yards and the highways come between us
And some other woman's cryin' to her mother
'Cause she turned and I was gone
I still might run in silence
Tears of joy might stain my face
And the summer sun might burn me 'till I'm blind
But not to where I cannot see you
Walking in the back roads
By the rivers flowing gently on my mind

I dip my cup of soup back from a gurgling,
crackling cauldron in some train yard
My beard a roughening coal pile
And a dirty hat pulled low across my face
With cupped hands around a tine can
I pretend to hold you to my breast and find
That you're wavin' from the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
Ever smiling ever gentle on my mind


After Loving You

But now after loving you, what else is there to do
For honey, all the rest is just gonna have to be second best
I know I'll go through life comparing her to you
That's 'cause I'm no good, I'm no good to anyone after loving you

Your precious love cannot be erased by just another woman with a pretty face
And your memory, you know it will remain for it cannot be erased
Other loves may come along, they can't live up to you
That's 'cause I'm no good, I'm no good to anyone after loving you

Your precious love cannot be erased by just another woman with a pretty face
And your memory, you know it will remain for it cannot be erased
Other loves may come along, they can't live up to you
That's 'cause I'm no good, I'm no good to anyone after loving you

I said I'm no good, I'm no good to anyone after loving you
I said I'm no good, I'm no good, I'm no good to anyone
To anyone, to anyone, to anyone after loving you
That's 'cause I'm no good, I'm no good to anyone after loving you




True Love Travels On A Gravel Road

How many girls choose cotton dress worlds
When they could have satins and lace
And stand by her man, never once letting shame touch her face
How many hearts could live through all the winters
We've known and still not be cold
True love travels on a gravel road.

Love is a stranger and hearts are in danger
On smooth streets paved with gold
Oh true love travels on a gravel road.

Down through the years we've had hard times and tears
But they only helped our love grow
And we'll stay together no matter how strong the wind blows
Not once have I seen your blue eyes fill with envy
Or stray from the one that you hold
Oh true love travels on a gravel road.

Love is a stranger and hearts are in danger
On smooth streets paved with gold
Oh true love travels on a gravel road.

Yeah, true love travels on a gravel road.
True love travels on a gravel road.
True love travels on a gravel road.


Any Day Now

Any day now I will hear you say
Goodbye my love
You'll be on your way
Then my wild beautiful bird
You will have flown
Any day now Iíll be all alone
Oh, oh, oh

Any day now, when your restless eyes
Meet someone new
To my sad surprise
Then the blue shadow will fall all over town
Any day now
Love will let me down
Oh, oh, oh

I know I shouldn't want to keep you
If you don't want to stay, yeah
Until you've gone forever
I'll be holding on for dear life
Holding you this way
Begging you to stay

Any day now
When the clock strikes go
You'll call it off
Then my tears will flow
Then the blue shadow will fall all over town
Any day now
Love will let me down
Oh, oh, oh

Oh, any day now
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, any day now
Don't fly away my beautiful bird

Don't fly away my beautiful bird


In The Ghetto

As the snow flies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto
And his mama cries
'cause if there's one thing that she don't need
it's another little hungry mouth to feed
In the ghetto
in the ghetto
People, don't you understand
the child needs a helping hand
or he'll grow to be an angry young man some day
Take a look at you and me,
are we too blind to see,
do we simply turn our heads
and look the other way

Well the world turns
and a hungry little boy with a runny nose
plays in the street as the cold wind blows
In the ghetto
in the ghetto
And his hunger burns
so he starts to roam the streets at night
and he learns how to steal
and he learns how to fight
In the ghetto
in the ghetto
Then one night in desperation
the young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car,
tries to run, but he don't get far
And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers 'round an angry young man
face down on the street with a gun in his hand
In the ghetto
As her young man dies,
on a cold and gray Chicago mornin',
another little baby child is born
In the ghetto
And his mama cries