Love Letters From Elvis

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

Ce troisième et dernier volet issu des 36 titres gravés en 5 nuits durant le mois de Juin 1970 à Nashville nous montre un panel plus large des genres musicaux explorés par le king lors de ces jours passés en studio. En effet, si That's the way it is est axé sur les chansons qu'Elvis interprètera à Vegas en Août ' 70 et que Elvis country, comme son nom l'indique, est basé sur la musique country, Love letters est plus panaché. Le gospel est présent par l'intermédiaire de Only believe qui traduit toute la ferveur et la passion du chanteur pour ce style. L'improvisation du country Got my mojo working est d'une telle qualité artistique qu'il ne peut que figurer sur un album. D'autres country, au contraire, sont trés travaillés, sophistiqués (If i were you ou It ain't no big think but it's growing). La voix du king , les cordes, les cuivres ainsi que les instruments traditionnels à tout bon country (harmonica et guitare en particulier) se marient impeccablement. Dans certaines interprétations comme Cindy , Cindy l'influence de ce style musical est sous-jacente malgré un rythme trés rock et rapide. Avec la ballade I'll never know nous retrouvons toute la délicatesse, la douceur vocale et musicale des protagonistes. Love letters, ré-enregistrée à la demande de David Briggs qui désirait améliorer sa performance de 1966, démontre la théorie d'Elvis affirmant qu'un même sujet (chanson) peut-être interprété différemment selon son état d'esprit du moment et son propre vécu. Ajouté à cela l'évolution vocale d'Elvis, le talent des musiciens et vous obtenez un ensemble des plus harmonieux. Heart of Rome (au rythme latino et qui illustre plus que tout autre titre la sincérité d'Elvis dans ses interprétations), Life (musicalement intéressante selon moi) et This is our dance (aux sonorités trés européennes et qui n'est pas sans rappeler Wonderful world ) sont pour ma part assez atypiques dans l'univers musical du king. Ne serait-ce que pour cela, il me parait important de posséder ce vinyl.
Il est vrai que le côté moins thématique de ce 3ème album-sessions-' 70, qui se classera 33ème (12è dans les palmarés country) puisse lui confèrer (en apparence) un aspect moins harmonieux que TTWII et Elvis country mais il nous prouve encore une fois, si nécessaire, par son éclectisme que le king s'intéresse à LA musique au sens large et qu'il ne faut pas l'enfermer dans un carcan comme pourrait le faire un profane.

 

Album édité en Juin 1971 !

Love Letters
When I'm Over You
If I Were You
Got My Mojo Working
Heart Of Rome
Only Believe
This Is Our Dance
Cindy, Cindy
I'll Never Know
It Ain't No Big Thing
Life

 


Les Paroles

Love Letters

Love letters straight from your heart
Keep us so near while apart
I'm not alone in the night
When I can have all the love you write

I memorize ev'ry line
And I kiss the name that you sign
And darlin, then I read again right from the start
Love letters straight,from your heart.

I memorize ev'ry line
And I kiss the name that you sign
And darlin, then I read again right from the start
Love letters straight,from your heart.


When I'm Over You

When I'm over you there'll be darkness where my soul has been
And no light will ever shine again when I'm o-over you
When you're leavin' is over and there's not another tear to cry
In the silence of that last goodbye just remember, remember this

When I'm over you there'll be darkness where my soul has been
And no light will ever shine again when I'm over, over you.

Ooh-ooh-ooh
When I'm over you there'll be darkness, darkness where my soul has been
And no light will ever shine again when I'm over, over you.

When I'm over you there'll be darkness where my soul has been
And no light will ever shine again when I'm over, over you.

When I'm over you there'll be darkness, darkness, darkness where my soul has been
And no light will ever, ever shine again when I'm over you.


If I Were You

The sandman comes to my house late each night
But it's way in the morning before he turns out my life
It's times like this my darling I can see
If I were you I'd know that I love me

The great snowman I've been called by all
But it looks like this time I'm gonna fall
It's times like this my darling I can see
Oooh If I were you I'd know that I love me

Wind and rain and storm closin' in on me
I've walked the streets alone with my self sympathy
Can you hear me saying hopefully
Oooh If I were you I'd know that I love me

Wind and rain and storm closin' in on me
I've walked the streets alone with my self sympathy
Can you hear me saying hopefully
If I were you I'd know that I love me
Oooh If I were you I'd know that I love me
If I were you I'd know that I love me

Got My Mojo Working

Hands off of her, she belongs to me
Mojo working don't belong to you
Well, she's mine all mine no matter what you do
Play it boys, play it boys

I got my mojo working but it just don't work on you
I got my mojo working but it just don't work on you
But you're mine all mine no matter what you do

Let me tell you now
She's long lean and lanky, sweet as she can be
Hands off of her, she belongs to me
Hands off of her' don't belong to you
Well she's mine all mine no matter what you do

I got my mojo working but it just don't work on you
I got my mojo working but it just don't work on you
Well you're mine all mine no matter what you do
Play it Jerry, play it ........

No matter what you do, play it son

Well she's long lean and lanky, sweet as she can be
Hands off of her unless you want to deal with me
I got my mojo working but it just don't work on you
Well you're mine all mine no matter what you do
Yeah!

I got my mojo workin' I got my mojo workin'
I got my mojo working but it just don't work on you
Well, you're mine all mine no matter what you do
She's long lean and lanky, sweet as she can be
Hands off of her, she belongs to me
Hands off of her' don't belong to you
Well you're mine all mine no matter what you do
One more time!

Yeah!
I got my mojo working but it just don't work on you
I got my mojo working but it just don't work on you
Well, you're mine all mine no matter what you do

Listen to me now
I said you're long lean and lanky cute as you can be
Hands off of her unless you want deal with me
Get your hands off of her, she don't belong to you
Well, you're mine all mine no matter what you do
Yeah, I got my mojo workin' I got my mojo workin'
I got my mojo workin' I got my mojo workin'
I got my mojo working but it just don't work on you


Heart Of Rome

In a little while you're leavin'
Starting on the journey home
Soon I'll be alone, the one who loves you
La la la la la, somewhere in the heart of Rome

I'll make a wish in every fountain
Say a prayer that you'll return
Minutes I'll be counting
May the fire of love still burn
I'll keep your picture by my pillow
And pretend I'm not alone
Make believe that you are with me
La la la la la, in the heart of Rome

Suddenly the tears are falling
As we hear the whistle blow
Hold me very close before you leave me
La la la la la, somewhere in the heart of Rome

I'll make a wish in every fountain
Say a prayer that you'll return
Minutes I'll be counting
May the fire of love still burn
I'll keep your picture by my pillow
And pretend I'm not alone
Make believe that you are with me
La la la la la, in the heart of Rome

I'll make a wish in every fountain
Say a prayer that you'll return
Minutes I'll be counting
May the fire of love still burn
I'll keep your picture by my pillow
And pretend I'm not alone
Make believe that you are with me
La la la la la, in the heart of Rome


Only Believe

Lordy only believe, only believe
All things are possible
If you'll only believe
My Lordy, only believe, yes only believe
All things are possible
If you'll only believe

I met God one morning my soul feeling bad
Heart heavy laden I felt fire doubt ahead
Well He lifted all my burdens, yeh! right now I'm feeling glad
All things are possible
If you'll only believe

I believe, yeh! I believe,
All things are possible
If you'll only believe


This Is Our Dance

We had a real good evening
Now all our friends are leaving
Soon we'll be alone
Wait till everybody has gone
Then play just one more song

'Cause this is our dance
Darling remember, it's our dance
Loving and tender
I'll take you away, take you away
In my arms
Yes this is our dance, now we're together
For our dance can't last forever
And nobody knows just what tomorrow will bring
So let our dance begin

We'll turn the light down low now
I'll never let you go now
You're here in my arms
And when I hear you whisper you're mine
We'll play that song just one more time

'Cause this is our dance
Darling remember, it's our dance
Loving and tender
I'll take you away, take you away
In my arms
Yes this is our dance, now we're together
For our dance can't last forever
And nobody knows just what tomorrow will bring
So let our dance begin


Cindy, Cindy

Wish I was an apple dangling from a tree
Every time you'd pass me by you'd take a bite of me
I wish I was a bluebird I'd never fly away
I'd sit up on your shoulder baby and sing to you all day

Come on home Cindy Cindy, Come on home Cindy Cindy
Come on home Cindy Cindy, Come on home with me

I wrote it in a letter, carved it on a tree
Told it to a honeycomb, told it to a bee
Told them that I love you, they all know its true
Say it till the cows come home until it gets to you

Come on home Cindy Cindy, Come on home Cindy Cindy
Come on home Cindy Cindy, Come on home with me

Need you in the morning to start the coffee pot
Need you in the afternoon to fan me when I'm hot
Need you in the evening when supper time is through
What I'm really tryin' to say is I can't get enough of you

Come on home Cindy Cindy, Come on home Cindy Cindy
Come on home Cindy Cindy, Come on home with me

If I were a musician I'd harp on just one thing
You should never play my harp the way you pluck a string
If only you would love me, sincerely tell me so
I'd beat two drums about it baby to have the whole world know

Come on home Cindy Cindy, Come on home Cindy Cindy
Come on home Cindy Cindy, Come on home with me

Come on home Cindy Cindy, Come on home Cindy Cindy
Come on home Cindy Cindy, Come on home with me


I'll Never Know

How many stars are in the sky, I'll never know
What fire lights a firefly, I'll never know

What happens to this heart of mine each time you hold my hand
Sometimes the things we love the most
We never understand
I never thought these eyes would see an angel's glow
What miracle brought you to me, I'll never know

What happens to this heart of mine each time you hold my hand
Sometimes the things we love the most
We never understand
I never thought these eyes would see an angel's glow
What miracle brought you to me, I'll never know
What miracle brought you to me, I'll never know


It Ain't No Big Thing

Your losing interest in me and it's showin'
It ain't no big thing but it's growin'
The pain of heartbreak I've just started knowin'
Well, it ain't no big thing but it's growin'

Every day the hurt grows bigger than before
But I'll pretend I don't know this
But If I can hold you one day more
You've got the look of someone who's goin'
You're gonna leave me and it's showin'
A little tear I can feel start to flow
It ain't no big thing but it's growin'

Well every day the hurt grows bigger than before
But I'll pretend I don't know this
Well, if I can hold you one day more
You've got the look of someone who's goin'
Well, you're gonna leave me and it's showin'
A little tear I can feel start to flow
Well it ain't no big thing but it's growing
No, it ain't no big thing but it's growing


Life

Somewhere out in empty space,
long before the human race,
Something stirred,
A vast and timeless source began,
Intelligence was born and then,
there was the world,
Powers filled the universe,
matter formed and broke the curse,
Of nothingness,
Love became an ageless soul,
nature reached her highest goal,
And breathed the breath of life,
Everlasting life.

Well creatures come from out of sight,
Daylight came from in the night,
and all was good,
Life became a masterplan,
Love produced the perfect man,
that understood,
The image of the makers word,
worshipped him with all he had,
But then one day,
From in the depths an evil seed,
grew and manufactured greed,
That changed the way of life,
Everlasting life,

Oh the loving power looked and saw,
Inside the heart of man a flaw,
began to grow,
Well, the fires of hell began to burn,
and so he sent his chosen son,
To let us know,
That love had surely made us all,
and hate would surely make us fall,
So from the cross,
Well he showed the world that dreadful day,
That love could be the only way,
or all is lost of life,
Everlasting life,
For life is love,
And love is life.