Promised Land

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

Des sessions de Décembre 1973 (studio Stax, Memphis) naitra un second album Promised land, le 1er étant Good Times. Et, comme expliqué lors de la critique de celui-ci, pendant cette semaine d'enregistrement, Elvis est particulièrement en forme vocalement. Musiciens et choristes, à l'instar du chanteur, sont  inspirés. Par ailleurs, le King est trés impliqué puisqu'il participe aux harmonies comme c'est le cas avec le titre phare "Promised land". Hélas "les harmonies vocales d'Elvis ... seront retirées de la version officielle" comme le souligne J.M Pouzenc dans son livre -50 ans avec Elvis - l'histoire vraie du King- .

Mais les arrangements effectués sur ce titre de Chuck Berry sont d'une telle qualité que c'est cette version qui influencera nos rockers nationaux.

Heureusement dans la ballade "It's midnight" les harmonies d'Elvis sont bien présentes et l'on ne peut qu'admirer la conception finale. Chaque chanson à rythme lent -comme le prouvent "There's a honky tonk angel", "Your love's been a long time coming"- est un véritable petit joyau qui résulte d'une forte complicité entre tous. Chacun est conscient de son importance et sait ce que l'on attend de lui pour parvenir à la perfection artistique qu'incarne cet album. Car ce qui vient d'être dit pour les ballades est vrai également pour "Help me" , gospel par les paroles mais country par la musique.

Style country évidemment présent puisque cher à Elvis avec "You asked me to" et "Mr Songman". Mais alors que l'on s'imagine cette musique "cow-boy" joué avec juste un harmonica et une guitare sèche, avec  Elvis s'ajoutent orchestration et chorale ! Là encore le résultat est trés recherché, sophistiqué et splendide... mais cela peut déstabiliser les "country-puristes" !

Avec "If you talk in your sleep" , le déstabilisé c'est moi ! Il m'a fallu plonger dans l'excellent livre de J.M Pouzenc pour savoir de quel style musical il s'agissait ! Tendance funky affirme t'il. Et, en toute objectivité (mais un fan peut-il réellement être objectif ?), je dirais que le but est atteint. Ce titre respire la joie de chacun à "travailler" (= se faire plaisir) ensemble.

Reste 2 interprétations que je me refuse à cataloguer : "Thinking about you" et "Love song of the year" toutes 2 merveilles indescriptibles avec des mots. Elles se ressentent personnellement. Seule une écoute attentive permet de les apprécier pleinement. La perfection, là encore, est atteinte. Mon seul regret : qu'il n'en existe pas d'enregistrements public !

Ce 33 T composé de genres musicaux si différents et pourtant si homogène n'atteindra qu'une décevante 47ème place. Cela est d'autant plus dommage que, selon moi, avec ce disque  Elvis atteint son appogée artistique et est sans conteste le King toutes disciplines confondues dans le domaine de la chanson.

 

Album édité en Janvier 1975 !

Promised Land
There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me back In)
Help Me
Mr. Songman
Love Song of the Year
It's Midnight
Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming
If You Talk in Your Sleep
Thinking about You
You Asked Me To

 


Les Paroles

Promised Land

I left my home in Norfolk Virginia
California on my mind
I straddled that Greyhound
And rode into Raleigh
And on across Caroline

We had motor trouble that turn into a struggle
Halfway across Alabam'
And that hound broke down and left us all stranded
In downtown Birmingham

Right away I brought me a through train ticket
Ridin' across Mississippi clean
And I was on that midnight flyer out of Birmingham
Smoking into New Orleans

Somebody help me get out of Louisiana
Just to help me get to Houston Town
There are people there who care a little about me
And they won't let the poor boy down

Sure as you're born brought me a silk suit
Put luggage in my hand
And I woke up high over Alberquerque
On a jet to the promised land

Working on a T-bone steak a la carte
Flying over to the golden state
Ah when the pilot told us in thirteen minutes
He would set us at the terminal gate

Swing low chariot come down easy
Taxi to the terminal zone
Cut your engines and cool your wings
And let me make it to the telephone

Los Angeles give me Norfolk Virginia
Tidewater four ten o nine
Tell the folks back home this is the promised land calling
And the poor boy is on the line

Working on a T-bone steak a la carte
Flying over to the golden state
Ah when the pilot told us in thirteen minutes
He would set us at the terminal gate

Swing low chariot come down easy
Taxi to the terminal zone
Cut your engines and cool your wings
And let me make it to the telephone

Los Angeles give me Norfolk Virginia
Tidewater four ten o nine
Tell the folks back home this is the promised land calling
And the poor boy is on the line


There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me back In)

When was the last time you kissed me
And I don't mean a touch now and then
It's been a long time since you felt like my woman
And even longer since I felt like your man

So tell me if you think it's over
And I'll leave it up to you how it ends
'Cause if you don't want the love I can give you
Well there's a honky tonk angel who will take me back in

You never look at me and say "I love you"
How much more do you think I can stand
Oh, there's an old friend out there and she's waiting
Lord she's happy just holding my hand

So tell me if you think it's over
And I'll leave it up to you how it ends
'Cause if you don't want the love I can give you
Well there's a honky tonk angel who will take me back in
Yes, there's a honky tonk angel who will take me back in

 
Help Me

Lord, Help me walk
another mile, just one more mile;
I'm tired of walkin' all alone.

Lord, Help me smile
another smile, just one more smile;
I know I just can't make it on my own.

I never thought I needed help before;
I thought that I could do things by myself.
Now I know I just can't take it any more.
With a humble heart, on bended knee,
I'm beggin' You, please, Help Me.

Come down from Your golden
throne to me, to lowly me;
I need to feel the touch of Your tender hand.

Remove the chains of darkness
and let me see, Lord let me see;
Just where I fit into your master plan.

I never thought I needed help before;
I thought that I could do things by myself.
Now I know I just can't take it any more.
With a humble heart, on bended knee,
I'm beggin' You, please, Help Me.


Mr. Songman

Here's another dime for you, Mr. Songman
Sing the loneliness of broken dreams away, if you can
Yes it's only me and you, Mr. Songman
Take away the night sing away my hurt, Mr. Songman

In your ivory covered house, safe behind your walls of glass
You keep staring back at me like a memory from the past
Won't you sing me away to a summer night
Let me hold you in my arms again
I know memory's not re-living
But at least it's not the end

Here's another dime for you Mr. Songman
Sing the loneliness of broken dreams away, if you can
Yes it's only me and you, Mr. Songman
Won't you take away the night, sing away my hurt, Mr. Songman

Won't you sing me away to a summer night
Let me hold her in my arms again
Take away the night sing away my hurt, Mr. Songman


Love Song of the Year

I used to laugh when I should cry
I used to let these feelings pass me by
But now that I believe them
I got no-one to leave them to me
You see I traded love for what I thought must be free

So I confess my loneliness
And I guess I've lost the best of the year
That I have lost it through my fingers like a golden breath of air
If I cared I wouldn't be singing this love song of the year

I know the time cannot erase the days
Love is past and I've gone away
From now on I'll make it very clear
Cos' I don't want to write
Another love song of the year

It's a lonely song and not too clear
But to me it's very dear
I guess this song can only be
My feelings went out in the sea of love
To me this has got to be the love song of the year

I know the time cannot erase the days
Love is past and I've gone away
From now on I'll make it very clear
Cos' I don't want to write
Another love song of the year

I used to laugh I used to cry
I used to laugh, these feelings passed me by
From now on I'll make it very clear cos' I don't want to write
Another love song of the year


It's Midnight

Maybe it's too late. Sometimes I even hate myself for loving you
Trying to be strong then nighttime comes along and I start loving you
Wanting you. Where is all my selfcontrol I'm burning way down in my soul
And needing you, and wishing I could be the man, I try to
Hating me for wanting you to be with you knowing you don't love me like you used to
But it's midnight, Ohh and I miss you

It's getting late and I know that's when I am weak
Funny how things have a way of looking so much brighter in the day light
I ought to go to bed to try and straighten out my head and just forget you
Oh but it's midnight yes and I miss you

It's getting late and I know that's when I am weak
Funny how things have a way of looking so much brighter in the day light
I ought to go to bed to try and straighten out my head and just forget you
Oh but it's midnight yes and I miss you

It's midnight and I miss you


Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming

The first time I saw you I knew I was hooked on somebody other than me
The first time I held you, your soft lips and blue eyes
Were as far as my eyes could see

Yes here in my arms I knew I had found the reason that I'm living for
And I felt the feeling, such a wonderful feeling
That I'd never felt before

Baby, you're love's been a long time coming
Baby your love's got a hold on me
Baby your love's sure got me humming
Baby your love's been a long time coming

Deep in my heart there's a feeling I never knew
Until I saw a love that was very new
I'm gonna tell everyone what good love can do

Baby, you're love's been a long time coming
Baby your love's got a hold on me
Baby your love's sure got me humming
Baby your love's been a long time coming

Baby, you're love's been a long time coming
Baby your love's got a hold on me


If You Talk in Your Sleep

I know you're a lonely woman and I love you
But someone else is waiting and he owns you
If he should ever wake up, make sure that your story is straight love
If you talk in your sleep don't mention my name
And if you walk in your sleep forget where you came

Walking every night here in the shadows
So afraid that sometime he may follow
There's always the chance he'll find us
I don't need to remind you
If you talk in your sleep don't mention my name
If you walk in your sleep forget where you came

Love is so much sweeter when it's borrowed
I'll feel a little easier tomorrow
Don't give our secret away, be careful what you say
If you talk in your sleep don't mention my name
If you walk in your sleep forget where you came

Forget where you came, now
Forget where you came
Don't mention my name
Don't mention my name
Forget where you came


Thinking about You

I woke up this morning and I tried to call you, mmm
But you weren't there and that put me in despair
So I thought that maybe I could lose my mind
In the countryside so I went for a ride

But I never stopped thinking about you
Found myself wishing you were there
Just to be with me, feel the breeze
Sun didn't smile I didn't care

I decided to try just one more time
To let you know I really love you so
Before I arrived I saw you go away
With another guy, a tear filled my eye

But I never stopped thinking about you
Found myself wishing you were there
Just to be with me, feel the breeze
Sun didn't smile I didn't care

A long time has past since that day I cried
Life is fine and I'm doin' fine
When I'm at home and I feel all alone
Well I think of you, try to get a message through

But I never stopped thinking about you
Found myself wishing you were there
Just to be with me, feel the breeze
Sun didn't smile I didn't care


You Asked Me To

Long ago and far away
In my old common labor shoes
I turned the world all which-a-way
Just because you asked me to

Likened to no other feel'
Summer love is simple true
There's no end to what I'd do
Just because you asked me to

Let the world call me a fool
Let it; things are right with me and you
That's all that matters and I'll do
Anything you ask me to

Knowin' how much I love you
After all I've been through
I'd turn and walk away from you
Just because you asked me to

Let the world call me a fool
Let it; things are right with me and you
That's all that matters and I'll do
Anything you ask me to