That's The Way It Is

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

L'album "Elvis : that's the way it is" (dont le meilleur classement sera la 21ème place) insiste particulièrement sur des chansons à rythme lent où le King excelle tant sa voix, qu'il utilise à merveille pour communiquer ses sentiments et ses émotions, se prête plus que favorablement à ce genre d'excercice. En outre il est la confirmation de l'orientation artistique prise par Elvis depuis ' 69.

Les interprétations sont d'une durée indéniablement plus longues ; l'orchestration, trés soignée, est plus axée sur les cuivres ; les choristes sont toujours plus présents. Et tous, musicalement et vocalement, évoluent au rythme du chanteur comme le démontre Bridge over troubled water.

La vision qu'a Elvis de ce succès de Simon et Garfunkel est plus grave, plus dramatique et cependant teintée d'espoir, que la version originale du célèbre duo.

Au fur et à mesure du déroulement du titre, musiciens puis choristes interviennent dans un ordre impeccable suivant une stratégie implacable pour terminer en apothéose. Le résultat est grandiose (aussi, pourquoi cet ajout, inutile, d'applaudissement lors du mixage ?).

Cette harmonie, que dis-je, cette osmose, se retrouve également dans les chansons à ambiance plus optimiste telle la sublime The next step is love où encore dans les interprétations plus rapides comme l'excellent rock Patch it p. Vocalement le King est au top et gestuellement ce titre lui permet de se déplacer sur scène avec la souplesse du félin .. mais bon, il s'agit ici de parler du vinyl. Il en est de même pour Stranger in the crowd. Là encore l'intégration des musiciens et choristes est progressive pour un résultat d'ensemble magnifique. Le travail accompli par chacun (en public ou en studio comme nous pouvons le constater grâce à cet album) est d'une telle qualité, d'une telle complexité qu'il nécessiterait l'analyse et le commentaire d'un mélomane pour en parler avec les mots appropriés.

Moi je dirais simplement : installez-vous confortablement, isolez-vous, écoutez attentivement (le son pas trop bas pour bien saisir les moindres détails et les moindres nuances), renouvelez l'opération et savourez à sa juste valeur.

 

Album édité en Novembre 1970 !

I Just Can't Help Believing
Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
How The Web Was Woven
Patch It Up
Mary In The Morning
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
I've Lost You
Just Pretend
Stranger In The Crowd
The Next Step Is Love
Bridge Over Troubled Water

 


Les Paroles

I Just Can't Help Believing

I just can't help believin'
When she smiles up soft and gentle
With a trace of misty morning
And the promise of tomorrow in her eyes

I just can't help believin'
When she's lying close beside me
And my heart beats with the rhythm of her sighs
This time the girl is gonna stay
This time the girl is gonna stay
For more than just a day

Oh, I just can't help believin'
When she slips her hand in my hand
And it feels so small and helpless
As my fingers fold around it like a glove

I just can't help believin'
When she's whispering her magic
And her tears are shining honey sweet with love
This time the girl is gonna stay
This time the girl is gonna stay
For more than just a day
For more than just a day


Twenty Days And Twenty Nights

I left my home up in the hills far behind me
I left my wife with unpaid bills, she can't find me
I'm trying out the world for size, find that it's not paradise, it's lonely ooh
Now for twenty days and twenty nights I've been alone
And that ain't right without her

City ways are strange to me, I can't make it
For it's not like it ought to be, and I can't take it
Gotta face the truth one day, man can't always run away from trouble
No, now for twenty days and twenty nights I've been a fool
And that ain't right without her

One day soon I'm going back, where she still minds me
And then out of line and off the track, but that's behind me
I fooled around and did it well, but I just couldn't ring the bell , without her, no
It's taken twenty days and twenty nights to prove me wrong and make her right
Twenty days and twenty nights I was wrong and she was right, all along

Oh, I miss her
Oh, how I miss her, oh how I miss her, oh how I miss her


How The Web Was Woven

How the web was woven
In my soul, don't you know
How the web was woven
Can't get loose, can't let go
Like the weave of a spider
Wound around my heart
I'm no longer free
At last I'm where you want me
Don't you know, that's where I want to be?

Spinning 'round like a blue fly
Thoughts of you fill my head
And no matter, oh how I try
I can't sleep in my bed

I've been round for the last time
Oh, girl, what can I do?
Oh THAT'S HOW the web was woven,
How I fell in love, fell in love with you


Patch It Up

We've got to patch it up baby
Before we fall apart at the seams
We've got to patch it up baby
We can't let time unravel our dreams
Let's go back touch the past
One more night is all I ask
Get that feelin', that old feelin', feel it healin'

We can patch it up baby,
We can patch it up baby,
We can patch it up baby,

Patch it up
With a whole lotta love

We've got to patch it up baby
Let's sweep out all the cupboards of our heart
We've got to patch it up baby,
Before indifference pulls us apart

Let's don't let a good love die
Let's give it one more try
With that feelin' That old feelin'?
Feel it healin'!

We can patch it up baby,
We can patch it up baby,
We can patch it up baby,
Patch it up
With a whole lotta love


Mary In The Morning

Nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the morning
When through a sleepy haze I see her lying there
Soft as the rain that falls on summer flowers
Warm as the sunlight shining on her golden hair

When I awake and see her there so close beside me
I want to take her in my arms,
The ache is there so deep inside me

Nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the morning
Chasing a rainbow in her dreams so far away
And when she turns to touch it I kiss her face so softly
And then my Mary wakes to love another day

And Mary's there in sunny days or stormy weather
She doesn't care, cause right or wrong the love we share,
We share together

Nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the evening
Kissed by the shades of night and starlight in her hair
And as we walk, I hold her close beside me
All our tomorrows for a lifetime we will share

And Mary’s there, and Mary’s there and Mary’s there


You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

When I said, I needed you
You said you would always stay
It wasn't me who changed, but you
And now you've gone away

Don't you know that now you're gone
And I'm left here on my own
Now I have to follow you
And beg you to come home

You don't have to say you love me
Just be close at hand
You don't have to stay forever
I will understand
Believe me, believe me
I can't help but love you
But believe me, I'll never tie you down

Left alone with just a memory
Life seems dead and so unreal
All that's left is loneliness
There's nothing left to feel

2 fois :

You don't have to say you love me
Just be close at hand
You don't have to stay forever
I will understand
Believe me, believe me


You've Lost That Loving Feeling

You never close your eyes
Anymore when I kiss your lips
There's no tenderness
Like before in you fingertips
You're trying hard not to show it,
But baby, baby I know it

You've lost that lovin' feelin', oh that lovin' feelin'
You've lost that lovin' feelin', now it's gone, gone, gone

There's no tenderness in your eyes
When I reach out for you
Girl, you're starting to criticize
Every little thing I do
It makes me just feel like crying
'Cause baby, something beautiful's dying

You've lost that lovin' feelin', oh that lovin' feelin'
You've lost that lovin' feelin', now it's gone, gone, gone

Baby, baby, I get down on my knees for you
If you would only love me like you used to do
We had a love, love, love, love affair every day
Oh don't, don't, don't, don't take it away
Listen to me, talkin' to you

Bring back that lovin' feelin, oh, that lovin' feelin'
Bring back that lovin' feelin, now it's gone, gone, gone
And I can't go on


I've Lost You

Lying by your side I watch you sleeping
And in your face the sweetness of a child
Murmuring the dreams you won't recapture
Though it will haunt the corners of your mind

I've Lost though you're near me
And your body's still this kind
I've lost you on a journey,
But I can't remember where or when

Who can tell when summer turns to autumn
And who can point the moment love grows cold
Softly without pain the joy is over
Though why it's gone we neither of us know

Oh, I've lost you yes, I've lost you
I can't reach you anymore
We ought to talk it over now
But reason can't stand in for feeling, oh

Six o'clock the baby will be crying
And you will stumble, sleeping to the door
In the chill and solemn gray of morning
We play the parts that we have learned too well

Oh I've lost you, oh, I've lost you
Oh, You won't admit it so
I've lost you on a journey,
But I can't remember where or when no more

Oh, I've lost you yes, I've lost you
I can't reach you anymore
We ought to talk it over now
But reason can't stand in for feeling, oh

Oh, I've lost you yes, I've lost you
I can't reach you anymore
We ought to talk it over now
But reason can't stand in for feeling, oh


Just Pretend

Just pretend, I'm holding you
And whispering things soft and low
And think of me, how it's gonna be,
Just pretend I didn't go
When I walked away, I heard you say
If you need me, you know what to do
I knew it then, I'd be back again
Just pretend I'm right there with you

And I'll come flying to you, again
All the crying is true
Oh, I will hold you and love you again
But until then, we'll just pretend

Oh, it's funny but I can't recall the things
We said or why you're crying
But now I know it was wrong to go
I belong here by your side

Yes I'll come flying to you, again
All the crying is true
Oh, I will hold you and love you again
But until then, we'll just pretend

Oh, I will hold you and love you again
But until then, we'll just pretend


Stranger In The Crowd

I'd been standing on the corner
Since a quarter after seven
I was down to my last cigarette
And the clock in the window
Had it quarter to eleven

I was watching all the people
Passing by me, going places
Just the loneliest guy in the town
Looking for a friendly smile
But all that I could see were faces

And then, just like the taste of milk and honey
I found the stranger I'd been looking for
The way my cup of love was overflowing
I knew the stranger in the crowd
And I would be strangers no more

Love that found us on the corner
At a quarter to eleven
I thought you were to good to be true
All my life I had believed
That angels only live in heaven
But now, we share the taste of milk and honey
Each day is sweeter than the day before

My cup of love is overflowing
because the stranger in the crowd
And I would be strangers no more

Deep inside, my cup of love was overflowing
I found the stranger I'd been looking for
THe way my cup of love was overflowing
I knew the stranger in the crowd
And I would be strangers no more


The Next Step Is Love

Yesterday, has slipped away
And the sun is a welcoming the evening
Shadows of a perfect day
And the next step is love
The next step is love

We've walked barefoot through the misty meadows
Laughing at each other in the rain
Made some faces at some people in the park
And didn't bother to explain
Fun, fun, look at us run
Going nowhere special really fast
But we've yet to taste the icing on the cake
That we've been baking with the past

And the next step is love
So what are we waiting for?
The next step is love
Girl, it's for sure

Yesterday, has slipped away
And the sun is a welcoming the evening
Shadow of a perfect day
And the next step is love
The next step is love

Love will be a place to run to
From the world they've willed to you and me
We'll be closer than we've ever been
Though looking back it's so hard to believe
Hang it all out or bring it all in
The best we've picked upon the way to now
Changes are coming but together
We can make it through somehow

Cause the next step is love
So what are we waiting for?
tWell The next step is love
Girl, it's for sure

Yesterday, has slipped away
And the sun is a welcoming the evening
Shadow of a perfect day
And the next step is love
The next step is love

Yes, it's love
Next step is love

Yes, it's love
Next step is love


Bridge Over Troubled Water

When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes I will dry them all
I'm on your side, oh, When times get rough
And friends just can't be found

Like a bridge over troubled water,
I will lay me down,
Oh, like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you're down and out, when you're on the streets
When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you
I'll take your part when the darkness falls and pain is all around

Yes, like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Oh, like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on, silver girl, sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
Oh, if you need a friend,
I'm sailing right behind

Yes, like a bridge over troubled water
I, I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will easy your mind