Tuesday Tune: Black Velvet

Seeing that I did not mention his passing on 16 August, I thought I would dedicate this blog and Tuesday Tune to the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley.

Did you know that the song is a commemorative story about Elvis Presley. The first verse discusses the beginning of Elvis’s life – “Mama’s dancing with baby on her shoulder” – the second talks about the height of his career – “Mama’s baby is in the heart of every schoolgirl; Love Me Tender leaves ’em crying in the aisles.” The bridge references his death: “In a flash he was gone. It happened so soon. What could you do?” The information can be found on this website.

Elvis (1)

Black Velvet

Alannah Myles

Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell

Jimmy Rogers on the Victrola up high

Mama’s dancin’ with baby on her shoulder

The sun is settin’ like molasses in the sky

The boy could sing, knew how to move, everything

Always wanting more, he’d leave you longing for

Black velvet and that little boy’s smile

Black velvet with that slow southern style

A new religion that’ll bring ya to your knees

Black velvet if you please

Up in Memphis the music’s like a heatwave

White lightning, bound to drive you wild

Mama’s baby’s in the heart of every school girl

“Love me tender” leaves ’em cryin’ in the aisle

The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true

Always wanting more, he’d leave you longing for

Black velvet and that little boy’s smile

Black velvet with that slow southern style

A new religion that’ll bring ya to your knees

Black velvet if you please

Every word of every song that he sang was for you

In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon, what could

You do?

Black velvet and that little boy’s smile

Black velvet with that slow southern style

A new religion that’ll bring ya to your knees

Black velvet if you please

Black velvet and that little boy’s smile

Black velvet with that slow southern style

A new religion that’ll bring ya to your knees

Black velvet if you please

If you please, if you please, if you please

Elvis (2)

All photos of Elvis Presley found on this website.

Elvis

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2 thoughts on “Tuesday Tune: Black Velvet

  1. I love the last photo of Elvis – so young and innocent with the world of at his feet. *sigh* So many tragic deaths of huge stars. Sad, sad, sad.

    PS: I haven’t heard that song in ages and would you believe I had no idea it was about Elvis! Good song though.

    • I totally agree with the photo. The site had other pics too and I couldn’t decide which ones were my favourites.

      I commented about the deaths in the celebrity world to a colleague and it just goes to show, celebs are human too. 😦

      Oh and I didn’t know that trivia either. I heard the song on the radio this morning, googled the lyrics and found out it was about him. Who would have thought?

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