Songs About Elvis

Three weeks ago, when I was doing research for the article “Elvis Has Left The Building,” I learned something about Wikipedia.  If you type Songs About Elvis in the search box, it comes up with a list of 112 songs.  About half of them were by people or groups I had never heard of, but some of the familiar names have songs with interesting lyrics.  Here is a sampling.

He Was the King – Neil Young

Neil Young wrote this song with many verses that traced Elvis’ entire life as an entertainer.  Except for the reference to pills in one verse, I found it to be the best lyrics in the group.  Unfortunately, it appeared on one of Young’s least popular albums, Prairie Wind.

 

Back To Tupelo – Mark Knopfler

You may know Mark Knopfler as the front man of the group Dire Straits.  His ode to Elvis song appeared on his solo album Shangri La.

 

 

 

(619) 239-KING – Mojo Nixon

Most of Mojo Nixon’s songs are raunchy and funny, but he played it pretty straight on this CD single release.

 

Black Velvet – Alannah Myles

I never listened to the lyrics of this big hit closely enough to realize they were about Elvis.

 

Disgraceland – Alice Cooper

This song was included on his Dragontown album.  I expected the lyrics to be disturbing, and they were.  Here is the only verse worth including.

 

Elvis – Sister Hazel

I thought this was a woman, but it’s a five-man band.  Their song is more about a velvet Elvis painting than Elvis himself, and it appeared on their Fortress album.

 

Boy From Tupelo – Emmylou Harris

This soulful song tells of a spurned lover going away and disappearing like the buffalo, Elvis, and the five and dime stores.  Harris included it on her album Red Dirt Girl.

 

Elvis and I – Denis Leary

I never knew he was a singer as well as a comedian.  I never knew he spelled his name Denis.  I also couldn’t find a picture of the album Other Songs D-K that this one came from.

 

 

 

Elvis and Andy — Confederate Railroad

There are probably plenty of Elvis fans who also love Andy Griffith and the Mayberry gang.  Confederate Railroad celebrates one of them on this song from their album Notorious.

 

Elvis Has Left the Building – Jerry Reed

Elvis recorded four songs Jerry Reed wrote, including the hits “Guitar Man” and “U.S. Male.”  Reed also had a hit in 1967 with a song about Elvis, “Tupelo Mississippi Flash.”  He wrote a second Elvis song and sang it with other country stars on the album Old Dogs.

 

Elvis on Velvet – Stray Cats

The Stray Cats patterned their music after the Rockabilly sound of the early Elvis Records.  They also released this single about him.

 

 

I Saw Mr. Presley Tip-toeing Through the Tulips – Tiny Tim

Fortunately, the lyrics of this song are better than the artwork on the Tiny Tim album where it appeared.

 

 

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One response to “Songs About Elvis

  1. Here are the lyrics to the public doman “At Age 42” folk song from 1977 about Elvis, that might interest readers:
    (chorus)
    He started young by driving a truck
    He played his guitar, he had much luck
    They made him a king, for singing some tunes
    But still he died, at age 42.
    (verse 1)
    They lifted him from deep poverty
    They sold his records and received much money
    They made him a super-celebrity
    But he didn’t live to be 43.
    They merchandised his voice and the way he shook
    They cut his hair when he entered the Service
    They gave him gold records and a big mansion
    But at age 42 he still was dead. (chorus)
    (verse 2)
    They called him the “King of Rock’n’Roll”
    But when the Beatles scored, they said he was too old
    They cursed him when they thought his weight too high
    But rapidly pushed his records when he died.
    They took away his rural honesty
    They corrupted him with cash and hypocrisy
    They never asked if maybe he was lonely
    And he didn’t live to be 43. (chorus)
    (verse 3)
    The media vultures gather ’round his grave
    And all now seek to cash in on his pain
    And none dare say the words which should be plain:
    “He wasted his life in a quest for perpetual fame.”
    They changed him from a worker to a rich man
    And made him so scared that he needed bodyguards
    They twisted up both his mind and his body
    And confused his soul completely with girl screams. (chorus)

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