Have you ever visited Graceland and written a message on the fieldstone wall that surrounds the property? This phenomenon started while Elvis was still alive, and the grounds keepers worked diligently to keep the wall clean. After Elvis died, the volume of fan graffiti proved overwhelming, and the estate decided to leave the wall alone. Only crude messages were pressure-washed off. The rest would last a year or so until exposure to sun and rain faded them, giving newer visitors a chance to add their thoughts.
A few years ago I purchased a small book called “Dear Elvis: Graffiti from Graceland,” written by Daniel Wright, and It contained a selection of messages from fans. Mr. Wright returned to Memphis numerous times between 1989 and 1996 to record and photograph the ever changing Graceland graffiti for his book, and I would like to present some of the best here.
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If this was Disneyworld, I’d buy a pair of Elvis ears!
Elvis. I wish I was your belt buckle for a day. Gina
Please quit writin’ on my wall. Thank you, thank you very much. “E”
George Burns is bringing cigars and news about Ann-Margret!
Elvis, yesterday I realized how much I love you, so I broke off my engagement to Adam. Please come home to Mama! – Monique
Elvis, you had great taste in women. Priscilla is a babe! – Dave
Elvis kicks butt!
You had a weird decorator. Thank God he didn’t write music! – Connie
Elvis, Elvis, let me be.
Keep your pelvis far from me!
Elvis, thanks for helping me celebrate my fortieth birthday. Too bad you missed the party! Sheila
Elvis, I’m bearing your ghost child, and I’m confused because I’m a man!
We love you, and so does the rest of Oz! – Melissa
You wouldn’t have liked the way Caddies look today, anyway. – Mary Lou
“If you can’t find a partner, use a wooden chair”?!? Ouch!
AGB – Atomic Graceland Babes
I can’t believe I’m doing this! Please don’t sandblast me! – Riedy
Elvis makes me hot! – Jerrie
Dear Gladys & Vernon – YOU DONE GOOD!
Elvis I came for a short visit, but a part of me will always remain… Jen
Elvis, it’s me again in ’93. Remember?
Hey Elvis: Lisa Marie made a big mistake. Come back and straighten her out. Mary, 1994
Dear God: Bolton and Cyrus for Presley?!? Let’s TRADE!!!
Can Elvis come out and play?? Jewels
Elvis, please call Kevin. He heard you were dead and he’s BUMMED.
Elvis, your burning love left a hole in my heart.
THANK YOU dear Elvis for all the happiness and the miracle. Wish I could stay forever. I will come back… Hatice
I love you now and forever. I will be with you someday. I will dream of you until then. — Jen
We travelled a long way, but, for you, we’d do it again in a minute! T.L.C!
You are fantastic! I never got to see you, but I have come to Graceland each August for 15 years. It still hurts, but the love from your fans all over this world helps mend these broken hearts. Thank you, Love, for your music and all the wonderful things you did and will forever do. You bring the world together in friendship and love. The world is full of beautiful people. Elvis, you are the most beautiful in every way. The world has learned, and always will learn, much from you and be grateful always. Till next year. You sing forever in our hearts.
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