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If I Can Dream Elvis

"There must be lights burning brighter somewhere , got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue, if I can dream of a better land where all of my brothers walk hand in hand, tell me why , oh why, oh why, can't my dream come true.Oh, Why?" There must be Peace and understanding sometime, strong winds of promise that will blow away the doubt and fear, if I can dream of a warmer sun were hope keeps shining on everyone. Tell me why, oh why, oh why won't that sun appear? Were lost in a cloud with to much rain, were trapped in a world that's troubled with pain, but as long as a man has the strength to dream, he can redeem his soul and fly, deep in my heart there's a trembling question," these were words of a man who had a exemplary gift to perform and a passion for people.

Listening to The Essential Elvis Presley CD that was given as a gift the words of the song, "If I Can Dream" has so much passion, so much feeling , so much emotion. Elvis had seen the pain in the 70's but these words still ring true at this specific moment and time. There is sorrow and pain. Where is the Peace and understanding? I have witnessed the World becoming worse , I see it on the Internet everyday. People who you have never met look to torment and lash out at each other. They do not have any idea who you are, where you are from, what kind of person you are in the real World. They make assumptions not realizing that there is a person on the other side of the keyboard. A person that puts there pants, shoes, skirts, shirts or any other garment on the same way. The work, enjoy there family and there life but there is always someone out there who is trying to seek and destroy.

Elvis dreamed of a better place he didn't understand all of the suffering , it really hasn't changed much. Why can't we walk hand-in-hand? Why can't we get along? The words that were sang by Elvis made me realize that I to can dream and just like him so long as I am living, breathing and alive I to can redeem my soul and fly. we were not born to harm, but to love, when others hurt, forgive but do not allow others to taunt, harm , badger or cause you pain.

If you have Suspicious Minds, I just can't help believing that Kentucky rain will come out and you will shine. If you are a Devil In Disguise stop being so Moody Blue and Follow That Dream wherever that may dream may lead. Life is to short to get All Shook Up, please try not to step on other people's Blue Suede Shoes, maybe having A Little Less Conversation there would be Peace In The Valley.

As for me the Wonder Of You makes me believe that If I Can Dream , memories of Hurt only make me understand that the Big Boss Man is watching over me and you can bet that the Big Boss Man is watching over you too. I gotta follow that dream wherever that dream may lead, and you don't know me, but I can try to promise you a Pocket Full Of Rainbows.

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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

AEvans. Hi. If I Can Dream is a beautiful hub,

Somewhere out there the lights are burning brighter, the birds flying higher and the sky a brighter blue, we just have to dream a little harder.

To forgive the folks that are trying to hurt us or take what was not their's and never will be.

Maybe one day very soon, we can all walk hand in hand in peace, I really do hope so.

Elvis is my all time favorite, regardless of what some folks said about him.

I have boxes of his records and albums, from decades ago, but no record player to play them at the moment. All his music is very special to me and always will be.

I need to read your hub a couple of more times, it was wonderful.

Thank you for sharing it with us, it gave me some stuff to thing about. :) :)


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moncrieff 6 years ago from New York, NY

You're probably very young. Moments of acute desire for a better world come and go and it seems the only place that can offer this dream is Paradise, that is, after one dies. But before we reach it, we're left to live in this ghetto. But I concur, 'If I Can Dream' is a powerful and beautiful song.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

olivermum: I was sitting and working on the computer and those words were so profound. I don't care what age someone is that song is beautiful. :)

monecrieff: I also agree with your words they are quite profound, If I can dream is a powerful song it was an enlightment to me.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Many people asking this question and desperately wanting it to happened and yet somehow, on whole, it doesn't. This song definitely contains it all and hopefully the message gets through if played and sang often enough. Thank you for a wonderful hub.


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Thank you AEvans, great hub I red it and wrote:

1457

new land is within us

we are looking for

release it with the mouth

and its all

:) Vladimir


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

What a creative hub. A very enjoyable read. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Hello, hello: I was inspired to write it last night because the world is getting darker and nobody seems to get along. There is always some kind of hoopla happening this world. But I am listening to the words in my mind as I right you. :)

samboiam: You are welcome Elvis had some many stories to tell just like ourselves he expressed himself in such a powerful way. :)

Vladmir Uhri: That is so true! :)


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Wonderful hub.


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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Nice Hub... Nice Dream !

I too often wonder why we can't all just get along with one another. Where does all the hatred, jealousy, selfishness and greed come from ?

Instead of getting better it seems as if each new generation strives to be worse than one just gone !

Why don't we let the Dreamer's run the place for a while ?

I'd vote for them.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Writings like yours and the King's are evidence that there is hope in this world.

Thank you.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Sandyspider: It gets us thinking and thank you for enjoying it. :)

Merlin Fraser: I am trying to figure that one out to it seems that when we believe we are getting along life through a curve ball, but if we dream maybe one day it will happen. :)

lorlie6: Thank you! Just like him sometimes we may hurt someone's feelings but all of us are human and forgiveness is always the best medicine. :)


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Kerkedijk 6 years ago from Ireland

This is just beautiful. It makes me think of John Lennon and Imagine as well. I wish for a wonderful world too, it is possible but we need to trust one another to make it so. I am in a new country as you know with a new language and very few friends. What a great world it would be if we could all be trusting enought to embrace new people into our lives and to live and let live and welcome newness instead of being fearful of anything new. I am open to everything in my life and loved this hub!


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Jane@CM 6 years ago

I love this hub! I wish for a wonderful world too! The internet has so many crack pots. We think a like, wasn't too long ago I wrote about who is behind that computer screen and just how much one has to worry.

(((hugs)))


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I concur with Lorlie6, hubs like this and any inspirational words gives us hope! I too sometimes feel sadness at seeing so much darkness in the world,but figure, all we can do is be loving and do our best, with warts and all, :), and that somehow helps.

Thanks for writing this!


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Kerkediijk: It would be nice if everyone got along who knows maybe one day.:)

Jan@CM: I agree there are many who can be off kilder but those are the ones we have to try to forgive, those are the ones that we have to embrace even more. :)

VioletSun: We do have to do our best regardless if they have warts if only it could a great world where everyone got along who knows may it can still happen, if we just give it a chance. :)


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Neat Elvis Hub.

Keep on hubbing!


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

My wish for my dream to come true

Is that together we all have a heart like you.


"Quill" 6 years ago

We are called to be one with the Father and one with each other in the term we call "Love"... we as a society have been infected with so much and yet we still need to have hope and faith to move into the next day together.

The answer to peace is caring about one another and blessing those who God places in our path... it is simple is it not to love and be loved... after all tha Father loves us in a profound way.

Blessings and Hug for a great Hub.


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Maggie-May 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

As always your considerate words touch many, including me. And, even if there are those out there that like to inflict hurtful ones at others, remember those lashing out and causing problems are the ones most afraid. Usually, they are insecure and hardened from the notion that life has done them wrong. I try to avoid the places and people that continue to bring me down. I admire your talents to still keep faith to make a change. Perhaps, by the energy created from all us followers through our common hopes, wishes, and dreams many differences will be made, for living in the here and now paves the way to our destiny


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

eovery: I am glad that you enjoyed it! :)

"Quill": You are profound with your words and I am happy that you always seem to put me back on track.:)

Maggie-May: I certainly hope so , the world would be a much brighter place. :)


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Elvis!!! You've done a great job putting a message across through his songs, AE. :)


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Feline Prophet: Listening to that song, "If I can Dream" it placed me in a different level. People just need to relax, get along and enjoy life. Thank you for the kudos. :)


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I was never a fan of Elvis but after reading your great hub, AEvans, I should perhaps reconsider, or at least take these lyrics to heart!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

AEvans, This is a very cleverly written hub and the message comes through loud and clear. Showing love to others, treating people with respect, and caring about your fellow human beings in all circumstances would make this world a happier place. I liked Elvis and that song is perfect for this hub.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Seems like someone likes elvis music as much as I do. Love it.

Dave.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

This is great and I love Elvis, he's a dreamer no doubt what a gentle soul, oh sorry off topic a bit, but you did show his face and well...The Lryics oh my what a magical dream indeed. If we could all treat people the way Elvis did the world would be a better place, good example for us to follow. I love song lyrics. This is meaningful to me and I just love this little Hub its a Rate Up and a Must Read... Thanks and Peace :)


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub.

Namaste.


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Neelima Nair 6 years ago from Kerala

really nice:)


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Great Hub! Like the way you put this one together, simple, yet heartfelt:)


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Ann Nonymous: Those lyrics are beautiful listen to them and take them in, they are inspiring. :)

Pamela99: Elvis as we know was an amazing artist and completely ahead of his time. His lyrics all had meaning and purpose. Thank you for enjoying the hub.:)

katiem2: He was such an aspiration that song truly had gotten me thinking and believing. I am glad that you enjoyed.:)

Dave Mattthews: I do enjoy Elvis I love the classics!:)

Deborah: I am glad that you enjoyed it! :)

Neelima Nair: Thank you :)

heart4theword: Thank you I was inspired by the song to write the hub, I am glad that you enjoyed it.:)


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Back in the 50's Elvis, although poor, had a mother who wanted her boy to be nice and show good manners. Apparently that stuck with him. Somewhere between that point and today, too many mothers lost that skill. Too many of today's younger generation has been raised on the idea of shoving others out of the way to get theirs, never mind the manners. They don't see any harm in hurting those you do not know. The Internet and texting have further contributed to creating a video game world that centers on self. We are rapidly becoming a society that fails to recognize that the manners and kindness our mothers taught us is that thin layer between civilization and chaos in the world. We really don't need to go there because there's no way back. The road is blocked by ignorance. Thanks for highlighting an important subject 'A'.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Wayne Brown: I wish that all would remember manners that our parents instilled in us, we raise our children with manners if people get offended well that is truly there issue. Our children respect others and our son even opens doors for young girls and ladies. I know the younger generation is lost and it is a very frightening situation, everyone is angry and many do not have any respect that also includes in person as well as on the Internet. Thank you for leaving a response that also makes others think just like the ones above you.:)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I join with you in wishing for a kinder and more tolerant world. Why is it my place to stand up to sarcasm and insults showered upon me in the interests of "humor" or "help" or even indifference? Why is peace seen as weakness? Why is cruelty perceived as strength? You are correct in pointing out that some are made bold by the anonymity offered by the Internet--bad news for tolerance and mutual respect.

As a society we seem far more angry than before. Perhaps there are more pressures than when I was young(er), or perhaps the pressures are simply more subtle and it is less clear how to cope with them. I will always believe, however, that we are better served through kindness to others. And that will bring us closer to the dream Elvis sang about, so many years ago.

Thanks, this was a beautiful hub.

Mike


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Mike: Thank you for a beautiful comment , well said. :)


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Great hub, moi friend. Elvis is / was a sexy hunk and that's a good enough reason to want to listen to him! Heh! Really enjoyed reading this!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Although it is outside the theme of your hub just slightly, I think even over-adoration can be a horrible thing. What Elvis experienced by his fans seems to me to have been tormenting. Elvis' talent became the foundation for his own personal prison. He suffered enormously as a result of his fans, and his talents. He couldn't take a walk down the street with his wife, or share a day in the park with his kid. He couldn't enjoy a hamburger in a burger joint, or even go to a movie. He couldn't gather with a few close friends at a local bar and have a couple of drinks and good conversation.

His fans, for all of their professed love and adoration for the man, stole his life away from him. And it happens today all too often, still, as well.

As for people in general, there will always be someone in the world who, for whatever reason, will find you to be objectionable. Whether it's founded on anything concrete or not. That's the world we live in. All we can do is live our own lives, and distance ourselves from those who aim to make life miserable for us.

We know who we are, and at the end of the day that is all that matters.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Cheeky Girl: He was sexy to bad many of us were so young because they broke the mold when they created him. :)

Springboard: I agree with you , yes there are people who can and will make it miserable for anyone and those are the people we have to learn to avoid but at the same time forgive. All of us certainly do know who we are and that is truly all that matters. :)


Make-Up 6 years ago

What beautiful words.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Make-Up: Thank you so much I am glad that you enjoyed If I can dream, lolololol:D


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

You are right - it seems that those places can truly only exist in utopia or a place in the mind. When we can stop the wars going on inside the boundaries of our own families - think of the black sheep in your own, then maybe we as a society will have accomplished something. Interesting hub - thanks!


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

mwatkins: It is so sad that it is only inour minds **sigh** if only one day society will have accomplished something. Thank you for commenting.:)


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

My family grew up with Elvis's music in our homes. I truly understand your messages here. Elvis was a loved singer and entertainer. He had some good, simple, clean, clear ideas that seemed a lot to do with love. Still wish he was alive. Bet he is in Heaven. I do believe in God. God Bless You Dear Heart.


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lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

I've always loved elvis. When I was little, I used to do my impression of him often..the guards sorta liked it.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

stars439: I believe he is in Heaven to entertainung all of those who enjoyed him. :)

Ixxy: I am glad that you are still here , I was just looking back at some old hubs and you were there I am glad that you are doing well and fine on HP. :) You are also funny, lololo the guards sort of liked it, I bet youkept them quite entertained. :)


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

aevans Hello sweet one. You are a precious gem. Elvis loved the Lord, he was on fire for the Lord. I think he knew the truth inside. His drugs messed him up. He was loved just the same. Life can take us down, the Good news is it does not have to. WORDILY gain is useless, because there is no guarantee. It stays behind when we pass. Our treasures are laid up in heaven. You have it AEvans it is an inside job. If Jesus is in the heart we are new creatures in Christ. We are like little kids learning and growing. If no Jesus no peace. We live in a fallen world. The enemy is real. He wants no one happy. What is happy. Happy flees I think. Joy, Peace, Love no one can steal or rob from you unless we let them. It is not easy but there is a letter to us that give directions for truth and abundant life. It does not mean we life on Primrose lane. That awaits us in Paradise. We will be persecuted for sharing the Gospel truth. But in the end, and in this lifetime it is our hope and truth. Many are in a mess. lets us pray they will come to know Jesus. I know for me I was a void and nothing filled the hole until I asked Jesus into my heart as my Lord. I am writing a novel. Scented Oil chapters one and two are posted. You might like it. I would be honored.

You know your words have inspired me when I have been down. Yes at the hubs, it was like you read me. You knew love. Love never fails. Keep on keeping on AEvans You are loved by many. You are talented, God Blessed you with a gift for writing. I know for me it has been self discovery. It is all good, sometimes I am humbled. God is working on me he is for us. Love and Hugs. I have rambled on. Many Blessings.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

skye2day: You are also a blessing to those who pass your way and I enjoy reading your hubs. Elvis also loved the Lord but just like you said he allowed those drugs into his world or he would be alive today and what a blessing he would be, but truly he still is all of his music was ahead of his time all we have to do is listen to those words, they are so prolific. :)


ralwus 6 years ago

Pure brilliance darlin', I loved it. Long live the king, but he is dead. Long live the king! CC


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

ralwus: Long live the King, or is he dead? People say he is still alive. lolololo I am glad that you appreciated it! :)


888 author 6 years ago

Hi AEvans, Great Hub I like it. Yeah, there is alot of suffering and pain going on around the world and it's ashamed. People are so cruel and mean these days. I too, wish peace and a better world, like Elvis. Thank you,for sharing with us.


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clspeakstoo 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Nice. I enjoyed the hub and the Elvis vids. It has been way to long since I listened to Elvis. Thanks for taking bringing me back.


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DevLin 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The 60's left us something to think about after all. I was listening to a song from 68 that had the line, "now we're fighting a war over there, and no mater the winner, we can't pay the price". Art has a way of coming back around to wake you up, if you just pay attention. Great lyric usage.


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epigramman 6 years ago

It took me so long to scroll down to the bottom of this screen ELVIS has made a comeback to a local karaoke bar!

If I can dream - hopefully one day my humble little hub will have as many followers as you - 18,000.

My favorite ELVIS by the way is his gospel period.

I love when he sings the gospel - it's very sincere and heartfelt!


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

888 Author: wish it would all change and I apologize for not commenting sooner, I didn't realize there was a comment on here.

Fashion Fame: Thank you and I will check out your hubs they sound interesting.

clspeakstoo: I am glad that I was able to take you back and I am als happy you enjoyed the hub, I apologize for not commenting sooner.

Devlin: What song is that? I love the oldies so I am curious.

epigramman: The gospel period was great to my mom always played his music when we were small children, you certainly have picked a great period.:)


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Of course we all can dream! In the deep recesses of our hearts, is a childish yearning to reach out to others in many odd, funny, and awesome ways. You just did it- all put into a hub no one should miss. Love this!


ralwus 6 years ago

do ya think they heard ya sweetheart? i certainly hope so, i did.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Lita C. Malicdem: Thank you! :)

ralwus: I hope they did but there are always those out there who sometimes do not pay attention. :)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Nice hub - for some reason I can hear that song 'Walking on Memphis' reading through :)


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

billaustindillon: That is a beautiful song too! :)


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jayb23 6 years ago from India

Ah...brilliant one aevans..After a long break Iam back and what a pleasure to read your hub. Hav to catch up wid ur other hubs..Dreamz unlimited !!!


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

jayb23: I am glad you are back and welcome! It is so nice to see you here, all of us come and go but we manage to catch up, get writing! :)


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My dearest sister...

What a beautiful tribute to Elvis´s heart! Beyond his music, he was a caring soul. We can make our dreams come true, sister. We must learn to live with our differences about belief, and then work on harmonizing. IN the end that´s what matters! That´s what The Great Architect would want...

Rated up and beautiful,

Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,

Al


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Mystique1957: I could not agree with you more, harmony is the perfect solution. :)


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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub, "If I Can Dream". I did not realize that the songs had such beautiful lyrics. I guess hardships bring out the real sense of of our purpose. The world will definitely be a better place if we can all just get along. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tribute to Elivis. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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williwatson 4 years ago from Cleveland

Aevans, Your hub and Elvis both are awesome.


AEvans 4 years ago

jeyaramd: Thank you for commenting and did not realize your comment was here. Yes, it would be nice if the world could all get along. :)

willwatson: Thank you so much! I can see you are an Elvis fan! :)

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