Elvis Presley -- My 1977 Tribute Song to the King, Looking Back Decades After his Death

Promotional Still from "Jailhouse Rock"

Source

The Song I Wrote After Elvis Died



I was checking out some hubs about Elvis Presley on HubPages one day when I remembered the song I wrote shortly after Elvis died on August 16, 1977. I actually wrote the song for my teenage daughter, who was even more of an Elvis fan than I had been at her age and was seriously distraught about his death. The song was an attempt to ease her grief. I never even thought about trying to get it published, but considered it no worse than some that were recorded in the aftermath of his passing.

I not only wrote the lyrics to the song, but “wrote” the music by playing it on the piano and recording it. I had an old tape recorder then that was technically light years away from today’s sensitive recorders that produce great sound. My piano was an old upright, and on that tape it sounded like a rinky-tink, honky-tonk piano.

I still recall the melody, but won’t play and sing it for you on this site. The three-octave vocal range I had in my youth has dwindled to a few notes in the lower register.

Suffice it to say, I’ll hear the tune in my head as I type these lyrics, of which you may be the judge. Let me know what you think. My skin's fairly thick. Here’s my August 1977 tribute to Elvis Presley.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



THE KING IS GONE

Written by Jaye Denman, August, 1977


I was driving home from work that fateful Tuesday

Turned the radio on to listen to a tune

Instead I heard a bulletin that left me stunned and sad

It was, “Elvis Presley died this afternoon.”



I pulled into our drive; my daughter met me

With tears of misery streaming down her face

She said, “Mama, Elvis died, but he really can’t be gone

For nobody else could ever take his place."



REFRAIN:

All around the world his fans are grieving

They flocked to Memphis just to say goodbye

Somehow I think that Elvis knows we’ll miss him

And that we’ll never ever let his memory die



I was fourteen when he first sang Love Me Tender

And I adored the man like all the rest

He changed the world of music and made it more free

And I am convinced he really was the best



I can’t believe he has been taken from us

The Elvis that we’ve loved for all these years

Though we have all his music and his movies to replay

The world won’t be the same without him here



REFRAIN:

All around the world his fans are grieving

They flocked to Memphis just to say goodbye

Somehow I think that Elvis knows we’ll miss him

And that we’ll never ever let his memory die.

We’ll remember Elvis Presley . . .

. . . the King of Rock ‘n Roll



Reading those lyrics and playing on my keyboard the tune I joined to them (and still remember) makes me wonder why I didn’t try to publish it. I don't claim to be a real poet or a songwriter, but, while playing it over and singing along (with no one around to hear me), it seems to be improving. Either that, or I'm becoming inured to it!

However much I may be lacking in songwriting chops, I may be something of a seer. Just like my song predicted, faithful Elvis fans have tended his memory carefully in the decades following his sudden death at the age of 42. Every year on the anniversary of his death, fans make the pilgrimage to Graceland to join in a candlelight vigil. They arrive from all over the world.

We haven't forgotten Elvis. I think that would please him.

August, 2014: Every year during the week in August that includes the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, Elvis Week is observed at Graceland and other venues in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans attend from all over the world, and even so many years after he died, Elvis retains a huge roster of international fans. In fact, his songs still sell steadily all over the world.

One site that showcases and honors Elvis outside the gates of Graceland each year during Elvis Week is the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center in Memphis, named in his honor by the then-mayor of Memphis, also a personal friend of the entertainer. At the center’s dedication in 1983, a fundraising campaign by loyal Elvis fans produced a $50,000 donation to the hospital, and they have continued to contribute to the trauma center in Elvis’ honor for the past thirty years. The center expresses its appreciation by hosting a fan reception each year during Elvis Week. The menu in 2014 was rumored to be “Elvis-style” refreshments, including his favorite fried peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches. Tours of the facility include the Mural Wall, covered with huge reproductions of Elvis photos during various stages of his life.

Elvis Presley’s international smash hits recorded from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, as well as steady sales of his record catalog and reissues since his death, may make him the single highest-selling performer in history. In death as he was in life, Elvis continues to be one of RCA's most consistent earners. This fact, of course, doesn’t surprise the hundreds of thousands of international fans who make the pilgrimage to Graceland each August during Elvis Week.

Graceland is also the site of an annual commemoration of Elvis Presley’s birthday in January. There’s always something for loyal Elvis fans. Even though the tabloids routinely print sensationalist "Elvis sightings," true fans honor the King of Rock 'n Roll for the joy he brought them during his amazing lifetime. How better to memorialize Elvis than by listening to his distinctive voice singing the songs most associated with him?

* * *

If Elvis had lived, he would have celebrated his eightieth birthday on January 8, 2015. Can you imagine an octogenarian Elvis? I think he would have stopped coloring his hair and allowed it to turn silver. If he hadn't tragically died at the age of 42, but lived to blow out 80 candles on a birthday cake, he would probably look a lot like his father, Vernon Presley, did in his later years. I also believe he'd still have that crooked grin that first intrigued me when I was a girl of 13 and saw Elvis on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and in his first movie.

I like to believe that, without the Colonel to push him (often in the wrong direction), Elvis would not have allowed himself to become a caricature of his younger self, but would have mellowed into an elder statesman of rock ‘n roll, content to enjoy less fame in exchange for more normality in his golden years.

By now, he would be free to eat all of the peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches he wanted, and no one but the sleazy tabloid paparazzi would care. The glitzy costumes would be displayed at Graceland, and Elvis would be comfortable wearing sweat suits. Can you visualize the King of Rock ‘n Roll relaxing with his grandchildren (and then, great-grandchildren)? Perhaps he’d produce a nostalgic album every few years as long as his voice held out. If he hadn’t died at the age of 42, by now Elvis Presley might be living the type of ordinary life that eluded him after he was touched by fame. Alas, we will never know.



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




NOTE: I am the author of this article and the song lyrics to THE KING IS GONE, and it is owned by me in entirety. It is not available for use by reproducing in any form without my express written permission. If you see all or any part of this work (as written) on another site, please notify me where it can be found. Theft of a writer's work is plagiarism, and stealing another's words is no less wrong than any other theft.

Elvis in the U.S. Army

Source

More by this Author


Comments 60 comments

JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 23 months ago from Deep South, USA Author

Thanks, Shyron, for the votes and sharing of this hub. I feel certain that Elvis is in the thoughts of his many, many fans this week. Wouldn't it have been nice to see glossy photos in PEOPLE magazine of an 80-year-old Elvis eating his birthday cake? Blessing to you, also....Jaye

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Audrey - Elvis was one of a kind and a major influence when he hit the music scene in the fifties. I remember buying my first Elvis record (the hit single, "Heartbreak Hotel"), seeing him on TV and going to his first movie, the b&w"Love Me Tender", when I was a young teen. Thanks for the share....Jaye

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Linda - Yes, he does--for all Elvis fans, at least, and we are many!

Regards, Jaye

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hi, John - American Trilogy is one of my favorites, too. Perhaps it's my advancing age, but I like to listen to his earlier songs the most. You pointed out something I hadn't really considered: few covers of Elvis songs. Perhaps other singers have been intimidated by that smooth-as-sweet-cream-butter voice that made Elvis's sound unique. On the other hand, they could just be respecting the concept that Elvis made those songs his own when he recorded them.

I remember reading an article that quoted his music director or producer as saying he wanted Elvis to record the Elton John song, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me." I wish he had! It would be nice to have that for posterity.

A YouTube video of Michael Buble singing, "That's Alright, Mama" does sound a good bit like Elvis.

Jaye

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thanks to all of you for stopping by to say, "Happy Birthday!" to the King of Rock and Roll!


Jodah profile image

Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Happy posthumous 80th Birthday to the King. I still listen to his music now and then, Love Me Tender, Return to Sender, In the Ghetto etc, but my favourite was his live version of an American Trilogy including Dixie Land. I am amazed that more cover versions haven't been released of his songs...maybe no one else can do them as good as the original, though I have heard Michael Buble do an Elvis impersonation and he is remarkably good.


Sunshine625 profile image

Sunshine625 23 months ago from Orlando, FL

Happy 80th Birthday to Elvis! The King Lives On! :)


vocalcoach profile image

vocalcoach 23 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Thanks for this unique tribute to the King. I doubt that any other singer will impact the world the way Elvis has. Appreciate this and will share.


Shyron E Shenko profile image

Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago

Jaye, I love this and your song, no Elvis fan could be displeased with you in anyway for writing it. How did I miss reading this before?

Voted up across the board except funny and shared.

Blessings to you dear friend

Shyron


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Mary - I saw Elvis on the Sullivan show also. I later read that the camera had to focus above his waist when he was performing his songs so the youth of America wouldn't be corrupted by his gyrating pelvis! It's strange these days to remember that TV was once so innocent we had to be protected from Elvis Presley's movements which seem quite tame at this remove. And, yes, Elvis doted on his mother and enjoyed trying to make her happy, which included the purchase of Graceland.

I read about Bacall's passing. Not many of the stars of Hollywood's golden years are left. As you said, she was an icon.

JAYE

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

TravMaj - I took one of my granddaughters to visit Graceland about seven years ago, and we both enjoyed the tour. It's worth adding to your bucket list. Graceland preserves an era beginning when Elvis bought the house and property in 1957 and had it remodeled and redecorated before he and his family moved in. The property served as his haven from the crowds that surrounded him in public early in his career and for the next twenty years.

JAYE


travmaj profile image

travmaj 2 years ago from australia

Still the most avid Elvis fan - what an impression he made on my teenage years. And the years to follow. I remember that fateful day. I was boarding a plane and couldn't believe it. Visiting Graceland is definitely on the bucket list. Great tribute song, well done. Thanks for the memories.


mary615 profile image

mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I saw Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, and fell in love with him right then! One thing that has always impressed me about Elvis was his love and respect for his Mother. She loved hymns and he recorded some beautiful hymns just for her.

Another icon died today: Laureen Bacall. She was 89 years old.

Voted this Up, and shared.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Hi, Peg - While many Elvis fans (including me) are getting long in the tooth and remember him as a new, young performer who changed music, there are many more who never saw him perform either live or on TV or the movies while he was still alive but still enjoy listening to his music and watching his now oldies-but-goodies movies. His personal story is intriguing, his voice was unique and he brought a dynamic new style to performing that made way for other singers.

In short, Elvis was a trailblazer as a singer. If he'd realized that the Colonel had his own interests at heart more than his client's and changed agents, Elvis might have become a terrific actor as well. I've read that he wanted to act in more than fluff movies.

Thanks for reading and your comments. Regards, JAYE

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thanks, John, for your kind words and the vote. Coming from a true poet, that's feedback I greatly appreciate. Too bad I didn't make an attempt to publish my Elvis song when the timing was right.

Regards, JAYE


Jodah profile image

Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Enjoyable tribute hub Jaye. Well done in actually writing a song and arranging the music. I was and still am a true Elvis fan. Voted up.


PegCole17 profile image

PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Interesting as you've said, how we tend to relate to people who enter our lives through song and movies. Your tribute to Elvis was touching and sweet. It's hard to believe he's been gone this long. I was not a fan until much later in life when I read more about him and visited Graceland. His music was more to my older sister's taste, although now, I really enjoy his songs.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Thank you, Levertis, for your insightful comments. Although Elvis gained great fame and fortune as an entertainer, his stardom kept him isolated with his entourage much of the time. I remember reading that he often rented an entire skating rink for the night so he could have simple fun with his buddies without being mobbed by fans.

You're right that fame and wealth do not answer some of our most important needs. Elvis suddenly rocketed to stardom as a young man, but he came from a simple background, and I don't think he realized how much freedom he would have to give up for his career.

I'm glad you enjoyed this hub, and I appreciate the thumbs-up.

Jaye


Levertis Steele profile image

Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

JayeWisdom, said, "too much fame too fast, plus too many sycophants and hangers-on apparently led Elvis to believe he was invincible."

Stan said, " I had just seen him in concert the year before, all fat and drugged, although at the time I didn't understand or care - I was seeing Elvis in person!"

Attempted humor said, “Pity Elvis couldn't have had a bit more common sense.”

I can appreciate people who can look at Elvis as a person and not a god. Elvis was a person with many good qualities, but he was also human like all others. He was not all glitter and smiles, although he did have his share. He was a man who hurt and cried like anyone else. He apparently needed something that he did not know how, or have the strength, to get. No amount of fame or money could satisfy that need. All of his hundreds of millions of fans could not give him his urgent needs, although they loved him and he them.

Elvis did not die in vain. There are messages in his life and death for us all, and I fear that many people did not quite get them. His life and death surely have helped many. I learned from Elvis' life to stop over dreaming and worrying about riches and fame for myself. It comes to many but cannot come to all. I learned that money and fame cannot buy us the things that are really the most important in life. Do not misunderstand me; I would love to be wealthy! But I know that it would only satisfy some needs, but not the ones most vital to life.

I loved many of Elvis' love songs because I was young and still enjoying young love and marriage. I also loved his gospels and Christmas carols that I have among my collection of CD’s.

Thanks for sharing such an interesting hub about the king! I am clicking positivesly.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Au fait - You've explained a phenomenon that is so common. TV and movies make entertainers and other celebrities seem like people we actually know, so when they die we feel pain much as we would experience for real friends. When a death seems premature (and there seem to be so many of those among the famous), it can be devastating.

Elvis, of course, had many fans who routinely traveled to Graceland just to feel close to him, so the crowds who mourned there after his death were not unexpected. There are older Elvis fans who still make pilgrimages to Graceland. That number will increase this month with another anniversary of his death.

Thanks for your feedback. JAYE


Au fait profile image

Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

It seems like such a long time ago that my husband came home and told me Elvis had died. I thought he was joking. Elvis was too young to die, so why would he? Same thing when Marilyn Monroe died, only I was a little girl then.

When people who are bigger than life die it's like a family member has died. Many times these people have been in our living rooms, figuratively speaking, on television or on record, CD or the radio. It's a shock because it's so sudden and unexpected and just as traumatic as if a close family member was suddenly gone.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Thanks, till....Yes, there will never be anyone quite like Elvis. It's probably difficult for young people today to realize how remarkable he seemed when he first hit the public eye in the mid-50s.

I first saw the movie "Love Me Tender" as an impressionable thirteen-year-old, and became an instant Elvis fan, mesmerized by his crooked grin, sexy eyes and lush voice.

I think Elvis might have become a better actor had he been allowed (by "the colonel" and the studios) to move out of his comfort zone in roles. Still, the movies he left behind are fun, and his music stands the test of time.

Viva Elvis!

Jaye


tillsontitan profile image

tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

From one Elvis lover to another; this song was beautiful! What a tribute. Elvis in his youth was definitely beyond compare. Those who weren't around don't know what they missed. I saw "Love Me Tender" about a dozen times when it first came out, though I agree he was no actor, that was his best film acting-wise. Elvis will always be the King and your beautiful song is a great tribute to him.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

I just read a news story that Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley showed up together at this year's Graceland candlelight vigil to mark the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. Can thirty-five years really have passed? Even so, there are still many, many Elvis fans, including a couple of new generations who discovered his music and movies.

Rest in peace, Elvis.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Hi, Tom...Thanks for your comment. You know, Elvis probably still has as many fans posthumously as he did while he was alive. His music still sells, his old movies are shown on classic movie channels on cable and fans (even younger generations) still go on pilgrimages to Graceland in Memphis, especially on the anniversary of his death. Elvis changed the landscape of music with his combination of Rock-a-billy and Blues, and made way for the Beatles and other groups that came after him.

Kind of amazing for a young guy born in Tupelo, Mississippi who grew up in Memphis, isn't it?

Glad you stopped by....

Jaye


Tom 4 years ago

I was 13 in 1977 and a huge fan of the Beatles and contemporary 70's music when my brother walked out of the house on that hot August afternoon and told me Elvis had died. I wasn't his biggest fan at that time but was still shocked at the news. Even though the media coverage wasn't that heavy, I took an instant interest in all things Elvis and to this day haven't stopped reading, listening, and mostly just admiring what a great man he was.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Thank you, Redberry Sky. I remember as though it happened yesterday how distraught my daughter was the day Elvis died. I wrote the song for her, but published it on HubPages because--decades later--it's obvious there are still several generations of Elvis fans.

Jaye


Redberry Sky profile image

Redberry Sky 4 years ago

How utterly gorgeous, Jaye - both the lyrics and the Hub itself. I beg to differ and I think you *are* a poet, and a very touching one at that. I only started to appreciate Elvis a long time after he was already gone, but your song did coax out a little tear. Like your other commentors, I would love to hear this played and sung - I hope one day you may be persuaded to indulge us :) Awesome and Beautiful.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Thanks, Kay. I will always remember Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll. Sadly, I will also remember the day he died.

JAYE


KDee411 profile image

KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

Who would ever forget? What a great tribute to Evis, the King.

Kay


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

It's also one of my faves. Thanks for stopping by. Regards, JAYE


moonlake profile image

moonlake 4 years ago from America

A nice tribute to Elvis..So handsome. The top photo you have is one of my favorites of him.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

I've seen a lot of Elvis imitators over the years, in movies and in the flesh, but none of them actually looked like Elvis. No one else had that sexy crooked smile. His singing was like velvet, but his speaking voice was unique as well. You could hear Elvis speaking in a movie and never mistake him for someone else. You're right...Lisa Marie looks a lot like him, especially as she gets older. Long live the King!


Sunshine625 profile image

Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

He was so handsome. Looked just like his mama and Lisa Marie looks so similar to him:)


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Glad to have you visit this hub again, Sunshine. There was indeed no one else like Elvis! Looking at the youthful photo of him almost makes ME feel young again!

Jaye


Sunshine625 profile image

Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm back again to say hello to the King and of course to you Jaye. He was awesome!!:)


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

You had me doubting my math for a second! I know it SEEMS like it's only been ten years or so. Don't we both WISH? :)

Jaye


justmesuzanne profile image

justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

Well, obviously, it couldn't have been 34 years because I had just graduated from high school! Clearly, it was on 10 years ago or so! ;D


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Thanks, Suzanne. Difficult to believe Elvis has been gone for 34 years, isn't it?

Jaye


justmesuzanne profile image

justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

I think it's a lovely tribute! Voted up and beautiful! :)


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Thanks, Sunshine. The day Elvis died was a sad day, indeed. Addictions are deadly, but so many celebrities (and non-celebrities, as well) get pulled into their grip and can't break free.

Jaye


Sunshine625 profile image

Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I recall the day Elvis died. I was devastated. We had tickets to his concert which was only a few days away. So very sad. Darn addictions. I still listen to his music and watch his movies. I enjoyed your song...I felt the sadness. Beautiful hub in honor of the king.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 5 years ago from America

Enjoyed your hub and your song.

My all time favorite Elvis song is Mama Liked the Roses.

I married a man that his aunt told me one time she always thought he looked like Elvis. I guess he kinda did when when we were young.


Just_Rodney profile image

Just_Rodney 5 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Ditto, my late farther also had a weird selection of musical tastes, from Jazz, Big Band and Mario Lanza, a bit of Harry Belefonte as well.

So My CD collection is or was, depleted with several moves and the occasional burglaries" covered almost from a to z. Airias to Zeppalan.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

I loved the Beatles and, three decades later, my granddaughter discovered them and loved them as well. I still like to listen to the Beatles' music, and several of their songs are on my "all-time favorite songs" list.

JAYE


Just_Rodney profile image

Just_Rodney 5 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Thet had there Elvis, as for I, the beatles where my equivelent, The passing of John Lennon, was a shock to say the least, then George Harrisons quiet dmise, left a hollowness.

The White Album was the pinnacle, No other group could have and will have created a better farewell to the end of their joint careers.

Imagine, John's final tribute to himself.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

There are still a lot of what I call "Elvis Super Fans" (and they're not all women) who pay tribute to him every year on the anniversary of his death, make pilgrimages to Memphis and tour that gaudy house, hold the candlelight vigils, play his songs, watch his movies, etc. and grieve all over again.

A late friend of mine knew Elvis in the early Memphis days, and he always insisted, "There was just no one else like him!" I suppose that's why his fans are still so loyal.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Rodney.

JAYE


Just_Rodney profile image

Just_Rodney 5 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

My Late Mother, her six or so sisters, were avid followers of what had grown far beyond a fan club, and was not quite a Cult,, or perhaps it was, The Elvis Presley Fan Club, which spread throughout the world.

As a child I was exposed to him, as every movie he made I "secorted" my mother (those days it was not seemly for a lady to go to cinamas alone) this of course would apply to subsequent reshowings as well.

She also had many of his records, which I think over the years, were responsible for a number of "diamond" needles.

When Elvis died, the entir female populaation, or at least in my world, cried, played his records and cried some more. quite a few enterprizing Cinama houses ahd an Elvis Festival, playing his most popular older movies "Jailhpuse rock et al, and of course do not forget, GI Blues, and that love song, Musiede, excuse my spelling.

A vast number of the female population, although a wee bit older still sit and sob as they listen to his now remastered CD's as a tribute to THE KING, on the Anniversary of his death, this usually a candlight vigil, as a tribute to Him.

"The King has left the building!


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

In all likelihood, an older Elvis would have become fatter and unhealhier eating all the wrong foods and popping too many pills from Dr. Feelgood. Then he would have become the brunt of standup comedians' jokes, much as Liz Taylor did for Joan Rivers in Liz's heftier days. That's not an image of Elvis I want in my mind, so I'll take my fantasies any day.

I'm still sad that Elvis left us too soon....JAYE


Happyboomernurse profile image

Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Jaye,

Yes I can imagine it and yes it did bring a smile to my face. I guess we can console ourselves with the fact that in general, fantasies are far more exciting than reality!


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Happyboomernurse. The lyrics were written on an impulse in an attempt to console my then-teenaged daughter.

I like the phrase "fat and mellow" you used to conjure up a senior citizen Elvis. Can you imagine an 80-year-old Elvis hosting Saturday Night Live (like Betty White) or losing weight by Dancing with the Stars? :-) Makes you smile, doesn't it?

JAYE


Happyboomernurse profile image

Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Would love to hear the music that accompanies the beautiful lyrics. Found it touching that you wrote this for your daughter.

Am, and always will be, an Elvis fan.

I liked your imaginary musings at the end of this hub as to how old the King would be now and how he might have been living his golden years. Nice to think of him fat and mellow spending time with grandchildren and occasionally treating fans to a concert. But alas, in real life we have to settle for the prolific Elvis impersonators that travel across the country.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Nellieanna...I sang full-out for more than half my life (so far, that is) on every occasion that presented itself. I had a very strong, adult-sounding voice as young as 8 years old, so I made the most of it. I sang along with the radio, learned to play the songs I liked by ear on the piano, then sang along with my playing. It can't get much more fun than that!

I, too, think Colin Firth is a really good actor and look forward to seeing THE KING'S SPEECH. If your birthday is next week, please let me wish you now a wonderful natal day celebration!

STAN...No need to apologize. I get so few comments that I'm delighted to have you and Nellieanna converse in this space! I enjoyed your conversation. JAYE


Stan Fletcher profile image

Stan Fletcher 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

Nellie - My uncle was the head of the Greek department at Baylor for about 30 years. Dr. Richard Cutter, my dad's only sister's husband. My father went to Baylor as did many cousins, uncles, and others. It's definitely part of my heritage. Sorry to highjack your comment section, Jaye! :)


Nellieanna profile image

Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Jaye - I'm glad you got to enjoy singing for a long while. I always did and still do sing for the sheer joy of it even now. I always knew all the words to the popular songs and on trips to the ranch with the family, would just sing my little heart out. Later, when grown and on trips to the ranch with my George and our two cats, we often had "name this tune" contests. But if I started to sing, Toulouse, the boy cat, began to raise strong objections! And his objection voice was no great shakes, believe me! lol

I'd have to agree that Elvis sang better than he acted, but he may have had more potential than he got to develop. I think his managers were bent on exploiting him where he shone brightest already. His acting was certainly no worse than, say, Rock Hudson's. LOL. But it takes more experience to develop the skills of the great actors, I'm sure. One of my favorites, Colin Firth, is winning the best actor accolades this season. I'm going to see "The King's Speech", his vehicle, next week with a friend, as part of my birthday treat. Looking forward to it!


Nellieanna profile image

Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

WOW, Stan - It was where I married the father of my two children who were also born there at the Air Force Base hospital where he was stationed. Both my elder sisters graduated from Baylor University there so I visited Waco on several occasions as a child when we took them and picked them up at beginning & end of their semesters. It has really grown since all of that!


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Nellieanna...I miss being able to sing, but I "got my money's worth" out of my singing voice while I had it, which was more than 40 years...can't complain.

I really enjoyed your "Remembering Elvis" hub. I recall going to the movies to see Elvis in LOVE ME TENDER (I was young) and thinking he was so adorable. But I always liked his singing more than his movies.

Stan...You reacted to Elvis' death the same way that my teenaged daughter did. Just as my song said, she met me that day in tears, heartbroken.

Since you are a "real" musician, your melody for my lyrics is probably better than the one I originally created. Years later, I can still recall mine even without the music being written. Funny how such things stick in the memory....

Thanks to both of you for stopping by. JAYE


Stan Fletcher profile image

Stan Fletcher 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

Nellie - I'll go check out your hub. I was born in Waco, btw.


Nellieanna profile image

Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

That would be marvelous, Jaye! Sorry about your voice. Mine was pretty good in my youth, a little better than my piano-playing, but I still enjoy both, nonetheless. Perfection is not my game so I'm winning. LOL.

Stan - I remember where I was when I first heard Elvis on the radio when he was only getting started and was even touring and stopped in Waco when I happened to be living there. I hadn't heard of him till the radio exposure but that hooked me. I told about it in a hub I posted on his recent birthday, had he been alive, - "Remembering Elvis", I called it. It is all about his early years and career.


Stan Fletcher profile image

Stan Fletcher 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

I see that Nellieanna and I headed over here at the same time. There aren't any celebrities that I'm more passionate about than Elvis. He was, and is, the King of Rock and Roll and no one will ever touch his talent or charisma - not even close. I felt that he was a dear friend, much like a billion other people did. He had 'it' in spades. I was fishing in Colorado when I heard the news. I sat out there by the lake at 12 years old and cried my eyes out. I had just seen him in concert the year before, all fat and drugged, although at the time I didn't understand or care - I was seeing Elvis in person!

I could go on and on, but I'll stop because I want to get to your lyrics. I immediately created a melody as I was reading them the first time. They are beautiful and sum up what so many people still feel about the man. Don't knock yourself as a songwriter. These are very good, and I mean it.

This hub brought back a lot of great memories for me. Thank you. Long live the King!


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

You are so kind to my humble lyrics, Nellieanna. I don't have a recording of the music; however, when I found the typed lyrics I sat down at my own Yamaha keyboard and the melody returned to my fingers.

Wish I could still sing. I had a good voice in my youth, but allergies and two surgeries during which my throat was literally cut and my larynx bruised ended my singing. I now have a range (in the lower register) of about three notes!

If I can get a young relative, such as my grandson-in-law, to show me how to record on YouTube, perhaps I can add the music to the lyrics--with someone else singing of course. The aforementioned grandson-in-law plays and sings with a local band, so perhaps I can induce him to do it. He's the obvious choice.

Thanks for the encouragement.JAYE


Nellieanna profile image

Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Those lyrics are magnificent, Jaye - and I am really a bit of a critic of most poetry. I can almost hear your lyrics set to music, in fact. Do you still have a copy of the recording you made? It would be so good to hear!

My feeble recordings of narrations of my poetry I've ventured to include on a couple of my poetry hubs. - were made with quite primitive equipment. I even recorded some a cappella singing. My attempts to record my piano were too disastrous, though. I have a Yamaha "Grand Piano" keyboard which I've had a number of years now which I had intended to try to record from directly. But my computers are all so much more advanced now, it might not even be compatible. I only play it like a piano, not with all its bells and whistles. I have two pianos but they are in need of tuning - well, one is an antique which may require restringing. I used to play them but the keyboard is so much more fluid and stays in tune. LOL. My George gave it to me.

If you have any rendition of this tribute to Elvis recorded, I'd beg you to share it with us! I would love to hear the tune! Your singing it would be all the better but even if you just played it and narrated the lyrics, it would be such a treasure to share!!


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

Thanks for your comment. I haven't written many song lyrics or poems,but this was one that begged writing (for my daughter, as explained). I still enjoy listening to many of the songs Elvis recorded, particularly the ballads. He certainly made an impact on the music industry and paved the way for many who came after him. JAYE


James A Watkins profile image

James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Excellent lyrics! I used to write and record songs in my younger days. Then I had to grow up and get a job. Though I put it off til I was 38. :-)

Thanks for sharing your creative art. Elvis is still the King.


JayeWisdom profile image

JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA Author

The ballads Elvis recorded were my favorites. After I got past the "teeny-bopper" stage, I wasn't one of his greatest fans, but my teenaged daughter was at the time of his death. That's why I wrote that song--an attempt to make her feel better. I played the melody on my keyboard last night (with an organ voice), and it sounded okay.

Yes, too much fame too fast, plus too many sycophants and hangers-on apparently led Elvis to believe he was invincible. When no one ever says "no" to a person, that's a formula for disaster. Glad your one day and night of being James Bond/Brad Pitt/Superman was plenty for you! Happy Christmas & New Year to you and your family, too....JAYE


attemptedhumour profile image

attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Jaye i was trying to work out how the song would play out, a difficult task of course but i'm sure it would work quite well with you at the piano. I didn't listen to Elvis a great deal in the sixties as there were so many other choices. I loved his ballads like love me tender and in the ghetto. He was an incredibly good looking fellow in his youth, but wasn't it a pity that he died because of abusing his diet and all the fools gold that drugs deliver. When i was in my twenties i was silly enough to take an amphetamine. I honestly didn't realise what it was. I was told it was a slimming pill. I was James Bond, Brad Pitt and Superman for that day and night. I felt incredible. I woke up the next morning and was sensible enough to never think of taking another one and never have. Pity Elvis couldn't have had a bit more common sense. Oh well must away. Cheers from your Aussie mate. PS have a happy xmas and new year. xxxx

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working