Radio L, side A, track 6: “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles

Alannah Myles - Black VelvetOh, Alannah Myles, so I’ve probably heard this song about a thousand times.  And that’s not a bad thing.  This is one of those songs that has stood the test of time.  Well, at least stood the test of a few decades anyway.  And I was lucky enough to be on the ground floor when this song was shiny and new and was a brand new hit on the radio.

I don’t think I knew at the time that this song was about Elvis.  If I did, I probably would have been a little sneery about it since, as I’ve established, I was a bit of an asshole about my brother’s taste in “old” music.  My brother was a big Elvis fan, which meant I made fun of Elvis.  As usual, though, my brother was right and I was all kinds of wrong.  Elvis is indeed the King.  Now that I’ve grown to appreciate his music, I can’t help but get a little weak in the knees any time I hear his voice.  One of my favorite songs of all time is “In The Ghetto”, followed closely by “Fools Rush In.”

Ironically, after all the shit I gave my brother regarding his taste in music, somehow in my twenties it became a thing that I was an Elvis fan and my friends would get me all kinds of Elvis-related gifts.  Even at the time, I didn’t necessarily like Elvis, but as a result of this misconception about my love of Elvis, I ended up with a couple of the best gifts I’ve ever received.  One was a metal bracelet that flipped open to reveal a pic of Elvis.  Don’t know what ever happened to it, but I still miss it and would absolutely still wear it if I had it.  The other gift was a little medallion that a coworker thought had a picture of Elvis on it.  Turns out it wasn’t Elvis.  It was the Fonz.  Which was even cooler.  My friend passed away not longer after giving me that coolest of cool things that I own, and I’ve worn it on a necklace every day since.  I plan on being buried with it.  Unless my wife wants it to remember me by.  Which is fine, because it doesn’t seem right to just bury such an amazingly cool thing like that.  We’ll see what happens, Alannah Myles.  Hopefully this won’t be something we need to discuss any time soon.

Sorry, didn’t mean to take attention away from this unbelievably sexy song, Alannah Myles.  I feel like it may have gotten a little overplayed back in the day, and I hate to admit it, but I got a little tired of it as a result.  But I’ve had some time away, and being reunited feels so good.  While I think a more upbeat song would best capture Mr. Presley’s life, I’ll tell you this:  if a woman with as beautiful a voice as yours sings a song this great about somebody, they should feel unbelievably fortunate, whether they’re dead or alive.  I would LOVE it if you sang a song commemorating my life after I’m gone, Alannah Myles, but somehow I don’t think that anyone’s going to want to listen to “Spidey Undies”.

“Black Velvet”

<awesome Alannah Myles jam>

Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell
Jimmy Rogers on the Victrol’ up high
Mama’s dancin’ with baby on her shoulder
Sun is settin’ like molasses in the sky

The boy could sing, knew how ta move

Everything

Always wanting more

He’d leave ya 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 ya knees

Black velvet
If ya pleeeeeease

Up in Memphis, the music’s like a heat wave

White lightnin’
Bound ta drive ya wild

Mama’s baby is 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 and that slow southern style

A new religion that’ll bring ya to ya knees

Black velvet if you pleeeeeease

Every word of every song that he sang was for yoooooou

In a flash he was gone
It happened so sooooon

What couldjoo doooooooooo

<awesome Alannah Myles jam>

Black velvet and that little boy’s smile

Black velvet in that slow southern style

A new religion that’ll bring ya to ya knees

Black velvet
If you pleeeeeease

Black velvet and that little boy’s smile

Black velvet in that slow southern style

A new religion that’ll bring ya to ya knees

Black velvet

If you pleeeeease

If you pleeeeeease

If you pleeeeeeeease

If you pleeeeeeeease

<awesome Alannah Myles jam>

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2 thoughts on “Radio L, side A, track 6: “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles

  1. For Elvis Presley, coming from the post-WWII generation in the South, this is really big. Rock and roll is the music that integrated the South.

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