I’ve been an Elvis fan all my life. Even in high school and college when it wasn’t considered “cool” to be an Elvis fan, I was an Elvis fan. His bluesier stuff are my faves, but I really dug it when he got funky in the sixties, with songs “ A Little Less Conversation,” “Burning Love,” and “Viva las Vegas.”
A great voice, and awesome songs, sure, but there was something else. Oh sure, everybody knows the “Pelvis” gyrations and the subtle sexuality played a huge role in his success, but closer inspection of some of his songs reveals some hidden subtext, much too controversial to be blatant, but it’s there, BETWEEN the lines. See what I mean...
“Its Now Or Never” This one is pretty obvious. It could have been titled, “Put out or get out!” I mean check out some of these lyrics:
“...Tomorrow will be too late,
it's now or never
My love won't wait.”
“Stuck On you” A cute little bubblegum pop song, right? Cute little bubblegum pop song about a STALKER!!! Check it out!
“Hide in the kitchen, hide in the hall,
Ain't gonna do you no good at all.
'Cause once I catch ya and the kissin' starts
A team o' wild horses couldn't tear us apart”
Catch that on tape, ladies, and you got probable cause! Or at least a restraining order!
“Way Down” A great little piece of funk in that guit-riff. But why is it SO damned appealing? Oh, of course! Its a song about Oral Sex! C’mon:
“I need you so, Baby, let's go
Way down - where it feels so good
Way down - where I hoped it would
Way down - where I never could
Way down, down, way, way on down”
“Teddy Bear” One of the cutest little S&M songs ever!
“...Put a chain around my neck
and lead me anywhere...” and
“I don't wanna be a tiger
'Cause tigers play too rough.”
“All Shook Up” 40 years before the advent of Grunge, Elvis opens up and sings a detox song...
“My tongue gets tied when I try to speak
My insides shake like a leaf on a tree
There's only one cure for this body of mine
That's to have “that girl” that I love so fine!”
There are many more hidden meanings in the man’s work. An ambitious guy with plenty of time and a conspiracy-oriented mentality could even write a doctorate on this topic!
Burnin’ Love - Venereal Disease
Kissin’ Cousins - Incest
How the Web Was Woven - MySpace/Facebook affairs, (Again prophetic!)
Edge of Reality - Drug Trip
Witchcraft - Satan Worship
I’ll Never Let You Go - Hostage Situation/Love Slave
Mystery Train - Drugs
Milkcow Blues Boogie - Demonic Possession
You’re A Heartbreaker - Premeditated Homicide
I Got Stung - And again, Drugs
And the list goes on! What does it mean? What would that same ambitious dude with a shitload of free time and a conspiracy-oriented mentality read into this?
He might ask himself “How could a dirt-poor country cracker go from redneck truck driver to King of Rock and Roll/Movie Star/Legend?” “Why was he so compelled to sing of these topics?” “Why was he taken so young?” “Did he make a pact with the Devil for his fame and immortal legend?”
Elvis Presley: King of Rock & Roll, or Prince of Darkness?
Holy shit! I’m glad I am not a very ambitious guy. I don’t like this. (Plus, coming up with this crap takes a lot of work!)
Elvis STILL rocks, by the way.