does anyone create their own meanings from Elvis songs e.g. meanings that are not necessarily conveyed?
I don't know, I think to a point most people hold the songs dear to them for one reason or another. Like they have their own special meaning to them. But the lyrics are pretty simple and I don't see how they can mean much more than what they are saying. But I would love to hear if people think differently. Lyrics really are first poetry IMO so there is a possiblility of more than just one meaning. That's why I stay open to others ideas.
you mean like listening to the Beatles music backwards? [saw that in Sleepless in Seattle]
since Elvis didn't write his own music, i never thought to interpret any hidden meanings.
Last edited by rhythmknights; 12-10-2007 at 09:29 PM. Reason: clarify
All I wanted was a white knight with a good heart, soft touch, fast horse
Ride me off into the sunset Baby, I'm forever yours
Hmmm....I don`t know...there`s more going on in "The song of the shrimp" than you would be lead to believe......Is Colonel Tom Parker the Shrimp Boat???...What`s this "Stay in Grand Hotel" all about...a vision of things to come???.....
Lol, I don't find hidden meaning in Elvis' songs but I do find a lot I can relate to in quite a few of them that touch some part of my life...some sad, some happy.
I agree with Diane
Ladies, He's mine
I think I add personal perspective to songs-but no "hidden meanings"
I know what each song means to me and why.
Stripped of its structural context, "Make Me Know It" is a great, yet at the same time, fairly ordinary song. (Great because Elvis and the band made it great). However, when its original position is accounted for -- as the FIRST song on the ELVIS IS BACK album -- another meaning reveals itself: Elvis is throwing down the gauntlet to his fans, after being away in the army, after the death of the old "rockabillly" movement, and wants them to "show" they still love him. At this point, a love affair already existed; Elvis was known and revered. Accordingly, the lyrics begin: "You say that you love me / And swear it to be true". Yet Elvis was gripped by doubt and fear that he'd be forgotten or abandoned by the time he finished his service. Accordingly, the lyrics continue: "But if you care to come over here / And make me know it do". Through the vessel of music, Elvis implores his fans to embrace him once more. Art is never created in a vacuum and Elvis' art revolves around the concepts of love and acceptance. Next time you listen to this masterful album, remember this perspective.
Diane has hit the nail on the head, certain songs sung by anyone have diffrent meanings and memories to me, and maybe other people, you can listen to one song and the memories come flooding back or you can listen to a diffrent song and it might mean something complety diffrent thats happend in your life. if i am making any sense.
You are making perfect sense Jeannette and I agree with you.
I do have a story to share: As I was driving my middle son to work, "She's Not You" comes on, Paul has been torn between a former girlfriend who dumped him but wants him back and a present girl who is rather a rebound girlfriend. Usually he puts in his ipod while I listen to Elvis, but this time he was listening to the words. He doesn't talk to me, but I could tell just by watching his eyes, that the lyrics were speaking to him.
Just pretend, I'm holding you, and whispering things soft and low.
And think of me, how it's gonna be and just pretend I didn't go