A while ago I wrote about the alternate verse featured on "I'll Be Home On Christmas Day." Today, listening to the FTD release I Found My Thrill from the January/February 1974 Las Vegas season, I started thinking about other versions of songs including an extra verse.
Two of them can be found on the above mentioned live CD, the first one being "Spanish Eyes" sung as a duet together with Sherrill Nielsen. "Sherill, you wanna do a song with me?" Elvis asks him and together they launch into a beautiful rendition that includes the "Blue Spanish eyes, pretties eyes in all of Mexico" verse not found on the studio original from December 1973. Actually, I prefer this version, with the trumpet solo adding a more Latin feel to the song.
The second one is "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," another highlight on I Found My Thrill, dedicated to Sheila Ryan that Elvis dated at the time. This is another occasion where I think the live version is stronger than its studio companion (from March 1971), done in a more dramatically fashion. Also, the extra "The first time ever I lay with you" verse lends the song a deeper meaning.
The same certainly can't be said for the next song that comes to mind, featuring an extra verse. But it's still a mystery to me why RCA chose to release the short version of "One Broken Heart For Sale" (1:34) from It Happened At The World's Fair as a single, and not normal length version (2:20). That one wasn't released until 28 years later, on the Collectors Gold box set in 1991, including the "Hey cupid, where are you, my heart is growing sadder" extra verse.
Another one we had to wait for, was the alternate master of "There's So Much World To See" from Double Trouble, that first saw the light of day in 2001 on the FTD release Silver Screen Stereo. "Trains in the night, flashing their light," Elvis sings, adding both seconds and a more bluesy feeling to the song.
There you have it, five versions of songs that all have an extra verse not found on the original releases. Are there more of them out there?