Monday, February 9, 2009

The extra verse

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?


Thomas said...

Woke up this morning and remembered that the alternate version of "Shake, Rattle And Roll" released on the 50's box set featured an extra verse and a piano solo not found on the master. "Way you wear those dresses, the sun comes shinin' through" Elvis belts out!

Anonymous said...

Good object to write about!

What comes to my mind are the two extra-verses of "Love Me Tender".
The movie-end-version:

If my dreams could all come true
Darling this I know
Happiness will follow you
Everywhere you go

And the extra verse sung live at the Hayride:

Love me tender, love me when
We are far apart
I'll be with you even then
Deep within your heart

The last one proved to be true. ;)

Anonymous said...

Not counting songs Elvis sang but where the original contains verses not sung by Elvis ("Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" and "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues" are two that come to my mind), I'd like to add "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". The verse starting "I've never seen a night so long as time keeps crawling by" are not on the Aloha versions, but Elvis sings it on the Linda Thompson tape. Great versions, all three! Did Elvis sing this verse ever live?