BLACK VELVET

Tammera

Sacramento, United States

Artist's Description

The little cherub who watches the stairway to Elvis!

Black Velvet (song)
The song is a commemorative story about Elvis Presley.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
“Black Velvet” is a rock song written by Canadian musicians David Tyson and Christopher Ward, and recorded by Canadian singer Alannah Myles in 1988. It became a number one hit for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1990 and reached number one on the Album Rock Tracks chart, as well as number one in Canada and number two in the UK Singles Chart. In 1990, country music artist Robin Lee reached number 12 on the U.S. country singles charts with a cover version.

The song is a commemorative story about Elvis Presley.
It was released as her first single from her eponymously titled CD to French Canadian radio, her 2nd Canadian single in the summer of 1989 and her 4th U.S. single from her 1989 debut CD on Atlantic Records in 1990, hitting #1 for 2 weeks on the Billboard charts in April 1990 qualifying for a 1991 Grammy win for Best Female Rock Vocalist.

While the first verse discusses the beginning of Elvis’ life – “Mama’s dancing with baby on her shoulder” – the second talks about the height of his career – “Mama’s baby is in the heart of every schoolgirl; Love Me Tender leaves ’em crying in the aisles”. The bridge references his death: “In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon, what could you do?”

Alannah Myles won the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for this song.

Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell
Jimmy Rodgers on the Victrola up high
Mama’s dancin’ with baby on her shoulder
The sun is settin’ like molasses in the sky
The boy could sing, knew how to move ev’rything
Always wanting more, he’d leave you longing for
Black velvet and that little boy smile
Black velvet with that slow southern style
A new religion that’ll bring her to your knees
Black velvet if you please
Up in Memphis the music’s like a heat wave
White Lightnin’ bound to drive you wild
Mama’s baby’s in the heart of ev’ry 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 smile
Black velvet and that slow southern style
A new religion that’ll bring her to your knees
Black velvet if you please
Ev’ry word of ev’ry song that he sang was for you
In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon
What could you do?
Black velvet and that little boy smile
Black velvet in that slow southern style
A new religion that’ll bring her to your knees
Black velvet if you please
Black velvet and that little boy smile
Black velvet in that slow southern style
A new religion that’ll bring her to your knees
Black velvet if you please
If you please
If you please
If you please

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