LOOKING FOR ELVIS

Live August 2007 version


Warm black asphalt
South of nowhere
I'm going there under a dirty cotton sky
When the rain comes round
I roll my window down
I lift my face to heaven
And wash these tears from my eyes

I'm just looking for some inspiration
Looking for something to rock my soul
I'm looking for a brand new destination
I'm looking for Elvis down a Memphis road
I'm looking for Elvis

I remember
All those Septembers
The pledges of allegiance
The prayers of trust
I slept on those beds of hope and promise
Woke up choking on cheap paint and carnival dust

So where are you now
With all those illusions
Fallen dreams and charity
If faith restores you
And truth delivers
Then don't tell me that I'm standing
When I'm on my knees

I'm just looking for some inspiration
Looking for something to rock my soul
I'm looking for a brand new destination
I'm looking for Elvis down a Memphis road
I'm looking for Elvis (looking for Elvis)
I'm looking for Elvis down a Memphis road
I'm looking for Elvis (I'm looking for Elvis)

You've got to give yourself over now
Roll like a river stone
There's mud in the water
Gravel in the dust

Work a little harder, lord
Sing a little stronger
Stand up and deliver
If you want my trust (my trust)
Ah my trust (my trust)
Ah my trust

West of Babylon
East of Eden, now
Breathing in these winds of change
I'm gonna rise up from these ashes
Gonna rise up and find the truth again

I'm just looking for some reparations
Looking for love to soothe my soul
I'm at the crossroads of my destination
I'm looking for Elvis down a Memphis road
I'm looking for Elvis (looking for Elvis)
I'm looking for Elvis down a Memphis road
I'm looking for Elvis (looking for Elvis)
I'm looking for Elvis down a Memphis road
I'm looking for Elvis (looking for Elvis)
I'm looking for Elvis down a Memphis road

(Hey!)

You've gotta give yourself over now
Roll like a river stone
There's mud in the water
Gravel in the dust

Work a little harder, lord
Sing a little stronger
Stand up and deliver
If you want my trust

Give yourself over now
Roll like a river stone
There's mud in the water
Gravel in the dust

(Hey!)
(Hey!)
(Hey!)
(Whoah!)
(Whoah!)
(Whoah!)
(Whoah!)
(Whoah!)

Train I ride, sixteen coaches long
Oh, yeah


Info

The above lyrics are for the live August 2007 performance of LOOKING FOR ELVIS at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ, with Patti Scialfa. This live version was recorded by Dave O'Donnell and mixed by Bob Clearmountain. It features Bruce Springsteen as part of the Whack Brothers Rhythm Section, playing harmonica and singing a shout out (the parts above in bold) through a bullet mic. At the end of the song Patti Scialfa sings a line from Junior Parker's (and Elvis Presley's hit) MYSTERY TRAIN. This live August 2007 version of LOOKING FOR ELVIS was released on the various artists album Elvis Viva Las Vegas: Original Soundtrack in 2008.

On 18 Sep 2007, ABC aired a new Elvis Presley documentary titled "Elvis Viva Las Vegas" that chronicles Presley's life during the Vegas years with the focus on his music, his style and his legacy. The documentary also featured performances by some of today's stars doing their interpretations of the Elvis songs that had the most influence on them. A soundtrack album for the documentary was released in January 2008 and features these performances as well as original masters by Elvis. The album opens with Bruce Springsteen's 1990 cover of VIVA LAS VEGAS and concludes with Patti Scialfa's live August 2007 version of LOOKING FOR ELVIS.

Various artists -- Elvis Viva Las Vegas: Original Soundtrack
Various artists -- Elvis Viva Las Vegas: Original Soundtrack

CD - RCA ‎/ Sony BMG Music Entertainment (88697 21022 2) - USA, 2008

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of LOOKING FOR ELVIS on this website:

LOOKING FOR ELVIS [Patti Scialfa's album version]
LOOKING FOR ELVIS [Live August 2007 version]

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