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Always on My Mind

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Words & Music: Wayne Carson/ Mark James/ Johnny Christopher
Maybe I didn't treat you
Quite as good as I should have
Maybe I didn't love you
Quite as often as I could have
Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn't died
Give me, give me one more chance
To keep you satisfied, satisfied

Maybe I didn't hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
And I guess I never told you
I'm so happy that you're mine
If I make you feel second best
Girl, I'm sorry I was blind

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn't died
Give me, give me one more chance
To keep you satisfied, satisfied

Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time
You were always on my mind
You are always on my mind
You are always on my mind
Recorded: 1972/03/29, first released on single

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 23, 2013report abuse
There are several versions of this that don't differ much; all are excellent. One of his best and certainly one of his most moving performances.
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 13, 2011report abuse
A lovely song, chalk and cheese compared to Willie Nelson, they're stylistically very different. Elvis's is the full production whereas Willie went for the pared back sound whicvh does sound good. It takes some adjusting though if you're only familar with Elvis's effort, which outside the US I would think would be the version most people know. Love it.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 13, 2011report abuse
One of Elvis' best recordings from the 70's. 5 stars!
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 13, 2011report abuse
This is one of those songs that are aged and vintage by time, like Port wine. Back in 1972 no one would even dream that near 40 years later, this song would be one of Elvis top 5 most popular songs in his catalog, to the main public. More than that, by 1980 no one would dare to say that Willie Nelson’s version would be world wide forgettable in 30 years and Elvis version would be the original and ultimate version. In You Tube, Elvis Always on My Minds video has over 23 millions viewers. More than Willie Nelson and The Pet Shop Boys versions together and doubled. I also grew to love it with time, more and more.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2009report abuse
One of his best 1970s ballads, especially love the version with strings overdubbed. Willie Nelson sang this way waaaay after Elvis did and was NOT the writer of the song. I can't stand Willie's nasal whiny version of it. I even prefer the Pet Shop Boys version over Willie Nelson's. Elvis' version was the best and it was very effectively used in the film "This Is Elvis".
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
The song was originally recorded by Brenda Lee and appeared in the American country charts barely making the top 50. Elvis' version was released a few months later. It was a hit in the UK in its year of release 1972. Of all the versions I have heard over the years Elvis' still remains my favourite and I found it difficult to understand how the Willie Nelson version became so popular.
Master Fatman (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
Very beatiful song, with a cathing refren. Perhaps Elvis most personal song... 5 ***** :-)
mypoint (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
Willie Nelson Not Only Did Not Write This Song, But Recorded Long After Elvis' Passing. Elvis' Version Is More Powerful & It's A Shame It Was A B Side Release Instead Of Its Own Single.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
beautiful song. I love Elvis' version but I also love Willie's version. Willie's version is more naked. Elvis'version is more bombastic. Two different personalities with a lot of respect for each other.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
Elvis was riding high in 1972 with the success of Burning Love. What does RCA do? Release Separare Ways as the next A side, not a good choice. This song is so much better and could have produced another top ten hit. Buried on the B side, most people dont even know this as an Elvis song and totally associate it with Willie who did a pretty good job with it despite what people say here.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
Most people generally associate this song with Willie Nelson, not Elvis since Willie had a # 1 hit with it and Elvis' was tucked away on the B side. That said, this could have been a monster hit by Elvis with proper airplay. He sings it better than Willie, but the Willie Nelson arrangement has Elvis beat by a mile. Nice & simple. As usual the Elvis arrangement has too much going on, as usual the problem with the 70's
Jim says hello (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
Willie Nelson's version makes my skin crawl. And he wasn't the writer either. Elvis' was the original and one of my all time favourites... much more worthy of a Grammy than Willy's. Boy was Elvis stitched up at Grammy's time... should have a roomful.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
Wow.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
A "B" side to the single "Seperate Ways" by Elvis. Its a shame the "B" side never got any airplay when it was released in 1972. "Always on my Mind" as everyone knows, was later covered by Willie Nelson.. and he took it to the Top of the charts. As far as the Elvis' version goes. Its done with "passion" and sung well. I really like the "strings" overdubbed version, the best !! from the deleted "Always on my Mind CD" which, was released in the 80s.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
I love it too. The rehearsal version from Elvis on tour is really my favorite version of the song. A pity he didn´t sing it live on stage in the seventies. Maybe he did that once or twice, but it can´t have been that common. Imagine if he had sung this on the Aloha show. Would have been great
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
Really don't care about Willie Nelson version .......yeah i know he has the original But for me The Presley version is the best i ever heard almost everybody i know related this song to Elvis.
Willie Nelson is an amazing song writter nobody can argue with that but when it comes to performing it it belong to Elvis.
elviskid80 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
For Me Theres Only One Version And Its Elvis. Elvis Sang It With True Emotion One Of His Best Love Songs Ever. TCB
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
Great song, hence it seems to be regularly on my mind. Most people I know love this song and associate it with Elvis. And right so! One of his top love songs.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2009report abuse
Very beautiful melody and lyrics...Elvis's version is amazing but Willie Nelson's is more moving !
marco31768 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 8, 2008report abuse
The greatest ELvis' love song ! I love the "This is Elvis" overdubbed version !!!
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 16, 2008report abuse
beautiful song. will probably also get a remix one of these days..
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2008report abuse
Prefer Willie Nelson's version.

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