Down in the Alley

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Words & Music: Jesse Stone and the Clovers
Janie, Janie, Janie, Janie, Jane Jane
Janie, Janie, Janie, Janie, Jane Jane
Down in the alley, just you and me
We're going bowlin' till half past three
Just rockin' and reelin', we'll get that feelin'
Down in the alley, oh baby gee

I wake you now and dig you later
'cause you're a fine sweet potato
We'll have a ball and that ain't all
Down in the alley, just you and me

The clock is striking a mournful sound
This time of evening my love comes down
That's when I'm missin' your kind of kissin'
Down in the alley, that's where I'll be

Down in the alley, we sure have fun
We just get started 'bout half past one
So if you're 'round just come on down
Down in the alley and you will see

Janie, Janie, Janie, Janie, Jane Jane
Janie, Janie, Janie, Janie, Jane Jane
Janie, Janie, Janie, Janie, Jane Jane
Janie, Janie, Janie, Janie, Jane
Recorded: 1966/05/25, first released on Spinout

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2013report abuse
This was recorded during a gospel session. A good way to blow of steam I guess. As good as the version by The Clovers.
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 9, 2012report abuse
My favorite 60's soundtrack album and the 3 bonus songs were top notch, as were the whole side two of Clambake. Down in the Alley was a very welcome addition.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 9, 2012report abuse
A mini Elvis classic to my ears with the maestro getting right into the guts of the song. The 69 sessions did not put this r&b number to shame ; yes a real top notch performance all round.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 9, 2012report abuse
I've always admired this bluesy song immensely and I've never skipped it while listening to any Elvis CD that it's on. Elvis' renditions of it were all brilliant.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 13, 2010report abuse
It's certainly a lot better than the soundtrack songs also on the same album, but it still feels a little off to me. I mean, I like it, and I liked the 1974 version, but something about it feels a little inauthentic or something. In other words, when I hear Elvis sing "Reconsider Baby" or "When It Rains It Really Pours" or even "Merry Christmas Baby" it feels like more heartfelt blues to me. "Down In The Alley"--while still a cool song that I like--just doesn't feel quite right. Maybe it is the arrangement? I have never been able to put my finger on it exactly. But even with all that said, I do like the song.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2010report abuse
Spinout was a welcome soundtrack after so many bad ones, and the bonus songs were even better than before. I like this one as Elvis reverted back to 50's R&B. Not a classic, but solid.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2010report abuse
Always rated this one. The soundtrack albums were so bad around this period so the "bonus" songs were welcome.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2010report abuse
Recorded in 1966 and included as a bonus song on the soundtrack LP "Spinout". This track is a nice bluesy song that Elvis really seems to enjoy singing. Not a great song, but a solid 4 star effort. Overall the LP "Spinout" was a notch above the soundtracks released before it ("Harum Scarum", "Frankie And Johnny" and "Paradise, Hawaiian Style) as it contained some decent rock tracks and ballads from the movie and three fine bonus songs. The only real unacceptable tune on the LP was "Beach Shack".
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2010report abuse
Better than the film songs on that LP, but the arrangement could have been better.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2010report abuse
Never cared for this song.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2010report abuse
California Holiday as it was called in the UK was perhaps not the best of Elvis' soundtracks apart from All That I am and the outstanding bonus songs. Dylan's Tomorrow is a Long Time, The lovely I'll Remember You and the this old Clovers hit showed what Elvis could do with the right material. It was interesting to see the line up of musicians for this album which appeared on an Australian fan site. They included a virtual Who's Who of top Nashville session people including James Burton.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2010report abuse
Not so crazy about the studio version, which I think is a bit overrated. However, I really enjoy the live version from 1974. It would have been nice if Elvis continued doing this song on stage
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 9, 2009report abuse
Love this bluesy song, the bonus songs were the only reason to buy the album.

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