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From a Jack to a King

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Words & Music: Ned Miller
From a jack to a king of loneliness to a wedding ring
I've played a ace and I won the queen
I walked away with your heart

From a jack to a king
With no regrets I stacked, I stacked the cards, I stacked the cards last night
And lady luck played her hand just right
You made me king of your heart

Oh for just a little while I thought that I might lose the game
Oh but just in time I saw that twinkle in your eyes
From a jack to a king of loneliness to a wedding, wedding, wedding ring
I played an ace and I won the queen
You made me king of your heart

For just a little while I thought that I might lose the game
Oh but just in time I saw, I saw that twinkle in your eyes
From a jack to a king from loneliness to a wedding, wedding, wedding ring
I played an ace and I won the queen
You made me king of your heart
Recorded: 1969/01/21, first released on Back in Memphis (From Memphis to Vegas)

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2013report abuse
For all the Elvis impersonators, try an' sing this song like Elvis does here. I bet you can't. The song ain't that great, but he lifts this song to 5 stars by his voice alone.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 4, 2013report abuse
Love this performance. As I do, of all, the Memphis sessions. He was at his absolute best, at this time.
Lou A (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2012report abuse
Great version , and totally differant from Ned Miller's also excellant version. Fantastic vocal. On Elvis' version I get the impression this was a rough "jam" that came out so good, that Felton Jarvis decided to use it . I believe there was some overdubbing done to make it more commercial for the album release.
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2012report abuse
I really love this version, I also like The Grass Won't Pay No Mind. The only 69 Memphis songs I do not like are Mama Liked the Roses, Hey Jude and Who am I. The rest are either just great songs, or Elvis' interpretations elevate them, as he usually does with a song.
john804 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2012
Invisible because there was a reaction to someone else
In-A-Flash (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2012report abuse
Fantastic, this is sheer joy!
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2012report abuse
First came across this song by Ned Miller around 1962 when it echoed magnificently across the local palais. Liked it as soon as I heard it and Elvis makes a pretty good fist of it and imo sits in the middle tier of the 69 session output. Never skip the track and always thoroughly enjoy it.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2012report abuse
This is easily one of my most favorite songs that Elvis recorded in 1969 and Elvis' rendition of it is brilliant, underrated and overlooked.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2012report abuse
Mine least favourite song of the "Back in Memphis" album. Still worth 31/2 stars.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2012report abuse
My favorite version of this song. In my opinion it deserved to be a number one on the country charts.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2012report abuse
Amazing how others see this song. I don't hear Elvis mocking the female chorus. He is just singing along with them. And the "La-La-La's" are so catchy, that it makes the listener (me) want to sing along. Its a fun song, enjoy it !
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2012report abuse
The song swings along quite nicely but there are far better highlights of these sessions.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2012report abuse
Never liked this song. For me it stands as one of the very few low point of the Memphis Sessions. I don't listen to it.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 5, 2010report abuse
A fun, but half hearted performance of the song makes for one of the lesser moments at the Memphis Sessions of '69 ("And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind", "Hey Jude", "Don't Cry Daddy" and "I'm Movin' On"). Elvis just seems to be having fun (almost mocking the female chorus when they do their "La La's" and a bit over the top on the repeating of the words "wedding" and "stacked") and as a listener it is enjoyable, but not a great track. 2 1/2 stars.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2009report abuse
One of my favorites from 1969 but it seemed to be recorded or produced badly. The female voices dont help much either, but I love the vocal delivery.

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