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Just Pretend

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Words & Music: D. Flett/ G. Fletcher
Just pretend, I'm holding you
And whispering things soft and low
And think of me, how it's gonna be,
Just pretend I didn't go
When I walked away, I heard you say
If you need me, you know what to do
I knew it then, I'd be back again
Just pretend I'm right there with you

And I'll come flying to you, oh yes
All the crying is true
Oh, I will hold you and love you again
But until then, well just pretend

Oh, it's funny but I can't recall the things
We said or why you're crying
But now I know it was wrong to go
I belong here by your side
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Recorded: 1970/06/06, first released on That's the Way It Is

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TBG (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2013report abuse
This is one of the reasons why Elvis became a legend. He starts off the show with rockers like Mystery Train/Tiger Man, which he sings awesome. Then later in the show he does a power ballad like this one, again perfectly. There's no other artist in the world that had the diversity that Elvis had when he was at his best. This song is one of my all time favorites, I've listened to it a thousand times.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 30, 2013report abuse
A good song sung perfect. I like the studio version as much as the live ones.
Puer Aeternus (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 1, 2012report abuse
Lisa Marie's favorite Elvis song.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 30, 2012report abuse
It doesn't get much better than this.Absolute perfection. 5 stars for the album and song.
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 30, 2012report abuse
Greats song, from a great album and his last great recording session. It was downhill from this point on. (with exceptions, of course)
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 30, 2012report abuse
Some seem to perpetually like simple understated productions and others the big overblown ballads. Me, I like them all as it is the voice that I find eternally beguiling. This is is one of those ballads that goes in crescendos throughout, using the full vocal talents of Elvis. Utter perfection to my ears.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 30, 2012report abuse
This is such a spectacular song and all of Elvis' renditions of it are brilliant. This song should've been a major hit for Elvis here in the United States, but it never was.
elvis1279 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 6, 2010report abuse
My mom always loved this song and will play it over and over. I always thought it was "ok"...that is until I saw Elvis The Concert for the first time in '97. After that it's been one of my faves. I have the audio of the Amsterdam show from 2003, and I agree, hearing all the people sing along is fantastic. He really puts it all into this one...........emotion, voice, you name it.
Jay (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 6, 2010report abuse
Great track from a great album!!!!! Shouldnhave been pulled off for a single release, would have been a hit in the UK I'm sure!
alheil1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2010report abuse
The entire "TTWIT" album, dvd. is absolute perfection. "Just Pretend" is perhaps the best track and his performance on dvd unbelievable.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 22, 2010report abuse
I love this song, Elvis at his very best. The studio version is the best one. The live versions are nice too, but I don´t enjoy them as much as the studio version. This song is all about that powerful arrangement and Elvis´ powerful vocal performance. I feel that the arrangement was much stronger in the studio version. Of course, you can´t create the same kind of perfection on stage. I had very high expectations when Elvis sang it on TTWII, but while Elvis kept the studio version alive all the way, that live version is almost a bit boring. I rather listen to live versions from the later years
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 22, 2010report abuse
My strongest memory with this song comes from Elvis The Concert in Amsterdam, at the Heineken Music Hall, June 8 2003, with thousands of voices singing this marvelous song. Every time I ear this tune in the import audio cd from that unique night, that magic moment comes to life again!
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 22, 2010report abuse
Stunning song, just stunning. Yes it's overblown and if you don't like that type of thing you're gonna struggle with this side of Elvis. But for those of us thatreally go for big and bombastic this is as good as it gets. Everything about Just Pretend from the mature lyrics to the TTWII performance and on to the incredible 1975 versions is for me where Elvis is at his best in the seventies. Power and feeling and plenty of bombast. Best version is from August 1970 - he never looked or sounded better and this song got everything he had and more. Awesome.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2010report abuse
My favorite Elvis song of all time. Recorded in June 1970 and released on the "That The Way It Is" LP in December of that year (my favorite LP). Everything on this track is absolutely perfect and of course Elvis' vocals on this one are amazing. Some people like the 50's ballads and they are great, some like the simpler ballads from Memphis sessions of '69 and they are terrific, but I will take the Elvis from TTWII, Elvis Country and Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas over any of them.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2009report abuse
Sung with incrdible feeling - so strong. Great vocals from Elvis in his absolute prime.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2009report abuse
I always liked this song. A strong 70's efffort.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2009report abuse
indeed one of his best ballads. It is a dramatic one but he sings it superb. As well as in the studio as on stage.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2009report abuse
A very good song but a bit on the dramatic side. When you compare it to the ballads he did in Memphis a year earlier like Long Black Limo, Do You Know Who I Am, Inherit The Wind, you can see that simpler is better. They were also more soulful. Nothing from 1970 tops the Memphis sessions.
Rob V (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2009report abuse
It's a shame this fantastic song didn't end up on all the (many, many, many, many, many......can I stop now?) Love/Ballad/Romantic compilations RCA/BMG have put out. Ended up on a budget Love comp in 1999. What a joke! Should have been on The 50 Greatest Love Songs 2CD Set back in 2001. Didn't feature also on Love Elvis or on any of the Time Life releases. Why? What's wrong? This song if further proof of the brilliance of Elvis in 1970.
ta2k (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2009report abuse
Nothing beats this song. I could list others Elvis did which I like just as much,but I like none better.
This is the King being the King. TCB
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2009report abuse
Good recording from a batch of equally good songs. I always enjoy listening to the TTWII 'Cd' Great time in Elvis's career.
Swen (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2009report abuse
What more can you wish for? Great song sung by Maestro himself. It is among my absolute favourites which for some peculiar reason also include "Just a Little Bit of Green".
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2009report abuse
One of those classic Elvis performances. Suberb studio and also very good live! Thinking of the single releases around that time, I wonder why it was never considered even as a B-side! In my dreamworld I thought of Stranger In The Crowd/Just Pretend as a potential single!
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2009report abuse
One of the best song's of the 70s, like "How The Web Was Woven" from the same session,sings these really well,and the band are spot on too !
chrisandra (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2008report abuse
i never seen or heard of anybody trying to sing this particular track,this is because nobody can sing it as good as Elvis.
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
Elvis sound really fantastic when he sing Just Pretend one of my favorite. Something is wrong with you if you don't like that one.
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
This song is one of my very favorites. I forget what I am doing when I hear it. He does a fantastic job with this song. Seeing him sing it live as I did in Vegas was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. Even better than what you see on That's The Way It Is.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
I think this song is a bit overrated. It's nice but a bit overblown for me. Reminds me more of something Conway Twitty would record. Im more of a 'Don't' type ballad guy.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
great song, both studio as live versions.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
A song I don't listen to very often,a fairly run of the mill ballad really
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
Great song. I prefer the studio version. Just as I prefer the studio versions of Patch It Up; I've Lost You and You Don't Have To Say You Love Me.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
One of those gems in Elvis' repertoir. The studio version is wonderful. But as the content of the lyrics already suggests, it requires the special Elvis touch to come to full bloom. Hence the live versions are super!
Sirbalkan (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
I prefer the live editions especially the ones from 1975... They are so emotional and beautiful.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
Alone by the story from Lex and Loesje this is a very special song...lol...Again with many other songs I prefer the Live version(s). Great song !
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
What can I say ?... that "Just Pretend" happens to be my ultimate favorite song of all time ?...Well, I just did !...Both live and studio versions are my definitive Elvis reference !
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 8, 2008report abuse
A very expensive song, it took me more than $100 to "show" it to someone special on the phone.
Loesje (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 3, 2008report abuse
This song has something very special for me. When I was down and out, totally alone, I got a call from Denmark, where Jenson Bloomer was performing with the TCB Band and I just listened through the phone to this song. Of course, Elvis version is my favourite, but at that time, these lyrics, that phonecall, 'saved' me.

PS: I married the guy who rang me... :-)

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