Life

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Words & Music: Shirl Melete
Somewhere out in empty space,
long before the human race,
Something stirred,
A vast and timeless source began,
Intelligence was born and then,
there was the world,
Powers filled the universe,
matter formed and broke the curse,
Of nothingness,
Love became an ageless soul,
nature reached her highest goal,
And breathed the breath of life,
Everlasting life.

Well creatures come from out of sight,
Daylight came from in the night,
and all was good,
Life became a masterplan,
Love produced the perfect man,
that understood,
The image of the makers word,
worshipped him with all he had,
But then one day,
From in the depths an evil seed,
grew and manufactured greed,
That changed the way of life,
Everlasting life,

Oh the loving power looked and saw,
Inside the heart of man a flaw,
began to grow,
Well, the fires of hell began to burn,
and so he sent his chosen son,
To let us know,
That love had surely made us all,
and hate would surely make us fall,
So from the cross,
Well he showed the world that dreadful day,
That love could be the only way,
or all is lost of life,
Everlasting life,
For life is love,
And love is life.
Recorded: 1970/06/06, first released on single

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shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2014report abuse
A inept if not totally out to lunch attempt to bring Darwinism to song with some spirituality thrown in. It's to Elvis's credit that he managed to sing it with a straight face. Very little to feel good about here, the fact that it charted at all just shows that some Elvis fans were so hard core they would buy anything, therefore giving the nod of approval to the tactics of Colonel Parker and RCA. Sometimes I think the best thing for Elvis's career might have been a couple of complete and total unquestionable failures. Sorry this song should have been one of those instead of the mild success it actually was.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 31, 2013report abuse
Elvis said of this song "it's long as life itself", so I don't think he liked it very much. Doesn't the first stanza deals with evolution and the rest of the song clearly not? Don't like it much.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 30, 2012report abuse
I like the way this song builds, as I listen to it right now. Might not have been a good choice as a single but nevertheless is a very good song in its own right. I never skip it and give it 4 stars.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 28, 2009report abuse
Recorded in 1970 (from the same sessions that produced the majority of the classic LP's "That's The Way It Is" and "Elvis Country") and released as the flip-side of "Only Believe" in 1971 as an Easter release. The song had an ok chart run for a sacred release (#53 pop and #8 easy listening), but it is not a true spiritual song. Elvis gives this song a strong vocal effort and it is a good track, but it just doesn't have the sparkle of his very best Christian music. Both songs were released on mediocre LP "Love Letters From Elvis" in 1971. This album wasn't too bad considering it was just leftover material from June 1970 recording sessions, but it was no match for Elvis' best work.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 28, 2009report abuse
Not an immediate choice as a potential chart release, overlooked in the UK as single material by RCA, One of their better moves.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 28, 2009report abuse
Good song with good lyrics, but not a classic single. Ok for a Album filler. Can't remember it being released as a single in the Uk. In the Usa it was released as the follow up to Rags to Riches whereas in the Uk I'm Leavin was the followup. Seems Rca were getting 'All shook Up'
Swen (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 28, 2009report abuse
One more proof that EP simply did not get the good songs because of greedy management. So he had to settle with the works of people like Shirl Milete. What a strange song for the King of RR to sing, and what a disastrous decision to release it as a single!? WHAT HAPPENED?
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2009report abuse
I didnt like this song at all when it came out, but it has grown on me and I like it more than most of the songs on Love Letters, a sub-par LP. It was different for Elvis and he sings it very well, I guess thats why Ive grown to like it. Great lyrics.

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