Mary in the Morning
Words & Music:
Nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the morning
When through the sleepy haze I see her lying there
Soft as the rain that falls on summerflowers
Warm as the sunlight shining on her head
When I awake and see her there so close beside me
I want to take her in my arms,
The ache is there so deep inside me
Nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the morning
Chasing the rainbow in her dreams so far away
And when she turns to touch me I kiss her fingers so softly
And then my Mary wake to love and love again
And Mary's there in summer days or stormy weather
She doesn't care how right or wrong the love we share,
We share together
Nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the evening
Kissed by the shade of night and starlight in her hair
And as we walk, I hold her close beside me
All our tomorrows for a lifetime we will share
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One of the most breathtakingly beautiful ballads Elvis ever did. Really could have been a hit on its own.
Charlie McCoy's harmonica is brilliant as ever. Sometimes the authors are listed as Cymbal/Lendell. A great song, done wonderfully.
Yes a beautiful song, performed to perfection and given many a repeated spin by me.
A beautiful song, stunningly performed and then ruined by criminal overdubbing shattering the mood of the song.
I heard this song playing in the street whilst walking down EP Boulevard in 2001 and everytime I have heard it since I remember the amazing feeling of being close to Elvis and Graceland. It is a very beautiful song and I love it to bits.
One star. Never a big fan of this song, way too boring for me.
I've always loved this one, especially the studio version, but it contains a little mystery, and that is that you can hear somebody talking in the background at the end of the song. Actually, I think it's two persons carrying out a conversation.
You have to listen closely with headphones on to catch this, it starts about 3 minutes and 30 seconds into the song, right where Elvis sings, "And as we walk, I hold her close beside me." It's impossible to discern what they are talking about, but it's definitely male voices.
Now, what on earth is going on? My guess is this originates from the overdub session some two weeks later, as I can't hear it on the undubbed version released on the bootleg "Rough Cut Diamonds Vol 2."
But if it's the microphone picking up some musicians not participating in the overdub (according to Joe Tunzi's Elvis Sessions III 23 musicians were in attendance) or if it's producer Felton Jarvis chatting with engineer Al Pachucki, who can tell?
This is just one of countless occasions showing that when Elvis was at his best he was the greatest performer ever.
my favourite is the rehearsal version at Vegas in the original version of ttwii
Very good song. Elvis should have sung that song during his Live concerts..too bad it did not happened..I never skip this song when I listen to a CD with Mary In The Morning on it !
Really, really beautifull, one of the best
One of my all time favorites. TTWII is on my top list of albums, and this song is a top romantic ballad. The musical arrangement is all around beautiful, too. A lovely, lovely version of the song done by Al Martino.
A ballad like a ballad should be, tender as the best steak.
A fantastic song in which Elvis puts so much more than just the words. A lovely way to describe ones feeling. I use this song regularly at home to please my wife and it really works! The impact of the song is incredible.
A great song, performed by Elvis with the emotion this songs needs.
IMHO, This is an amazing recording. Elvis' voice is terrific and he is convincing in his presentaton of this song! The mixing is done well to the point of being a beautiful product. Personally, I could listen to this song all day! It's too bad Elvis did perform this one live.
I remember sometime on the early 80's, and my mother was driving my car. I had this cassette inside. When she go back, she sadi "I didn't know Elvis sang such beautiful songs!" Always a favorite. Goes to show Elvis had a wide range of emotions when singing...
I absolutely love this song, well song with appropriate emotion. the fact I was going out with a girl called Mary at the time helps I suppose...ahh. one of my all time faves, one of many from the TTWII album
one of the most beautiful ballads Elvis ever sung. And the studio version is, for me, the best.
This song is simply beautiful
That's what happen when Elvis sings ballads
No I like the studio version best, it hasn´t get the credit it deserves. To me Elvis was always at his best with ballads. I don´t care that Elvis is the King of Rock, why isn´t he ever called the king of ballads. Of course, Sinatra had some good ballads, but he is not as good ballad singer as Elvis
I don't understand this song, sometimes I like it and sometimes I don't. It depends of the mood... sometiems I think it's boring. But I really like Elvis' morning voice. He sounds as he just woke up ;)
Nice melody...but I prefer the rehearsal version we hear in TTWII over the studio one !
A good song,from a good album
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