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Never Been to Spain

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Words & Music: Hoyt Axton
Well I've never been to Spain
But I kinda like the music
Say the ladies are insane there
And they sure know how to use it
The don't abuse it
Never gonna loose it
I can't refuse it

Well, I've never been to England
But I kind of like the Beatles
So I headed for Las Vegas
Only made it out to Needles
Can you feel it
Must be weary
Oh so good... oh feel so good

Well I've never been to heaven
But I've been in Oklahoma
Well, they tell me I was born there
But I really don't remember
In Oklahoma or Arizona
What does it matter
What does it matter
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Recorded: 1972/06/10, first released on Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2013report abuse
Never liked this one a lot, although Elvis sings it great and with power. Ronnie Tutt is excellent on the Madison version. TDN's version sounds very much the same as Elvis', including the guitar solo.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2012report abuse
I like this version a lot but I would've omitted the reference to the Beatles as I don't really care for their music. Yuck!
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2012report abuse
Love it.5 stars.
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 25, 2011report abuse
This is a powerhouse performance by our man and one of the good songs that were added to his live repertoire. The text seems to be written by someone who was psychedelic but for some reason it works and is a great song. Four stars from me.
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 25, 2011report abuse
While I'm a fan of Three Dog Night "The King's" version of "Never Been To Spain" outclasses their's.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 20, 2011report abuse
fantastic song. i love all the versions from our man.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 20, 2011report abuse
A great rendition by our man. Very very good. But then i've eard the original by Three Dog Night... And for the first time... It was better than Elvis version. Just like that! 4&1/2 star to Presley 5 to TDG
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 1, 2010report abuse
I really dig Elvis' version of this song! It's like with Polk Salad Annie from those early 70's, it's hard to pick a fav version of Elvis' deliveries. Most often Elvis put more effort into doing songs he himself never recorded, on stage! When I make live CDR's of Elvis it contains for the most part those performances he never recorded in the studio.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 3, 2010report abuse
A powerful live version of the Three Dog Night hit showing Elvis at his peak vocal performance. Both this one and "Steamroller Blues" are songs where Elvis shows the original artists the way the songs should be sang. 5 stars.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 3, 2010report abuse
Never really been a favouite song or album.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 3, 2010report abuse
Good song, one of the highlights of 1972.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 3, 2010report abuse
Suited Elvis' voice perfectly. Use to play this song very often. Could have been a big hit as with songs like Suspicious Minds and Burning Love. Very underestimated song unfortunately. Like it !
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 30, 2008report abuse
This song deseve 5 stars for sure That is the Elvis i love very powerful! Ilove the original by three dog night but Presley sing it with power and emotion + he was on stage. So Elvis version is my favorite one.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 30, 2008report abuse
Love this song. Yes, the original by Three Dog Night, too. My fave Elvis version comes from MSG evenig show.
ta2k (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 30, 2008report abuse
One of my all time faves. Another reason I will never limit him to merely the King of Rock'n'Roll, he is simply the King of Music. TCB
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 30, 2008report abuse
Tremendous shifts of power within this beautiful song. Definitely one of my favorites. Whenever he made a serious attempt Elvis delivers such a high standard no one could ever match.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 30, 2008report abuse
I like the verse where it says: say the ladies are insane there...;-) I have spent quite some time in Spain doing stages working at elderly people homes and youth camps...always brings back fine memories...great song, how come that some of them are so shortlived? throughout his 70's repertoire we see that. I guess, the core set list was done for good at Burbank, those inmortal sessions set it all.
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 14, 2008report abuse
I really like this song, specially the master version from February 1972.
lonnie beale (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 14, 2008report abuse
Spain at the Garden one of the reasons I became a fan.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 14, 2008report abuse
Great concert song. Should have stayed in his set beyond 1972. Yes I believe he made this his own, although I cant say the same for songs like Something, Whatd I Say, Get Back, Proud Mary, and others. Elvis didnt make me forget the originals on everything he sang.
ijustcanhelpbelievin (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 14, 2008report abuse
a great elvis song in 1972...nobody else sung it like him...when he sang someone elses song he made it his!
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 14, 2008report abuse
Written by Hoyt Axton, the son of Heartbreak Hotel writer, Mae Boren Axton. Yeh a great show stopper which gave Elvis the chance to let loose his great vocal ability.
ELV75 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 14, 2008report abuse
A very underestimated song, especially for Joe Public, should be standard on any "Greatest Hits" compilation.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 28, 2008report abuse
A real showstopper in Elvis' show if he did it. In my opinion one of the best live songs for Elvis, on the same level as "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "Suspicious Minds".

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