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Raised on Rock

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Words & Music: Mark James
I remember as a child I used to hear
Music that they played Lord with a feel'
Some call it folk, some call it soul
People let me tell you it was rock and roll

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
Every day when I got home I turned on my radio

Listening to the music that my idols made
I knew every single record the DJ's played
A honky tonk a Hound Dog, a Johnny B. Goode
Chain Gang, Love Is Strange, Knock On Wood

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
I was born to love the beat I was made for rock and roll

I thought it was a fad, thought that it would pass
But the younger generation knew it would last
Time's gone by, the beat goes on
But every time I hear it Lord it takes me home

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
Every day when I got home I turned on my radio

Mother played recordings of Beethoven's Fifth
Mozart's sonatas down the classical Liszt
My papa loved to listen to his country songs
While I was in the back room rockin' on

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
I was born to love the beat I was made for rock and roll

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
I was born to love the beat I was made for rock and roll
I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
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Recorded: 1973/07/23, first released on single

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shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 12, 2013report abuse
Better than average song but not among the all-time greats either, although Ronnie Tutt is mythic on this one.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2013report abuse
Great drumming by either Tutt ot Carrigan. Stupid lyrics for the King to sing, but it rocks. Too bad the whole album didn't rock. He could've recorded songs by Led Zeppelin (rock 'n' roll), The Doors (light my fire), Jimi Hendrix (purple haze), Cream (I'm glad ) and many others. Wishful thinking. It'll never happen, no matter how hard I dream.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 26, 2012report abuse
This isn't a great song and it isn't a bad song either. It's just an okay song. In my opinion, "Raised On Rock" is the worst Elvis album from the 1970's. This album was a missed opportunity for the "King Of Rock 'N' Roll". An album titled "Raised On Rock" should have been a great and iconic album, but it's so very far from being a great or iconic album.
jeremytcb (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 4, 2011report abuse
As many have said, very uninspired - "best rock song of Elvis in the 70's...far, far from it. Elvis was in a "who gives a..." mood and the quality of what he delivered reflects that. I actually like a number of the songs on the Raised on Rock album...just wish Elvis would have shown more effort. But, there is always Burning Love, Steamroller Blues, Promised Land, Way Down, and so, so many other great 70's songs...I forgive him...=)
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 4, 2011report abuse
Poor song, poorly delivered, poorly written(for Elvis to sing) & poorly arranged. Only good thing about it ,it wasn't a cover of someone else which was so typical of Elvis in the 70's. He was so hard pressed for a 'rock' song this was the best he could do?
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 4, 2011report abuse
This is a catchy number and well delivered. Always been a favourite of mine and I believe this to be a stand out track on the album.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 4, 2011report abuse
Great song,nothing wrong with it
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 4, 2011report abuse
This song stinks to put it bluntly. A bottom dweller. Should have been re-done.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 4, 2011report abuse
Having played this track a few times of late, I believe, done correctly, there is an Market here for a remix. Give the recording a heavier upbeat backing, could be interesting. The words to the song are okay, just the orginal backing seems a big letdown.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2010report abuse
A great title for an album, especially after the "Aloha" special. Unfortunately, RCA got greedy and released a subpar album titled "Elvis" in the summer of 73 using leftovers and then Elvis turned in one of his few lackluster recording sessions in July and RCA rushed an LP to market from that session. Enough with the drugs and the speculation, you simply had an uninspired artist being forced to live up to a stupid three LP a year deal. With as much as he gave RCA, why didn't they respect the artist? The "Aloha" LP stayed on the charts for a year. They could have released a fifth album in the gold record series to have something to release and taken the best material from the July and Dec 73 recording sessions on a great LP to kick of 1974. This song is not bad, but it wasn't a great choice for a 45 and "I've Got A Thing About You Baby" should have been the Oct single release. An album titled "Raised On Rock" that opens with "Promised Land" with "Promised Land being the first single of '74 would have been great. ROR would have been a solid LP cut or B-side. 3 stars maybe 3 1/2
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2010report abuse
A desperate choice for a single record at the time, album material maybe.
MJB63 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 4, 2009report abuse
...should never have recorded this song.Somebody like Elton John or Bruce Springsteen even Tom Jones could have done it.Elvis was raised on country,R&B and pop-not rock.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2009report abuse
The one thing I've noticed about a lot of fans who populate message boards is thy're quick to blame the Colonel and/or RCA whenever results were subpar. Time to take your blinders off and start putting at least some of the blame on the artist. Of course he sleepwalked through this. Easy to do when you're taking pills by the handful. Perhaps things would have turned out better if he had shown up with his head on straight.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2009report abuse
Yes, a poor recording of what could have been a great song / release. Elvis just did'nt get any arrangement from the recording, no feel, should have gone back and tried it again & again until it was right. He had done this before during his career, remember 'His lastest flame'
bluesboy (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2009report abuse
Unworthy of the king of rock 'n' roll. He sounds like he couldn't care less. There ought to be a law against this.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2009report abuse
A nice Rocker, though Elvis had better RnR like songs in the seventies.
ger (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2009report abuse
A bad track from a bad album not Even a remix could save .
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2009report abuse
Expectations were very high after Aloha and Elvis delivered very low. This song and album being one of them. A song he just sleepwalks through. A terrible disappointmnet.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2009report abuse
I think that given the lyrical content it was a strange song for Elvis to do. Not great, but not terrible either. I don't mind listening to it. Helen Reddy did a decent version later on one of her albums.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2009report abuse
I Like it. Yes i do. As i like the "Raised on Rock" album. Yes i do know that it is pointed as a bad album, by critics and fans... but i like it. And the only live version os this track is not that bad either.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2009report abuse
When I first heard it, I didn´t like it at all. I like it a little better by now but it will never be a great recording. A pity Elvis recorded this kind of stuff after the success with Aloha.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2009report abuse
A fairly typical Elvis 1970s rock song. Not exactly great, but not terrible. Just kind of there. I'd love to see if someone could do a remix or something that might bring it to life--not necessarily a radical dance remix like Little Less Conversation, but maybe just a new backing track. Like a lot of Elvis' 70s stuff, I think the production sucks.
Matthias Kuenzer (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2009report abuse
The best rock song of Elvis in the 70s, with a catchy arrangement. In fact, Elvis heard Hound Dog (Big Mama Thornton, resp. Freddy Bell in Vegas) and Johnny B. Goode, and turned them into hits himself. The sixties soul songs are not bad either, not exactly what he grew up with, but what the heck. His papa loved to listen to country songs, and his mama makes an appearance in the lyrics, too. So Elvis could resonate with it.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 27, 2009report abuse
When I bought this, the title excited me. When I heard it, I just scratched my head. Here was the biggest pioneer in Rock & Roll singing about being raised up on Hound Dog, etc? I didn't get this song at all and neither did the public. It tanked.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on May 2, 2008report abuse
A poor recording and a terrible choice for a single release,then again that was RCA for you.

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