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Separate Ways

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Words & Music: Red West/ Richard Mainegra
I see a change is coming to our lives
It's not the same as it used to be
And it's not too late to realise our mistake
We're just not right for each other

Love has slipped away left us only friends
We almost seem like strangers
All that's left between us are the memories we shared
Of times we thought we cared for each other

There's nothing left to do but go our separate ways
And pick up all the pieces left behind us
And maybe someday, somewhere along the way
Another love will find us

Some day when she's older, maybe she will understand
Why her mom and dad are not together
The tears that she will cry when I have to say goodbye
Will tear at my heart forever

There's nothing left to do but go our separate ways
And pick up all the pieces left behind us
And maybe someday, somewhere along the way
Another love will find us
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Recorded: 1972/03/27, first released on single

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 1, 2013report abuse
The title song off the first LP I bought in 1978. A brilliant song, moving as hell. Must be hard for LM to listen too.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 3, 2013report abuse
Sung from the soul reflecting his personal problems and angst. Depressing but brilliantly sung, it is a well arranged ballad that improves with time. Suffered slightly by being coupled with the great Always On My Mind. it still became the 'A' side in the US just making the top 20.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
This song is definitely a true masterpiece and it's one of eleven songs that Elvis recorded that was written by his longtime friend and bodyguard Red West. This song should definitely be way better known than it actually is.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2012report abuse
Much like "Hey Jude" was a message from Paul McCartney to John Lennon's son, Julian "Separate Ways" was Elvis' message to his daughter, Lisa. Emotionally sung, it is one "The King's" tear jerking classics.
MickeyN (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2012report abuse
Beautiful song, beautifully sung. Showcases Elvis amazing voice.
marty (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2012report abuse
I love sad songs sung by great singers that make you feel they mean every word. Elvis could do that and in this case he didn’t even have to try, this song painted a picture from his own life, 5 stars from me. Best choice for a single? Elvis didn't record any other rocking songs in '72, reportedly he didn't even want to record 'Burning Love'. Of the songs he recorded in the studio in '72, AOMM & SW were without doubt the best choice for a single.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2012report abuse
Love it!5 stars.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2012report abuse
Elvis, Rick Nelson, Chuck Berry & a huge 50's rock revival was going on in 1972, including the filming of American Graffiti. Burning Love was a huge hit. This single, while excellent , was a poor choice to follow that up and continue the trend that was going on. I was at the MSG concerts and Elvis never even mentioned Burning Love, although he did say at the press conference he was looking for good rock songs. But he did perfom it on stage while EOT was filming. Weird huh? Back to this song. I liked AOMM much better that S. Ways. Its just a better song. Typical Col & RCA, putting this and Burning Love on terrible Camdens instead of a proper studio album where they belonged. It boggles the mind.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2012report abuse
Both "Seperate Ways" (beautifully written by Red West) and "Always on my Mind" (one of the best) are, real good songs, but, I agree with "d-Girl" on this one. Elvis Presley, had just sold out "Madison Square Garden" and his tours, across america, were "selling out" everywhere he went, and "Presleymania"was back, in full swing, and here was "rocker Elvis", back on the charts with a song called "Burning Love", which was a reminder of "50s Elvis", that people adored. And, without a doubt, a better followup single, would have been, to put out another rocker as his next single. Sadly, "Promised Land" wasn't recorded till late 1973, because, I think, "Promised Land" would have been the perfect followup single, to "Burning Love". As would have, "T-R-O-U-B-L-E, or, "FOR THE HEART", again, both, recorded later. Ironically in America, another 50s Rocker, Chuck Berry, (who wrote "Promised Land) kept Elvis Presley's song, "Burning Love" from reaching the number one spot, in America, with his, novelity-Rock pop song called "My Ding a Ling". However "Cashbox music magazine" listed "Burning Love" as a number "1" single. And It did reach Number one, in various countries, so it is a certified "number 1 single". And of note, what did RCA do, after "Burning Love" and "Seperate Ways" charted well on the charts? They put both songs on "Buget albums" with older songs from his movies. Without a doubt, these new singles, being on the budget albums, sold the back catalog, and gave the "budget series", some notice, and gold and platinum sales, but the fans wanted a new album with more songs like "Burning Love". Thankfully, some years back, RCA, finally gave the fans, that "Burning Love" album, that they wanted, with new music, which never happened in 1972. It was a great effort.
Master Fatman (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2011report abuse
Great song! Very underrested. Is in the shadow of Always on my mind.
Lpool kid (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2011report abuse
great song,elvis wears his heart on his sleeve. i doubt if anybody else could have conveyed the pain he felt in those lyrics. maybe he couldn't write his own songs but he could interpret them better than anyone upto and including sinatra and that is no mean feat. five stars from me.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2011report abuse
very beautiful, almost as beautiful as Always on my mind
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2011report abuse
Outstanding vocals on a well-written ballad equal a 5 star track. Backed with the equally brilliant "Always On My Mind", this made for a fantastic single, but as said previously, it was an odd choice for a follow-up to "Burning Love". If only RCA had waited two months and released "Steamroller Blues" as the follow-up. Even better would have been if Elvis had recorded "Promised Land" a year earlier....SW still did well on the chart hitting #20 on the pop chart and #3 on the Easy Listening Chart. AOMM hit #16 on the country chart.
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2011report abuse
This is one of the most touching and vulnerable performances of Elvis in the 70s. The fourth couplet is just heartbreaking and the 'oooh oooh' at the end is beautiful. Five stars from me.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2010report abuse
Good song for an LP , but a bad choice as a follow-up single to Burning Love. Elvis had the fans energized again with his rock and roll. Fans were expecting another rocking single. 1972-73 were the prime years for the 50's revival (Happy Days, American Graffiti, Let The Good Times Roll, etc) Would have been another top 10.
miked (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2009report abuse
Cant but agree with the sentiments, Elvis at a vulnerable time in his life giving an emotional and brilliant performance on both sides of this single...in my opinion one of, if not the best, coupled up singles the man put out. Always makes u think of his troubles. Love it.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2009report abuse
I've loved this song since I was knee high to a grasshoper. Lovely.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2009report abuse
I have always loved this sad song. Without a doubt, this song, was close to Elvis' heart, as he and Priscilla, were breaking up, at the time. According to some of the representatives at MGM, the songs, Seperate Ways, Burning Love, and, Always on my Mind, were filmed, in full, at the RCA studios, for the film, Elvis On Tour.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2009report abuse
A very nice melody that sticks on your mind. Too bad Elvis never sang it live, or did he ?
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2009report abuse
the most impressing scene of EOT besides the gospel sequences, the melancholy gets underlined by the Learjet leaving the airport...
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2009report abuse
I like both sides of this single, but I prefer Separate Ways. Great song. Really tugs at my heart strings.
ta2k (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2009report abuse
One of The King's best. I prefer this to Always On My Mind,which is also great. I really like the atmospheric music alongside THE voice. TCB
Bart van Katwijk (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 10, 2009report abuse
I liked the clip of on tour. Should have been longer. great song as well

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