Stay Away

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Words & Music: Sid Tepper/ Roy C. Bennett
Ten thousand miles even though I roam
I can hear the call of the hills of home
The canyons high and the valleys low
Echo "How can you stay away"

My dreams are there where the eagle flies
Where the mountain tops seem to touch the sky
The winding streams and the winds that blow
Ask me "How can you stay away"

Far too long have I stayed apart
From this land that I love and divide my heart
Now, now I know I must go
Where the hills say "Don't stay away"
Where the hills say "Don't stay away"
Recorded: 1968/01/16, first released on single

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Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 25, 2012report abuse
There is a school of thought that King Henry V111 wrote Greensleeves, so as an Englishman I was delighted when Elvis recorded this song based on that tune. The released version was speeded up from the traditional tune but Elvis turns in a fine convincing performance, using his vibrato. There is an interesting alternate take 2 where he sings it at the original traditional tempo but this is not quite as convincing as the released master. -5 stars from me.
bastiaanvinke (profilecontact) wrote on May 24, 2011report abuse
This song is in the opening of 'Stay away Joe' after hearing it together with the opening shots I expected a great movie. Man, was I wrong. That said, I still think it's a great song that deserves A lot more attention. Four stars.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2010report abuse
One of my all time favorite Elvis songs, recorded for the movie "Stay Away Joe" and used over the opening credits. This song used the music from "Greensleaves" with new words by Tepper and Bennett and everything comes together perfectly (much like it did with "Love Me Tender" being based on "Aura Lee"). The song was released as the B-side of U.S. Male in 1968 and found some chart success as a flip side hitting #67. It was then buried until the re-issue of the budget LP "Almost In Love" in 1973. How can an awesome track like this be buried while "Old MacDonald" was given a place on an album (heck, after the LP "Double Trouble" was discontinued in 1971, Camden put it on another LP "Elvis Sings Hits From His Movies" in 1972!). I don't dislike OM as much as some do, but come on!

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