Steadfast, Loyal and True

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Words & Music: Jerry Leiber/ Mike Stoller
Farewell, Royal High School,
We'll remember you.
Dear alma mater,
We're steadfast, loyal, and true.

As we go onward
In the lives we lead.
Your light will guide us,
Your motto is our creed.

We will look back fondly
At your ivy walls,
Recalling precious moments
Within your hallowed halls.

Farewell, Royal High School,
We'll remember you.
Dear alma mater,
We're steadfast, loyal, and true.
Recorded: 1958/02/11, first released on King Creole

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Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 10, 2013report abuse
It may be sung with a certain soul and emotion but it is out of place on the King Creole album. Bettered by dozens of 1960's film tracks and although it does have a certain charm, I seldom give it a spin. - 3 stars.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 10, 2013report abuse
This song is a great opportunity to enjoy Elvis singing. In my head I always put a rockabilly arrangment on it. That works brilliantly to uplift this song.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2012report abuse
I've always admired this song immensely and it fits the movie "King Creole" perfectly.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2012report abuse
It an alma mater, a high school song. And as such, it is perfect! I live in New Orleans and, sadly, there is no Royal High School, but I pass by the school on Royal Street in the French Quarter that they used in the movie all the time and this short little song pops into my head frequently when I do. This is not a pop song, or a rock song, but I like it better than my own real high school alma mater. Elvis sings it perfectly too.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2012report abuse
This is not soundtrack filler! First of all, it is awfully short to be filling a movie or an LP, second, it was never included on the "King Creole" exetended plays. It was only included on the soundtrack LP that was released a full two months after the movie and I don't think one sale would have been missed or made based on its inclusion...It is what it is. A fitting (not filler) school anthem that is used very effectively in the movie. Is it a musical highlight of the movie, LP or 50's? No. Is it sincerely and nicely sung and an intergal part of the movie. Yes.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2012report abuse
for me the only bad song from the fifties from Elvis. (well... together with "Silent night" and "O little town of Bethlehem")
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2012report abuse
Nowt stranger than folk that condem this song yet rate something from the rubbish that he recorded in the 60s films.
Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2012report abuse
Awful song and for certain the worst in the otherwise excellent King Creole soundtrack. This one i always skip with so much good to choose i see no reason to waste time on this drab number.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 6, 2011report abuse
Elvis could make anything sound great, even a school song.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 6, 2011report abuse
Correction. My post should read "You don't know me" as one of the song selections from "Clambake"
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 6, 2011report abuse
This is indeed a song that only has its appeal in the movie. However, this one is such a natural setting as a credible part of the script in the movie (not just cooked up just to have a song) AND the way it is presented. It is Elvis just singing. No big fuzz with grand orchestra or big band atthe background. In the movie it is just fantastic. After I watched the movie it was and still is nice to listen to (visualizing the situational setting). It is of course nog one of the highlights of the fifties, but in that time span almost all he did was fantastic and fabulous and the rest at the least top.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 6, 2011report abuse
It's hard to rate this song - in the movie it only comes about when Danny Fisher is asked to sing his school song. In honesty, you can hear the awkwarness in the delivery which is a credit to Elvis as it fits the scene incredibly well.
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 6, 2011report abuse
One of the weakest songs delivered by Leiber and Stoller. A song to fill up the movie and soundtrack, and that explains why we have here in 1958 a song that could easily have been written for Girl Happy. Two stars from me.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 6, 2011report abuse
A short, good performance, by Elvis. "King Creole" a great movie and soundtrack. And because it was mentioned, I think, the "Clambake" soundtrack, had some "emotional moments" too ! Go back and listen to the songs "The Girl I never Loved" and "A house that has everything" and "You don't me" and a few others.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2010report abuse
I prefer "you don't know me" above this one.But it's a great soundtrack. 3 stars for the song 5 for the album.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2010report abuse
Its a nothing song, but I love the way he sings it especially in the film, acapella. Just compare this with any song from Clambake or other such nonsense film song from the mid 60's. A little thing called emotion is detected.
SatninTCB5 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2010report abuse
While one of the lesser songs on a brilliant soundtrack("King Creole"), it does fit the movie quite well and as usual Elvis sings it superbly. Still the very BeSt of ALL his soundtrack work. Viva ELvis!!
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 10, 2010report abuse
OK the only real clunker in an otherwise stellar soundtrack album, but this one really did fit the scene in the movie unlike many that followed just to insert a song in a movie. Still , Elvis sounds great.

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