Stranger in My Own Home Town

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Words & Music: Percy Mayfield
I'm like a stranger
Like a stranger in my own home town
I'm like a stranger
Like a stranger in my own home town

My so called friends stopped being friendly
Oh but you can't keep a good man down
Oh no, can't get him down

I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago
I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago

But my home town won't accept me
Just don't feel welcome here no more

My home town won't accept me
Just don't feel welcome here no more

I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago, yes I did
I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago
But my home town won't accept me
Just don't feel welcome here no more
I'm like a stranger, like a stranger in my own home town
Yeah, I'm like a stranger, like a stranger in my own home town
My so called friends stopped being friendly
Oh but you can't keep a good man down

I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago, yes I did
I came home with good intentions
About 5 or 6 years ago
My so called friends stopped being friendly
Oh but you can't keep a good man down

I'm like a stranger, like a stranger in my own home town
I'm like a stranger, like a stranger in my own home town
My so called friends stopped being friendly
Oh but you can't keep a good man down
Recorded: 1969/02/17, first released on Back in Memphis (From Memphis to Vegas)

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shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 21, 2013report abuse
An awesome recording with Elvis all over it. Maybe my favorite Elvis blues title. Can't say enough good things.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 10, 2013report abuse
I've heard a shorter version without overdubs, and that's not as good as the released one with the overdubs. A truly outstanding song. I regret that I've never heard the original by Percy Mayfield.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2013report abuse
This song is definitely a true masterpiece and Elvis' rendition of it should definitely be far better known than it actually is. I've never skipped it. I like every song that Elvis recorded during the 1969 Memphis sessions except for "Hey Jude" which I can't stand.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2013report abuse
Five stars from me, too ! This is Elvis, at a great time in his amazing career ! The memphis sessions were exceptional.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 26, 2013report abuse
For me people who try to limit Elvis to one or two styles and call that the "real Elvis" don't get it themselves, The Real Elvis is the Elvis that no matter what style he sang in could make you "feel the song" better than anyone else. This song is a good (but only one of many) example of this. It is a song though, that I didn't like when I was younger, but now I love it. I think the version where he sings about Charlie, Joe and Sonny, can be found on the Essential 70' box set, and yes it is both funny and really good.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 26, 2013report abuse
Definitely a 5 stars song. One of my favorites.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 26, 2013report abuse
If you don't care for this, you don't care for the music that inspired the 'real' Elvis to emerge. Guess its time to go back to those 60's soundtracks. 5 stars all the way.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 26, 2013report abuse
Was this magnificent blues track the best recording to emanate from the Memphis 69 sessions. Maybe yes, maybe no but definitely in the top 5 from these sessions, and that says enough as to how good it is.
1 BILLION SOLD (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2010report abuse
Love the song and the way Elvis does it! Did ya ever hear the "jam" session of it where Elvis changed the lines, "My home town wont accept me, just dont feel welcome hear no more" to..."Oh Joe, Charlie and Rich are gonna starve to death, n Sonny gonna be in the pen" ? It was hillarious and off the cuff, there was actually a bit more ad libbing but that was the funny part!! the version Im talkin about is considered the "X" rated version cuz El does a little swearin' in it too! If you havent heard this, you really should search it out on that "tube" thing...;)
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2010report abuse
Great song....great LP
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2010report abuse
Frequently, this is the song I have used to win over non-Elvis fans! They don't realize how soulful and bluesy and flat-out awesome Elvis really was! In fact, they usually do not even recognize his voice until I tell them who it is. Elvis had such a versatile voice. This is an absolute classic and is under-rated and not as well known as it should be. I am surprised to see slightly mixed opinion on this one. I figured EVERYBODY would love and consider this one a classic.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2010report abuse
Elvis in a nutshell! This is what I feel is so great about him. The jams! The same way he went through with the sit-down shows. The real feel and let loose treatment. To me some of the greatest moments of the real Elvis are all the jams. This one is mixed and overdubbed to create a real recording. Still, the sparkle is there! I think this is a great track!
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2010report abuse
This is a jam plain and simple and to be honest, one I can do without. Filler compared to the rest of the music recorded at Stax Studios in 1969.
sitdown revamped (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2010report abuse
This is a great tune. If I am not all confused there's even a bluesier version in the vaults. Guess they were quite lucky to get a publishable version which was long enough to put on the Memphis record back then. Presley added quite lot of "creative" lyrics to it in the outros as several outtakes demonstrate...
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2010report abuse
A favourite album but not a particularly good song I would say. The track grinds on forever and is far from inspiring and rather boring.
glenntcb (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2010report abuse
This is truly one of the ALL greatest songs EVER he sang!
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2010report abuse
A blues track recorded at the infamous "Memphis Sessions" of 1969. An interesting track, but Elvis sounds hoarse (he doesn't sound like himself) and it just never materializes into a great recording. As far as Elvis singing the blues, I prefer "Reconsider Baby" (more of a growl in his voice as opposed to hoarseness), "Hi Heel Sneakers" (much grittier) and "Merry Christmas, Baby (what a note he hits towards the end). This song in my opinion does not even rank as one of the best tracks on a mediocre album, "Back In Memphis".
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2010report abuse
Nice performance by Elvis but I think it´s a bit overrated. No way near his best blues numbers, like Reconsider Baby. I don´t care for the TTWII rehearsal either, the version of My Baby Left Me is much better to me. But still, I really love Elvis singing the blues, and I wish he had done it more often
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2010report abuse
One of his best recordings,i like Elvis singing the blues,wish he made more.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2010report abuse
Overrated! Don't care for this at all.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2008report abuse
One of my fav 60's tracks along with reconsider baby,loved to have heard it live!
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2008report abuse
A pretty mediocre track that goes on too long
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2008report abuse
Absolutely one of his best blues numbers. And he was made to sing the blues as well as R&R. I just wish he had recorded more great tunes like this.
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 17, 2008report abuse
Elvis was made to sing blues it was a natural thing to him he should have recorded more blues song he was and still is the greatest blues signer that ever lived.
bluesboy (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 17, 2008report abuse
Elvis proves once again here that he was the greatest white bluessinger ever. But it's a pity his performance gets buried in the enormous amount of overdubs.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 17, 2008report abuse
Now this is the real Elvis!
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 17, 2008report abuse
I actually think the blues was Elvis' forte. He should have recorded more because every blues song he did was perfectly done. This was among his best.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 17, 2008report abuse
The blues version, from the TTWII rehearsal if, for me, one of Elvis’s career highlights. The unedited performance it's outstanding!, One of my all time favourites! No wonder that Joe Coker said that The King was one of the greatest blues singers of all time! Too bad Elvis didn't explore the blues field, like he did in the country field.
Chop983 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 17, 2008report abuse
The best song of the 60's absolutely perfect
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 17, 2008report abuse
elvis at his finest. what happened to the fervor in his soul as the years went by...? outstanding.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 21, 2008report abuse
I know a lot of fans love this song, but I've never cared for it.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
Great blues jam from probably his best session ever. Can't get enough of it!

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