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Talk about the Good Times

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Words & Music: Jerry Reed
Well I remember when I was as children
The time the people used to treat the neighbor like a fellow man
And all their singin' and big prayer meetin's
When a man was proud to walk up and shake his neighbors hand

Oh you talk about the good times,
Talk about the good times
Oh if you ever needed help a friend was there
Some good neighbor
Help lift your burden
Mmm, and the simple joys of life a friend would share

Times are harder and the people are changin'
Now most folks couldn't tell you who their neighbors are
All their guns are loaded, the front doors are bolted
Ain't this ol' world takin' hate and fear just a little too far

Oh you talk about the good times,
Talk about the good times
I wish I could go back to the days I'm speakin of
When a friend would meet you
And a smile would greet you
What this ol' world needs now is a little old fashioned love

My granddaddy God rest his soul now
Well we had a big long talk together the day he died
Said son this world is full of hate and venom
An' I can't wait to leave this ol' place and rest on the other side

Oh you talk about the good times, talk about the good times
Talk about the good times
I'm gonna see all the friends I knew in the good ol' days
We'll have a big hand shakin'
An' sit and talk together
Sit down by the river Jordan and sing our blues away

Oh you talk about the good times, talk about the good times
Talk about the good times
I'm gonna see all the friends I knew in the good ol' days
We'll have a big hand shakin'
An' sit and talk together
Sit down by the river Jordan and sing our blues away

Oh you talk about the good times, talk about the good times
Talk about the good times
I'm gonna see all the friends I knew in the good ol' days
We'll have a big hand shakin'
An' sit and talk together
Sit down by the river Jordan and sing our blues away
Recorded: 1973/12/14, first released on Good Times

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Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 10, 2013report abuse
Never been totally concvinced by this one, as it seems someone ordered Elvis to go and sing fast for the up tempo lovers, and come up with something a bit wooden like I Was Born About 10000 years ago. Nevertheless I never skip this number and am beginning to appreciate it more than I once did.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 17, 2013report abuse
Jerry Reed wrote songs that suited Elvis perfectly. Sadly enough he only did 4 songs by Reed. Everything works just perfect on this record. I love it.
SatninTCB (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 24, 2010report abuse
I LOVE THIS SONG! I think that Elvis gives a passionate performance and his vocals are superb-plus this song's lyrics were so incredibly relevant back then and it still continues to be ESPECIALLY in today's world. My mother listens to it and always nods her head in agreement everytime she hears it(i do as well by the way). Also i might be in the minority here but i really like the "Good Times" LP and rather enjoy it too...
Guitar Man 1967 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 24, 2010report abuse
Not real crazy about the LP but I really like this song. The kind of song that was made for Elvis and he really got into it.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 9, 2010report abuse
A nice uptempo, semi-sacred song warbled off nicely by Elvis. Not one of his better "efforts" as some try to claim (Elvis had a lot of great tracks in the 70's) and not even one of the ten best from the two Stax sessions of '73, but still good. Out of place on the LP "Good Times" and it should have been included on a rock/uptempo LP that combined the uptempo selections from those two sessions. Think about it...realizing they don't have enough material for a great LP after the July recording sessions, RCA releases a 5th volume of gold records in place of "Raised On Rock", Then in early '74 after the Dec sessions, they release an album called "Raised On Rock" with the following 12 tunes. Promised Land, If You Don't Come Back, "I've Got A Thing About You Baby", Talk About The Good Times, I Got A Feelin' In My Body, Just A Little Bit, Find Out What's Happening, If You Talk In Your Sleep, Raised On Rock, and throw in three ballads to balance it out, Are You Sincere, Sweet Angeline and It's Midnight. This could have been followed up by a 12 track LP called Elvis Country 2 featuring My Boy, Lovin' Arms, For Ol Times Sake, Help Me, etc. How much better would these two LP's have been rec'd over the three that were released???
jb4elvis (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 8, 2008report abuse
Elvis provides us with a solid performance with this song! A timely message (for 1974 and even today if you think about it) and a swfit moving song. Elvis seems to be having a really good time with this one. Might have been a good single. It would have made a really good concert number, IMHO.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 8, 2008report abuse
Real catchy, uptempo country/pop/gospel-like tune. I've always enjoyed it a lot.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 8, 2008report abuse
A welcome relief on the Good Times album which seemed to be burderned with too many sad & slow songs. Although Loving Arms is the best on the LP, I like this one a lot.
dressingroomrehearsa (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 8, 2008report abuse
this was my favourite song on the record. really catchy, unfortunately he never took it to the stage, or did he? among all the heavier and sader tunes this one is quite a relief
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 8, 2008report abuse
A song I never really cared for the first time round. But on recent plays I have come to like it.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 8, 2008report abuse
A song I like. It was never going to be a hit, but I liked the song immediately. It was a relief to hear the song after a recording session where Elvis almost only did slow songs or ballads
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 8, 2008report abuse
I prefer by far Jerry's "Guitar man" and "U.S male"...
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 6, 2008report abuse
Great catchy tune, one of the better attempts in the 70s!

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