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The Next Step Is Love

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Words & Music: Paul Evans/ Parnes
Yesterday, I slipped away
The sun is welcoming the evening shadows
On a perfect day and the next step is love
The next step is love

We walked barefoot through the misty meadows
Laughing at each other in the rain
Made some faces at some people in the park
Didn't bother to explain
Fun, fun, look at us run
Going nowhere special really fast
But we've yet to taste the icing on the cake
That we've been baking with the past

And the next step is love
So what are we waiting for?
The next step is love
Girl, it's for sure

Love will be a place to run to
From the world they've built to you and me
We'll be closer than we've ever been
Though looking back it's so hard to believe
Hang it all out or bring it all in
The best we've picked upon the way tonight
Changes are coming but together
We can make it through somehow

Yes the next step is love
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Recorded: 1970/06/07, first released on That's the Way It Is

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2013report abuse
A good track, but I have a live version where Elvis sounds terrible off key. Even on the studio version he sounds shaky.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2012report abuse
I like this song. It's one of those recordings that never age. As good today as the day it was recotded.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2012report abuse
Good song, very much in step with the times of 1970, but seems a bit dated to me now musically & lyrically. However, very good performance which I liked it better than the A side.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2012report abuse
A good song.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 11, 2012report abuse
Outstanding track from an outstanding album. A favourite of mine.5 stars album and song.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 11, 2012report abuse
Absolute perfection. I love it.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 11, 2012report abuse
A true classic!
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 11, 2012report abuse
"I've Lost you / The Next step is Love". This double "A" single should have been a huge hit. Love the studio (single) versions of both, of these songs.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 11, 2012report abuse
There is nothing wrong with the lyrics and vocally Elvis was never better. An outstanding song from a truly great LP. This song was not really intended to be a hit as it was the B-side to "I've Lost You". It followed "My Little Friend" and "Mama Liked The Roses" as B-sides. These were very good tracks, but songs meant to not distract from their A-sides ("Kentucky Rain" and "The Wonder Of You"). Still this track was strong enough to be shown as charting with its A-side at #32 pop, #5 adult contemporary and #57 country).
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2008report abuse
I like the song a lot. I do like the line "made some faces at some people in the park and didn't bother to explain". Its very playful. You do silly things when your in love. The studioversion is the best but the live versions got their serious treat also and is very pleasant to listen to.
Wiebe (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2008report abuse
Vocally and grove wise it's a grat song, the text is just a bit corny. "We have yet to taste the icing on the cake that we've been baking with the past" or "made some faces at some people in the park and didn't bother to explain". But his voice never sounded better. I love the 1970 sessions.
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2008report abuse
I think this song could've been a hit but not when it was originally released. It had elements of songs released during the Disco Era and it should've been released as a dance club hit which I believe would've catapulted it into the Billboard Hot 100.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2008report abuse
The original TWII rehearsal version is one of my absolute highlights in EP's career...There's barely another Elvis song I enjoy more listening to...and watching of course...
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2008report abuse
Different offbeat ballad which showed his maturity in voice and lyrics. Yes it prob was not hit material but it was a very good song and a great album cut. I much prefer a ballad like this then the morose ones he recorded later in the 70's.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2008report abuse
Decent song. I like the song, especially the studio version, I have never cared for the live versions. But one thing has to be said. This song was never going to be hit. But compare the song to similar songs on the Memphis album, like "After Lovin´ You", "True Love Travels On A Gravel Road" or "Gentle On My Mind". That album was so much stronger than the TTWII album. How much bigger could Elvis have been if he had continued working with Chips Moman?
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2008report abuse
This is a great Elvis track, one of my all time favourites, i never tire of hearing it.

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