This Is the Story

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Words & Music: Arnold/ Morrow/ Martin
I play the song, it was our own
Your photograph's by my side
I know I can't forget you
So I don't even try

The note you left is in my hand
I read again what you say
You're sorry but you love him
And you've both gone away

This is the story of a man
Whose world has fallen apart
And it's the story
That is breaking my heart

An open fire, our favorite chair
I get a book from the shelf
But the words I am reading
Could apply to myself

This is the story of a man
Whose world has fallen apart
And it's the story
That is breaking my heart
Yes, it's the story that is breaking my heart
Yes, it's the story that is breaking my heart
Yes, it's the story that is breaking my heart
Recorded: 1969/01/13, first released on Back in Memphis (From Memphis to Vegas)

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KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 30, 2014report abuse
I enjoy Elvis' joke in the live version: After singing "open fire" he makes a gunshot sound. I think the song is just a little boring. There's nothing really wrong with it, but it doesn't stand out, especially among the gems at these recording sessions. Still, it is a great bluesy song with some seriously masterful moments, especially in the chorus, when the song finally comes to life.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 10, 2013report abuse
A nice album cut, but nothing more. Elvis does give the song a soulful treatment, but it like the LP pales in comparison to the LP "From Elvis In Memphis".
cookingfat (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 10, 2013report abuse
Really good song, poignant and well performed by Elvis.Vastly underrated and forgotten.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 10, 2013report abuse
Not one of my favorites nor one of his better songs from the Memphis Sessions back in 1969. The live version in plain words sucks big time.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 10, 2013report abuse
Exceedingly well sung with bags of soul on a very ordinary song. I believe many contributors here give these 69 session songs, extra latitude as they are from these Memphis sessions, but will criticise a better track purely because of the year it was recorded.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 22, 2013report abuse
A weak song, well produced and sung.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 26, 2012report abuse
I've always liked this song immensely and it was a brilliant addition to the marvelous "Back In Memphis" album.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2011report abuse
Good song with a strong vocal. Fine studio arrangement. The live version is pretty sloppy. The band didnt know what to do with it and Elvis fools around. Not worthy.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2011report abuse
Love all the songs that came out of the memphis recording sessions. Elvis at his best ! More songs could have been released as singles from the American Studio sessions, and charted well.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2011report abuse
I like this one and the album,altough it are the same sessions the album doesn't sound as fresh as the "From Elvis in Memphis".
Maybe something with the mix?I've have the double album and the single album they both sound different. Still 4 stars for both of them.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 12, 2008report abuse
I always liked this song. Elvis liked it enough to perform it live. Good soul & production on the record which gets lost on the live version which is a bit sloppy.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 12, 2008report abuse
I prefer the Live version from the 1969 show in Las Vegas. (FTD "All Shook Up")
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 12, 2008report abuse
I must say I wouldn't pay much attention to this song if it wasn't Elvis who sang it. Even if it's not a bad song I usually skip this track most of the time...
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2008report abuse
One of the many fine tracks on the Back In Memphis album, very soulful.

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