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Way Down

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Words & Music: Layng Martine Jr.
Babe, you're getting closer
The lights are goin' dim
The sound of your breathin'
Has made the mood I'm in
All of my resistance
Is lying on the floor
Taking me to places
I've never been before

Ooh, and I can feel it,
Feel it, feel it, feel it

Way down where the music plays
Way down like a tidal wave
Way down where the fires blaze
Way down, down, way, way on down

Ooh, my head is spinnin'
You got me in your spell,
A hundred magic fingers
On a whirling carousel
The medicine within me
No doctor could prescribe
Your love is doing something
That I just can't describe

Ooh, and I can feel it,
Feel it, feel it, feel it

Way down where the music plays
Way down like a tidal wave
Way down where the fires blaze
Way down, down, way, way on down

Hold me again,
Tight as you can
I need you so,
Baby, let's go

Way down where it feels so good
Way down where I hoped it would
Way down where I never could
Way down, down, way, way on down
Recorded: 1976/10/29, first released on single

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TBG (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2013report abuse
Elvis' last rocker...but a great one, a favorite.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 26, 2013report abuse
The long version is indeed the better one. Sometimes
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 26, 2013report abuse
I prefer the longer version with the guitar solo. Great song.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2013report abuse
This is a song I always enjoy together with Moody Blue. I really love his voice the last 2 years of his life, when he was up for it, 4.5 stars.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2013report abuse
This brought down the curtain on his releases while alive and what a great uptempo record it turned out to be. Can't compare it in style with any other song in his career but the funky arrangement and vocal performance was majestic. - 5 stars all the way from me.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2013report abuse
This is such an excellent, fun, catchy, electrifying and unique Elvis song and it should definitely be much better known than it actually is. Elvis' rendition of it was magnificent too and I also love all of JD Sumner's vocal parts of this song too. I've never skipped this song while listening to any Elvis CD that it's on.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2012report abuse
I like the 70's period the most and songs like this are the reason why. 5 stars.
Lpool kid (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2012report abuse
a great great song,once again elvis sang a good rock/pop song with a type of looseness that was perfect for the time's.once you had heard elvis presley boulevard,you would never have thought to hear this type of song ever again.
five stars from me.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2012report abuse
Elvis was The King until the very end! Great song. One of my favorite from the 70's.
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2010report abuse
"Way Down" brings back very mixed feelings for me. When the single was first released I got a bus to the original Virgin Megastore at Marble Arch and bought it. I had not heard it, so the journey home was frustratingly long. When I got home, I played the single several times and loved it straight away. In the UK at the time, Elvis was a bit of a sad figure, ridiculed in the press because of his increasing weight and strange behaviour at times. Extracts from "Elvis, What Happened?" had recently been printed in a newspaper, which scratched away at the golden boy image that we had always been fed. Hearing "Way Down" gave me a great deal of optimism for the future, it reassured me that Elvis was still the greatest. Little did we know the sad event that was looming.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 14, 2009report abuse
It is not a favorite, however I think it is every bit as good as Burning Love--which went on to be considered something of a classic. I think part of why I don't care for this is the production and JD. Much like Burning Love, I find that this sounds very very dated and very much of its time--the 1970s. And personally I thought the 1970s pretty much sucked musically (not so much Elvis, but the whole decade of music. Even some greats like Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, David Bowie....even they didn't become really successful until the 1980s. If Elvis could have made it to the 1980s he may've become relevant again. But I think Elvis' death is part of what made the 1980s such a musical renaissance. Elvis death reminded people how amazing he was and how amazing the 1950s were and suddenly the 3 minute pop song mattered again)
LonElvis (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2009report abuse
A fantastic song with some very good outtake versions also in existence. As much as I enjoy it, I must admit that I too like Moody Blue better.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2009report abuse
One of my all time favorite Elvis songs and unfortunately his last single release before he died. Elvis lays back beautifully on this funky, rock track and JD Sumner and his deep bass voice are showcased on the classic ending of the song. In the US, Elvis was having his biggest hits on the country charts (due to the country feel of most of his albums since "Good Times" in 1974) and also the easy listening chart (he was 42 you know, his fans from the 50's and 60's weren't listening to top 40 stations anymore). Still this song found airplay with the younger generation and had been in the top 40 for four weeks when he died. It would peak at #18 in the US on the pop chart, #1 on the country chart and #14 on the easy listening chart.
Lonesome_Cowboy (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2009report abuse
The song was already top 10 in the UK before August 16th! THe British fans recognised how good it was. :)
Jay (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2009report abuse
Great song. Elvis' went out rocking like he came in! A deserved number 1 in my opinion. Although I too prefer Moody Blue.
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2009report abuse
What a great song!! Elvis rediscovered his love of small-group rock 'n' roll right here. A string of songs, recorded in succession. Check out the Jungle Room Sessions. This one rocks loud. Why didn't he add it to his set-list?
Jim Hoff (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2009report abuse
*Way down*? How prophetic! From the album *Moody Blue* - how true!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2009report abuse
All things considered I like the song and JD's bass voice adds to the overall sound. I can't imagine the song without the "corny" ending. Having said all that, I prefer "Moody Blue" from this time period.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2009report abuse
I wish RCA could mix the alternate and the original master and make the song longer.. along with more overdubs. (double up the Elvis vocal too)
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2009report abuse
Not bad, but I was never a fan of JD's fog horn voice and the ending is just too corny for me. That it did not hit #1 in the USA after Elvis died proves the material was not that strong for I do remember it getting some airplay. Elvis also sounds half-asleep, but at least he was picking better & more upbeat songs for singles.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2009report abuse
A song that brings back bad memories as this was in the charts when Elvis died.Not a song I play and I doubt very much had Elvis not passed away that this would have been a number one record in the UK
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2009report abuse
I like this song, though I admit it cannot be compared with the earlier RnR he recorded. Let's not forget that at the time it was released he was 41 and one cannot expect him to act like being in his twenties. However, the end should haven been more in style and not with the b52 voice dragging us down. That is a pity.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2009report abuse
well, that the recording truck had to come down to Graceland says it all, the skippe Nashivlle Sessions in January 77...says a lot more. Way Down was a song addressed to those new days in music back then, the bass line was very up to ate, the synth sounds...! The man could have put his stamp on the approaching eightes...but he'd have to spend a year off at least. On Hawaii, relaxing, out of reach, getting back to himelf, accompaigned by some professionals to get him personally back in shape. But as they say, he didn't wanna do anything else than perform, so...
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2009report abuse
I for one, Love this song. Elvis does sound a bit tired and bored.. but overall its a good performance, with some great electronic keyboards, and backup vocals. The alternate version, with the longer instrumental jam, towards the end of the song, is the "better version". If you haven't heard it, track it down and give it a listen !
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2009report abuse
Way Down, read the words, check the lyrics, Elvis singing about getting high & making out. If only he had been around a few more years to progress from this and Moody Blue. The 80's could have been good for Elvis, world tours, new albums, showing the world how it's done.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 4, 2009report abuse
God bless him, Elvis was trying hard to rock but he just couldn't pull this off. He just sounds uninspired & tired. Imagine this being cut a few years earlier. The results would have been much better. The JD ending annoys me for some reason. Not bad, but not great either.

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