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Words & Music: LaRue/ Hebster/ Romans
The day that we wed
You blessed us and said
May heaven bestow you grace
There in that holy place
We shared our first embrace

Our cottage was small but richer than all
The palaces of the king
All day the birds would sing
Our hearts were filled with spring

Padre, padre
What happened to our love's so cruel
Padre, oh padre
In my grief I turn to you

Then he came along
And sang her his song
And won her with honey lies
He of the fiery eyes
Now it's not her that cries

So I will pray
The hours away
And weary my heart has grown
Wondering where love has flown
Counting my beads alone

Padre, oh padre
Please tell me how such things can be
Padre, oh padre
Pray for my love and me
Recorded: 1971/05/15, first released on Elvis (Fool)


bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2021report abuse
Like someone else mentioned, it is something odd about the production here. The song is not that bad in itself. But, Elvis' strained vocal somehow ruins the pleasure, for once. I must admit that it is not on my playlist. Still, I take a listen now and then. Only to find what I thought of it in the first place.
Stevekimb1 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 27, 2020report abuse
The vocal performance is outstanding, certainly one of the big bombastic ballads of the seventies. Elvis was in such good voice in ‘71 he could sing anything and make it sound great as demonstrated on this song.
Miknik7077 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 24, 2020report abuse
A song that has its flaws but really could have been a classic had it not been badly recorded. Elvis you can hear almost strain his voice as well. Wasted opportunity.
atomic powered poste (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 25, 2018report abuse
This hyper-melodramatic ballad is performed like a rock'n'roll song by the band. Elvis himself sounds so whiny, he tries so hard to sound emotional, his vocals sounds like a parody.

And then the ending. ... god, this fuxxing ending where he, with all the engagement he has to offer, sings the wrong note ... it's hurts in the ears and it is funny as hell at the same time.

A strange recording. A guilty pleasure of mine.
woody1 (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2016report abuse
It ain't that bad really.
Jim Davidson (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2016report abuse
The Elvis (Fool) LP would have excelled with the inclusion Burning Love, Always on My Mind and Separate Ways and the omission of Padre. I found the 1999 Burning Love CD too much of a revision.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 1, 2013report abuse
Elvis sang this one at home for many years. It's not a favourite of mine, but Elvis must've really liked it.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 26, 2013report abuse
This is such a marvelous song and Elvis' rendition of it was terrific. But, Toni Arden's rendition of this song is the best.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 25, 2013report abuse
If it weren't for the distortion aka over recorded (too much volume gain) in the studio as to Elvis' voice track, this song might be something. I have the FTD releases "I Sing All Kinds" and "Elvis aka the Fool" double CD release with added (and corrected versions) of this song and if one looks at the liner notes on the "Elvis/Fool" FTD issue you'll see notes about said distortion which also includes "Love The Life I Lead". It's a shame, as this song makes me cringe every time I listen to it and it's not because of Elvis and his singing, it's due to the absolute sloppy recording process which was done. An absolute shame.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 25, 2013report abuse
Not on my playlists so I have just given it a spin before giving my opinion and while not a classic is a lot better than Sylvia, which has its followers. I like the instrumental backing but Elvis seems vocally stretched at times and seemingly in a hurry to get the song over and done with as soon as possible.. - 3 stars (just) from me.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 25, 2013report abuse
I like this a lot, my wife doesn't, maybe that is the case with this song, it divide the listeners in two.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 12, 2012report abuse
Would have been a half baked song to begin with, but it was so poorly recorded aka distortion on his recorded voice that I have to rate it a #1; at least from a quality standpoint.
Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 31, 2011report abuse
Over the years i have heard many a fan voice there dislike for this song. At one time i was very much part of this group. All that changed when one day FTDs I Sing All Kinds dropped through my letterbox. Into my CD player the disk went and as the track approached i was already to hit the skip button. I am now so pleased that i let the song progress as i almost missed the chance to hear what i now believe is a gem of a track. Love the vocal on this one and what a superb ending as Elvis voice rises. Now one i play often.
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 12, 2010report abuse
I like the song ok but Elvis's voice is definitely straining in this and I think that's what tests most listeners' loyalty. Sure he hits all the right notes and the ending is very poweful but it sounds like a rough vocal rather than the finished polished effort he would normally deliver. It has a similar vocal sound to Love Me Love the Life I lead, another song I like but the vocal sails a bit close to the wind at times. He was meant to redo it in a later session but never did. Padre may have been the same.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2010report abuse
Far from "one of the worst songs Elvis ever recorded" or "terrible", but a bombastic, over the top rendering of a romantic / religious song (think "Where Did They Go, Lord"). Elvis really seemed to like this type of song in the early 70's as he gave us the before mentioned "Where Did They Go, Lord", "Heart Of Rome" and "Rags To Riches". None of the these are classics, none are bad. A leftover song that found it's way on to Elvis' worst non-soundtrack LP "Elvis (Fool)".
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2010report abuse
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 8, 2009report abuse
I think I heard it once and that was enough for me.
Reconsider Baby (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2009report abuse
I really do think it is one of the worst songs Elvis ever recorded. I think it is as much unlistenable as any other bad soundtrack songs. Dominic is even less painful than Padre to my ears.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2009report abuse
I know that many Elvis fans don't like this song, but I like it a lot !
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2009report abuse
Wonderful song !
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2009report abuse
It's an OK song. Nothing more. I can listen to it if I'm in the mood.
pasa-ryu (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2009report abuse
awsome gospel song from elvis and really emotinal version Elvis classic and well sung by elvis.(how some so-called "Elvis Fans" can slag this great song off i do not fathom?-maybe they hate God or relgion or something??)whatever elvis fans reasons for hating this song it doesn't rettract from the fact it is a classic performance and a very meaningfull and heartfelt performance from Elvis.(i rest my case!!.)
Jerome-the-third (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2009report abuse
the dramatic operatic vocals show the skill Elvis had to sing various styles..
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2009report abuse
Padre & Mama have been retired from my CD player.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2009report abuse
Sorry, but this one i skip, one of the very few.
ger (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2009report abuse
Elvis at his best
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2009report abuse
I heard and discovered for the first time, while listening to the LP He Walks Beside Me. That album contains all those great inspirational songs, like How great thou art and If I can dream. Then I heard this song, and it blew my away. I thought it was great, especially the powerful ending. Very good vocals by Elvis, and should be more known
bastiaanvinke (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 4, 2009report abuse
This song doesn't do it for me.

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