Smokey Mountain Boy

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Words & Music: Rosenblatt/ Millrose
I'm just a Smokey mountain boy
Come back to the hills I love
Where the tops of pine all bend in the wind
And the deep blue sky above

The closer and closer I get to home
The more excited I am
Those were the mornings I'd roll out of bed
Start the day off with a hot corn bread
Smothered in huckleberry jam

I'm just a Smokey mountain boy
Come back to the hills I love
Where the tops of pine all bend in the wind
And the deep blue sky above

I can almost hear the hounds running through the woods
Close on the trail of the hare
How I long to be with them following the hounds
a-huntin' again
Gettin' me a big old grizzly bear

I'm just a Smokey mountain boy
Come back to the hills I love
Where the tops of pine all bend in the wind
And the deep blue sky above

I traveled around and met lots of girls
No matter how many I see
I left some pretty ones behind
I know back home is where I'll find
The girl whose love is meant for me

I'm just a Smokey mountain boy
Come back to the hills I love
Where the tops of pine all bend in the wind
And the deep blue sky above
Recorded: 1963/09/30, first released on Kissin' Cousins


marty (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 1, 2020report abuse
It's one of those rare sessions where Elvis overdubbed his voice on a pre-recorded instrumental track. When he did that all the magic of the live studio recording and the interaction with the musicians was lost. Some of his worst soundtracks were recorded like this. This song is not one of his worst but is not great either. Pleasant to listen to only because of his voice.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 31, 2020report abuse
As a whole I've always liked the soundtrack: 3 stars. Not that fond of the movie: 2 stars. Song: 3 stars. Catchy. Love to sing along. Would I listen to this song if Elvis wasn't the singer? Probably not, But Elvis IS the singer. Therefore, I listen and enjoy.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on May 3, 2015report abuse
I don't think it's all that bad; as a matter of personal preference, I rather enjoy the entire soundtrack. The movie? That's another story!
NONE000000 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2015report abuse
Just awful. Of course Elvis sounds great--he had the greatest voice in the world, but songs like this are such a shame. It is better than Barefoot Ballad. I guess that's something. "Hot cornbread smothered in huckleberry jam" should never be a lyric in a song, but I guess it's a good breakfast before going out to hunt grizzly bear. I have so much pity for Elvis at this point in his career. He came back from the army and conquered the world. One year after this in 1964, the music world would change drastically and keep changing. And Elvis would mostly sit by until 1968. I can imagine he must have gotten pretty depressed singing these kinds of songs.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2015report abuse
At least it was recorded at a time when Elvis' voice and attitude could cope with this sort of stuff.A little later of course the tension and strain of having to deal with sub standard material did show .
Regardless of Freddy Beinstock having the say so on Elvis' material above Elvis, it was down to Presley to tell his song plugger what he could do with garbage like this.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 25, 2014report abuse
Lyrics -- "Gettin' me a big old grizzly bear".
I don't know whether to laugh, or roll my eyes (or both) at those lyrics! There have never been grizzly bears in the Great Smoky Mountains or anywhere in Tennessee/North Carolina (except maybe in a zoo). Black bears, yes... Grizzly bears, no. Never.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 14, 2013report abuse
Great singing by Elvis. Awful whistling all through the song. The banjo is played by Jerry Kennedy. The instruments were recorded in Nashville in 2 days, Elvis vocals in Hollywood in probably just one day. That must've been a busy day for our man.
cookingfat (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2013report abuse
A pleasant song, from a less than memorable soundtrack and movie. Again made on the cheap, with scant attention to careful editing.
Among the various cock ups was of course the criminal waste of It hurts me as a B side
japio (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2013report abuse
A happy tune for a bad day. Not a good one. But a real sing along song
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2013report abuse
The entire album, as a whole, is pretty decent sound wise; probably because it wasn't recorded on a sound stage and in fact, was recorded in Nashville Studio B. However, this song is movie scene oriented obviously and as such rates one, and only one star in my books. This album brings back memories for me and as such I don't think it's as bad as most folks seem to rant about.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2013report abuse
Not on any of my playlists so listening to it now. It starts with, to my ears, an American Civil War sound and feel, and I quite like the whistling and banjo accompaniment. The thing I like about Elvis is he had the voice and ability to make the most of a bad thing. and he does here, but that said it is not a good song outside the film parameters and even he cannot lift it out of the 2 1/2 stars range at best.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2013report abuse
This is such a splendid, catchy, enjoyable and underrated Elvis song and I've never skipped it. I like all of the flute sequences and I like the lyrics and I like the background music. I like everything about this song.
marty (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 10, 2012report abuse
As a country music fan I see it as a huge missed opportunity to record a country music soundtrack. Instead he used the same old 'Nashville Sound' musicians, hollywood songwriters and very poor arrangments to make one of his weaker soundtracks. This song is of the worst examples of this. Just think of great country recordings that came just a few years later, when he had the right material to work with: Guitar Man, Just Call Me Lonesome, US Male, In The Ghetto, Kentucky Rain, I Really Don't Want To Know, I Washed My Hands In Muddy Waters etc.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 10, 2012report abuse
Kissin' Cousins is clearly a career low for Elvis - he looked and sounded great and should have been doing far better things with his time. That said, I don't mind the KC soundtrack, but it's something that I rarely play.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 10, 2012report abuse
I enjoy this tune as well. I also love the fast version of Kissin' Cousins.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 25, 2010report abuse
Another "gem" from "Kissin' Cousins". The scene in the movie that includes the song is okay, but is not enjoyable on record. First of all, the horrible whistling almost drowns out Elvis. Second, the rest of the instrumental sounds like it is coming from another room. Finally, you can tell Elvis' heart is not in it. One and 1/2 stars at the most.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2009report abuse
It was a fun song sequence in the movie. And a pleasant tune.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2009report abuse
The movie, the soundtrack including this song was something from Elvis in the Hollywood era. It is not Elvis music as such. But, Elvis singing songs from the movies. It is history now! It happened once and is not to be something else but a song fitting a scene in a leightweight Elvis musical. It's no big deal. Like it or not. I used to like the movie, the album and even this song. Doesn't mean I play it too often, no! But, I don't play with my childhood toys to much either anymore! But, I still like to remember them!
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2009report abuse
The single from the film got to #10 in the Uk, only his 2nd out of 5 releases to hit the top 10 chart, the album got to #5 in the Uk. But really, Elvis was living on pass glory when he should have been in the recording studio's and getting back into the groove with what the buying public wanted. But we had to wait another 5 years for this to happen. As for SMB. Ok as a album filler. I liked Anyone, Tender Felling & the single KC. That said 'It hurts Me' should have been the A side and on the album.
sitdown revamped (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2009report abuse
silly song, but the most embarrassing is this: at one stage of the song there's a flute the wrong key...
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2009report abuse
Recorded in Nashville, great sound, etc. Elvis fans always trying to find a silver lining. Bottom line, the song was crap. Would you really listen to a song like this if Elvis wasnt the singer? I thought so.
Steve Morse (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2009report abuse
Recorded in Nashville, great sound, strong vocal from Elvis, catchy tune. The lyrics are quite acceptable, both in the context of the film and as a pure country song. If you want silly, terrible and embarrassing, try "Hey, Hey, Hey" from Clambake or "The Love Machine" from Easy Come, Easy Go.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2009report abuse
At least it has a catchy tune,albeit stolen from some other source
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2009report abuse
Terrible! NEXT!
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 5, 2009report abuse
Silly & embarrassing. Cant listen to it.

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