We Can Make the Morning

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Words & Music: Jay Ramsey
I just thought I heard a small voice crying
Looked again and saw that it was me
I feel like a little boy denying
That he fears the night 'cause he can't see

Then a larger thought said stop your crying
Don't be scared to search 'cause you may find
Fate holds out a candle for your footsteps
Time rolls back the shadows of your mind

It's a long, long lonely night
You can make the morning if you try
It's a long, long lonely night
Oh, we can make the morning if we try
Girl, we can make the morning you and I
Together, together, together

Loneliness is darkness' first companion
Spend the night alone and faith may bend
Share it all and see how fear starts fading
Chase away the shadows with a friend

Dawn's elusive light is just beginning
Now the day can push away the night
Dreams can make the sun feel much brighter
Hope creates a foothold for the light

It's a long, long lonely night
We can make the morning if we try
It's a long, long lonely night
We can make the morning if we try
Girl, we can make the morning you and I, Oh

It's a long, long lonely night
We can make the morning if we try
It's a long, long lonely night
We can make the morning if we try
It's a long, long lonely night
We can make the morning if we try
Recorded: 1971/05/20, first released on single


jaques marcello (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2020report abuse
great song
Pinkie (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2020report abuse
Potentially a good song ruined by an awful arrangement - too loud and too many background singers - and some quite awful )overly loud and out of tune) overdubs. Master is unknown as Tape 2 from the session was lost.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2020report abuse
A '70's song that I liked from the first time I heard it. Still like it these many years later. Very underrated. 4 stars.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2020report abuse
I've said this before, but this song got "sand bagged" by being included on the "ELVIS NOW" album. What an absolute shame! This tune is better than what the ears hear.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 22, 2020report abuse
Nothing more than album-filler material. This recording was a poor choice for a single in January 1972.
atomic powered poste (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2018report abuse
Elvis wasn't in his best voice in 71, and it's showing here. His voice sounds strained, he struggles on several high notes, not a good performance. Not a very good composition either. 2 stars for a forgettable number, correctly placed on one of his worst LPs ever.
shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 9, 2016report abuse
A completely overlooked but powerfully sung ballad with a great drama to it. Really should get more attention than it doses.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 25, 2014report abuse
I've always liked this excellent, underrated and overlooked song immensely and I've never skipped it. But, it's unfortunate that Elvis never sang it at any of his concerts. Five stars from me. I admire the vast majority of the songs from the "Elvis Now" album.
Lou A (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 24, 2014report abuse
Probably my favorite track from the uneven and poorly concieved Elvis Now album - a record I do like. The only problem with this recording is the mix where Elvis ' s voice is often lost , especially at the end of the song . But's a good song with a great very committed performance by Elvis. I always felt that I'm Leavin and It's Only Love should have been on that album and Miricle Of The Rosary and Hey Jude not , and , but hey that's ancient history now !
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 24, 2014report abuse
Geez… Should have said "Elvis Now" back in Sept. 16th, 2013, not "Elvis/Fool" album…..
dismas (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 14, 2014report abuse
Another hidden, or lost, or forgotten, or simply under-promoted power ballad that shoulda, coulda, woulda been a huge hit single if only the stars had been lined up properly. Considered (if only briefly) for use in the classic (?) Hollywood disaster hit, The Poseidon Adventure. Elvis might have made his way back to big-time filmmaking by virtue of his great vocals, and then, well, just think of the possibilities...
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2013report abuse
One of those hidden gems included unfortunately on the "Elvis/Fool" 1970's album; a hodge podge of assorted gems and crap just to make a fast buck. So sad!
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2013report abuse
Elvis recorded this at the sixth day of a seven day session. It would't surprise me if he only did one take after such a long session that provided more than thirty songs. A well delivered pop song.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 15, 2013report abuse
Listening to it right now, and what a performance our boy gives. A song that gradually builds and builds with intensity and suits the big voice Elvis vocal perfectly. Was wasted as a 'B' side. - 5 stars.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 3, 2012report abuse
One of my Favorites, It was the "B" side to the A sided Single "Until it's time for you to go", in the United States. Both songs failed to be huge hits, but they should have been ! Especially, "We can make the Morning".
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 2, 2012report abuse
I've just listened to it on vinyl and CD,but the vinyl is so fresh,it's so good. I give it more than 5 stars.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 23, 2011report abuse
it's in mine top 3. What a vocal power he had in the 70's,5 stars all the way.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 23, 2011report abuse
One of the stand out songs from Elvis Now, a strongly delivered song full of emotion. Love it!
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2010report abuse
This is one of those Elvis songs that could so easily pass you by but it contains some phenomenal vocal work. It's one of a half dozen or so songs he recorded in the seventies that sound different to anything else he ever did (I'm thinking of songs like I'm leavin). The lyrics are very mature and contemporary and the power and passion in this one take wonder are breathtaking, especially for a song that seems to have been overlooked by most people. But that's one of the great things about Elvis' music. You think you've heard it all and then along comes a gem like this out of the blue to remind you that even as professional boredom and personal demons were beginning to take over he was more than capable of turning in a performance any top vocalist would kill to deliver. Five stars and a big smile. :)
LonElvis (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2010report abuse
I remember first hearing this on vinyl on a used copy of Elvis Now and just being blown away by the song. And I still love to hear it. It's probably in the top 5 of his best recordings. I especially love the passion he injects towards the end of the song...right as the song seems like it should be tapering down he just pumps all this energy into one more time and it's awesome. "It's a LONG, LONG lonely night." I love this song. This is one of those songs that makes you truly love Elvis.
burninglove92 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 22, 2009report abuse
Simply Amazing! Undoubtly one of the strongest vocals he ever did. listen and you can tell how much Elvis likes this song.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
Always liked it. Did he ever do it in conert? Would have been a natural.
pasa-ryu (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009
Invisible because there was no relation to the article
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
A track from the oddly titled Elvis Now which should have been called Elvis Then, as some of the the songs were definately not new recordings. I could never make my mind up about this song, but i'm happy that RCA in the UK went for Until It's Time For You To Go as the A side.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
A very interesting, yet unusual song. Elvis' vocals are spotty in places, but simply unbelievable and unable to be duplicated in others. Originally released as the B-side of "Until It's Time For You To Go" in 1972, and it did get some radio play on adult contemporary stations (charting as flip side on the Adult Contemporary chart at #9). Overall it is one of the better songs on the LP "Elvis Now".
pasa-ryu (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
if take 1 was the master take,then there must be an undubbed version without the additional overdubbs?-it would sound alot better without the overdubbs(the pure Elvis sound.)maybe on Elvis NOW RCA/FTD version we will finaly get to hear this version?.(time will tell)
Taprik (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
Simply amazing!
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
Great song!!In mine top 5 of Elvis favourites!
Jerome-the-third (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
fantastic song!..
Jerome-the-third (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
from what I understand there is not an alternate take of this song because take 1 was directly the master take..
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
Probably the most underrated & unknown 70's single. I don't think I ever heard this song on the radio. Didn't have a chance to be a hit and that's too bad. Great performance.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
i'm a big fan of the early 60's but i have to say that this is truely a great recording. 5 stars from me.
pasa-ryu (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
It is an underrated song indeed,Elvis could sing anything and any style and this song proves this..pity there aint any unreleased studio outtakes or undubbed versions of this song released by RCA/FTD lable yet;this song deserved to be on the 2006 FTD album "I Sing All Kinds"(the 1971 nashville sessions).i cannot understand why they decided to ommitt an alternate version of 'we can make the morning' as was recorded in the 1971 RCA studio B Sessions?/maybe we will get on the RCA/FTD deluxe version of "Elvis now"??9as the song was 'originaly' released on this great album in 1972..track 6.)
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2009report abuse
wow, such a great song!
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 4, 2008report abuse
Underrated song! Sounds so modern and fresh... and it gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it.
mak1965 (profilecontact) wrote on May 11, 2008report abuse
Probably my favorite of all his music! That is really a hard thing to say! BUT It just does something to me,, Like hen he hits the high not ein the Live version of My B oy! Man Elvis had that voice!!
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2008report abuse
Wow, what a power! It makes this throwaway song worth listening.