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Just Pretend

4.6 / 5

Words & Music: Guy Fletcher Doug Flett

Just pretend, I'm holding you
And whispering things soft and low
And think of me, how it's gonna be,
Just pretend I didn't go
When I walked away, I heard you say
If you need me, you know what to do
I knew it then, I'd be back again
Just pretend I'm right there with you

And I'll come flying to you, oh yes
All the crying is through
Oh, I will hold you and love you again
But until then, well just pretend

Oh, it's funny but I can't recall the things
We said or why you're crying
But now I know it was wrong to go
I belong here by your side

Recordingdate: 1970/06/06, first released on: That's the Way It Is (album)


Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Just Pretend:



(french horn)

*Orchestra, overdubs


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Lex wrote on April 08, 2008
A very expensive song, it took me more than $100 to "show" it to someone special on the phone.
My boy, my boy wrote on June 05, 2008
What can I say ?... that "Just Pretend" happens to be my ultimate favorite song of all time ?...Well, I just did !...Both live and studio versions are my definitive Elvis reference !
Ton Bruins wrote on June 05, 2008
Alone by the story from Lex and Loesje this is a very special song...lol...Again with many other songs I prefer the Live version(s). Great song !
Sirbalkan wrote on June 05, 2008
I prefer the live editions especially the ones from 1975... They are so emotional and beautiful.
Natha wrote on June 05, 2008
One of those gems in Elvis' repertoir. The studio version is wonderful. But as the content of the lyrics already suggests, it requires the special Elvis touch to come to full bloom. Hence the live versions are super!
JerryNodak wrote on June 05, 2008
Great song. I prefer the studio version. Just as I prefer the studio versions of Patch It Up; I've Lost You and You Don't Have To Say You Love Me.
old shep wrote on June 05, 2008
A song I don't listen to very often,a fairly run of the mill ballad really
Rob Wanders wrote on June 05, 2008
great song, both studio as live versions.
Steve V wrote on June 05, 2008
I think this song is a bit overrated. It's nice but a bit overblown for me. Reminds me more of something Conway Twitty would record. Im more of a 'Don't' type ballad guy.
Ruthie wrote on June 05, 2008
This song is one of my very favorites. I forget what I am doing when I hear it. He does a fantastic job with this song. Seeing him sing it live as I did in Vegas was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. Even better than what you see on That's The Way It Is.
FLASHBOY wrote on June 05, 2008
Elvis sound really fantastic when he sing Just Pretend one of my favorite. Something is wrong with you if you don't like that one.
chrisandra wrote on September 16, 2008
i never seen or heard of anybody trying to sing this particular track,this is because nobody can sing it as good as Elvis.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on March 22, 2009
One of the best song's of the 70s, like "How The Web Was Woven" from the same session,sings these really well,and the band are spot on too !
bajo wrote on March 22, 2009
One of those classic Elvis performances. Suberb studio and also very good live! Thinking of the single releases around that time, I wonder why it was never considered even as a B-side! In my dreamworld I thought of Stranger In The Crowd/Just Pretend as a potential single!
Swen wrote on March 22, 2009
What more can you wish for? Great song sung by Maestro himself. It is among my absolute favourites which for some peculiar reason also include "Just a Little Bit of Green".
derekd wrote on March 22, 2009
Good recording from a batch of equally good songs. I always enjoy listening to the TTWII 'Cd' Great time in Elvis's career.
ta2k wrote on March 22, 2009
Nothing beats this song. I could list others Elvis did which I like just as much,but I like none better. This is the King being the King. TCB
Rob V wrote on March 22, 2009
It's a shame this fantastic song didn't end up on all the (many, many, many, many, many......can I stop now?) Love/Ballad/Romantic compilations RCA/BMG have put out. Ended up on a budget Love comp in 1999. What a joke! Should have been on The 50 Greatest Love Songs 2CD Set back in 2001. Didn't feature also on Love Elvis or on any of the Time Life releases. Why? What's wrong? This song if further proof of the brilliance of Elvis in 1970.
dgirl wrote on March 22, 2009
A very good song but a bit on the dramatic side. When you compare it to the ballads he did in Memphis a year earlier like Long Black Limo, Do You Know Who I Am, Inherit The Wind, you can see that simpler is better. They were also more soulful. Nothing from 1970 tops the Memphis sessions.
Rob Wanders wrote on March 22, 2009
indeed one of his best ballads. It is a dramatic one but he sings it superb. As well as in the studio as on stage.
theoldscudder wrote on March 22, 2009
I always liked this song. A strong 70's efffort.
Marty_TCE wrote on March 22, 2009
Sung with incrdible feeling - so strong. Great vocals from Elvis in his absolute prime.
Deano1 wrote on January 30, 2010
My favorite Elvis song of all time. Recorded in June 1970 and released on the "That The Way It Is" LP in December of that year (my favorite LP). Everything on this track is absolutely perfect and of course Elvis' vocals on this one are amazing. Some people like the 50's ballads and they are great, some like the simpler ballads from Memphis sessions of '69 and they are terrific, but I will take the Elvis from TTWII, Elvis Country and Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas over any of them.
Monster wrote on July 22, 2010
Stunning song, just stunning. Yes it's overblown and if you don't like that type of thing you're gonna struggle with this side of Elvis. But for those of us thatreally go for big and bombastic this is as good as it gets. Everything about Just Pretend from the mature lyrics to the TTWII performance and on to the incredible 1975 versions is for me where Elvis is at his best in the seventies. Power and feeling and plenty of bombast. Best version is from August 1970 - he never looked or sounded better and this song got everything he had and more. Awesome.
Pedro Nuno wrote on July 22, 2010
My strongest memory with this song comes from Elvis The Concert in Amsterdam, at the Heineken Music Hall, June 8 2003, with thousands of voices singing this marvelous song. Every time I ear this tune in the import audio cd from that unique night, that magic moment comes to life again!
JLpResLey wrote on July 22, 2010
I love this song, Elvis at his very best. The studio version is the best one. The live versions are nice too, but I don´t enjoy them as much as the studio version. This song is all about that powerful arrangement and Elvis´ powerful vocal performance. I feel that the arrangement was much stronger in the studio version. Of course, you can´t create the same kind of perfection on stage. I had very high expectations when Elvis sang it on TTWII, but while Elvis kept the studio version alive all the way, that live version is almost a bit boring. I rather listen to live versions from the later years
alheil1 wrote on July 23, 2010
The entire "TTWIT" album, dvd. is absolute perfection. "Just Pretend" is perhaps the best track and his performance on dvd unbelievable.
Jay wrote on October 06, 2010
Great track from a great album!!!!! Shouldnhave been pulled off for a single release, would have been a hit in the UK I'm sure!
elvis1279 wrote on October 06, 2010
My mom always loved this song and will play it over and over. I always thought it was "ok"...that is until I saw Elvis The Concert for the first time in '97. After that it's been one of my faves. I have the audio of the Amsterdam show from 2003, and I agree, hearing all the people sing along is fantastic. He really puts it all into this one...........emotion, voice, you name it.
ElvisSacramento wrote on November 30, 2012
This is such a spectacular song and all of Elvis' renditions of it are brilliant. This song should've been a major hit for Elvis here in the United States, but it never was.
Gorse wrote on November 30, 2012
Some seem to perpetually like simple understated productions and others the big overblown ballads. Me, I like them all as it is the voice that I find eternally beguiling. This is is one of those ballads that goes in crescendos throughout, using the full vocal talents of Elvis. Utter perfection to my ears.
kink56 wrote on November 30, 2012
Greats song, from a great album and his last great recording session. It was downhill from this point on. (with exceptions, of course)
Great Dane wrote on November 30, 2012
It doesn't get much better than this.Absolute perfection. 5 stars for the album and song.
Puer Aeternus wrote on December 01, 2012
Lisa Marie's favorite Elvis song.
sugartummy wrote on March 30, 2013
A good song sung perfect. I like the studio version as much as the live ones.
TBG wrote on May 28, 2013
This is one of the reasons why Elvis became a legend. He starts off the show with rockers like Mystery Train/Tiger Man, which he sings awesome. Then later in the show he does a power ballad like this one, again perfectly. There's no other artist in the world that had the diversity that Elvis had when he was at his best. This song is one of my all time favorites, I've listened to it a thousand times.
Lp fan only wrote on December 27, 2021
I used to be a fan, but after hearing this masterpiece, i'm a whole air conditioner. 5 stars and i wish i could give more
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