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Welcome to My World

Rating:
4.0 / 5

Words & Music: Ray Winkler Johnny Hathcock

Welcome to my world,
Won't you come on in
Miracles, I guess
Still happen now and then
Step into my heart
Leave your cares behind
Welcome to my world
Built with you in mind

Knock and the door shall be open
Seek and you will find
Ask and you'll be given
The key to this heart of mine

I'll be waiting there
With my arms unfurled
Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world
Welcome to my world

Recordingdate: 1973/01/14, first released on: Aloha from Hawaii (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Welcome to My World:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(piano)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)

Others*

(baton)
(organ)
(vocals)
(percussion)
(clarinet)
(flute)
(sax)
(sax)
(sax)
(trombone)
(trumpet)
(trumpet)
(trumpet)
(trumpet)
(trumpet)
(trumpet)
(viola)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)

*Orchestra, overdubs

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old shep wrote on April 25, 2008
It was good to see Elvis singing some new material(new to him that is) for the Hawaii concert.Elvis sings this old Jim Reeves number very well and it was well received too.
busboy wrote on August 25, 2008
Fairly enjoyable as it's Elvis but why oh why did he have to cover boring middle of the road songs like this. Elvis doing Jim Reeves, no thanks.
Natha wrote on August 25, 2008
One of those songs that has a special touch combined with the live performances. Great to watch (or only hear) him interact with the fans.
Steve V wrote on August 25, 2008
Nice but nothing special. I perfer the Dean Martin version.
Rob Wanders wrote on August 25, 2008
I like the lyrics of this song, but Elviswasn't inspired enough to make an inspired version of this song.
My boy, my boy wrote on August 25, 2008
Here's a song that I like more and more as the time goes by !
Mark S. wrote on August 25, 2008
Never really cared much for this song, but it was the first one that came to mind when my newborn baby girl was lying in the incubator. Black & blue and knocked out from painkillers. Sang it to her a lot while she was sleeping...
GEORGE (GK) wrote on August 25, 2008
Songs like these, is what turned alot of People off, to Elvis' 70's material. Personally, Elvis could sing names, out of a Phone book, and I'd enjoy it ! (lol). If I remember correctly, Elvis sang this only, at the "Aloha concerts" and never again. I bet if he had recorded a "studio version", it may have been better. He doesn't put his "usual soul" into the "Aloha" versions. Its like.. he's reading the song.. as he's singing it.
dressingroomrehearsa wrote on August 25, 2008
Wasn't it for a necesary variation of the setlist, as MSG was quite close enough for another live recording? The song with showstopper status for me on this one is Steamroller and Triology. Did he add I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry to his repertoire or was it another once and never again-number? He used to strum it at Lindas house...
Volker Stockel wrote on August 25, 2008
For all those who keep on doing critize Elvis in his songs, performing or in his way he have chosen his songs, You go and listen to the Song of "Walk A Mile In My Shoes". This is a very great song and when Elvis did sing it at "Aloha..." he wanted to show the world about all kind of music to make the people happy, not to make them worry about why this song and not another. Everytime I listen to this song I remember my first trip to Graceland. Just Close Your eyes, even if You never have been there You can imagine Elvis standing there and inviting you to Graceland.
ta2k wrote on August 25, 2008
I like this. It's a real 'mood setter '. Elvis can sing anything. TCB
JLpResLey wrote on August 25, 2008
Good performance by Elvis, but it´s not classic. I´ve never understand the song list for Aloha. Here he was, singing for the world. Because of the hit inspired shows he´d done in New York 1972, he had to do something else now. He had a great chance to show what Elvis Presley was all about. Did he? He showed what Beatles was about (Something), and what Frank Sinatra was about (My Way). Like I said, this is not a bad song, but I would have prefered something else from his own catalouge. Imagine if songs like Don´t, Such A Night or A Mess of Blues had been a part of the song list. That would have been something, right?
Johnny2523 wrote on February 22, 2012
GEORGE you say its like he's reading while he singing it, if u watched on the internet u can see that he indeed was reading the lyrics. I prefer the rehearsal version 2 days earlier before aloha. I like the line ''Open up your heart,Then your realize,Im waiting just for you, Welcome To My World
Gorse wrote on January 07, 2013
In my opinion and listening experience, Jim Reeves owns this one, but I think Elvis does a pretty good job in Aloha where he uses his smooth ballad voice, and puts his own stamp on the song.
sugartummy wrote on May 28, 2013
Listening to Depeche Mode's newest album Delta Machine, I cannot help to wonder they were inspired by Elvis for the recording of their own Welcome to my world. I would prefer Jim Reeves' studio arrangment, with Elvis singing it. Maybe it's time for a mix.
Deano1 wrote on October 24, 2013
When I read some comments about this song I just scratch my head. "he indeed was reading the lyrics" is completely wrong. I just watched the Aloha performance again and he did not read it. Elvis does a great job singing this song, but a little bit of the feel of the song is lost (and part of they lyrics) as he fools around with the audience (teasing a woman over a scarf). "Elvis wasn't inspired wasn't inspired enough to make an inspired version" is another comment that makes me scratch my head. This is one of the few songs that I enjoy as much if not more by another artist (Dean Martin), but Elvis gives us a fine version. Songs like this did not turn a lot of people off to his 70's output. Elvis was maturing with his fans.
ElvisSacramento wrote on October 26, 2013
This is such a beautiful ballad and Elvis' rendition of it was terrific. But, I believe that Jim Reeves has the best version of this song.
Lou A wrote on February 18, 2014
This is a good version of this easy listening country song. But, I think the song could have benefitted from a studio version where acoustic and elecric guitars could be blended with the strings and backgroud vocals and Elvis vocal could have been mixed better with the background . Still the existing recording is quite good.
shawnrw wrote on September 20, 2014
Very nice romantic ballad that became a regular part of Elvis's live shows in the 70's. I always liked Jim Reeves original version, also heard Dean Martin do a great rendition , but Elvis's is as good as it gets.
Cruiser621 wrote on May 26, 2017
5-stars all the way. A really great live song which comes across nicely.
JerryNodak wrote on January 24, 2019
There's nothing "special" about this song. But Elvis delivers a warm, heartfelt version that I enjoy very much. It's a great mood setter. I don't skip it. 3 and a half stars.
atomic powered poste wrote on September 30, 2019
Not a great, but a decent ballad, very well performed by our man. The live versoion on the Aloha show isn't delivered with the same sensibility, but still a nice listen. 3,5 stars for the studio version.
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