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Elvis SongPedia: Always On My Mind

Always On My Mind




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson

Recorded: March 29, 1972, RCA Studio C, Hollywood
Released master is take 1.

Single: w/ "Separate Ways", 74-0815, October 31, 1972
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, GB-10486, February 1976
Also released as single w/ "The Elvis Medley", PB-13351, November 1982
Also released as single w/ "My Boy", PB-14090, July 1985

Highest U.S. Charts Position:
#16 on Billboard Country Singles chart


1st LP release: - December 1972
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My Spin

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Elvis expert Ernst Jorgensen once defended "Always On My Mind", calling it a jewel! Never one to argue with Ernst, I wholeheartedly agree, it's one of Elvis' great '70s ballads. Seems to be a popular opinion, too, by the number of artists that have covered it since (just have a look at the "Lyrics and Downloads" section below!). Brenda Lee recorded it first, just prior to Elvis, then later hit versions included those by John Wesley Ryles, Willie Nelson, and the Pet Shop Boys, but it's hard to beat the straight-forward version by Elvis and the Stamps!

Film of Elvis in the recording studio was used in Elvis On Tour showing a performance of "Separate Ways", but footage of "Always On My Mind" from these sessions also showed up later in This Is Elvis.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Always On My Mind" is well sung, with an appeal which suits this excellent song...

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979




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"Always On My Mind" Lyrics and Downloads

Maybe I didn't treat you
Quite as good as I should have
Maybe I didn't love you
Quite as often as I could have
Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn't died
Give me, give me one more chance
To keep you satisfied, satisfied

Maybe I didn't hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
And I guess I never told you
I'm so happy that you're mine
If I make you feel second best
Girl, I'm sorry I was blind

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn't died
Give me, give me one more chance
To keep you satisfied, satisfied

Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time
You were always on my mind
You are always on my mind
You are always on my mind

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Always On My Mind karaoke - Elvis PresleyAlways On My Mind
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Your Spin!
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Yea! I'm with Ernst, It's a Jewel!

Nay! Didn't Treat Me Quite As Good As It Should Have!


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