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An American Trilogy

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Written by:
"Dixie" credited to Daniel Decatur Emmett
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" written by Julia Ward Howe
"All My Trials" based on a Bahamian lullaby
Arranged by: Mickey Newbury

Recorded: February 16, 1972, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas.

Single: w/ "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", 74-0672, April 4, 1972
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, w/ "Until It's Time for You to Go", 447-0685, May 1973

Highest U.S. Charts Position:
#31 on Billboard Easy Listening chart.
#66 on Billboard Pop chart.
#73 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden - June 1972
The version released on the single didn't appear on an album until the 1995 box set Walk a Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70s Masters.
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My Spin

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A patriotic staple of Elvis' 70s live shows, "American Trilogy" is almost as iconic as "Burning Love" or "Suspicious Minds" when it comes to representing the latter day Elvis...

I plan on writing more about it, really! Meanwhile, dig the links and stuff!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

This version of "American Trilogy", one of at least four Presley recordings, was used for his single release. It is a fine performance of this successful fusion of three great songs "I Wish I Were In Dixie", "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic", and "All My Trials". It is done with tremendous conviction by Presley, and the single became a big hit for him in the U.K. in July 1972.

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

This song was instituted by Elvis as a special segment of his rock show. It became one of his many dramatic trademarks.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"American Trilogy" Lyrics and Downloads

Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton
Old times there are not forgotten
Look away, look away, look away Dixieland
Oh I wish I was in Dixie, away, away
In Dixieland I take my stand to live and die in Dixie
Cause Dixieland, that's where I was born
Early Lord one frosty morning
Look away, look away, look away Dixieland

Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
His truth is marching on

So hush little baby
Don't you cry
You know your daddy's bound to die
But all my trials, Lord will soon be over

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Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
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