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The Fair Is Moving On

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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Doug Flett, Guy Fletcher

Recorded: February 21, 1969, American Sound Studios, Memphis

Single:w/ "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard", 47-9747, June 17, 1969
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0672, December 1970

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart

1st LP release: From Memphis To Vegas / From Vegas To Memphis - November 16, 1969
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My Spin

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Although not very well known, "The Fair Is Moving On" is a nice haunting ballad. It was recorded at the legendary American Sound Studios sessions that produced "Suspicious Minds", "Kentucky Rain" and "Don't Cry Daddy".

I'll write more about it later, but for now, have yourself some links and stuff.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"The Fair Is Moving On" is akin to the Eartha Kitt song "The Day That The Circus Left Town". Both are in slow 3/4 time, and Presley puts it over clearly and simply; but he cannot disguise the song's lack of distinction.

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

Elvis did his best to salvage this one, despite obvious vocal strain and an unimaginative arrangement.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

"The Fair's Moving On" would provide the album with some of it's most haunting imagery, with its portraits of a packing and vanishing carnival and love affair. Bobby Wood's piano playing is particularly impressive as is Moman's kaleidoscope production that surrounds Presley's soulful vocal.

Jeremy Richey, Dust Off Those Grooves (Chapter Seven), review of the Back In Memphis album.

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"The Fair Is Moving On" Lyrics and Downloads

All the rides are over and done
It's late and no prizes are left to be won
The rides are closed, it's the end of the day
The horses are moving away
Yes the fair's moving on
And I'll soon be gone
Remember the love that we've known
Yes the fair's moving on
But I won't leave you long
It's the last time you'll be on your own

The music has ended, the carousel's still
The horses in boxes with the big Ferris wheel
The canvass and glitter are safely on board
The trailers will soon hit the road

Yes the fair's moving on
And I'll soon be gone
Remember the love that we had
Yes the fair's moving on
But I won't leave you long
I'm coming back so please don't be sad

At dawn I'll be gone but I'll soon return
Till then the fair's moving on
Till then the fair's moving on
Till then the fair's moving on
Till then the fair's moving on

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What's YOUR Spin on "The Fair Is Moving On"?
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Yea! A Nice Ballad!

Nay! The Music Has Ended!

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