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For Ol' Time's Sake

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Tony Joe White

Recorded: July 23-24, 1973, Stax Studios, Memphis
Released master is take 8.

Single:w/ "Raised On Rock", APB0-0088, September 22, 1973

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#41 on Billboard's Hot 100.
#42 on Country chart.

1st LP release: Raised On Rock/For Ol Times Sake - November 1973
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My Spin

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Elvis only recorded three Tony Joe White songs... and that's a cryin' shame! "Polk Salad Annie" and "I've Got A Thing About You Baby" are funky pop tunes, but "For Ol' Time's Sake" is the sad, slow one of the bunch. But if you gotta have something sad and slow, it ought to be a Tony-Joe-White-kinda-sad-and-slow, sung by Elvis!

I'll write some more later, but go ahead and settle back with some music and links!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"For Ol' Time's Sake" is a sentimental ballad, not out of the top drawer. Nor is Presley at his best.

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

A disorganized melody against a soft acoustic guitar with Elvis waxing sentimental.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"For Ol' Time's Sake" Lyrics and Downloads

Before you go walk out on me
Take a look around tell me what you see
Here I stand like an open book
Is there something here you might have overlooked
'Cause it would be a shame if you should leave
And find that freedom ain't what you thought it would be

The years we had were not all bad
In fact I know the good outweighed the bad
Now you say that you've grown tired
You want to be by yourself a while
It would be a shame if you should go
And find that freedom was a long time ago

I know that you can't stand the chains that bind you
They just keep on drivin' us apart
You could go where I could never find you
But could you go far enough to get away from your heart

So one more time, for ol' times sake
Come and lay your head upon my chest
Please don't throw this moment away
We can forget the bad and take the best
If you don't have nothing left to say
Let me hold you one more time for ol' times sake

If you don't have nothing left to say
Let me hold you one more time for ol' times sake

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For Ol' Times Sake karaoke - Elvis PresleyFor Ol' Times Sake
Elvis Presley

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Yea! A Classic Elvis 70s Ballad!

Nay! Now I Say That I've Grown Tired!

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