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Elvis SongPedia: If You Talk In Your Sleep

If You Talk In Your Sleep




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Red West, Johnny Christopher

Recorded: December 13, 1973, Stax Studios, Memphis TN CA
Released master is take 9.

Single:w/ "Help Me", APBO-0280, May 10, 1974
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series w/ "Raised on Rock", GB-10157, March 1975

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#17 on Billboard Hot 100
#23 on Cash Box Top 100
#6 on Country chart
#6 on Easy Listening chart

1st LP release: - January 1975
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My Spin

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"If You Talk In Your Sleep", in which Elvis tries on a little Memphis funk, and it fits him just fine! Cowriter Johnny Christopher supplies rhythm guitar and James Burton is on hand for some tasty lead in all the right places. Healthy blasts of brass provide an accent to the melody between the vocals. Overall, Elvis has never sounded funkier!

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)



"If You Talk In Your Sleep", a song partly written by Red West, is a tremendous recording. It begins arrestingly, full of menace and flickering speed; and the orchestral arrangement is startlingly good. Occasionally the interest passes from Presley to the orchestra. But there is no doubt who is in charge, and this little-known number has to be counted one of Presley's greatest recordings of this period.

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




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"If You Talk In Your Sleep" Lyrics and Downloads

I know you're a lonely woman and I love you
But someone else is waiting and he owns you
If he should ever wake up, make sure that your story is straight love
If you talk in your sleep don't mention my name
And if you walk in your sleep forget where you came

Walking every night here in the shadows
So afraid that sometime he may follow
There's always the chance he'll find us, though I don't need to remind you
If you talk in your sleep don't mention my name
If you walk in your sleep forget where you came

Love is so much sweeter when it's borrowed
I'll feel a little easier tomorrow
Don't give our secret away, be careful what you say
If you talk in your sleep don't mention my name
If you walk in your sleep forget where you came

Forget where you came, now
Forget where you came
Don't mention my name
Don't mention my name
Forget where you came


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