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Elvis SongPedia: I'm Leavin'

I'm Leavin'




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Michael Jarrett, Sonny Charles

Recorded: May 20, 1971, RCA Studios, Nashville TN
Released master is possibly take 4.

Single:w/ "Heart Of Rome", 47-9988, June 22, 1971
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0683, May 1972

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#2 on Easy Listening chart
#36 on Billboard Hot 100
#36 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: - August 1980
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My Spin

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One of Elvis' personal favorites, and a song he never got tired of performing, "I'm Leavin'" is surprisingly little known. Although it made it to #2 on the Easy Listening charts, it barely cracked the Top 40, and wasn't released on an album until 1980's silver box set, Elvis Aron Presley, so among fans this was a hidden gem for years! Michael Jarrett's haunting melody and melancholy lyrics are tailor-made for Elvis' smooth early-70s ballad voice, and he expresses the sad tone subtly but effectively. Truly one of his '70s masterpieces!


Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)



"I'm Leavin'" is a remarkable performance of an unusual song. The title was in tune with the times and his performance is startling. Presley changes the quality of his voice to emphasize the despairing nature of the lyrics. This performance deserves to be better known.

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




A masterly single backed by the Imperials, with Elvis singing about "feeling fast vibrations and living from day to day". The few lyrics are sung in a deliberately high, uncertain voice.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"I'm Leavin'" Lyrics and Downloads

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When will I know if I'd arrived in time to know you
If you'd've taken the time to show me
I wouldn't be lonely
Where will I go, who will I have to lie beside me
Ease this emptiness inside of me
I'm so lonely

Tried so hard each time, each time I just can't make it
Feelin' fast vibrations and I just can't take it
Living from day to day, chasing a dream
I'm, I'm leavin'

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Tried so hard each time, each time I just can't make it
Feelin' fast vibrations and I just can't take it
Living from day to day, chasing a dream
I'm, I'm leavin'

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I'm, I'm leavin'


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