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Elvis SongPedia: It's Only Love

It's Only Love




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Mark James, Steve Tyrell

Recorded: May 21, 1971, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 10.

Single: w/ "The Sound of Your Cry", RCA 48-1017, September 21, 1971
Also re-released as Gold Standard single, 447-0684, March 22, 1972

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#19 on Billboard's Easy Listening Charts
#51 on Billboard's Hot 100
#51 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: - August 1980
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My Spin

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"It's Only Love", although written by the same guy that gave us "Suspicious Minds" (Mark James), just doesn't quite rise to the challenge. Elvis' voice was in great shape during this period, and his performance is fine, and nothing really wrong with the song itself or the arrangement, but for me it still doesn't measure up to other recordings from around this time.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


"It's Only Love" is an attempt to produce a commercial number in the current style, but it fails. The material is not good enough, and Presley is unwilling to drive the song along. It is however a fascinating performance.

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





A very conscious attempt at a commercial ballad for single release, but the components wander despite a strong rhythm.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982





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"It's Only Love" Lyrics and Downloads

I see the the sunlight in her hair
I feel the warm smile that she wears
She has no recipe for love
But I just can't get enough

From the distance of my mind
Clock that's ringing says it's time
Wake up to my destiny
It's time to face reality

It's only love that I feel inside
But I'll get by somehow
It's only love, there must be something else for me girl

I tell myself that it's not real
There's nothing left for me to feel
I'll just be going on my way
Tomorrow brings another day

Only love that I feel inside
But I've got to be strong
My mind's made up, it's only love

But I know I'll get by, take my heart and my pride
And just throw it aside
It's only love

It's only love, it's only love, it's only love
It's only love
It's only love


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Yea! A Fine Early '70s Elvis Tune!

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