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Moody Blue

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Mark James

Recorded: February 4-5, 1976, Graceland, Memphis
Released master is take 10.

Single:w/ "She Thinks I Still Care", PB-10857, November 29, 1976.
Also released as Disc Jockey promotional release in various different colored vinyl, JB-10857, November 29, 1976.
Also released w/ "For The Heart", as Gold Standard original release, GB-11326, August 1978.

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#31 on Billboard Hot 100
#39 on Cash Box Top 100
#1 on Billboard Country chart
#2 on Billboard Easy Listening chart

1st LP release: Moody Blue - July 19, 1977

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My Spin

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Released as a single a full eight months ahead of the album of the same name, "Moody Blue" did quite well on the country and easy listening charts. Although, in hindsight, it's hard to be objective about these last few recording sessions in Graceland, and it's all too easy to "read into them" all kinds of imagined fatigue in Elvis' performances, the truth is, he (sometimes) delivered the goods right up to the end! This particular recording is an example, an engaging performance of a Mark James tune that deserves to be a country pop classic, even if we fans may have trouble divorcing it from the associated album and its depressing place in Elvis' timeline.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

In "Moody Blue", we hear a fine arrangement of a mediocre song. It has an up-tempo beat, but Presley sounds less than totally-committed. The song does not suit his voice, but the arrangement almost compensates for the continuous sense of strain.

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

One of the best songs from the Graceland recordings - unusual lyrics and stylishly delivered.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Moody Blue" Lyrics and Downloads

Well, it's hard to be a gambler bettin' on a number
That changes ev'ry time
Well, you think you're gonna win, think she's givin' in
A stranger's all you find
Yeah, it's hard to figure out what she's all about, but she's woman through and through
She's a complicated lady, so color my baby moody blue

Oh, moody blue
Tell me am I gettin' through
I keep hangin' on
Try to learn the song
But I never do
Oh, Moody blue
Tell me who I'm talkin' to
You're like the night and day
And it's hard to say
Which one is you.

Well, when Monday comes she's Tuesday, when Tuesday comes she's Wednesday
To another day again
Her personality unwinds, just like a ball of twine
On a spool that never ends
Just when I think I know her well, her emotions reveal
She's not the person that I though I knew
She's a complicated lady, so color my baby moody blue

[Repeat Chorus]

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