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The Next Step Is Love

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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Paul Evans, Paul Parnes

Recorded: June 7, 1970, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 11.

Single: w/ "I've Lost You", 47-9873, July 14, 1970
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0677, August 1971

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#32 on Billboard's Hot 100
#30 on Cash Box's Top 100
#5 on Billboard's Easy-Listening chart
#57 on Billboard's Country chart

1st LP release: Elvis Thats The Way It Is - November 11, 1970
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My Spin

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"The Next Step Is Love" catches your ear with its infectious melody, and Elvis carries it along easily, if you can tolerate some corny (maybe just dated) lyrics. This song appears in the film That's The Way It Is, as Elvis plays around with it during rehearsal.

I'll add some more later, but meanwhile check out the music and links.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"The Next Step Is Love" is another fascinating track, the essence of Presley at his most "laid-back"; everything is so casual it has almost a Perry Como influence.

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

...a controlled ballad - gentle, unhurried, plaintive.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"The Next Step Is Love" Links

"The Next Step Is Love" Lyrics and Downloads

Yesterday has slipped away
And the sun is welcoming the evening shadows of a perfect day
And the next step is love
The next step is love

We walked barefoot through the misty meadows
Laughing at each other in the rain
Made some faces at some people in the park
And didn't bother to explain
Fun, fun, look at us run
Going nowhere special really fast
But we've yet to taste the icing on the cake
That we've been baking with the past

And the next step is love
So what are we waiting for?
The next step is love
Girl, it's for sure

Love will be a place to run to
From the world they've built to you and me
We'll be closer than we've ever been
Though looking back it's so hard to believe
Hang it all out we'll bring it all in
The best we've picked up on the way to now
Changes are coming but together
We can make it through somehow

Yes the next step is love

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What's YOUR Spin on "The Next Step Is Love"?
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Yea! Catchy Ballad!

Nay! Step Down Please!

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