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Only Believe

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Paul Rader

Recorded: June 9, 1970, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 4.

Single:w/ "Life", 47-9985, May 25, 1971
Also released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0682, May 1972

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#95 on Billboard's Hot 100

1st LP release: Love Letters - May 1971
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My Spin

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I already knew "Only Believe" as a familiar gospel tune before hearing Elvis' version, which is nice and bluesy, but I have to agree with a lot of the other fans that the constant repetition of the chorus gets pretty monotonous.

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

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Only Believe" is a religious song of insufferable boredom...

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

Religious offering, almost a chant. Not one of Elvis' more distinguished hymns.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Only Believe" Lyrics and Downloads

Lordy only believe, only believe
All things are possible
If you'll only believe
My Lordy, only believe, yes only believe
All things are possible
If you'll only believe

I met God one morning
My soul feeling bad
Heart heavy laden
I felt tired down in
Well He lifted all my burdens
Right now I'm feeling glad
All things are possible
If you'll only believe

I believe, yeh! I believe
All things are possible
If you'll only believe
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What's YOUR Spin on "Only Believe"?
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Yea! A Great Gospel Track!

Nay! My Soul Feelin' Bad!

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