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Patch It Up

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Eddie Rabbitt, Rory Bourke

Recorded: June 9, 1970, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 8.
Live version (included on Thats The Way It Is) recorded August 12, 1970.

Single:w/ "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me", 47-9916, October 6, 1970
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0678, February 1972

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#90 on Billboard Hot 100

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

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Same as with "I've Lost You", I got used to the "live" version of "Patch It Up" on the That's The Way It Is album, before I finally heard the studio single version. Partially because of that, I prefer the studio version, but also because it has a fatter, fuller sound, and the live version sounds repetitious after a while, in comparison. The "scatting" towards the end always gets me, too. He seemed to get into that a lot starting with these 1970 sessions. In both versions, though, Elvis stretches his voice out nicely in the chorus, and is fully engaged with the song, obviously getting into it.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

[Studio version] "Patch It Up" was better recorded later in August. Here the recording is badly balanced, reducing to inaudibility the efforts of many musicians, to ensure that the "beat" comes through.
[Live version] "Patch It Up" is in fast rocker style, enlivened by middle-registerkeyboard work and rhythmic clapping. This is a good song with plenty of drive, but it is not so fine a performance.

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

Stage rocker from That's The Way It Is, first released as a badly mixed single, though all of the elements were abundantly there.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"Patch It Up" Lyrics and Downloads

We've got to patch it up baby
Before we fall apart at the seams
We've got to patch it up baby
We can't let time unravel in our dreams
Let's go back and touch the past
One more night is all I ask
Get that feelin', that old feelin', feel it healin'

We can patch it up baby
We can patch it up baby
We can patch it up baby
Patch it up with a whole lotta love

We can patch it up baby
Sweep out all the cobwebs of our heart
We've got to patch it up baby,
Before indifference pulls us apart

Let's go where the good luck lies
Let us give it one more try
Can you feel it? That old feelin'? Feel it healin'?

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Yea! Sweeps Out All The Cobwebs!

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