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Pieces Of My Life

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Troy Seals

Recorded: March 13, 1975, RCA Studio C, Hollywood
Released master is take 4.

Single:w/ "Bringing It Back", PB-10401, September 30, 1975

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#33 on Billboard Country chart

1st LP release: Today - May 7, 1975
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My Spin

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Something personal must've resonated with Elvis when he first heard Troy Seals' "Pieces Of My Life" (possibly on Charlie Rich's Silver Fox album), because he injects plenty of emotion and personality into the song, making it his own. This story of a man who's lost all the good parts of his life, especially the woman he loved, fits well with Elvis and his feelings about "you know who". The song fits nicely on the Today album, too! To me, it's one of the highlights.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Pieces Of My Life" is a superlative performance: Presley is right in tune, and every word is clear and given its due.

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

Introspective ballad with intense vocalizing and bitter lyrics.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"Pieces Of My Life" Lyrics and Downloads

A water glass full of whiskey
And women that I never knew too well
Lord, the things I've seen and done
Most of which I'd be ashamed to tell

I don't know how it started
But that's what makes a man a man, I guess
Now I'm holdin' on to nothing'
Tryin' to forget the rest

I'm lookin' back on my life
To see if I can find the pieces
I know that some were stolen
And some just blew away
Well, I found the bad parts
Found all the sad parts
But I guess I threw the best parts away

Lord, the pieces of my life
They're everywhere, they're everywhere
And the one I think I miss most of all
Is you, and you know who
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Yea! Classic '70s Country Tune!

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Elvis song reference books on Amazon!

Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
This is the definitive encyclopedia on Elvis' life details, as well as all the background and trivia you need for all the songs, movies, and TV appearances. Authors are Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius.
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