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Elvis SongPedia: Raised On Rock

Raised On Rock




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Mark James

Recorded: July 23, 1973, Stax Studios, Memphis
Released master take unknown.

Single:w/ "For Ol' Time's Sake", APB0-0088, September 22, 1973
Also released on Gold standard series, w/ "If You Talk in Your Sleep", GB-10157, March 1975.


Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#41 on Billboard's Hot 100.
#27 on Cash Box's Top 100
#27 on Easy Listening chart.

1st LP release: - November 1973
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I'm sure Mark James didn't have Elvis in mind as the singer when he wrote "Raised On Rock", since it tells the story of a young fan of the music, "listening to the music that his idols made". That the song should be sung by one of those idols himself is a little strange. Then again, Waylon Jennings later did the same kind of thing in "Luchenbach Texas", singing about "Waylon, Willie and the boys", so, why not!... The bass rhythm and the guitar accents give the intro a bit of a Native American sound, which is a great hook, and Elvis' singing is good, but not great. He doesn't really seem into it.

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The Stax influence is also noticeable in "Raised On Rock": the bass line, brilliently played by Tommy Cogbill, is worthy of special mention.

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




Strident guitar, thudding bass, and some mean back-up vocals by Misses Westmoreland, Holladay and Holladay, made this song about the "idol" who sang "Hound Dog" attractive but strangely remote.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982





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"Raised On Rock" Lyrics and Downloads

I remember as a child I used to hear
Music that they played Lord with a feel'
Some call it folk, some call it soul
People let me tell you it was rock and roll

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
Every day when I got home I turned on my radio

Listening to the music that my idols made
I knew every single record the DJ's played
A honky tonk a Hound Dog, a Johnny B. Goode
Chain Gang, Love Is Strange, Knock On Wood

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
I was born to love the beat I was made for rock and roll

Some thought it was a fad, thought it would pass
But the younger generation knew it would last
Time's gone by, the beat goes on
But every time I hear it Lord it takes me home

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
Every day when I got home I turned on my radio

Mother played recordings of Beethoven's Fifth
Mozart's sonatas down the classical list
My papa loved to listen to his country songs
While I was in the back room rockin' on*

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
I was born to love the beat I was made for rock and roll

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
I was born to love the beat I was made for rock and roll
I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul

*Johnny Winter's version of this, the line is changed to "in the back room, diggin' the Stones". Not sure which line was in Mark James' original lyrics.
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