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"Separate Ways" was recorded after Elvis and Priscilla had separated but were not yet officially divorced. Although Red West originally wrote the lyrics based on his own marriage, he thought Elvis might want to record it, so changed the gender of the child in the last verse so it would apply to Lisa Marie. Despite the highly personal nature of the song and its origin, it doesn't really stand out among Elvis' sad '70s songs, and he would certainly go on to record a few of those. Many of his most touching ballads in his later years were almost certainly inspired by his separation from Priscilla, but this one, which was practically commissioned for the event, ironically isn't as effective. The flip side holds up much better!
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"Separate Ways" possibly reflects the state of Presley's marriage at this time, for he sings it with brooding sadness; but the arrangement is poor.
Red West's song about Elvis' separation from Priscilla in 1972 (of course, Elvis and Red would one day go their "separate ways" as well). Weak arrangement, syrupy lyrics, but Elvis survives the ordeal, bolstered by the obvious emotion.
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Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
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