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Where Did They Go, Lord?

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Dallas Frazier, Arthur Leo "Doodle" Owens

Recorded: September 22, 1970, Hollywood
Released master is take 6.

Single:w/ "Rags To Riches", 47-9980, February 23, 1971
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0680, October 25, 1971

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#18 on Billboard's Easy-Listening chart
#33 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart
#34 on Cash Box's Top 100 Chart
#55 on Billboard's Country chart

1st LP release: He Walks Beside Me - April 1978
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My Spin

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When I first played this song, the middle section took me by surprise. Up to that point, it's just a typical Elvis early '70s gentle ballad, then that line comes in ("You know sometimes I wish...") and you're reminded that this is the flip side to "Rags To Riches". Oh yeah, it's that same Elvis that likes to belt it out once in a while. It was around this time that Elvis was doing some great stuff with smart country material, and he sinks his teeth into this one quite nicely!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Where Did They Go, Lord?" has a sombre opening to its dark, prayerful character, abetted by sudden flashes from the guitar.

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

Ballad of lost love belted out powerfully, with the Imperials and Jordanaires.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Where Did They Go, Lord?" Lyrics and Downloads

The words of her promise, the flame of her faith
The love that would never drift away
Where did they go Lord, where did they go

You know somehow forever slipped out of my hands
And my dreams ran away with the wind
Where did they go Lord, where did they go

You know sometimes I wish I had lost her to another
Well but Lord she just walked off all alone
The heart that's within me is not bitter, is just empty
And bewildered because her love is gone

The passion I trusted, the truth that I leaned on
And the hope that would forever keep me strong
I cry out my questions, oh, the answers are all gone
Where did they go Lord, tell me where did they go
Where did they go Lord, tell me where did they go

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