♫ Suspicious Minds ♫

I’ve often said that I’m not a huge fan of Elvis Presley, but then I note that I’ve played a few of his songs here, and there are still others that I like.  I respect and admire his talent, so I’m not sure what put me off about him.  My all-time favourite of his is In the Ghetto, but I played that not to long ago, so tonight I’ll opt for Suspicious Minds.  Typically, when I can find a live version with quality sound, I prefer that.  I was going to play the one of him singing this live in Las Vegas, but there were some parts that I felt were … inappropriate.

Released in 1969, this was the last #1 hit for Elvis during his lifetime. A remixed version of A Little Less Conversation hit #1 in the UK in 2002.

Memphis singer Mark James wrote this. He recorded and released his own version, but it didn’t go anywhere. Memphis Soul producer Chips Moman brought this to Presley in 1969, and Elvis immediately fell in love with it and decided he could turn it into a hit, even though it had flopped for James.  This was a big comeback song for Elvis. It had been seven years since his last #1 hit.  It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, twenty-two years after Elvis’ death.

In the UK, Elvis had a hit with this song three times. First in 1969 when it was originally released, then in 2001 when a live version recorded at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, in August 1970 was issued and went to #15, then in 2007 when it was re-issued to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death, going to #11.

Suspicious Minds
Elvis Presley

We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much, baby

Why can’t you see
What you’re doing to me
When you don’t believe a word I say?

We can’t go on together
With suspicious minds (suspicious minds)
And we can’t build our dreams
On suspicious minds

So, if an old friend I know
Stops by to say hello
Would I still see suspicion in your eyes?

Here we go again
Asking where I’ve been
You can’t see the tears are real
I’m crying (Yes, I’m crying)

We can’t go on together
With suspicious minds (suspicious minds)
And we can’t build our dreams
On suspicious minds

Oh, let our love survive
Or dry the tears from your eyes
Let’s don’t let a good thing die
When, honey, you know
I’ve never lied to you
Mmm, yeah, yeah

We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much, baby

Why can’t you see
What you’re doing to me
When you don’t believe a word I say?

Don’t you know I’m caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much, baby

Don’t you know I’m caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much, baby

Don’t you know I’m caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby

Don’t you know I’m caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much, baby

Don’t you know I’m caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much, baby

Don’t you know I’m caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much, baby

Songwriters: Mark James, nee Francis Zambon
Suspicious Minds lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

27 thoughts on “♫ Suspicious Minds ♫

  1. Ever see that Harvey Keitel movie where he plays an Elvis impersonator who claims/believes he’s really Elvis? He finally performs and knocks Suspicious Minds out of the ballpark. It’s a great song.

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  2. As I said when “The King” was featured the last time, I was not a huge fan except for a few songs. Should one enter the guest room, that would not be believed…Elvis has not left the building. All of the Elvis memorabilia obtained for and by my youngest daughter still resides there and it is questionable if it will ever join her again. I could probably take a nice vacation should I sell even some of the items. Anyway, I do like this song too. I do have a warm spot for the song “Return to Sender” from his silly 1962 movie “Girl! Girls! Girls!” There is a story that goes with the song, but I’m tired and my arthritic fingers are aching. I spent hours restoring order because of that Easter Bunny…just like a man, makes a mess then hops away. Truth be told, it would not have required so much time taking apart the baskets and packing them away were I not so obsessive-compulsive about it. The Easter decor takes even longer, but that will stay in place for at least another week. I love decorating and would do it even if I were all alone. My sweet Benjamin told me last week : “Gem, I love your decorations. You are the bestest decorator I know!” I was all puffed up with pride and then he added : “Gem, you’re the only decorator I know.” I’ll leave you with an Elvis quote that is on a plaque on the wall of his room : “You only pass through this life once, you don’t come back for an encore.” Thank-you!

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  3. We seem to like the same two Elvis songs. I had no time for his hip shaking days and the early songs except Wooden Heart. IMO America had a better voice with P.J.Proby and Motown was much better for music and words..
    Cwtch

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    • We share a love for many songs, diverging only occasionally. I also like Kentucky Rain, but I think I’ve played that one before also. You already know I agree with you on Motown … it set the bar higher than many could ever hope to reach. P.J. Proby wasn’t as popular here, so I’m not as familiar with his music, but I like what I’ve heard.
      Cwtch

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  4. It’s not a good thing if either party is suspicious, or jealous. Having one person still believing it is good when it is not is a situation I have never understood. A,nd while I can sing along with this song, I have never liked it. It is like being in denial.
    But that is me. If anyone can find happiness in such a situation, that is up to them.

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  5. LOVE : TEDDY BEAR, JAILHOUSE ROCK, HOUND DOG, LOVE ME TENDER, ALL SHOOK UP, DON’T BE CRUEL…early ELVIS! But, this song is not one of my favorites. 😏
    Was not a fan, in his later years!
    Hope you’re having a good day! Thanks for the memories! 💙

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