♫ 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

♫ Chances Are ♫

Released in 1957, this was Mathis’ first #1 hit single and was included on his compilation Johnny’s Greatest Hits, which is regarded as the original Greatest Hits album.  It was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998. The song reached No. 4 on Billboard‘s Best Sellers in Stores survey, along with its flip “The Twelfth of Never”, which was the song I actually intended to play tonight, but when I listened to it, it made me sad, so I opted for this one instead.

Chances Are
Johnny Mathis

Chances are ’cause I wear a silly grin
The moment you come into view
Chances are you think that I’m in love with you

Just because my composure sort of slips
The moment that your lips meet mine
Chances are you think my heart’s your Valentine

In the magic of moonlight when I sigh, hold me close, dear
Chances are you believe the stars that fill the skies are in my eyes

Guess you feel you’ll always be the one and only one for me
And if you think you could
Well, chances are your chances are awfully good

Chances are you believe the stars that fill the skies are in my eyes

Guess you feel you’ll always be the one and only one for me
And if you think you could
Well, chances are your chances are awfully good

The chances are your chances are awfully good

Songwriters: Al Stillman / Robert Allen
Chances Are lyrics © Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Inc.