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Always On My Mind

Elvis Presley Lyrics Words & Music by Wayne Thompson / Mark James / Johnny Christopher Elvis Presley Lyrics

A common and popular mistake is to state that Elvis recording of Always On My Mind was a cover of an original Brenda Lee country hit. In fact, Always On My Mind was written for Elvis Presley by Mark James (Suspicious Minds) and it was recorded by Elvis in March 1972, before anyone else. It happens that RCA had already sheduled songs from '71 to be released as the first two singles during the first half of 1972, and then in the summer, it was Burning Love, from new batch of songs of the March session, the first one to came out, and so, Always On My Mind by Elvis, happened to be released until November '72, by then Brenda Lee, who recorded the song after Elvis, had released her version achieving a country hit with it but failing the Hot 100.

Maybe I didn't treat you
Quite as good as I should have
Maybe I didn't love you
Quite as often as I could have
Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn't died
Give me, give me one more chance
To keep you satisfied, satisfied

Maybe I didn't hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
And I guess I never told you
I'm so happy that you're mine
If I make you feel second best
Girl, I'm sorry I was blind

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn't died
Give me, give me one more chance
To keep you satisfied, satisfied

Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time
You were always on my mind
You are always on my mind
You are always on my mind

Recorded: 1972/03/29, first released on single

March 27, 1972 RCA Studio C - Hollywood, California

Separate Ways BPA3 1149-21
For The Good Times BPA3 1150-04
Where Do I Go from Here? BPA3 1151-08

March 22, after a good deal of effort, Felton Jarvis persuades Elvis to try the rocker -- Burning Love -- that he has gotten from his friend, Nashville publisher Bob Beckham. Both Felton and Beckham are convinced that songwriter Denis Linde's 'Burning Love' can be a big hit for Elvis.

The song reaches #2 on the Billboard and #1 on Cashbox charts.

March 28, 1972 RCA Studio C - Hollywood, California

Burning Love BPA3 1257-06
Fool BPA3 1258-02

March 29, 1972 RCA Studio C - Hollywood, California

Always On My Mind BPA3 1259-01
It's A Matter Of Time BPA3 1260-05

In April MGM films Elvis in a Hollywood recording studio, then films on and off stage during his 15-city concert tour, which is a big success. MGM will use the footage for another theatrically released documentary, Elvis on Tour a Golden Globe-winning American musical-documentary motion picture released by MGM in 1972. It was the thirty-third and final motion picture to star Elvis Presley, whose film career began in 1956.

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