Words & Music by Joy Byers
This proud wild land where the wind blows free
Has always been a part of me
It's in my blood, I just can't get it out
For a hundred miles a man can see
And be about as wild as he wants to be
If he feels like shouting all he's gotta do is shout
Where the purple mountains reach up high
And look like they're gonna touch the sky
Where the canyon walls have stood for a million years
Where the days are hot, the nights are cold
The desert sand looks just like gold
These trails were carved in sweat and blood and tears
Where the painted desert as you pass by
Looks like a rainbow in the sky
The cactus blooms in the early morning sun
Where the nightwings sing and eagles fly
The clouds paint pictures in the sky
The coyotes howl tells you when the day is done
I'm coming home, this time I'm gonna stay
I'm coming home and I ain't never goin' away
My feet are itching to get back home
I've had the desert fever since I've been gone
I need some loving so bad that I can't see
When a woman looks a man in the eye
You know it takes a man to satisfy
Thinking about them girls is killing me
I'm going home, going home
Going home, I'm going home
Going home, going home
Recorded: 1968/01/15, first released on Speedway
January 15, 1968 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee
Too Much Monkey Business WPA4 1800-12
Going Home WPA1 1001-30
January 16, 1968 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee
Stay Away WPA1 1002-15
January 17, 1968 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee
U.S. Male WPA4 1807-12
|Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley|
|Elvis on Plane From Hawaii - June 2|
February 1, 1968, Priscilla gives birth to Lisa Marie Presley nine months to the day after her marriage to Elvis. It is a time of great happiness. The King's little Princess, who was often called Injun, Yisa, or Buttonhead by her father, was treated to a life of luxury at the 14-acre estate known as Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
March 7, 1968 Western Recorders - Hollywood, California
March 11, 1968 Western Recorders - Hollywood, California
Almost In Love (Vocal Overdub) WPA1 5766-03
April 4, Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, an event which Elvis takes just as hard as John F. kennedy's assassination five years earlier - but more personally because it happened in his hometown.
Dr. Kings 'I Have A Dream' speech is one of Elvis' favourite rhetorical pieces, something he recites often over the years.
April 6, Elvis and Priscilla go to Las Vegas where they catch Tom Jones' midnight show at the Flamingo.
May 1, Elvis and Priscilla's 1st wedding anniversary.
June 2, Elvis, Priscilla and their party return to Los Angeles.
After all the passengers were seated Elvis and his party were secretly seated in the first class cabin. In the coach section of the plane was a singing group called The Young Americans who were returning from entertaining the troops in Vietnam. Apparently drawn by the impromptu harmonizing of the group, Elvis suddenly stepped through the curtain from first class with a cigar between his fingers and a drink in his hand.
The shocked passengers and the young singers quickly gathered and requested autographs. Someone obviously took some photographs!
June 3, Elvis looking tanned and fit, reports to the Binder-Howe offices on Sunset for the start of two weeks of informal rehearsals for the '68 Special.
June 6, Robert Kennedy dies after being shot in Los Angeles.
Elvis' heartfelt reaction to yet another assassination impels Steve Binder to ask songwriter Earl Brown to compose a closing number for the '68 Comeback Special that will capture something of Elvis sentiments.
June 17, Elvis reports to rehearsals at the NBC Studios in California.