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I'm Leavin'

Elvis Presley Lyrics Words & Music by Michael Jarrett / Sonny Charles Elvis Presley Lyrics

La la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la

Well I know, if I'd arrived in time to know you
You'd have taken the time to show me
I wouldn't be lonely

Where will I go, who will I have to lie beside me
Is it something that's inside me
I'm so lonely

Tried so hard each time, each time I just can't make it
Feelin' fast vibrations and I just can't take it
Living from day to day, chasing the dream
I'm, I'm leavin

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Tried so hard each time, each time I just can't make it
Feelin' fast vibrations and I just can't take it
Living from day to day, chasing the dream
I'm, I'm leavin

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I'm, I'm leavin
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Recorded: 1971/05/20, first released on single

I'm Leavin' is moody and restrained. Presley did not rely on his pipes to carry this song. Instead he depended on his artistic sensibilities to get the song's story across ... Presley and his group 'committed a good deal of hard, sustained effort' to I'm Leavin'. They were not rushing through this one. Between takes, Presley acknowledged his fondness for the song, saying, 'Phew man, it's tough, but the thing is worth working on'.

I'm Leavin' - The Lyrics

Michael Jarrett: I came out of the shower 10 minutes later with the first two verses and the la la hook, and played it for Sonny. He suggested I repeat the build up to the I'm leavin' part, in other words do it twice, ah ah ah ah, then again, ah ah ah ah...I'm leavin'. I felt that suggestion was the key to the build and gave the song its impact, and I gave Sonny half writers credit because of this idea he had. Then the bridge had to be written and Sonny and I started throwing out ideas, and he would say things to me and give me ideas where to take it, we brain stormed for a half hour or so when all of a sudden the words started coming out of me, and they were all about my experience with this girl in Portland again. The song was complete by the end of that day... Small as Sonny's contribution might seem to some, it was huge to me in the writing I'm Leavin'....

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January 16, 1971

Elvis attends a day of functions culminating in an evening awards banquet. He and nine others accept the honor of being named One of the Elvis Presley Photos Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (The Jaycees). He is nervous about his acceptance speech.

He is touched, excited and deeply proud. This national honor has been given each year since the late 1930's and recognizes young men who have made great achievements in their field of endeavor, illustrating the opportunities available in the free enterprise system. It also applauds humanitarianism and community service.

Scientists, inventors, performers, film makers, politicians bound for the Presidency, and men of greatness in all fields, have been selected for this award over the years.

For Elvis, a man who grew up poor, and, in his early career knew the sting of ridicule from the Establishment, who, through the years has known criticism of his work, this is one of his proudest moments. It is a sign that he has achieved acceptance, recognition, and respect for his work and for the kind of person he is.

Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Elvis' Speech, accepting the award Pop Up Window (00:51) - January 16, 1971

Above - In January 1971 Elvis was awarded as one of the ten most outstanding young men of America by the 'Jaycees'. Over the years in various printed articles and heard on record releases you could read or listen to Elvis' acceptance speech but.... did you know that it was edited?

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March 15, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

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May 15, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

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May 16, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

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May 17, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

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May 18, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

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May 19, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

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May 19, 1971 RCA Studio A - Nashville, Tennessee

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May 20, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

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May 21, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

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June 8, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

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June 9, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

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June 10, 1971 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

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