A Thing Called Love

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Words & Music: Jerry Reed
Six foot six stood on the ground, weighted 235 pounds
But I saw that giant of a man brought down to his knees by love
He was the kind of man who would gamble on love
Look you in the eye and never back up
But I saw him crying like a little whipped pup because of love

Can't see it with your eyes, hold it in your hands
Like the rules that govern our land
Strong enough to rule the heart of every man, this thing called love

It can lift you up, it can put you down
Take your world and turn it all around
Ever since time nothing's ever been found stronger than love
Men like me they worry and doubt
Trouble their minds day in and day out
Too busy a livin' to worry about a thing called love

And then I see a mother's tenderness
As she holds her young close to her breast
Then I say thank God this world will win with the thing called love
Recorded: 1971/05/19, first released on He Touched Me


atomic powered poste (profilecontact) wrote on May 10, 2018report abuse
A 1:1 copy of the Imperials version. The only difference is, that elvis is trying to singing a second bass-part. That doesn't work out because the Imperials already had a bass-singer and elvis was a tenor, so in fact, his input is in fact nothing but dirturbing.

Overall: from the four versions i remember straight out of my head (reeds original, the imperials and cashs hit-version), this is by far the weakest and most unoriginal. 2 stars.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2016report abuse
A fine Jerry Reed song this. I like Elvis' arrangement of the song. It's as if he's more part of the group than upfront. I think that's the way he wanted it to sound. I really like Elvis' rendition of this song.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 28, 2016report abuse
Not one of my favorites, period. 6 foot 6, etc.
rai (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 13, 2015report abuse
A song that is made to fill up the tracks on the record I guess. A song I will not repeat or hear again but will not also skip as Elvis sounds good and commanding. He could've selected better songs but that's how it was then. 3 stars for the song!
trudygillenwater (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 12, 2015report abuse
Great message song! Elvis was one of a kind.
2kisses&3scarfs (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 2, 2013report abuse
Whenever I play this track from the CD, I always wind up singing it the rest of the day. I really like the different voices that can be heard on it.
Pieter (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 17, 2013report abuse
English isn't my first language but Elvis isn't singing some lines stated above.

I don't think he's singing about 'love' in the line “He was the kind of man who would gamble on love'. I don't hear him saying “Like the rules that govern our land”. And also the last line doesn't come close to what I hear.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2013report abuse
In my opinion, Elvis tries to mimmick Johnny Cash here with his low bass voice. He could do this, but Cash could not give an Elvis impression, even if he wanted to. Cash is a good country performer, but Elvis was allround.
Lou A (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 21, 2012report abuse
Interesting stereo effect on the vocals on the original record release of this song .
john804 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 20, 2012report abuse
1 zillion stars!
lsp2231 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 20, 2012report abuse
I like the flow of this song and Elvis' voice. Johnny Cash doesn't do it for me - not on this song or any other that both of them recorded. I also think that Cash is way overrated.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 20, 2012report abuse
I just listend to the Cash version and it is ok, but I really like Elvis voice better and in this case also the arrengement and Elvis´phrasing.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 8, 2012report abuse
Fantastic track which suited Elvis perfectly, and is one of my all time favourites. I really like the Johnny Cash version but Elvis still edges him out here. 5 stars all the way
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 29, 2012report abuse
Elvis blends in beautifully with the Imperials for an enjoyable, but lesser track from the LP "He Touched Me". The overall LP is a little uneven, but "He Touched Me", "Lead Me, Guide Me" and "Reach Out To Jesus" are among my favorite Elvis songs, sacred or secular.
NONE000000 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 28, 2012report abuse
Elvis would have hated me if I were producer on this! The first thing I would have done is send the Stamps, JD and any other background vocalist out of the room! I totally understand what Elvis was doing, going for, but big Gospel quartet singing (group singing) has never been what I turn to Elvis for. Still, I can appreciate the song and fun being had in it.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 28, 2012report abuse
Recording this song the way Elvis did was probably fulfilling a wish he had since child, in the sense he always wanted to be just a member of a Gospel Quartet. He did it and I like the result. Very much.
lsp2231 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 28, 2012report abuse
Not my favourite gospel song, but Elvis does it really well. I never liked Johnny Cash's version as much, but then I think Johnny Cash is overrated anyway.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 28, 2012report abuse
I've always liked this song and I've always enjoyed Elvis' rendition and arrangement of it.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 19, 2008report abuse
Real nice song...enjoyable arrangement !...The piano part is amazing !
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 18, 2008report abuse
No sorry, not my kind of song...don't like it...
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 18, 2008report abuse
Hands down.. Elvis does this song, much better than Johnny Cash and Jerry Reed.. And I am a Fan of all three, of these great artists.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 18, 2008report abuse
I love this song but you can hardly hear Elvis. He wanted to just be part of the group instead of leader this time.
ger (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 18, 2008report abuse
Johnny Cash done this song better than Elvis
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 18, 2008report abuse
I have enjoyed this song since the first time I heard it. Hearing this and many other songs on He Tocuhed Me, I can´t understand why that album is so overlooked, compared with his other gospel albums.
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 16, 2008report abuse
beautiful gospel about things in life that should be appreciated more. Heal the world!..

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