Mary in the Morning

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Words & Music: Cymbal/ Rashkow
Nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the morning
When through the sleepy haze I see her lying there
Soft as the rain that falls on summerflowers
Warm as the sunlight shining on her head

When I awake and see her there so close beside me
I want to take her in my arms,
The ache is there so deep inside me

Nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the morning
Chasing the rainbow in her dreams so far away
And when she turns to touch me I kiss her fingers so softly
And then my Mary wake to love and love again

And Mary's there in summer days or stormy weather
She doesn't care how right or wrong the love we share,
We share together

Nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the evening
Kissed by the shade of night and starlight in her hair
And as we walk, I hold her close beside me
All our tomorrows for a lifetime we will share
Recorded: 1970/06/05, first released on That's the Way It Is


Miknik7077 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 23, 2020report abuse
Maybe his best ballad of the 70's. Just absolutely beautiful and brilliant. Lisa Marie would say this was her favorite song by her dad. Can't argue.
Milky White Way (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 14, 2019report abuse
The talking towards the end of the song, I have been fascinated with why this was allowed or skipped the ears of Felton. However this is a classic track and I love it so much. Do ballads get better than this?
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 13, 2019report abuse
Great song expertly rendered by Elvis. 5 stars.
MusicHeartNSoul (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 1, 2016report abuse
Just listening to different versions on YouTube and Elvis sings this song with some different lyrics. Of course his lyrics are best!
MusicHeartNSoul (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 1, 2016report abuse
Absolutely stunning. Elvis sings it like only he could. I love it. I can't get enough of Elvis singing this song. All I have to do is insert my name for "Mary" and Elvis is singing to me. Definitely 5 plus stars.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2016report abuse
Also from one of my favorite LP. And one of my favorite song of this album. I like everything on it, the voice, harmonica etc. 5 stars period
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2016report abuse
Not one of my favorites from my favorite Elvis LP, but still a nicely rendered ballad worthy of 3.5 to 4 stars. This song would have been a highlight on the "Love Letters From Elvis" LP, but on TTWII it is maybe the 10th or 11th best track.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2016report abuse
This is surely one of the most beautiful ballads that I've ever heard and Elvis' rendition of this song is the greatest rendition of it that I've ever heard. Elvis should have sung it at some of his 1970's concerts too. This song really should have been a hit for Elvis, but it sadly wasn't.
jwedwards835 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 9, 2014report abuse
One of the most beautiful ballads in history! I give it the same amount of stars that are in the heavens.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 9, 2014report abuse
Elvis was in great voice during the june 1970 sessions. Mary In The Morning is such a beautiful ballad and Elvis does a wonderful rendition of the song. Among other outstanding ballads he did back then is Funny How Time Slips Away, Just Pretend, I Reallly Don't Want To Know, Make The World Go Away, Tomorrow Never Comes and I've Lost You. What a feel!
shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 20, 2014report abuse
One of the most breathtakingly beautiful ballads Elvis ever did. Really could have been a hit on its own.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2013report abuse
Charlie McCoy's harmonica is brilliant as ever. Sometimes the authors are listed as Cymbal/Lendell. A great song, done wonderfully.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2012report abuse
Yes a beautiful song, performed to perfection and given many a repeated spin by me.
SuziB (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 10, 2012report abuse
A beautiful song, stunningly performed and then ruined by criminal overdubbing shattering the mood of the song.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 1, 2010report abuse
I heard this song playing in the street whilst walking down EP Boulevard in 2001 and everytime I have heard it since I remember the amazing feeling of being close to Elvis and Graceland. It is a very beautiful song and I love it to bits.
Bob W. (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2009report abuse
One star. Never a big fan of this song, way too boring for me.
ThomasM (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2008report abuse
I've always loved this one, especially the studio version, but it contains a little mystery, and that is that you can hear somebody talking in the background at the end of the song. Actually, I think it's two persons carrying out a conversation.

You have to listen closely with headphones on to catch this, it starts about 3 minutes and 30 seconds into the song, right where Elvis sings, "And as we walk, I hold her close beside me." It's impossible to discern what they are talking about, but it's definitely male voices.

Now, what on earth is going on? My guess is this originates from the overdub session some two weeks later, as I can't hear it on the undubbed version released on the bootleg "Rough Cut Diamonds Vol 2."

But if it's the microphone picking up some musicians not participating in the overdub (according to Joe Tunzi's Elvis Sessions III 23 musicians were in attendance) or if it's producer Felton Jarvis chatting with engineer Al Pachucki, who can tell?
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2008report abuse
This is just one of countless occasions showing that when Elvis was at his best he was the greatest performer ever.
dressingroomrehearsa (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2008report abuse
my favourite is the rehearsal version at Vegas in the original version of ttwii
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2008report abuse
Very good song. Elvis should have sung that song during his Live concerts..too bad it did not happened..I never skip this song when I listen to a CD with Mary In The Morning on it !
AlStrada (profilecontact) wrote on May 14, 2008report abuse
Really, really beautifull, one of the best
vegaselvisfan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 30, 2008report abuse
One of my all time favorites. TTWII is on my top list of albums, and this song is a top romantic ballad. The musical arrangement is all around beautiful, too. A lovely, lovely version of the song done by Al Martino.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2008report abuse
A ballad like a ballad should be, tender as the best steak.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2008report abuse
A fantastic song in which Elvis puts so much more than just the words. A lovely way to describe ones feeling. I use this song regularly at home to please my wife and it really works! The impact of the song is incredible.
ElvisDayByDay (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2008report abuse
A great song, performed by Elvis with the emotion this songs needs.
jb4elvis (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2008report abuse
IMHO, This is an amazing recording. Elvis' voice is terrific and he is convincing in his presentaton of this song! The mixing is done well to the point of being a beautiful product. Personally, I could listen to this song all day! It's too bad Elvis did perform this one live.
Dan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2008report abuse
I remember sometime on the early 80's, and my mother was driving my car. I had this cassette inside. When she go back, she sadi "I didn't know Elvis sang such beautiful songs!" Always a favorite. Goes to show Elvis had a wide range of emotions when singing...
miked (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2008report abuse
I absolutely love this song, well song with appropriate emotion. the fact I was going out with a girl called Mary at the time helps I suppose...ahh. one of my all time faves, one of many from the TTWII album
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2008report abuse
one of the most beautiful ballads Elvis ever sung. And the studio version is, for me, the best.
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2008report abuse
This song is simply beautiful
That's what happen when Elvis sings ballads
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2008report abuse
No I like the studio version best, it hasn´t get the credit it deserves. To me Elvis was always at his best with ballads. I don´t care that Elvis is the King of Rock, why isn´t he ever called the king of ballads. Of course, Sinatra had some good ballads, but he is not as good ballad singer as Elvis
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2008report abuse
I don't understand this song, sometimes I like it and sometimes I don't. It depends of the mood... sometiems I think it's boring. But I really like Elvis' morning voice. He sounds as he just woke up ;)
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 29, 2008report abuse
Nice melody...but I prefer the rehearsal version we hear in TTWII over the studio one !
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 20, 2008report abuse
A good song,from a good album

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