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Patch It Up

4.0 / 5

Words & Music: Eddie Rabbit Rory Bourke

We've got to patch it up baby
Before we fall apart at the seams
We've got to patch it up baby
In the time we travel in our dreams
Let's go back and test it again
One more ride is all I ask
Get that feelin', that old feelin', it is here

We can patch it up baby,
We can patch it up baby,
We can patch it up baby,
Patch it up with all our dreams
We can patch it up baby,
Sweep out all the trouble of our heart
We've got to patch it up baby,
Before our difference pulls us apart

Let's go where the good luck lies
Let us give it one more try
Do you feel it? That old feelin'?
Do you feel it?

Recordingdate: 1970/06/08, first released on: single (album)


Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Patch It Up:



(french horn)

*Orchestra, overdubs


Find available albums with Patch It Up.

Lex wrote on June 05, 2008
Very catchy uptempo blues, I can hear it time after time after
JerryNodak wrote on October 30, 2008
It's not one of my all time faves. I don't care for the "live" version, but I do enjoy the single version. Especcially the single mix on TTWII (FTD).
Steve V wrote on October 30, 2008
Love this song. Why in the world wasnt this an A side to promote the movie? So much hipper & original for 1970 than You Dont Have to Say You Love Me. Another career blunder and another great tune from Eddie Rabbitt.
JimmyCool wrote on October 30, 2008
It's an okay song... I could have been a hit, but there's something missing on it, I don't know what. Maybe the bad overdubbs...
Ruthie wrote on October 30, 2008
Pretty ho hum & extremely repetitive - not much substance - but Elvis rocks it just the same.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on October 30, 2008
One of my fav's,Love that crazy ending,ching chong whatever lol
GEORGE (GK) wrote on October 30, 2008
I Love the studio version of this song. (The version, which appeared, on the "flip side" of the single "You don't have to say you love me"). I love the "scatting and Growls" at the end of the song especially. I always felt the studio version, wasn't mixed well, but its a great performance! The Live Version is good, but its more of a visual performance.
shoesuedeblues wrote on May 31, 2010
Banal lyrics, the song was saved by the melody such as it is and the excellent production and orchestration.
old shep wrote on May 31, 2010
A song that was overshadowed by it's A side which had a similar heavy orchestration and was already a well known song. An unusual song from Eddie Rabbitt too as he was mainly known for country type numbers. I can't really make my mind up on this one.
Marty_TCE wrote on May 31, 2010
Elvis at his rockin' best - Elvis in the 70s does not get any better. Awesome material.
Deano1 wrote on May 31, 2010
By far my least favorite song on the LP "That's The Way It Is" (my favorite LP). It isn't bad, but it is repetitive and not overly interesting. Watching him perform it live in Vegas is impressive, but it loses something on record. I like the live version on the album, better than the studio single version. The odd sounds he makes at the end of the song are annoying and he tries to be funky, but in the end, the track is boring.
1 BILLION SOLD wrote on June 01, 2010
I've always liked it simply because it kind of broke the 1970-71 mold of contemporary "love " songs Elvis was doing so well. Love to watch him perform it also. But correct me if Im wrong, I think Elvis sang quite a few different lyrics than what is printed here, like... in the first verse, "In the time we travel in our dreams"? HUH? didnt El say "We cant let time unravel our dreams"?...then "Let's go back and touch the past, One more night is all I ask, Get that feelin, that old feelin', feel it healin". Even in the 2nd verse, Patch it up with our dreams, again-huh? Im sure it was, "Patch it up, with a whole lotta love", then "Sweep out all the cobwebs of our heart,---"Before indifference pulls us apart"--3rd verse, "Can you feel it? That old feelin'? Feel it healin?" Am I bein too picky or am I just wrong on the lyrics? But if thhse are the ACTUAL words, Elvis was a better song writer than he gives himself credit, for his version is far better, (providin Im correct, that is).
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on September 09, 2010
Good song.
dgirl wrote on September 09, 2010
Good song. Should have been a future A-side. Not quite in the same league as Suspicious Minds, but along the same idea, lengthy rocker with prolonged ending. I think a major hit was missed here.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on September 01, 2011
This should have been a "A" side single. I love the "Studio version"! Love the long "Growling-scatting ending. I wish RCA could remix this and make it sound a bit cleaner in the mix.
greggers wrote on February 21, 2012
Same as with "I've Lost You", I got used to the "live" version of "Patch It Up" on the That's The Way It Is album, before I finally heard the studio single version. Partially because of that, I prefer the studio version, but also because it has a fatter, fuller sound, and the live version sounds repetitious after a while, in comparison. The "scatting" towards the end always gets me, too. He seemed to get into that a lot starting with these 1970 sessions. In both versions, though, Elvis stretches his voice out nicely in the chorus, and is fully engaged with the song, obviously getting into it.
ElvisSacramento wrote on October 28, 2012
This is such a marvelous, exciting, catchy, groovy, energetic, electrifying and unique song and Elvis' renditions of it are all fabulous. This song is so much fun to dance along to as well. This is one of three songs that Elvis recorded that was written by Eddie Rabbitt.
Gorse wrote on December 13, 2012
Great rocking song that was part of a double sided hit with You Don't Have To Say You Love Me. Great visual impact in the film TTWII and transfers well to audio with a shorter version. Never tire of hearing this one, which is up there as one of the best Elvis up tempo numbers from the 70's.
Natha wrote on March 15, 2013
Both live and as a single this song is a great rocker of the seventies. Live it has that spunk that made the ELVIS show what it used to be: exiting and thrilling, full of drive and fun, his movements like his laughter: contagious. The repetitiveness fits the exitement of a live show, though on record it may loose some of its drive like Suspicious Minds and Polk Salad Annie. One of my favorites of the seventies.For me the A side of the single.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on March 15, 2013
The studio version of this song is a gem, that could easily "shine" again ! I say, Take the original vocals, (from the "b" sided single with Elvis scatting & growling at the end) and overdub it, with stronger-cleaner music overdubs, similiar to "Rubberneckin" and "A Little Less Conversation", and this song could be a "huge hit" for Elvis and RCA Records, that could be featured on a new CD album and also featured in a new movie, or TV commerical, etc, for some exposure. And, RCA and Warners (who owns the rights to the film,"Elvis-Thats the way it is") could take Elvis' live version of the song, (used in the film) and dub in the studio mix, into a new video presentation. Of note: "Rubberneckin" was once a "b" side, and when remixed, overdubbed and remastered, became a huge hit again !
sugartummy wrote on April 20, 2013
The best version is alternate take 9 on A hundred years from now. It has almost no backing vocals and has a strong band-backing. I give the live version only 2 stars (it goes on to long), but the studio version 4, so 3 stars overall.
jaques marcello wrote on September 01, 2015
Patch it up it's the best . It is my favorite version
Cruiser621 wrote on May 16, 2017
This has to be the worst song he ever did in the 1970's. Real difficult words to remember and just plain boring.
atomic powered poste wrote on April 29, 2018
The studio/single-version is a little stiff, expecially compared with the live/album version. The energy and generel musical quality of the album-version rescued the relatively unappealing composition. The weakest song on the ttwii lp. Still worth 3 stars imo,
Cruiser621 wrote on June 24, 2018
I was watching my DVD "That's The Way It Was" last night on my TV and this was one of the repetitious lyric songs he seemed to veer towards for obvious reasons; easy to remember and sing live. Pure crap this tune is for certain. Funny, he was having problems remembering the lyrics to "I Just Can't Help Believing" the opposite extreme. I find it interesting as he was in his 30's when this movie was made.
Miknik7077 wrote on September 18, 2020
The weakest of the tracks on the TTWII album. However the live performance is great. The song is just a little too repetitive for my taste.
DerekH wrote on July 15, 2022
Elvis in top form, good uptempo recording, 4 stars
KRLA Top Eliminator wrote on January 03, 2023
My least favorite cut from That's the Way It Is due to its repetitive nature, but I never skip it whenever listening to the LP in full. Three stars tops.
Milky White Way wrote on January 03, 2023
A good rocker and tend to lean towards the studio version. I couldn’t listen to too many takes in a row as it’s repetitive. I much prefer it than You don’t have to say you love me and should have been the A side.
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