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Steadfast, Loyal and True

3.4 / 5

Words & Music: Jerry Leiber Mike Stoller

Farewell, Royal High School,
We'll remember you.
Dear alma mater,
We're steadfast, loyal, and true.

As we go onward
In the lives we lead.
Your light will guide us,
Your motto is our creed.

We will look back fondly
At your ivy walls,
Recalling precious moments
Within your hallowed halls.

Farewell, Royal High School,
We'll remember you.
Dear alma mater,
We're steadfast, loyal, and true.

Recordingdate: 1958/02/11, first released on: King Creole (album)


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Steve V wrote on October 10, 2010
OK the only real clunker in an otherwise stellar soundtrack album, but this one really did fit the scene in the movie unlike many that followed just to insert a song in a movie. Still , Elvis sounds great.
SatninTCB5 wrote on December 03, 2010
While one of the lesser songs on a brilliant soundtrack("King Creole"), it does fit the movie quite well and as usual Elvis sings it superbly. Still the very BeSt of ALL his soundtrack work. Viva ELvis!!
dgirl wrote on December 03, 2010
Its a nothing song, but I love the way he sings it especially in the film, acapella. Just compare this with any song from Clambake or other such nonsense film song from the mid 60's. A little thing called emotion is detected.
Great Dane wrote on December 03, 2010
I prefer "you don't know me" above this one.But it's a great soundtrack. 3 stars for the song 5 for the album.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on November 06, 2011
A short, good performance, by Elvis. "King Creole" a great movie and soundtrack. And because it was mentioned, I think, the "Clambake" soundtrack, had some "emotional moments" too ! Go back and listen to the songs "The Girl I never Loved" and "A house that has everything" and "You don't me" and a few others.
TCB1974 wrote on November 06, 2011
One of the weakest songs delivered by Leiber and Stoller. A song to fill up the movie and soundtrack, and that explains why we have here in 1958 a song that could easily have been written for Girl Happy. Two stars from me.
Marty_TCE wrote on November 06, 2011
It's hard to rate this song - in the movie it only comes about when Danny Fisher is asked to sing his school song. In honesty, you can hear the awkwarness in the delivery which is a credit to Elvis as it fits the scene incredibly well.
Natha wrote on November 06, 2011
This is indeed a song that only has its appeal in the movie. However, this one is such a natural setting as a credible part of the script in the movie (not just cooked up just to have a song) AND the way it is presented. It is Elvis just singing. No big fuzz with grand orchestra or big band atthe background. In the movie it is just fantastic. After I watched the movie it was and still is nice to listen to (visualizing the situational setting). It is of course nog one of the highlights of the fifties, but in that time span almost all he did was fantastic and fabulous and the rest at the least top.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on November 06, 2011
Correction. My post should read "You don't know me" as one of the song selections from "Clambake"
freedom101 wrote on November 06, 2011
Elvis could make anything sound great, even a school song.
Biffx wrote on August 04, 2012
Awful song and for certain the worst in the otherwise excellent King Creole soundtrack. This one i always skip with so much good to choose i see no reason to waste time on this drab number.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on August 04, 2012
Nowt stranger than folk that condem this song yet rate something from the rubbish that he recorded in the 60s films.
Rob Wanders wrote on August 04, 2012
for me the only bad song from the fifties from Elvis. (well... together with "Silent night" and "O little town of Bethlehem")
Deano1 wrote on August 04, 2012
This is not soundtrack filler! First of all, it is awfully short to be filling a movie or an LP, second, it was never included on the "King Creole" exetended plays. It was only included on the soundtrack LP that was released a full two months after the movie and I don't think one sale would have been missed or made based on its inclusion...It is what it is. A fitting (not filler) school anthem that is used very effectively in the movie. Is it a musical highlight of the movie, LP or 50's? No. Is it sincerely and nicely sung and an intergal part of the movie. Yes.
NONE000000 wrote on August 04, 2012
It an alma mater, a high school song. And as such, it is perfect! I live in New Orleans and, sadly, there is no Royal High School, but I pass by the school on Royal Street in the French Quarter that they used in the movie all the time and this short little song pops into my head frequently when I do. This is not a pop song, or a rock song, but I like it better than my own real high school alma mater. Elvis sings it perfectly too.
ElvisSacramento wrote on October 27, 2012
I've always admired this song immensely and it fits the movie "King Creole" perfectly.
sugartummy wrote on May 10, 2013
This song is a great opportunity to enjoy Elvis singing. In my head I always put a rockabilly arrangment on it. That works brilliantly to uplift this song.
Gorse wrote on September 10, 2013
It may be sung with a certain soul and emotion but it is out of place on the King Creole album. Bettered by dozens of 1960's film tracks and although it does have a certain charm, I seldom give it a spin. - 3 stars.
shoesuedeblues wrote on June 24, 2016
One of the two songs I pass on whenever I listen to the soundtrack, the other being Crawfish.He sings it well no doubt at all but the song doesn't do a thing for me.It does bring back a few memories though.
atomic powered poste wrote on November 07, 2019
It wasn't included on one of the two King Creole EPs, it shouldn't have been on the lp. Not totally unlistenable, but the album would have been better without this boring, stupid nonsense. 2 stars.
Cruiser621 wrote on March 05, 2020
5-stars from me. Fits within the context of the film and was written by Leiber & Stoller, need I say more. Also it's rather catchy... I'm singing it in my mind as I'm typing this.
Milky White Way wrote on June 12, 2021
I’ve always seen this song like Husky dusky day or On top of ol Smokey. They are situ songs and work well in the movie but they didn’t record it to be included in the soundtrack EP as not being commercially nor professionally viable. Someone felt Steadfast was worth recording so we have it on record. I don’t dislike it, but I don’t choose to play it.
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