About the song

Absolutely, let’s delve into the world of the King and a lesser-known gem in his vast catalog: Elvis Presley’s 1976 rendition of “And I Love You So.”

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While Elvis’ career is synonymous with electrifying rock and roll anthems and smooth, soulful ballads, this particular song offers a glimpse into a different facet of the artist. Recorded in 1975, “And I Love You So” wasn’t released until the following year on the compilation album “Today.” Interestingly, the song wasn’t originally an Elvis Presley creation. It was written and first performed by folk singer Don McLean in 1970, finding a place on his debut album “Tapestry.”

McLean’s version leans towards a introspective folk ballad style, with his signature raspy vocals conveying a sense of vulnerability and quiet devotion. However, when Elvis Presley took hold of the song, a fascinating transformation occurred.

The arrangement for Elvis’ “And I Love You So” retains a touch of the folk-inspired tenderness, but it’s undeniably infused with the unmistakable Elvis touch. The gentle strumming of acoustic guitars sets the stage, but subtle elements like a gospel-tinged piano and a melancholic backing choir add a layer of depth and emotional resonance.

Of course, the centerpiece of the song is Elvis Presley’s own vocal delivery. Here, we witness the King in a more contemplative mood. The raw energy and electrifying power that defined his early hits are replaced by a nuanced and heartfelt performance. There’s a palpable sincerity in his voice, a vulnerability that resonates with the song’s message of enduring love and newfound happiness.

“And I Love You So” showcases a more mature Elvis Presley, one who has experienced the highs and lows of fame and love. The song speaks of a love that has brought light into a previously lonely existence. The lyrics, “And yes I know how lonely life can be / The shadows follow me / And the night won’t set me free / But I don’t let the evening bring me down / Now that you’re around me,” are delivered with a quiet intensity that speaks volumes about the transformative power of love.

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This 1976 rendition stands as a testament to Elvis Presley’s enduring versatility. While his rock and roll legacy remains undeniable, “And I Love You So” offers a glimpse into a more introspective side of the King, one that resonates with a timeless message of love and devotion. It’s a song that deserves a place alongside his greatest hits, a hidden treasure for fans and a fascinating exploration for those seeking to understand the full range of this iconic artist’s musical genius.

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Lyrics

“And I Love You So”

And I love you so,
The people ask me how,
How I’ve lived till now
I tell them I don’t know

I guess they understand
How lonely life has been
But life began again
The day you took my hand

And yes I know how lonely life can be
Shadows follow me
The night won’t set me free
But I don’t let the evening get me down
Now that you’re around me

And you love me too
Your thoughts are just for me
You set my spirit free
I’m happy that you do

The book of life is brief
Once the page is read
All but love is dead
This is my believe