About the song

Ah, yes, Elvis Presley’s “Young Dreams” (1954). Now that’s a song that takes us back to a simpler time, wouldn’t you agree? While 1954 might not technically be the year of its release (it actually appeared in the 1958 film “King Creole”), it certainly captures the essence of that mid-century American spirit.

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Elvis, even before he became the King of Rock and Roll, possessed a unique vocal quality. Here, in “Young Dreams”, we see a different side of him – the balladeer. His voice takes on a smooth, velvety texture, caressing the melody with a sincerity that transcends generations.

The song itself is a quiet reverie, a tender exploration of youthful aspirations. The opening chords, a gentle strum on the acoustic guitar, set the tone for a journey into the heart and mind of a young man with the world at his feet. The orchestral arrangement, subtle and understated, complements Elvis’s croon, creating a soundscape that’s both intimate and nostalgic.

“Young Dreams” wasn’t one of Elvis’s chart-topping hits, but its cultural significance lies in its universality. The lyrics, penned by Martin Kalmanoff and Mort Shuman, paint a picture of youthful optimism that resonates with anyone who’s ever dared to dream. Lines like “Stars in my eyes, a song in my heart / Building castles just for a start” capture the innocence and boundless hope that defines those early years.

This ballad also showcases Elvis’s versatility as an artist. While he’s often celebrated for his electrifying rock numbers that sent shivers down teenagers’ spines, “Young Dreams” proves his ability to deliver a heartfelt performance that tugs at the heartstrings.

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It’s important to note that “Young Dreams” appeared in the film “King Creole,” a musical drama that marked a turning point in Elvis’s career. Up until then, he had been seen primarily as a rockabilly phenomenon, a rebel with a touch of the blues. However, “King Creole” presented him with a more nuanced role, allowing him to showcase his acting chops alongside his musical talent.

“Young Dreams” stands as a poignant reminder of a bygone era, a time when dreams seemed limitless and the future stretched out like an open road. It’s a song that evokes feelings of nostalgia, reminding us of our own youthful aspirations and the bittersweet beauty of growing up. So, put on your best vintage threads, dim the lights, and let Elvis serenade you with this timeless ballad.

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Lyrics

“Young Dreams”
(from “King Creole” soundtrack)

(Young dreams of love, young dreams of love)
Young dreams (Young dreams, young dreams)
My heart is filled with young dreams (dreams)
And I’m longing to
Share them all with you

In my eyes, (my eyes, my eyes)
Oh can’t you see in my eyes (in eyes)
That you’re the only one who
Can make my young dreams come true

I have young arms
That wanna hold you (hold you)
Hold you oh so tight
I have young lips (lips)
That want to kiss you (kiss you)
Kiss you morning noon and night
Take my hand (my hand my hand)
Oh darling take my hand (take hand)
And let me make you a part
Of all my young dreams of love

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I have young arms
That wanna hold you (hold you)
Hold you oh so tight
I have young lips (lips)
That want to kiss you (kiss you)
Kiss you morning noon and night
Take my hand (my hand my hand)
Oh darling take my hand (take hand)
And let me make you a part
Of all my young dreams of love
A part of all of my young dreams of love
(Young dreams of love, young dreams of love)