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Clean Up Your Own Backyard

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(Davis and Strange)

Information:
On August 23, 1968, Elvis recorded Clean Up Your Own Backyard at United Recorders in Los Angeles. It was sung in his 1969 movie The Trouble With Girls (the single release reached #35 on the Hot 100 chart (for an eight-week stay), #74 on the country chart, and #37 on the Easy-Listening chart. On October 17, 1980, Felton Jarvis added a completely new instrumental track to Elvis’s vocal at Young’Un Sound in Nashville for the Guitar Man LP. Clean Up Your Own Backyard was composed by Billy Strange and Mac Davis.

Lyrics:

Back porch preacher preaching at me
Acting like he wrote the golden rules
Shaking his fist and speaching at me
Shouting from his soap box like a fool
Come Sunday morning he's lying in bed
With his eyes all red, with the wine in his head
Wishing he was dead when he oughta be
Heading for Sunday school

1. Clean up your own backyard
Oh, don't you hand me none of your lines
Clean up your own backyard
You tend to your business, I’ll tend to mine

Drugstore cowboy criticizing
Acting like he's better than you and me
Standing on the sidewalk supervising
Telling everybody how they ought to be
Come closing time 'most every night
He locks up tight and out go the lights
And he ducks out of sight and he cheats on his wife
With his employee

1. (repeat)


Armchair quarterback's always moanin'
Second guessing people all day long
Pushing, fooling and hanging on in
Always messing where they don't belong
When you get right down to the nitty-gritty
Isn't it a pity that in this big city
Not a one a'little bitty man'll admit
He could have been a little bit wrong

1. (repeat)


Clean up your own backyard
You tend to your business, I’ll tend to mine

 

Where it was released:
Released for the first time on single »
 
Singles:
- Clean Up Your Own Backyard / The Fair Is Moving On (RCA 47-9747) June 1969. Standard release »
- Clean Up Your Own Backyard / The Fair Is Moving On (RCA 447-0672) December 1970. Gold series reissue.
 
LPs/CDs:

- Almost In Love (1970) »
– Guitar Man (1981) »

- Command Performances – The Essential 60’s Masters II (1995)

- Double Features: Live a Little Love a Little / Charro / The Trouble With Girls / Change of Habit (1995)

- Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 5 (1997)

- Can’t Help Falling in Love (1999)

- Too Much Monkey Business (2000) - FTD »

- Blues (2000)

- Can’t Help Falling In Love – The Hollywood Hits (2003)

– The Last Movies (2017) - FTD »

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