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Early Mornin' Rain
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(Lightfoot)

Information:
Early Morning Rain was written by Gordon Lightfoot and first recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1965 (Warner Bros. 5659). Their recording went to #91 on Billboards Hot 100 chart and #13 on the Easy Listening chart. The next year, George Hamilton IV took his version of Early Morning Rain (RCA 47-8924) to #9 on the Country chart. Also in 1966, Chad and Jeremy had a release of the song (Columbia 43490).

Elvis first recorded Early Mornin' Rain at RCAs Nashville Studios on March 15, 1971. It was one of the tracks on the Elvis Now album. After the worldwide telecast of Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii on January 14, 1973, Elvis again recorded the song, this time for inclusion in the expanded U.S. edition of the TV special that aired on NBC-TV on April 4, 1973. That version appeared on the Mahalo From Elvis LP. Early Mornin' Rain was also sung in the 1977 CBS TV special, Elvis In Concert.

 

Lyrics:

 

In the early mornin' rain
With a dollar in my hand
And an aching in my heart
And my pockets full of sand
I'm a long ways from home
And I miss my loved one so
In the early mornin' rain
With no place to go

Out on runway number nine
Big 707 set to go
Well Im out here on the grass
Where the pavement never grows
Where the liquor tasted good
And the women all were fast
There she goes my friend
She's rolling out at last

Hear the mighty engines roar
See the silver wing on high
She's away and westward bound
For above the clouds she flies
Where the mornin' rain don't fall
And the sun always shines
She'll be flying over my home
In about three hours time

This ol' airports got me down
It's no earthly good to me
'Cause Im stuck here on the ground
Cold and drunk as I might be
Can't jump a jet plane
Like you can a freight train
So I best be on my way
In the early mornin' rain
So I best be on my way
In the early mornin' rain
So I best be on my way
In the early mornin' rain

 

Where it was released:
Released for the first time on the album Elvis Now 
 
LPs/CDs:
- Elvis Now (1972)

- Elvis In Concert (1977)

- Mahalo From Elvis (1978)

Elvis - A Canadian Tribute (1978)
Pickwick Pack (1978)

- The Greatest Show on Earth (1978)

- Country Memories (1978)

- More Romantics (1997)

- A Canadian Tribute (1999)

- Tucson '76 (2000) - FTD

- Country Collection (2001) Time Life

- Its Midnight (2001) FTD

- New Years Eve (2003) FTD

- Rockin' Across Texas (2005) - FTD

- I Sing All Kinds (2007) - FTD

- New Haven '76 (2009) - FTD

- Rockin' Across Texas (2009) - FTD

- A Minnesota Moment (2010) - FTD

- Elvis Now (2010) - FTD

- Showtime! Birmingham/Dallas '76 (2010) - FTD

- Elvis (Fool) (2010) - FTD

- Chicago Stadium (2010) - FTD

Amarillo '77 (2011) - FTD

- Elvis in West Texas (2015) - FTD

Elvis in Alabama (2015) - FTD
Spirit of Jackson, MS (2016) - FTD

The Bicentennial Show (2017) - FTD


Bootleg Releases:

- Elvis Presley Is Alive and Well and Singing in Las Vegas, Volume 1 (1975) - sem etiqueta

- The Vegas Years, 1972-1975 (1976) - TAKRL

- The Last Farewell (1977) - E. P. Records

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