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My Boy

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(François / Boutavre / Martin / Coulter)

 

Information:
My Boy was written by J. Claude François and Jean-Pierre Boutavre (English words by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter) and recorded by actor Richard Harris in 1971. His recording (Dunhill 4293) reached #41 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and #13 on the Easy-Listening chart.

 

Elvis recorded My Boy on December 12, 1973, at Stax Studios in Memphis. His single release in 1975 had an 11-week stay on the Hot 100 chart, peaking at #20. The song reached #14 on the country chart. My Boy was sung by Elvis in concert several times before he recorded it.

 

Lyrics:
 

You're sleeping son, I know, but, really, this can't wait
I wanted to explain before it gets too late
For your mother and me love has finally died
This is no happy home, but God knows how I've tried

1. Because you're all I have, my boy
You are my life, my pride, my joy
And if I stay, I stay because of you, my boy

I know it's hard to understand why did we ever start
We're more like strangers now each acting out a part
I have laughed, I have cried I've lost every game
Taken all I can take, but I'll stay here just the same

1. (repeat)


Sleep on, you haven't heard a word, perhaps it's just as well
Why spoil your little dreams, why put you through the hell
Life is no fairytale as one day you will know
But now you're just a child I'll stay here and watch you grow

 

1. (repeat)
 

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on Good Times »

 

Singles:

- My Boy / Thinking About You (RCA PB-10191) January 1975. Standard release »

- My Boy / My Boy (RCA JH-10191) January 1975. Disc jockey promotional release. The stereo version was issued to promote the Good Times LP. It came with no picture sleeve, just a two-colour sleeve with “ELVIS PRESLEY – MY BOY” printed on it.

- My Boy / Thinking About You (RCA GB-10489) February 1976. Gold standard series reissue.

- Always On My Mind / My Boy (RCA PB-14090) July 1985. New single release pressed on purple vinyl.

 

LPs/CDs:

- Good Times (1974) »

- Our Memories of Elvis (1979) »

- Always on My Mind (1985)

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes – The Essential 70’s Masters (1995)

- All Time Greatest Hits (1997)

- Always Elvis – The Dutch Album (1997)

- Are You Lonesome Tonight (1997)

- Ballads (1999)

- Dixieland Rocks (2001) – FTD »

- Elvis 70’s (2001)

- Junichiro Koizumi Presents My Favourite Elvis Songs (2001)

- Live in Las Vegas (2001) - box set

- From Elvis in Memphis; Promised Land; Moody Blue (2001)

- Closing Night (2004) - FTD »

- Big Boss Man (2005) – FTD »

- Hitstory (2005)

- Good Times (2009) - FTD »

- Our Memories of Elvis, Volume 1, 2 & 3 (2012) - FTD »

- Hits of the 70s (2012) - FTD »

– In Florida (2014) - FTD »

– Las Vegas 1975 (2016) - FTD »

– Las Vegas '74 (2017) - FTD »

– Elvis in Atlanta (2017) - FTD »

From Georgia to Florida (2019) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- From Las Vegas… to Niagara Falls (1974) - Live Productions

- Command Performance (1977) - ECP

- Rockin’ With Elvis April Fool’s Day (1980) - Live Stage Productions

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