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The Next Step is Love

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(Evans / Parnes)

 

Information:

Elvis recorded The Next Step is Love on June 7, 1970, at RCA's Nashville studios. The song was written by Paul Evans and Paul Parnes. In the 1970 documentary Elvis - That's The Way It Is, Elvis was seen rehearsing The Next Step is Love at MGM in preparation for his up coming Las Vegas engagement. The version on the soundtrack album, however, is the studio recording. His single release spent nine weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, peaking at #32. It fared better on the Easy-Listening chart (#5, 10 weeks). A six-week stay on the country chart resulted in a top position of #57.

 

Lyrics:


Yesterday, I slipped away and
the sun is welcoming the evening shadows of a perfect day
And the next step is love, the next step is love


We walked barefoot through the misty meadows and laughing at each other in the rain
Made some faces at some people in the park and didn't bother to explain
Fun, fun, look at us run, going nowhere special really fast
But we've yet to taste the icing on the cake that we've been baking with the past

And the next step is love, so what are we waiting for
The next step is love, girl, it's for sure

Yesterday, I slipped away and the sun is welcoming the evening shadows of a perfect day And the next step is love, the next step is love

Love will be a place to run to from the world they've willed to you and me
We'll be closer than we've ever been though looking back it's so hard to believe
Hang it all out, we're bring it all in the best we've picked upon the way till now
Changes are coming but together we can make it through somehow


'Cause the next step is love, so what are we waiting for

The next step is love, girl, it's for sure

Yesterday, I slipped away and the sun is welcoming the evening shadows of a perfect day And the next step is love, the next step is love


Yes, it's love, the next step is love

Yes, it's love, the next step is love


Where it was released:

First released on single 


Singles:

- Ive Lost You / The Next Step is Love (RCA 47-9873) July 1970. Standard release

- Ive Lost You / The Next Step is Love (RCA 447-0677) August 1971. Gold standard series reissue.

 
LPs/CDs:
- That's The Way It Is (1970) 
- The Other Sides - Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Volume 2 (1971) 
 From Elvis With Love (1978) 
 Memories of Elvis (1978) 
 That's The Way It Is (1981) 
- Walk a Mile in My Shoes - The Essential 70's Masters (1995) 
- That's The Way It Is (2000) 
- One Night in Vegas (2000) - FTD 
- The Way It Was (2001) - FTD 
- The Nashville Marathon (2002) - FTD 
- Today Tomorrow and Forever (2002) 
- Elvis Country (2008) - FTD 
- The Way It Was (2008) - FTD 
- That's the Way It Is (2008) - FTD 
- Hits of the 70s (2012) - FTD 
 
Bootleg Releases:
- The King: From the Dark to the Light (1974) - Tiger Records
- Eternal Elvis (1978) - no label
- Special Delivery from Elvis Presley (1979) - Flaming Star Records
- That's The Way It Is (1980) - Amiga Records
 

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