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Way Down

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(Martine Jr.)

 

Information:

Written by Layng Martine Jr., Way Down was recorded by Elvis at Graceland on the night of October 29-30, 1976. The bass voice heard on the recording is that of J.D. Sumner, who hit a double low C. Paired with Pledging My Love, Way Down replaced Charlie Rich's Rolling With the Flow at number one on Billboard's country chart, stayed there for one week, and was replaced at the top spot by Crystal Gayle's Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue. Way Down had a 17-week stay on the chart. On the Hot 100 chart, the song peaked at #18 during its 21-week stay. A peak position on #14 was achieved on the Easy-Listening chart. In the United Kingdom, Way Down was Elvis's last number one single, with five weeks at the top spot. With Way Down Elvis tied the Beatles' British record of 17 number one singles. The RIAA certified the record as a million-seller on September 12, 1977. The following credits were listed on the record label: "Executive Producer: Elvis Presley; Associate Producer: Felton Jarvis."

 

Lyrics:

Babe, you're getting closer, t
he lights are goin' dim
The sound of your breathin' has made the mood I'm in
All of my resistance is lying on the floor
Taking me to places I've never been before
Ooh, and I can feel it, feel it, feel it, feel it

1. Way down where the music plays
Way down like a tidal wave
Way down where the fires blaze
Way down, down, way, way on down

Ooh, my head is spinnin', you got me in your spell
A hundred magic fingers on a whirling carousel
The medicine within me no doctor could prescribe
Your love is doing something that I just can't describe
Ooh, and I can feel it, feel it, feel it, feel it

1. (repeat)

Hold me again, tight as you can
I need you so, baby, let's go

Way down where it feels so good
Way down where I hoped it would
Way down where I never could
Way down, down, way, way on down

 

Where it was released:

First released on single »
 

Singles:

- Way Down / Pledging My Love (RCA PB-10998) July 1977. Standard release »

- Way Down / Pledging My Love (RCA JB-10998) July 1977. Disc jockey promotional release.

- Way Down / Pledging My Love (RCA GB-11504). May 1979. Gold standard series reissue.

 

LPs/CDs:

- Moody Blue (1977) »

- Elvis: Memories (1978) »

– Our Memories of Elvis, Volume 2 (1979) »

- Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 5 (1984)

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

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- All Time Greatest Hits (1997)

- Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 5 (1997)

- Elvis’ Greatest Jukebox Hits (1997)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)

- Rock’n’Roll (1999)

- The 50 Greatest Hits (2000)

- The Jungle Room Sessions (2000) - FTD »

- Elvis Hits (2001)

- Elvis 30#1 Hits (2002)

- Elvis30# 1 Hits – Deluxe Edition (2003)

- Elvis Forever – Limited Edition (2004)

- Hitstory (2005)

- Elvis – The King (2007)

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

- Hits of the 70s (2012) - FTD »

– Moody Blue (2013) - FTD »

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