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One Hit Wonder - ALANNAH MYLES (1990) (Edited 02/04/13 10:58PM by )
One Hit Wonder - ALANNAH MYLES (1990) <span style="font-size:12px;">(Edited 02/04/13 10:58PM by )</span> Photo


MUSIC VIDEO

"Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles

This song is about Elvis Presley. Here's some lyric analysis:
"Jimmy Rogers on the Victrola up high" - Jimmy Rogers, an early Blues singer, influencing Elvis (the baby) at an early age. The Victrola is the record player, played loudly.
"Mama's dancin' with baby on her shoulder" - Gladys Presley dancing with the infant Elvis.
"Black velvet and that little boy's smile" - You can buy a black velvet Elvis painting at any respectable yard sale. Early female fans were drawn to his "Little boy smile."
"Black velvet with that slow southern style" - Elvis delivered some of his songs with slow, undulating hips. Check out "Steamroller Blues" live.
"Up in Memphis the music's like a heatwave" - Sun Studios. The epicenter of early Rock music and where Elvis recorded.
"White lightning, bound to drive you wild" - Rock music and booze.
"Mama's baby's in the heart of every school girl" - A reference to the baby in the early part of the song, being loved by all the young girls.
"Love Me Tender leaves 'em cryin' in the aisle" - Love Me Tender was a huge hit for Elvis in 1956.
"The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true" - Elvis' legendary hips swivel, the Pelvis.
"Every word of every song that he sang was for you. In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon, what could you do?" - Elvis died suddenly in 1977. (thanks, Ken - Lasalle, Canada)
 
This was a Canadian production: the song was written by Canadian musicians David Tyson and Christopher Ward, and Myles is from Toronto. Alannah Myles was her first album, and it was a huge hit in Canada, becoming the top-selling debut album in Canadian history.
 
Myles won a Grammy award for Best Female Rock Performance for this song, along with several Juno Awards. Additionally, this won a Diamond award for sales in excess of 1,000,000 in Canada, the only time an artist has won this for her debut record. ASCAP awarded the song a 'Millionaire Award' in 2005 for over 4 million radio plays in the USA.
 
In a CBC Newsworld interview Myles revealed she was robbed and cheated by her record company and amazingly she only received her first ever royalty check on April 1, 2008. She signed that record deal when she was young and naive and so far she has paid $7 million on expenditures for her first three albums, all deducted out of her take. So when she should have been dining out on the success of this song and her other recordings instead she's been living in poverty, at times not knowing how she was going to pay her rent.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3056

LYRICS

Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell
Jimmy Rogers [JIMMIE RODGERS] on the victrola up high
Mama's dancing with baby on her shoulder
The Sun is setting like molasses in the sky.
The boy could sing, knew how to move, everything.
Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for.

CHORUS:
Black velvet and that little boy smile
Black velvet with that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring you to your knees
Black velvet if you please.


Up in Memphis the music's like a heat wave
White lightning, bound to drive you wild.
Mama's baby's in the heart of every school girl
"Love me tender" leaves 'em cryin' in the aisle
The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true.
Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for.

CHORUS:
Black velvet and that little boy smile
Black velvet with that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring you to your knees
Black velvet if you please.

Every word of every song that he sang was for you.
In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon, 
What could you do?

CHORUS:
Black velvet and that little boy smile
Black velvet with that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring you to your knees
Black velvet if you please.

Black velvet and that little boy smile
Black velvet with that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring you to your knees
Black velvet if you please.
If you please
If you please

| Closed on 03/06/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
13 Fans 
38%a. 10 (GREAT SONG)
38%b. 7-9 (GOOD SONG)
15%c. 5-6 (OK SONG)
8%d. WHO? WHAT? HUH?
0%e. THAT SONG SUCKED!

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TOP COMMENT * * * * * * * * * * * *
#9 | 562 days ago

Every time I go to the karaoke bar, there's always some drunk woman who sings this (usually does a good job too), so I've gotten sick of hearing it, but it's my mom's favorite song, so it brings back memories.
  
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#1 | 562 days ago

It was a good song.. I like it.            yes
7-9 (GOOD SONG)  
#2 | 562 days ago

My Favorite song of hers. I had no idea it was about Elvis! cool. smiley
#3 | 562 days ago

I love the song period. She's ok...in my mind, you have to sing it with some grit .....
10 (GREAT SONG)  
#4 | 562 days ago
Nick__ (+)

I never understood why her career never took off?

She had a great voice and wasn't too bad looking.


hmmm....
10 (GREAT SONG)  
#5 | 562 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
I never understood why her career never took off?

She had a great voice and wasn't too bad looking.


hmmm....
she reminds me of shania twain
10 (GREAT SONG)  
#6 | 562 days ago

It's alright.
5-6 (OK SONG)  
#7 | 562 days ago

It's also the crappy contestant's song of choice on American idol.

There used to be a GREAT YouTube mash up of about 25-30 *air quotes* Idols butchering it.
5-6 (OK SONG)  
#8 | 562 days ago

I liked this song, but I enjoyed the rest of her CD even more. I love her voice. 
7-9 (GOOD SONG)  
#9 | 562 days ago

Every time I go to the karaoke bar, there's always some drunk woman who sings this (usually does a good job too), so I've gotten sick of hearing it, but it's my mom's favorite song, so it brings back memories.
#10 | 561 days ago

I'm Canadian.  she's Canadian.  What can I say?
10 (GREAT SONG)  

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