Join us on the ‘Promised Land’ with Elvis Presley in a Scene from “This is Elvis”

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In this look back to a Documentary about Elvis Presley called “This is Elvis” (MGM 1981) we see rare footage from behind the scenes with Elvis and his “Memphis Mafia” as they travel the road taking care of business (TCB), at concerts, in their Limo, and from the biggest worldwide Satellite concert that went out live to 36 countries, and reached over 1 billion people – which at the time was about 1/6 of the population of the entire planet earth! This video has over 3 million views!

The song used throughout this clip by Elvis Presley that appears on his album is  ‘Promised Land’ – 1975. It’s a story song in the first person, telling of a journey from Norfolk, Virginia to the “Promised Land”, Los Angeles, California. The trip is filled with trials and troubles as the protagonist travels multi-modal across the U.S.

“The Promised Land”. On a rattlesnake speedway in the Utah desert. I pick up my money and head back into town. Driving cross the Waynesboro county line. I got the radio on and I’m just killing time. Working all day in my daddy’s garage. Driving all night, chasing some mirage.

“Promised Land” by Chuck Berry was released by Berry as a single in 1965. It was covered by Elvis Presley and appears on his album, ‘Promised Land’ – 1975.

Here’s the Lyrics to  ‘Promised Land’  –  so sing along:

Aw, get on it

I left my home in Norfolk, Virginia
California on my mind
I straddled that Greyhound and rode him into Raleigh
And on across Caroline

We had motor trouble that turned into a struggle
Halfway across Alabam’
Well, that ‘hound broke down and left us all stranded
In downtown Birmingham

Right away I bought me a through train ticket
Right across Mississippi clean
I was on that midnight flyer out of Birmingham
Smokin’ into New Orleans

Somebody help me get out of Louisiana
Just help me get to Houston town
There are people there who care a little about me
And they won’t let the poor boy down

Take it

Sure as you’re born, they bought me a silk suit
And put luggage in my hand
And I woke up high over Albuquerque
On a jet to the promised land

Workin’ on a T-bone steak a la carte
Flying over to the Golden State
When the pilot told us in 13 minutes
He would set us at the terminal gate

Swing low, chariot, come down easy
Taxi to the terminal zone
Cut your engines and cool your wings
And let me make it to the telephone

Los Angeles, get me Norfolk, Virginia
Tidewater 4-1009
Tell the folks back home this is the promised land callin’
And the poor boy is on the line

Workin’ on a T-bone steak a la carte
Flying over to the Golden State
When the pilot told us in 13 minutes
He would set us at the terminal gate

Swing low, chariot, come down easy
Taxi to the terminal zone
Cut your engines and cool your wings
And let me make it to the telephone

Los Angeles, get me Norfolk, Virginia
Tidewater 4-1009
Tell the folks back home this is the promised land callin’
And the poor boy is on the line

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