Elvis Presley – T-R-O-U-B-L-E Original Single 1975.

Peaking at # 11 on the U.S Hot Country Songs charts, and remaining a total of 13 weeks on the charts. The song was included on Elvis's twenty-second studio album, Today (RCA 1975)

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T-R-O-U-B-L-E

Single cover Elvis Presley ( RCA 1975
Single cover Elvis Presley ( RCA 1975

“T-R-O-U-B-L-E”, Song written by Jerry Chesnut, was first recorded, by Elvis Presley for the RCA label, on March 11, 1975, at RCA Victor Studio, 6363 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA. In the same session, “Susan when she tried”, “TIger man (unissued)”, “Woman without love” and “Shake a hand” were also recorded. At the recording session, Elvis was accompanied by: James Burton (guitar), Charlie Hodge (guitar), John Wilkinson (guitar), Duke Bardwell (bass), Ronnie Tutt (drums), Glenn Hardin (piano) and David Briggs (clavinet). With the production by Felton Jarvis, the song was released on April 22, 1975, on July 12, peaking at # 11 on the U.S Hot Country Songs charts, and remaining a total of 13 weeks on the charts.

The song was included on Elvis’s twenty-second studio album, Today (RCA 1975), the album was released on May 7, 1975, on the charts of US Top Country Albums, reached at # 4 on August 2, 1975, and remaining a total of 37 weeks. In 2005 Today was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special edition that contained the original album tracks along with a selection of alternate takes.



Lp cover Elvis Presley ( RCA 1975 )
Lp cover Elvis Presley ( RCA 1975 )

About Song:

“TROUBLE” was a hit for Jerry Chesnut in 1975. The song became a hit with rock legend Elvis Presley, and again two decades later with country star Travis Tritt.

Little David Wilkins kept bothering Jerry Chesnut by asking him to write him a song: “Write me a hit, write me a hit,” he kept telling him. I was playing the Irish restaurant. It was steak and cookies, and they had a bar ready. David would go there and play the piano from 9 to 1. He’s like Jerry Lee (Lewis), man, he’s wild and cool. We would go there to eat, have a few drinks and listen to David. I had seen him do this for a long time, and one morning, I decided to write a song for him, and I thought, “What would I write for David that he could really do? It has to be uptempo,” because man, he could go out and rock. “He’ll probably play it there, and he plays 9-to-1. Well, I’ll write about him.” I started with “I play an old piano from 9 to 1:30 / I’m trying to make a living by watching everyone has fun.” I’d played so many skull gardens myself, and I saw an attractive woman come in alone, and it’s a problem. I thought about it and I thought, “I’ll put it there.”

… It just fell into place, and then I realized something. If you are going to write “Bart”, you cannot write it without your brain saying “B-A-R-T”. It is the only way you can write it. … I realized, not (only) the words, each letter rhymes! (T-R-O-U-B-L-E, A-L-O-N-E, L-O-O-K-I-N-G).



Album cover Travis Tritt ( Warner 1991 )
Album cover Travis Tritt ( Warner 1991 )

Some Versions:

Jan “Burning Love” Lauritzen 1978 (CBS)
The Nighthawks 1991 (Powerhouse Records)
Travis Tritt 1992 (Warner)
Benté Boe 1998 (Country Discovery)
Swing Cats 2000 (Cleopatra)
The High-Jacks 2006 (Scana)

 





Elvis Presley – T-R-O-U-B-L-E Lyrics

I play an old piano from nine till a half past one
Tryin’ to make a livin’ watchin’ everybody have fun
Well, I don’t miss much that ever happens on a dance hall floor
Mercy, look what just walked through that door

Well, hello T-R-0-U-B-L-E
What in the world you’re doin’ A-L-O-N-E?
Say, good L-double O-K-I-N-G
I smell T-R-O-U-B-L-E

I was a little bitty baby when my papa hit the skids
Mama had a time tryin’ to raise nine kids
Told me not to stare ’cause it was impolite
And did the best she could to try to raise me right

But mama never told me ’bout nothing like Y-O-U
Say, your mama must have been another something or the other too
Say, hello good L-double O-K-I-N-G
I smell T-R-O-U-B-L-E

Well, you talk about a woman I’ve seen a lot of others
But too much something’ and not enough another
You’ve got it all together like a lovin’ machine
Lookin’ like glory and walkin’ like a dream

Mother Nature’s sure been good to Y-O-U
Well, your mama must have been another good lookin’ too
Say, hey, good L-double O-K-I-N-G
I smell T-R-O-U-B-L-E

Well, you talk about a trouble-makin’ hunka pokey bait,
The men are gonna love and all the women gonna hate
Reminding them of everything they never gonna be
Maybe the beginning of the World War III
Oh, the world ain’t ready for nothin’ like a Y-O-U
Well, I bet your mama must have been another something or the other too

Say hey good L-double O-K-I-N-G
I smell T-R-O-U-B-L-E

Single Elvis Presley ( RCA 1975 )
Single Elvis Presley ( RCA 1975 )

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