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Maybelinne

COVERED BY ELVIS

maybellene
wee wee hours


recording date elvis: Saturday 20 august 1955 in concert
first release: on audio album the first life recordings ( february 1984 )
label: the music works
catalog number: pb 3601


originally by: Chuck Berry & His Combo

recording date: 21 may 1955
release date: july 1955
originally written by: Chuck Berry
catalognumber: 1604
label: chess
comments: original label must be silver and blue !!!

Real name: Charles Edward Anderson Berry
Born: October 18, 1926
Country: United States



Elvis covered numerous Berry numbers see also "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," "Johnny B. Goode," "Long Live Rock And Roll (School Days)," "Memphis, Tennessee," "Promised Land," "Too Much Monkey Business." When the original first appeared, it was credited to "Berry, Fratto, Freed". Freed was Alan Freed, the (in)famous New York disk jockey, whose name was added to the credits (unbeknownst to Chuck Berry) probably as a form of payment for plugging the single on his popular radio show; Fratto might be Russ Fratto, the printer who provided Chess with its letterheads, record labels and other stationery. Adding his name to the credits might have been a form of payment for outstanding bills (or ones still to be made). Berry gained sole ownership of his song again in 1986. (Information from "Chuck Berry, The Biography" by John Collis.) There is reason to argue that Chuck's "Maybellene" was not really the original and that the honour should go to a country stomp called "Ida Red," upon which Chuck based his number. "Ida Red" was a lot older, having been recorded already in 1938 by Bob Wills, amongst others.


Maybellene
performed by:
Chuck Berry

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Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

As I was motivatin' over the hill
I saw Maybellene in a coup de ville.
A Cadillac a-rollin' on the open road,
Nothin' outrun my V8 Ford.
The cadillac doin' 'bout ninety-five,
She's bumper to bumber rollin' side by side.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

The cadillac moved to a hundred and four
got hot and wouldn't do no more
It got cloudy and started to rain
I Tooted my horn in the passing lane
The rain water blowin all under my hood
I knew that was doin' my motor no good

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

instrumental

Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

The motor cooled down, the heat went down
And that's when I heard that highway sound.
The Cadillac a-sittin' like a ton of lead
A hundred and ten a half a mile ahead.
The Cadillac lookin' like it's sittin' still
And I caught Mabellene at the top of the hill.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.
You've started back doing the things you used to do.




Maybellene
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

As I was motivatin' over the hill
I saw Maybellene in a coup de ville.
A Cadillac a-rollin' on the open road,
Nothin' outrun my V8 Ford.
The cadillac doin' 'bout ninety-five,
She's bumper to bumber rollin' side by side.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

The cadillac moved to a hundred and four
got hot and wouldn't do no more
It got cloudy and started to rain
Tooted my horn in the passing lane
The rain water blowin all under my hood
I knew that was doin' my motor no good

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.

The motor cooled down, the heat went down
And that's when I heard that highway sound.
The Cadillac a-sittin' like a ton of lead
A hundred and ten a half a mile ahead.
The Cadillac lookin' like it's sittin' still
And I caught Mabellene at the top of the hill.

Maybellene, why can't you be true?
Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true?
You've started back doing the things you used to do.
You've started back doing the things you used to do.



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