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Tell me why ( just a closer walk with thee )

COVERED BY ELVIS

Tell Me Why
as long as I love


recording date elvis: Saturday, 12 January 1957; Studio
first release:


originally by: Marie Knight

recording date: 15 march 1956
originally written by: traditional;titus turner
catalognumber: 90069
label: wing



"Just A Closer Walk With Thee" is a traditional American sacred song which became a million seller for Red Foley in 1950, though it had been recorded by Sister Rosetta Tharpe in 1938 already. It is not impossible that "Tell Me Why" was based on this tune. Elvis was not the first artist to record, however. That honour goes to Marie Knight who had a regional hit with it after it was released on the Wing label, number W-90069, in April 1956, backed with "As Long As I Love" (W-90069), prompting a cover version by Gale Storm on Dot.
Several different songs have carried the title "Tell Me Why": The Four Aces in 1951, Norman Fox & The Rob Roys in 1957, and The Beatles in 1964, all had totally different numbers by this name.
Elvis's version, though recorded in 1957, was not released until 1966


Tell Me Why ( Just A Closer Walk With Thee )
performed by:
Marie Knight



Every time I look at someone new
Tell me why I think of you
Then you sometimes pass me by
You're playing with love
Darling tell me why

You left me all alone
To cry over you
My heart is torn and broken
And there's nothing left to do

In my prays, I'll mention you
Whithout you're love I feel so blue
Why can't I have all of you
Oh, somebody, please tell me why

( choir ) tehell me whyyyy...




Tell Me Why ( Just A Closer Walk With Thee )
performed by:
Elvis Presley



Every time I look at someone new
Tell me why I think of you
Then you sometimes pass me by
You're playing with love
Darling tell me why

You left me all alone
To cry over you
My heart is torn and broken
And there's nothing left to do

In my prays, I'll mention you
When you're gone I feel so blue
Why can't I have all of you
Oh, somebody, please tell me why

( choir ) tell me whyhyyy.....







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