There’s nothing wrong with being a diehard sap for romantic gestures and there is nothing more endearing than a hand penned note from the heart of your heart’s desire.

A love letter from Elvis – can you imagine anything more wonderful? No chance of returning to sender there.

There’s one thing I see as a pure Elvis allure – every young girl’s imagination in overdrive as she feels the romantic intonation dripping from that voice. It pulls you in and wraps you up. It’s an unmistakably lovely feeling. It’s sweet. I was that young girl in 1971 but was no different from the young girl of 1956 or the young girl of 1964 or the young girl today. Timelessness personified.

“Love Letters from Elvis”, his 14th studio album held the title song “Love Letters”, re-recorded from a single first released in 1966. LL featured leftover tracks from the 1970 Nashville marathon sessions, ones that didn’t make the cut for TTWII and Elvis Country. It wasn’t on the top 20 of the Billboard album charts but did reach #12 on the US Top Country Albums chart.

But you know what? I personally love it. True some tunes make a bigger impression than others and that’s perfectly fine.

“If I Were You” is often referred to as the sandman song for it’s initial line. Most know which song is being talked about though and it’s surely not “Slicin’ Sand.” This one is appealing and sweet, a lyrical draw thats just fun to listen to attentively. 

If you look sideways, there is an arrogant slant which is normally a most off putting trait but when you see it and hear it from Presley’s view, it’s a tongue in cheek convincing parody of a pair meant to be as one. I see it as a charming pull from my view.

The fella knows he’s been outwitted and he teasingly lets her know he was wrong in a adorable playful way. There’s nothing more attractive than humility and honesty. Couple it with the voice like no other and the smooth musicality and I find it speaks volumes, conveying much more than the words.  It’s the sum of the entirety that is a love story beautifully enhanced.

Enjoy this sweet 3 minute easy listen and try not to smile as you picture it in your mind. It’s definitely not a throwaway in my book.

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If I Were You

Written by Gerard Nelson

The sandman comes to my house late each night

But it’s way in the morning before he turns out my life

It’s times like this my darling I can see

If I were you I’d know that I love me

The great snowman I’ve been called by all

But it looks like this time I’m gonna fall

It’s times like this my darling I can see

Ooh If I were you I’d know that I love me

Wind and rain and storm closin’ in on me

I’ve walked the streets alone with my self sympathy

Can you hear me saying hopefully

Ooh If I were you I’d know that I love me

Wind and rain and storm closin’ in on me

I’ve walked the streets alone with my self sympathy

Can you hear me saying hopefully

If I were you I’d know that I love me

Ooh If I were you I’d know that I love me

If I were you I’d know that I love me

Recorded 6/8/70 RCA Studio B Nashville,

released 1971 on Love Letters from Elvis