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Dire Straits — Calling Elvis
Album: On Every Street
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Released: 1991
Length: 6:15
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Calling Elvis - is anybody home
Calling Elvis - I'm here all alone
Did he leave the building
Or can he come to the phone
Calling Elvis - I'm here all alone

Well tell him I was calling just to wish him well
Let me leave my number - Heartbreak Hotel
Oh love me tender - baby don't be cruel
Return to sender - treat me like a fool

Calling Elvis - is anybody home
Calling Elvis - I'm here all alone
Did he leave the building
Can he come to the phone
Calling Elvis - I'm here all alone
All right

Why don't you go get him - I'm his biggest fan
You gotta tell him - he's still the man
Long distance baby - so far from home
Don't you think maybe you could put him on

Well tell him I was calling just to wish him well
Let me leave my number - Heartbreak Hotel
Oh love me tender - baby don't be cruel
Return to sender - treat me like a fool

Calling Elvis - is anybody home
Calling Elvis - I'm here all alone
Did he leave the building
Can he come to the phone
Calling Elvis - I'm here all alone

Calling Elvis - is anybody home
Calling Elvis - I'm here all alone
Did he leave the building
Can he come to the phone
Calling Elvis - I'm here all alone
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I was initially disappointed in 1991 that this was the Money for Nothing follow-up... but it’s definitely got it’s charms.... (I was 17 btw)
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"Thangyuhverrymush Mark, but I've already got a guitar player."
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Dang that song structure
 Yup, still msymmes wrote:
Agreed!

 
hopper99 wrote:
Yes, still good, 5 years after last comment!
 

 


A nice drop.  You keep keeping it about the music!
...and that makes three thumbs up in a row!!!   U R the BEST Bill!  {#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam} 123K
A real toe-tapper - guaranteed to annoy anyone else in the office when I've got my headphones on :)
Best album for rock pedal steel.   Paul Franklin is superb.
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Still one of my favorite songs to put on after setting up a huge sound system for a live event.
This song has a fierce underbelly. Moves like a train.
Not one of my favorite DS offerings, but still a heck of a tune. 

Elvis Presley is my father!

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll... 


 Sjaaks wrote:
Not sure about the profound part, but the part about Elvis being your father seems very likely! {#High-five} 
 

Thank you!  I still miss my dad...

love this marvelous song...
 
 drtjdel wrote:
I thought it was about the Battle of Agincourt.
 
Don't be crazy, it's Crécy
Bill, How did I know this was coming up next?.  A few songs ago, something reminded me about this tune. Now I have to figure out which tune in the last half hour triggered your brain to play this.

And BTW, this now a 7 and still going up maybe (imho).


 romeotuma wrote:


This is a profound song about my father...

 
 

does this mean ur  room is at the heartbreak hotel?
 romeotuma wrote:


This is a profound song about my father...

 
 
Not sure about the profound part, but the part about Elvis being your father seems very likely! {#High-five} 


This is a profound song about my father...

 
I like so much of what Knopfler/Dire Straits does. This is a great one, thanks for playing it!
Yes, agreed - a great album.  I saw Dire Straits on the On Every Street tour, and it was fabulous. However, while this song brings back great 1991 memories, I don't think it's one of their best...almost a throwaway.  Now, give me "Planet Of New Orleans" from that album any day of the week...that's a SONG!
Good luck with that :)

 
mrtuba9 wrote:
The end of this song sounds like it would segue into a Rush tune...
 


The end of this song sounds like it would segue into a Rush tune...
One of the rockin'est songs ever.  
Rollin' and Tumblin' R & R.  Love it!
Great album. I'm surprised this hasn't been played in over 4 years!
Agreed!

 
hopper99 wrote:
Yes, still good, 5 years after last comment!
 


Yes, still good, 5 years after last comment!
Still great!
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Barry wrote:
"Calling Elvis" and the title track of "On Every Street" made me aware of Knopfler and company and since that album's release I have gone back and gotten all past Dire Straits albums and Knopfler solo outings. The man gets it done with his casual vocal style and unbelievable guitar work. Have a listen to "Iron Hand" off "On Every Street"....very graphic about an incident involving labor and the government clashing over policy related to workers... it's almost like you are a witness to "the bloody fray"!
I thought it was about the Battle of Agincourt.
Mark Knophler seems to be enjoying the relative obscurity of his current folk/blues/whimsy interests. After their mainstream blockbusting success of brothers in arms I was less interested in Dire Sraits - for me this album was a surprising change of direction, and had a simplicity and transparency which reminded me of their earlier albums. Liked the sideways looks at Americana of 'My Party' and love 'Planet of New Orleans' with superb guitar solo from Michael Landau. Good stuff.
Nice. MLSS, Graceland, Calling Elvis. Rrrrawkin' good tune! One of Mr. Knopfler's best. 10.
Sometimes ol' Mark reckons he's an Okie...which is also a good thing...
Cool song!
Patrick wrote:
Somebody needs to call J. J. Cale and let him know that Knopfler stole his groove.
Why do I have the feeling you cut and paste this comment into EVERY Knopfler track? Either that, or somebody needs to call Patrick and let him know that somebody stole his post.
The song as a whole kind of bored me, particularly for DS, but what a great intro to the guitar solo! Two bad the solo itself was so short.
Beastie wrote:
Even though the rest of the album did not set my world on fire, what an awesome song! Does anyone agree?
Yep..I agree
Even though the rest of the album did not set my world on fire, what an awesome song! Does anyone agree?
YAY!!! Someone uploaded CE! TX. 10.
"Calling Elvis" and the title track of "On Every Street" made me aware of Knopfler and company and since that album's release I have gone back and gotten all past Dire Straits albums and Knopfler solo outings. The man gets it done with his casual vocal style and unbelievable guitar work. Have a listen to "Iron Hand" off "On Every Street"....very graphic about an incident involving labor and the government clashing over policy related to workers... it's almost like you are a witness to "the bloody fray"!
njr wrote:
dinosaur rock?! for some of us this is our first time hearing this stuff - and for me I love it. I've got a great live version of this performed just last year...
Exactly. Very well said. I had never heard Nick Drake until I heard him here, nad ND predates MK by many years. Thank you, Radio Paradise, for playing the brand new and the older, less heard stuff which is new to the rest of us.
I like the feel of this song and most of the CD. Nice groove. Smooth and creamy. :bounce:
Somebody needs to call J. J. Cale and let him know that Knopfler stole his groove.
Not one of his better jobs if you ask me.
Knopfler knows how to create meditative soundtrack for a nice, quiet day. Must file this and remember its tranquil effects for the tenser moments....
Good to hear something from this album, which is rock solid throughout. A must have if you're a Knopfler fan.
300BaudAcoustic wrote:
Love the Straits, but this is not one of their better tunes....
I don't like the Straits, but this is pretty good. Goodness, I'm twisted.
coyotexxx2 wrote:
Perhaps the same could be said about your email!!! Really, Just joking.
???? :stupid:
Aahh... Calling Elvis a rare gem in the Dire Straits treasury. I have fond memories of the On Every Street Album -- it was the first time I was exposed to Dire Straits. Truly great music. I was very upset when he cancelled his tour last year. Hopefully we'll hear something from Mr. Knopfler soon again. Cheers Peter
PeterGriffin wrote:
This song was tolerable until the prolong noodling at the end, snore ZZZZ
Perhaps the same could be said about your email!!! Really, Just joking.
This song was tolerable until the prolong noodling at the end, snore ZZZZ
shel-nyc wrote:
Or we could cherish music that stands the test of time, while at the same time embracing emerging artists and new sounds. Someone should start a radio station that does that. oh, wait...
I agree, I'm on the side that says good music will stand the test of time, and let's find some more! Such as this little gem....can this Brit get a groove on, or what? :clap:
Originally Posted by 300BaudAcoustic: Love the Straits, but this is not one of their better tunes. More off 'Love Over Gold' or 'Making Movies' would be great...
i agree :oops:
Caught DS on tour back in... '92! :eek: Great show... I remember the music critic in the newspaper (who seemed to hate music) complaining that the band just stood there and played. As far as concerts go, I'll take good music over crud-pop's choreographed dance numbers any day, thankyouverymuch.
Originally Posted by tombeaux: With all the wonderful music available from contemporary artists, can't we just say NO to dinosaur rock?
Or we could cherish music that stands the test of time, while at the same time embracing emerging artists and new sounds. Someone should start a radio station that does that. oh, wait...
Love the Straits, but this is not one of their better tunes. More off \'Love Over Gold\' or \'Making Movies\' would be great...
Good is good, and isn\'t \"new\" or \"dinosaur.\"
All the cuts \"On Every Street\" are pretty good like this one.
Fantastic :clap: :clap: :clap:
Originally Posted by tombeaux: With all the wonderful music available from contemporary artists, can't we just say NO to dinosaur rock?
One of the advantages of maturing is that you recognize great art for what it is and not just because it happens to be new.
Simply sublime. :clap:
wow RP is cool first Los Lobos then crash into this. Great flow.
Originally Posted by tombeaux: With all the wonderful music available from contemporary artists, can't we just say NO to dinosaur rock?
wonderful music is timeless, not too long ago that was "new" keep your ears open.
dinosaur rock?! for some of us this is our first time hearing this stuff - and for me I love it. I\'ve got a great live version of this performed just last year...
Dire Straits/M. Knopfler always a nice addition to the mix.
With all the wonderful music available from contemporary artists, can\'t we just say NO to dinosaur rock?
Love this tune. Great use of pedal steel!