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Tabloids scream
Elvis seen at a shopping mall
That's the kind of talk
That makes my stomach crawl

Picture a zombie elvis
In a tacky white jump suit
Just imagine a rotting elvis
Shopping for fresh fruit

You can't 'cause

Chorus:
Elvis is dead
Elvis is dead
Elvis is dead
Elvis is dead
Elvis is dead
Elvis is dead
Elvis is dead
Elvis is dead

When the king died
He was all alone
I heard that when he died
He was sitting on his throne

Alas poor elvis
They made us know you well
Now you dwell forever
In the heartbreak hotel

Chorus

Elvis was a hero to most
But that's beside the point
A black man taught him how to sing
And then he was crowned king

The pelvis of elvis
Too dangerous for the masses

They cleaned him up and sent him to vegas
Now the masses are his slave
Slave? slave
Yes, even from the grave

Elvis is dead

[sampled voices]

I've got a reason to believe
We all won't be received at graceland
I've got a reason to believe
We all won't be received at graceland
I've got a reason to believe
We all won't be received at graceland
I've got a reason to believe
We all won't be received at graceland

Chorus



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  • U
    UnregisteredJan 31, 2012 at 2:33 am
    Seems like a metaphorical slap toward people who idolize/idolized elvis when he was alive. Also the lunatic fringe who thinks he is still alive. What doesn't make sense is to extrapolate from that the idea that elvis owed his success to learning music from a black man and that this was too much for the general public (at least i think this is the lineal line of reasoning).

    There seems to be many unstated assumptions so it is hard to understand what mr. Reid is saying however, great art is metaphor and it reflects the person who interprets it rather than the creator. While i have my opinions about this song which are negative, it is possible that i simply don't understand the message.

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