"Black Velvet" as written by and David Tyson Christopher Ward....
Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell
Jimmy Rodgers on the Victrola up high
Mama's dancin' with baby on her shoulder
The sun is settin' like molasses in the sky
The boy could sing, knew how to move ev'rything
Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for
Black velvet and that little boy smile
Black velvet with that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring her to your knees
Black velvet if you please
Up in Memphis the music's like a heat wave
White Lightnin' bound to drive you wild
Mama's baby's in the heart of ev'ry school girl
Love Me Tender leaves 'em cryin' in the aisle
The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true
Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for
Black velvet and that little boy smile
Black velvet and that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring her to your knees
Black velvet if you please
Ev'ry word of ev'ry song that he sang was for you
In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon
What could you do?
Black velvet and that little boy smile
Black velvet in that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring her to your knees
Black velvet if you please
Black velvet and that little boy smile
Black velvet in that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring her to your knees
Black velvet if you please
If you please
If you please
If you please


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"Black Velvet" as written by David Tyson Christopher Ward

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  • +2
    General CommentA time of growing up - heard it 1st when i was in college.... begged a frnd who seemed to know the meaning of the lyrics - she said it meant what i wanted it to mean ;-) so well it meant the feel of my new velvet jacket - but thanks for the explanation:-)
    pinkminkon June 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningBlack velvet is def about Elvis. The boy could move, knew how to sing, everything. When Elvis first started playing on the radio, ppl thought that he was a black guy because his voice was so smooth and soulfull. Then he unleashed his dance moves, which at the time were down right vulgar, and the ladies went wild over the whole package. Love me tender, leaves them crying in the isles. One of his biggest hits, ppl were obsessed with him by the time this song was released. Daughters, mothers, grandmothers. No lies. And finally, the use of black velvet wasn't about his hair but instead about seduction and fantasy. Black velvet in that little boy smile, his smile was so innocent and sweet, but it had an edge of desire too it also. Black velvet in that slow southern style, this time talking about his slow sexy southern drawl. Always have you hanging on every word with sex dripping from his voice. A new religion that will bring you to your knees, black velvet if you please. Everyone was in love/lust with his sexiness which inturn left them totally obsessed with the man. In a flash, he was gone, it happened too soon, what could you really do. Elvis died an early death and ppl greived over the lose, but what could they really do? Just go on with their lives and remember him through his music.
    Londonblue17on March 06, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have the MP3 of her singing it, I came across it on Kazaa, she did a good job..

    As for the meaning of the song, I think it is about Elvis.. The love me tender part kinda gives it away :)
    DustyJaeon August 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentduh it's about Elvis. Not only because it mentions a song that he sings, but it sets it up from the start. Jimmy Rogers is playing on the radio. Do we usually hear him now? Nope. but in the time when Elvis was little we would. Also the way he danced was a sin. duh. listen to every word.
    HHealy84on September 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentexactly... its about the life of elvis... how all the girls loed him and such.. it kicks ass
    CoNjOutsidersLsSmon March 31, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, duh, listen to HHealy84, duh. its like SO totally about Elvis.
    Duh.
    XantheStaron March 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAccording to reliable sources, Elvis' natural hair color was brown, not black. Black Velvet was a brand name of black hair dye, reportedly used by Elvis. Jimmie Rogers, the "Blue Yodeler" (known as the father of country music, and one of the first country recording artists), was a native of Meridian, Mississippi. Seems fitting the song would make reference to a local musician who would have been influential during Elvis' youth.

    Does anyone remember girls screaming, or 'crying' in the aisles when Elvis first appeared on the scene?

    White lightning? Simply the name used for illegally-produced alcohol, so common in the south.

    Any doubt this song is about Elvis Presley??
    bill6618on June 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI adore this little piece of wonder. My favorite line is "The sun is settin' like molasses in the sky". The lyrics are great and Alannah's voice is even better. Sultry.
    earthgoddesson October 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsome girl sang this on jay leno just for kicks. she was great. did anyone else see her sing it?
    Jules_6514on July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song.
    Darekaon August 27, 2002   Link

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