All Shook Up for Love: Elvis Presley’s “I’ll Take Love”

About The Song

Today, we revisit a lesser-known gem from the King’s vast repertoire: “I’ll Take Love”. Released in 1971 as part of the compilation album “C’mon Everybody,” this song might not have the instant recognition of a “Hound Dog” or a “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” but it captures a different side of Elvis – a yearning for genuine connection and, of course, love.

Now, some of you might remember the early Elvis, the one with the pompadour and the suggestive lyrics that had parents clutching their pearls. But by the 70s, Elvis had matured. His voice, though still powerful, had gained a deeper, richer quality. It’s this seasoned Elvis that delivers “I’ll Take Love” with a sincerity that resonates with listeners of all ages.

The song itself is a straightforward plea for affection. The lyrics, penned by Dolores Fuller and Mort Shuman, are simple yet evocative. Elvis sings about the emptiness of material possessions and fleeting pleasures, declaring, “I don’t care for gold and diamonds, don’t you see?/ All I want is your sweet love smilin’ back at me.” It’s a sentiment many of us can relate to, a reminder that true happiness comes from genuine connection.

“I’ll Take Love” isn’t a rock and roll anthem. It’s a slower, more soulful ballad that allows Elvis’s voice to take center stage. The instrumentation is understated, with a gentle piano melody and a light backing beat that creates an intimate atmosphere. It’s a song perfect for a quiet evening at home, lost in the warm glow of memories and the timeless appeal of The King.

So, whether you’re a lifelong Elvis fan or simply appreciate a heartfelt plea for love, give “I’ll Take Love” a listen. It might just surprise you with its understated charm and the enduring power of Elvis Presley’s voice.


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