‘Elvis: American David’ por Bono

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Hace un par de días, Bono, recito en BBC Radio4, un poema que le escribió a Elvis Presley en 1995. Bono se ha declarado fan de Elvis desde el inicio de su carrera, incluso, el disco “Rattle and Hum” fue grabado en los estudios Sun, de Memphis, el mismo en el que Elvis grabó varias sesiones, donde Bono tuvo la oportunidad de usar un micrófono que había empleado en su día el propio Elvis.

Esta es una parte del poema:

Aca les dejo la transcripción completa de “Elvis:American David”

Elvis son of tupelo

elvis mama’s boy

elvis the twin brother of Jesse who died at birth and was buried in a shoe box

elvis drove a truck

elvis was recorded at sun studios by the musical diviner sam phillips

elvis was managed by colonel tom parker, an ex-carnie barker whose last act was a singing canary

elvis was the most famous singer in the world since king david

elvis lived on his own street

elvis liked to play speed cop

elvis had a monkey named scatter before anyone

elvis wore a cape at the white house when he was presenting nixon with two silver pistols

elvis was a member of the drug squad

elvis wore eye make up, just hangin’ out

elvis wore a gold nudie suit and trained his lip to curl

elvis was macho, but could sing like a girl

elvis was not a big talker

elvis was articulate in every other way

elvis dyed his hair black to look like valentino

elvis held a microphone the way valentino held nitanaldi in blood and sand

elvis dressed black long before he dressed in black

elvis sang black except in lower registers where he was a student of dean martin

elvis admired mario lanza

elvis delivered the world from crooning

elvis was a great crooner

elvis had a voice that could explain the sexuality of america

elvis was influenced by jim morrison in his choice of black leather for the ’68 comeback special

elvis invented the beatles

elvis achieved world domination from a small town

elvis was conscious of myth

elvis had pharoah-like potential

elvis was made by america, so america could remake itself

elvis had good manners

elvis was a bass, a baritone, and a tenor

elvis sang his heart out at the end

elvis the opera singer

elvis the soap opera

elvis loved america, God, the bible, firearms, the movies, the office of presidency, junk food, drugs, cars, family,television, jewellery, straight talkin’, dirty talkin’ gameshows, uniforms, and self-help books

elvis like america, wanted to improve himself

elvis like america, started out loving but later turned on himself

elvis body could not stop moving

elvis is alive, we’re dead

elvis the charismatic

elvis the ecstatic

elvis the plastic, elvis the elastic with a spastic dance that might explain the energy of america

elvis fusion and confusion

elvis earth rod in a southern dorm

elvis shaking up an electrical storm

elvis in hollywood his voice gone to ground

elvis in las vegas with a big brassy sound

elvis the first rock’n’roll star with scotty moore, bill black, and dj fontana

elvis with james burton and ronny tutt

elvis the movie star made three good films: viva las vegas, flaming star, and jailhouse rock

elvis the hillbilly brought rhythm to the white race, blues to pop, and rock’n’roll to where ever rock’n’roll is

elvis the pelvis, swung from africa to europe, which is the idea of america

elvis liberation

elvis the kung fu would come later

elvis hibernation

elvis built a theme park he later called Graceland

elvis woke up to whispers

elvis thought of himself as a backslider

elvis knew guilt like a twin brother

elvis called God every morning then left the phone off the hook

elvis turned las vegas into a church when he sang “love me tender”

elvis turned america into a church when he sang “the trilogy”

elvis was harangued by choice; flesh vs spirit, God vs rock’n’roll mother vs lover, father vs the colonel

elvis grew sideburns as a protest against tom jones’ hairy chest

elvis would have a president named after him

elvis was one of the boys

elvis was not one of the boys

elvis had an acute intelligence disguised as talent

elvis broke pirscilla’s heart

elvis broke lisa marie’s heart

elvis woke up my heart

elvis white trash

elvis the memphis flash

elvis didn’t smoke hash and woulda been a sissy without johnny cash

elvis didn’t dodge the draft

elvis had his own aircraft

elvis having a laugh on the lisa marie in a colour photograph

elvis under the hood

elvis cadillac blood

elvis darling bud flowered and returned to the mississippi mud

elvis ain’t gonna rot

elvis in a memphis plot

elvis didn’t hear the shot but the king died just across the lot from

elvis vanilla ice cream

elvis girls of 14

elvis memphis spleen shooting at the tv reading corinthians 13

elvis with God on his knees

elvis on three tvs

elvis here come the killer bees head full of honey, potato chips and cheese

elvis the bumper stickers

elvis the white knickers

elvis the white nigger ate at burger king and just kept getting bigger

elvis sang to win

elvis the battle to be slim

elvis ate america before america ate him

elvis stamps, elvis necromance

elvis fans, elvisp sychphants

elvis the public enemy

elvis don’t mean shit to chuck d

elvis changed the centre of gravity

elvis made it slippy

elvis hitler, elvis nixon, elvis christ, elvis mishima

elvis marcus, elvis jackson, elvis the pelvis

elvis the psalmist, elvis the genius, elvis the generous

elvis forgive us

elvis pray for us

elvis aaron presley (1935-1977)

Copyright: Bono 1995

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