The Day That Elvis Died (Virgin Boy Attic Session Outtake)

by Casimir Greenfield

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The 'Elvis' recording stems from the 'Virgin Boy Attic Sessions' and is a tryout that didn't make the final cut. The track has a shambolic, autobiographical feel and, although we took it quite a long way, it will not be included on the forthcoming album 'Boy in the Attic'

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The day that Elvis died - words & music David Ireland

A virgin boy, I earned my quiff down at the Green Café
The coffee there was frothy, the juke box blared all day
The eggs were fried in Brylcreem and Johnny ruled the play
Now Johnny’s dead and buried and what hair I have is grey…

We hunted birds down at the Rec, our innocence the cost
While the Stonehouse fiddler fiddled and teased my David Frost
And we dined on Gypsy Hedgehog at the signing of the cross
‘til the Bethel beckoned brightly singing ‘all your souls are lost’ …

Refrain:
Through August morning’s bluest skies
With heron’s calls and dragonflies
O’er aqueducts, great heavens high
The fairest winds, the driest eyes
Reading headlines of surprise
The day that Elvis died

The clarion call in Brummie tongues told of the twin we idolised
The trucker boy who changed our lives, brought us hope, scandalised
In post war years of black and white he brought us hope of brighter skies
A life seen through another’s eyes
The day that Elvis died

Refrain:
We stayed at a crowded B & B in a small forgotten square
Where the sound of sweethearts moaning drifted on the air
Where checking in was easy and the colour code was black
There’s a veil of tears that blinds our eyes – and we’re never going back
To the day that Elvis died.

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released March 21, 2016
Cas Greenfield: vocals, guitar
Mike Cooling: Bass
Andrew Butler: Keyboard
Alan Tocknell: Drums
Rufus Fry: Harmonica

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Casimir Greenfield Stroud, UK

Casimir Greenfield is an author, musician and broadcaster.


A well-known figure on the Dutch music scene in the 70s and 80s, Cas worked with artists as diverse as B.B. KIng, Yes, Sparks, Sonja Kristina, Kayak, Leonie Janssen, Frans Ehlhart, Herman Van Veen, Boudewijn de Groot and many others. Cas has remained fresh and involved with current music. ... more

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