Whenever ‘Always on my Mind’ is being played on the radio, many of us would always associate it with Willie Nelson who made a powerful version of the said song. So powerful, that it got him a Grammy award and it could easily be one of his signature songs to date. However, 70s had another guy and not just another guy but the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley who had first breathe his vocals to the widely acclaimed ballad.

Always on My Mind, Elvis Presley

Can you believe that Always on my Mind was a song written in 10 minutes?

You read that right. When Wayne Carson was writing a song that would be passed from one generation to another, he had no idea that it would be the song that he’ll write in his kitchen for 10 minutes in Missouri. He then went to Johnny Christopher and Mark James who put the melody and arrangement on the song.

Elvis Presley got the ‘Always on My Mind’ through one of his bodyguards who gave Presley the cut from the studio. Finally, on March 29, 1972, Elvis Presley recorded his version of ‘Always on My Mind’. This is months after his painful divorce from wife, Priscilla.

Throw it experience or whatnots, it was well performed maybe because Presley delivered his utmost emotions in the song and in this live recording rehearsal of ‘Always on My Mind,’ Elvis Presley it is evident how much talent the King of Rock and Roll has and it was never a shame to record him live back in those days when auto-tune is an unspoken technology.

Watch his live version below:

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Always On My Mind Lyrics

Maybe I didn’t love you
Quite as often as I could have
And maybe I didn’t treat you
Quite as good as I should have
If I made you feel second best
Girl I’m sorry I was blind

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

And maybe I didn’t hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
And I guess I never told you
I’m so happy that you’re mine
Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time

But you were always on my mind
You were always on my mind