“In The Ghetto”
Elvis Presley‘s impact has become phenomenal, and his name has created a wide craze in different parts of the world. And though he became responsible for bringing the popularity of rock & roll genre to the international level, he also had a number of mellow songs that ranges a theme of love, heartbreak, and life. “In the Ghetto” is one of the most touching songs he rendered, recorded in 1969. Mc Davis is the man behind the creation of this message-filled song. Reports say that Elvis was reluctant to sing the song because of its socially conscious message. But then he was convinced it will create a great outcome. Elvis then turned the song into a chart topper and a million selling hit upon its release. His velvet voice brought genuine compassion to the words of the classic song.
In commemoration of Elvis’ 30th anniversary
During the commemoration of Elvis’ 30th anniversary, David Foster was able to produce a digital duet for Elvis and daughter Lisa Marie for the song, “In the Ghetto.” The video was filmed in New Orleans, a hurricane-ravaged-city that perfectly match the setting of the song’s story-line. The proceeds of the recording will go to the Presley family’s transitional housing campus in the city. According to an interview, the song is Lisa Marie’s favorite among the songs recorded by his father.
“In the Ghetto” dramatically narrates about poverty being experienced in different parts of the world. The song centers on describing a child who can’t overcome his surroundings and turns to crime, which leads to his death.
The songs creates a vision of a vicious circle about the horrendous poverty problems. With its simple yet stark phrasing, the song evokes a feeling of apathy to those who unfortunately has to experience such kind of difficult situation.
I take a look at you and me
Are we too blind to see?
Do we simply turn our heads
And look the other way?
And his Mama cries
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto
May this song then remind us to extend a little help to those in need. May this also catch the attention of the government to pay attention to these slump areas that need assistance. These children especially needs any help that can come from any person who cares.
Elvis Presley, In The Ghetto, Lisa Marie Presley