SONG TITLE: RUN ON
PERFORMER: ELVIS PRESLEY
SONGWRITER: TRADITIONAL, ARRANGED BY PRESLEY
YEAR OF RELEASE: 1966
COMMENTS: What we have here is an all star charismatic gospel-rock motherhumpin' jam. Start with Elvis most classic sidemen - Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana, then add Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph, the Imperials and the Jordinaires, and about a dozen more. From the funky cymbal riding across the top to the deep bass "well, well"s punctuating the bottom, this is some tough rocking. The gospel vocal harmonies dressing up the big beat all combine seamlessly to provide the setting for Elvis' charismatic testifying.
This, however, would be a good song even without the full Elvis treatment. The melody is punchy and aggressive, and catchy as hell. The song is listed as "traditional," but what tradition I don't know. I've never heard the song anywhere else, nor anything like it.
Then there's the lyric. It starts out with Elvis on his knees having a two way conversation with the man from Galille, who tells Elvis to go warn the sinners that they may run on for a long time, but will eventually have to answer to god. And finally, as an object lesson of exactly how God will "cut you down," he tells the story and fate of a man who goes to church just to get close to the neighbor's wife. Let's just say that the metaphysical gets real close and practical.
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