Things I did not know:
“Love Me Tender”, which became a big hit for Elvis Presley back in 1956, has roots that go back much further. It’s a reworked version of “Aura Lee,” a song that dates back to the Civil War era.
The original lyrics went like this:
When the blackbird in the spring,‘
On the willow tree,
Sat and rocked, I heard him sing,
Singing Aura Lea.
Aura Lea, Aura Lea,
Maid with golden hair;
Sunshine came along with thee,
And swallows in the air.”
You can see why Elvis might have wanted a update. So to get us into the weekend, here’s yet another version, a sweet duet between Brandi Carlile and Chris Isaak.