Velvet Elvis

Velvet Elvis
Sister said she saw him by the roadside stand
Near the fuzzy dice and lasered hologram
Poker playin’ canines on whiskey glass
When she saw his face you know she had to laugh
Weren’t her father’s Jesus
Wasn’t Jesus at all
It was Velvet Elvis
Leaning on that wall
Velvet Elvis

Elvis Aaron Presley king of rock and roll
Captured on a canvas outside Tupelo
Made his way to Memphis painted by some guy
Who had known the King when he was ridin’ high
Weren’t his father’s Jesus
Wasn’t Jesus at all
It was Velvet Elvis
Leaning on that wall
Velvet Elvis

Wasn’t it amazing how the colors shine
Luminescent like a neon sign
And it makes me wonder when he did he cross that line
From a person to a textile shrine
Does it matter after all this time?

Young man with a dream and a southern drawl
Blurred the color line in the music hall
Frozen in a pose that every stroke defined
Framed and fit for hanging in a five and dime
No he wasn’t Jesus
Never claimed that at all
He’s just Velvet Elvis
Leaning on that wall
Velvet Elvis