Lisa Presley featured and sang beautifully with her late father, Elvis Presley; listening to the song might leave you in tears.
For the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death in 2007, his daughter Lisa Marie Presley concluded to recreate one of his evergreen most popular songs, “In the Ghetto.”
After spending two hours in the studio to record, Lisa Marie Presley broke down in uncontrollable tears, emphasizing the fact that it was one of the most amazing moments of her life since the song includes Elvis Presley’s original vocals.
Even though a part in the lyrics clearly stated “don’t cry,” listening to the rendition would automatically draw tears from the heart to the eyes.
Lisa's emotional and moving performance is one of the most beautiful and exceptional tributes to Elvis the world has ever seen. It's so good; you might need a box of tissues to dab your face when you listen!
The track is the original version of Elvis’s great hit from 1969, with Lisa’s voice merged on to it. There is also a music video containing footage of the father and daughter in black and white.
According to Marie, a lot of people had been requesting her to do a duet with her father but found out she needed to find her style and composure first before discovering on how to incorporate it into his.
The song “In the Ghetto” is a clear narrative of generational and hereditary poverty, capturing the picture of a boy born to a mother who lives in the ghetto of Chicago. The mother already has too many mouths and children to feed; which is the reason the boy grows up hungry, angry and frustrated around poverty and violence.
This young lad who now had to fend for himself now owned a gun and stole cars, but is shot dead just as his child was born.
The song gave a vivid description of the repetitive cycle of poverty and violence that takes place in America. It was a major international hit and was Elvis’ first Top 10 in the United States in four years.
Presley, the ex-wife of music legend, Michael Jackson, did a similar thing for the 20th anniversary of her father's death, she released “Don’t Cry, Daddy.” This time, the occasion was made even more special. All proceeds from the sale went to the New Orleans branch of Presley Place - a transitional housing facility for the homeless.
Lisa explained her decision to sing with her father, stating that:
“Singing this particular duet with him was more emotional for me than anything I’d done before. I wanted to focus on something important, and not just do something silly.”
Well, it wasn't anything silly, and it was even more than emotional. A lot of credit to Lisa Presley.
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