Today I had to choose between an ABBA track and song made famous by Elvis Presley. Elvis won out in the end. Jim’s theme choice for today’s Song Lyric Sunday includes “fortune”. How many have gambled with the hopes of winning a fortune under the garish lights of Las Vegas? How many have had their hopes dashed when they lost a fortune?
I’ve always felt that one of the last places on earth I would want to visit is Las Vegas, perhaps there are some hidden aspects I would enjoy – but the way it is marketed makes it seems like the tackiest, sleaziest, most cringe-worthy of all cities.
However, Elvis has redeemed Las Vegas from being written off by me completely. At times I rather enjoy a cheesy track and Elvis had a knack of being able to set fire to the cabaret. This him gyrating and singing “Viva Las Vegas”. Apologies to any residents of the spangly town who might have read my harsh words above.
Credits: Jerome Pomus and Mort Shuman
Bright light city gonna set my soul Gonna set my soul on fire Got a whole lot of money that's ready to burn So get those stakes up higher There's a thousand pretty women waitin' out there And they're all livin' devil may care And I'm just the devil with love to spare Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas How I wish that there were more Than the twenty-four hours in the day 'Cause even if there were forty more I wouldn't sleep a minute away Oh, there's black jack and poker and the roulette wheel A fortune won and lost on ev'ry deal All you need's a strong heart and a nerve of steel Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas Viva Las Vegas with you neon flashin' And your one armbandits crashin' All those hopes down the drain Viva Las Vegas turnin' day into nighttime Turnin' night into daytime If you see it once You'll never be the same again I'm gonna keep on the run I'm gonna have me some fun If it costs me my very last dime If I wind up broke up well I'll always remember that I had a swingin' time I'm gonna give it ev'rything I've got Lady luck please let the dice stay hot Let me shoot a seven with ev'ry shot Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas Viva, Viva Las Vegas