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Shakin' A Leg
 
Lyrics
VERSE
You know they said when he was shakin' a leg
He could not kneel to pray
But they did not understand the man
He loved his Lord in every way

VERSE
From the heart, he'd sing a gospel song
In the middle of a rock 'n' roll show
I know he knew right just like he knew wrong
Heaven above; hell below

CHORUS
When he was shakin' a leg, shakin' a leg
He could not kneel to pray
But he could move you to the edge, oh, Lord
Oh, he could make your day
He was doin,' oh yes, for me and you
What he'd been sent here by his Lord to do
He was shakin' a leg, he was shakin' a leg
He was shakin,' shakin' a leg

RIDE

VERSE
The pious said it was the devil's way
We'd all have hell to pay
But they were wrong because Elvis knew
That his Lord had told him what to do

VERSE
Now we all know he brought people to their feet
Yes, indeed, we moved to the beat
Now Jesus loves him; this I know
Where the peaceful waters flow

Repeat CHORUS

TAG
He was shakin' a leg, he was shakin' a leg
He was shakin,' shakin' a leg

Words & Music by Don Tomlinson
© 2019 Solid Sterling Music (BMI)
All Rights Reserved.
Credits
Lyrics Credits: Don Tomlinson
Music Credits: Don Tomlinson
Producer Credits: Don Tomlinson
Publisher Credits: Solid Sterling Music
Performance Credits: Don Tomlinson
Description
Short Song Description:
Preacher's ignorant criticism of Elvis as doing the devil's work. My rebuttal.
Long Song Description:
Elvis was, of course, well outside convention. Unconventional people often are misunderstood. Illustrated by the preacher who, being interviewed about Elvis, said: "You know, when he was shakin' a leg he could not kneel to pray." I thought, well, perhaps physically true, but the preacher did not know Elvis at all; he was quite religious. So this song lets the preacher have his say and then points out, in a raucous way memorable of Elvis, that the preacher was worse than pious; he was downright ignorant. This song is meant for all of Elvis' remaining fans from the era and for all those who weren't born when he was alive but who love him anyway.
Story Behind the Song:
I once heard a preacher being interviewed about Elvis. He said: "You know, when he was shakin' a leg he could not kneel to pray." I thought, well, perhaps physically true, but the preacher did not know Elvis at all; he was quite religious. This song concept sat in my book of hooks for a long time, but bubbled to the surface recently, and I really like the result.
Metadata
Song Length: 3:46
Primary Genre: Rock-Roots/Rock n' Roll
Secondary Genre: Rock-Religious
Tempo: Fast (151 - 170)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Judgement
Subject Matter 2: Religion
Mood 1: On Cloud Nine
Mood 2: In High Spirits
Similar Artist 1: Elvis Presley
Similar Artist 2: Elvis Presley
Language: English
Era: 1950 - 1959
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