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Lisa Marie Presley Talks About The Song Elvis Sang For Her


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UPDATED 1/25/2023


Elvis Presley died when his daughter Lisa Marie Presley was just a little girl. Of course, it can be soothing yet painful for her to go back and listen to her father’s music. Some songs she loves more than others and she is finally opening up about the song written for her.


Lisa Marie also has the gift of musical abilities and is a singer herself. She has said that writing songs has helped her to work through her feelings about her father’s death. She also admitted that she is drawn to Elvis’ “darker” songs.

Lisa Marie opens up about “Separate Ways” by her father Elvis

Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley, with baby Lisa Marie Presley, at home in Memphis, February 1968 / Everett Collection

Lisa Marie revealed, “I’m more prone to the Seventies stuff because I was around then. They bring back more memories. The sad ones, I get into… The dark ones that weren’t particularly a hit on the radio. ‘Mary in the Morning.’ ‘In the Ghetto.’ ‘Just Pretend.’ ‘Solitaire.’ Those I love.”

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FOLLOW THAT DREAM, Elvis Presley, 1962 / Everett Collection

The song “Separate Ways” was written about Lisa Marie and her mother, Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla. Unfortunately, the song was written by Robert “Red” West, one of Elvis’ bodyguards which Lisa Marie would later have a feud with. The song was co-written by Richard Mainegra.

THE TALK, (from left): Sara Gilbert, Lisa Marie Presley, (Season 3, aired Feb. 15, 2013). photo: Lisette M. Azar / ©CBS / courtesy Everett Collection

Elvis loved the song which goes, “There’s nothing left to do but go our separate ways, And pick up all the pieces left behind us, And maybe someday, somewhere along the way, Another love will find us. Someday when she’s older, maybe she will understand, Why her mom and dad are not together. The tears that she will cry when I have to say goodbye, Will tear at my heart forever.”

In conclusion, listen to the beautifully heartbreaking song below:

Did Lisa Marie sing with Elvis?

Lisa Marie made a video of “Don’t Cry Daddy” as a posthumous duet with her father in 1997. The video was shown at the tribute concert that marked the 20th anniversary of Elvis’ death. The video contains Elvis’ original vocals with Lisa Marie’s layered on top.

How old was Lisa when Elvis died?

Lisa Marie Presley was just nine years old when her father, Elvis Presley, died. Her late father and mother Priscilla had separated just a few years prior when Lisa was four.

Who originally sang Elvis songs?

Many popular Elvis songs actually originated with blues singers such as the song “Hound Dog.” This song was originally sung by Big Mama Thronton in the early ’50s and made popular by Elvis.

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