Calling Elvis
Dire Straits Lyrics


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Calling Elvis, is anybody home?
Calling Elvis, I'm here all alone
Did he leave the building?
Or can he come to the phone?
Calling Elvis, I'm here all alone

Well tell him I was calling just to wish him well
Let me leave my number, heartbreak hotel
Oh love me tender, baby don't be cruel
Return to sender, treat me like a fool

Calling Elvis, is anybody home?
Calling Elvis, I'm here all alone
Did he leave the building?
Can he come to the phone?
Calling Elvis, I'm here all alone (all alone)

Why don't you go get him, I'm his biggest fan
You gotta tell him, he's still the man
Long distance baby, so far from home
Don't you think maybe you could put him on

Well tell him I was calling just to wish him well
Let me leave my number, heartbreak hotel
Oh love me tender, baby don't be cruel
Return to sender, treat me like a fool

Calling Elvis, is anybody home?
Calling Elvis, I'm here all alone
Did he leave the building?
Can he come to the phone?
Calling Elvis, I'm here all alone

Calling Elvis, is anybody home?
Calling Elvis, I'm here all alone
Did he leave the building?




Can he come to the phone?
Calling Elvis, I'm here all alone

Overall Meaning

"Calling Elvis" is a song by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1991. The song is a humorous tribute to Elvis Presley and his impact on rock and roll music. The opening lines of the song, "Calling Elvis, is anybody home? / Calling Elvis, I'm here all alone," sets the tone for the song about a fan desperately trying to get in touch with their idol. The singer asks if Elvis has left the building or if he can come to the phone, implying that they are trying to contact him through a medium or a psychic hotline.


The song plays with many of Elvis' song titles and lyrics, such as "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Return to Sender," and "Treat Me Like a Fool." The singer even offers to leave their number at "Heartbreak Hotel" to wish Elvis well. The repetition of the chorus, "Calling Elvis, is anybody home?" emphasizes the singer's frustration at not being able to get in contact with their idol.


There is also a sense of nostalgia in the song, as the singer references Elvis' enduring legacy and his status as "the man." The lyrics express a longing for the golden era of rock and roll and a desire to reconnect with its roots.


Line by Line Meaning

Calling Elvis, is anybody home?
Asking if Elvis is present or reachable.


Calling Elvis, I'm here all alone
Expressing the desire to reach Elvis and be with him.


Did he leave the building?
Asking if Elvis has gone away or is no longer available.


Or can he come to the phone?
Asking if Elvis is able to answer the phone and talk.


Well tell him I was calling just to wish him well
Requesting to pass on a message of good health and success to Elvis.


Let me leave my number, heartbreak hotel
Offering to share contact information at the Heartbreak Hotel.


Oh love me tender, baby don't be cruel
Referencing Elvis's songs Love Me Tender and Don't Be Cruel, expressing a desire for affection and kindness.


Return to sender, treat me like a fool
Referencing Elvis's song Return to Sender, expressing a desire to not be taken advantage of or treated poorly.


Why don't you go get him, I'm his biggest fan
Expressing a strong desire to meet and be with Elvis.


You gotta tell him, he's still the man
Encouraging someone to share the message that Elvis is still an important figure.


Long distance baby, so far from home
Acknowledging the distance between the singer and Elvis.


Don't you think maybe you could put him on
Requesting to speak to Elvis directly.


Calling Elvis, is anybody home?
Repeating the initial question, still seeking to reach Elvis.


Calling Elvis, I'm here all alone (all alone)
Reiterating the desire for connection with Elvis.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Mark Knopfler

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