His Latest Flame
Elvis Presley Lyrics


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A very old friend came by today
'Cause he was telling everyone in town
Of the love that he just found
And Marie's the name of his latest flame

He talked and talked and I heard him say
That she had the longest blackest hair
The prettiest green eyes anywhere
And Marie's the name of his latest flame

Though I smiled the tears inside were a-burning
I wished him luck and then he said goodbye
He was gone, but still his words kept returning
What else was there for me to do but cry?

Would you believe that yesterday
This girl was in my arms and swore to me
She'd be mine eternally?
And Marie's the name of his latest flame

Though I smiled the tears inside were a-burning
I wished him luck and then he said goodbye
He was gone, but still his words kept returning
What else was there for me to do but cry?

Would you believe that yesterday
This girl was in my arms and swore to me
She'd be mine eternally?
And Marie's the name of his latest flame

Yeah, Marie's the name of his latest flame




Oh, Marie's the name of his latest flame
Oh, Marie's the name

Overall Meaning

Elvis Presley's "His Latest Flame" is a song about a man who runs into an old friend who has fallen madly in love with a woman named Marie, the friend then proceeds to share all the intricacies of this love affair to the singer. The singer is forced to confront the harsh reality that Marie, who was in his arms just the other day, is now the love of his friend's life. The verses are sung from the singer's point of view, as he struggles to keep his composure while aching from the inside at the news of his friend's latest love interest.


The song's theme is built around the personification of said latest flame, Marie, who remains at the center focus of the lyrics. The singer is broken by the news, but he tries not to show his feelings. He may be smiling, but deep down he is sorrowful. The repetition of the phrase "Marie's the name of his latest flame" serves as a reminder to him that his love interest is now someone else's latest flame. In summary, the theme of the song can be interpreted as the bitter realization of losing someone you love deeply to someone else.


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Line by Line Meaning

A very old friend came by today
An acquaintance I know for a long time visited me today.


'Cause he was telling everyone in town
He was spreading the news about his new love interest throughout the town.


Of the love that he just found
He shared about the new love he has found.


And Marie's the name of his latest flame
The name of his new love interest is Marie.


He talked and talked and I heard him say
He spoke continuously and I overheard him say.


That she had the longest blackest hair
He mentioned that she has long black hair.


The prettiest green eyes anywhere
He described her having the most good-looking green eyes.


And Marie's the name of his latest flame
Again, he confirmed that the woman he talked about is named Marie.


Though I smiled the tears inside were a-burning
Although I put on a brave face, I was feeling the pain of heartbreak.


I wished him luck and then he said goodbye
I wished him good luck and he left after saying goodbye.


He was gone, but still his words kept returning
Although he left, his words and the memory of him talking about Marie kept repeating in my mind.


What else was there for me to do but cry?
I was left overwhelmed with emotions and could do nothing else but cry.


Would you believe that yesterday
Can you imagine that it was only yesterday?


This girl was in my arms and swore to me
She was in my embrace and promised me.


She'd be mine eternally?
That she will be mine forever.


And Marie's the name of his latest flame
Once more, he mentioned that Marie is the new love interest.


Yeah, Marie's the name of his latest flame
He affirms for the last time that Marie is the person he was talking about earlier.


Oh, Marie's the name of his latest flame
He confirms it again with an expression of surprise or astonishment.




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Written by: Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman

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Lyrics :

A very old friend came by today
'Cause he was telling everyone in town
Of the love that he just found
And Marie's the name of his latest flame
He talked and talked and I heard him say
That she had the longest, blackest hair
The prettiest green eyes anywhere
And Marie's the name of his latest flame
Though I smiled, the tears inside were burning
I wished him luck and then he said goodbye
He was gone but still his words kept returning
What else was there for me to do but cry?
Would you believe that yesterday
This girl was in my arms and swore to me
She'd be mine eternally
And Marie's the name of his latest flame
Though I smiled, the tears inside were a-burning
I wished him luck and then he said goodbye
He was gone but still his words kept returning
What else was there for me to do but cry?
Would you believe that yesterday
This girl was in my arms and swore to me
She'd be mine eternally
And Marie's the name of his latest flame
Yeah, Marie's the name of his latest flame
Oh, Marie's the name of his latest flame
And Marie's the name of his latest flame



Me

A very old friend came by today
'Cause he was telling everyone in town
Of the love that he just found
And Marie's the name of his latest flame

He talked and talked and I heard him say
That she had the longest, blackest hair
The prettiest green eyes anywhere
And Marie's the name of his latest flame

Though I smiled, the tears inside were burning
I wished him luck and then he said goodbye
He was gone but still his words kept returning
What else was there for me to do but cry?

Would you believe that yesterday
This girl was in my arms and swore to me
She'd be mine eternally
And Marie's the name of his latest flame

Though I smiled, the tears inside were a-burning
I wished him luck and then he said goodbye
He was gone but still his words kept returning
What else was there for me to do but cry?

Would you believe that yesterday
This girl was in my arms and swore to me
She'd be mine eternally
And Marie's the name of his latest flame

Yeah, Marie's the name of his latest flame
Oh, Marie's the name of his latest flame
And Marie's the name of his latest flame



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Jerome Taperman

My personal favorite Elvis song. I love the way the piano just bursts in there for the chorus.

Rivkie R

Marie is part of my name but it wasn’t me😝

Betty Cunicelli

I agree!!!

Mario Saldana

@Betty Cunicelli check out Mary Lou by the Creative Force, Amazing

Mario Saldana

@Rivkie R check out Mary Lou by the Creative Force, Amazing!

IDC Anymore

Mine too. Not much known, but for me, his best. And yes, for that amazing piano riff.

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Maria Hewitt

2 minutes and 8 seconds of musical perfection. Elvis is immortal and his music will live forever.

Rockstarfrom1989

A song that's already 60 years old and still is beautiful.

A New You Motivation

Some things were just meant to last and this is one of them

Raul Cádiz madrid

Los ídolos son inmortales... Gracias por toda tus Canciones y tú maravillosa Voz Elvis Presley, o simplemente el Rey..🤴❤️

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