A Little Less Conversation
Elvis Presley Lyrics


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A little less conversation, a little more action, please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite, a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart and, baby, satisfy me
Satisfy me, baby

Baby, close your eyes and listen to the music
Drifting through a summer breeze
It's a groovy night and I can show you how to use it
Come along with me and put your mind at ease
A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark

Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me
(Satisfy me) Satisfy me baby (Satisfy me)
Come on, baby, I'm tired of talking
Grab your coat and let's start walking
Come on, come on (Come on, come on)
Come on, come on (Come on, come on)
Come on, come on (Come on, come on)

Don't procrastinate, don't articulate
Girl, it's getting late, gettin' upset waitin' around

And a little less conversation, a little more action, please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite, a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark




Close your mouth and open up your heart and, baby, satisfy me
Satisfy me, baby

Overall Meaning

In Elvis Presley's song "A Little Less Conversation," the singer is calling for less talk and more action from his partner. He feels that all the talking and arguing is not satisfying him and he needs more intimacy and sparks in their relationship. He suggests that they close their mouths and open up their hearts to each other, and he wants his partner to satisfy him.


The chorus repeats the phrase "a little less conversation, a little more action, please," emphasizing his desire for physical intimacy rather than verbal communication. He suggests that they stop procrastinating and come together physically, urging his partner to shed her frustrations and let loose. Presley's sensual vocals add to the song's romantic appeal, and he creates a groovy mood with upbeat yet laid-back instrumentation.


Interestingly, this song gained a new lease of life in 2002 when a remix by Junkie XL became a hit, resulting in the song charting once again in the US, the UK, and across Europe. The song's lyrics reflect the changing gender dynamics of the 1960s, where women began to assert their independence and demand more emotional connection from their partners. Additionally, the song was part of the soundtrack for the films Ocean's Eleven and Lilo & Stitch.


Line by Line Meaning

A little less conversation, a little more action, please
Stop talking and start doing, we need more action


All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
The annoyance and frustration we're experiencing isn't making us happy


A little more bite, a little less bark
Be more assertive and less defensive


A little less fight and a little more spark
Stop arguing and add more excitement


Close your mouth and open up your heart and, baby, satisfy me
Shut up and show me some love so I can feel satisfied


Satisfy me, baby
Make me feel happy and fulfilled


Baby, close your eyes and listen to the music
Relax and enjoy the music


Drifting through a summer breeze
Feeling calm and carefree like a breeze in summer


It's a groovy night and I can show you how to use it
It's a fun night and I can teach you how to have a good time


Come along with me and put your mind at ease
Join me and relax your mind


Don't procrastinate, don't articulate
Don't put off doing things, don't over-explain


Girl, it's getting late, gettin' upset waitin' around
It's getting late and I'm getting frustrated waiting


Come on, baby, I'm tired of talking
Let's stop talking and start doing something


Grab your coat and let's start walking
Put on your coat and let's go


Come on, come on (Come on, come on)
Let's go, hurry up




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Billy Strange, Mac Davis

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@marieblue

Mac Davis and Billy Strange co-authored “A Little Less Conversation” for the 1968 movie “Live a Little, Love a Little.”

The original version by Davis was meant for ARETHA FRANKLIN❕ But when Davis was approached by Strange (who was handling the music for the film) about contributing a number, he realized that “A Little Less Conversation” was a perfect fit for one scene. So he reworked it with Strange.

Dixit Davis : “I read the script, and the place where they needed a song was in a scene where [Elvis is] seducing a girl at a pool and she’s talking too much, and he’s trying to get her to leave with him. I had this song already started that I was hoping Aretha Franklin might like, and I wrote it really with her in mind. It just fit right into that spot and they asked me to clean up the lyrics. It was a little funky, I guess, for his image at the time. So I changed [the] lyrics to fit the times.”

Mac Davis took some lyrical liberties, making up the word “satisfactioning.” To Elvis’ fans, this was part of the piece’s appeal, but Davis was not thrilled with it, stating : “It’s not my proudest moment.”

INTERESTINGLY, the picture “Live a Little, Love a Little” is not a musical, but it becomes one for this one sequence❗️ 💙💭💜

Always loved, never forgotten, forever missed will you remain, Elvis Aaron Presley (1935 - 1977)… 🌹



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@spartacus50MHz

The bass line is killer!!!

@hedvikasatavova7794

It's so groovy, had to look up the bass player!:)

Apparently it was Larry Knechtel who Wikipedia says was a session player in LA and worked with the Mamas & the Papas, the Byrds, the Doors and more. He also played piano/keys and even won a Grammy for his piano work on Bridge over Troubled Water!

@carlwinslow5905

If you like this one, hone in on the bassline for Burning Love. Heard that song for years, got tired of it, really listened to the bass one day, now it's one of my fav bass lines. Also check out "Rubbernecking"

@longreach207

Outside of holiday music, THIS is quintessential Elvis. Progressive swagger only the King could concoct!

@kozmicjulio

What a hit 🤌⚡️

@mckiki4029

I remember when the remix came out and played on the TV menu for sky (I was three at the time) and shouted “mum! It’s Johnny Bravo!” my dad being an Elvis fan wasn’t impressed 😂

@kieroncampion120

😂😂😂

@GodotOfficial

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Godot who would mind though 🤷🏻‍♂️

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