One Night
Elvis Presley Lyrics


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One night with you
Is what I'm now praying for
The things that we two could plan
Would make my dreams come true
Just call my name
And I'll be right by your side
I want your sweet helping hand
My loves too strong to hide
Always lived, very quiet life
I ain't never did no wrong
Now I know that life without you
Has been too lonely too long
One night with you
Is what I'm now praying for
The things that we two could plan
Would make my dreams come true
Always lived, very quiet life
I ain't never did no wrong
Now I know that life without you
Has been too lonely too long
One night with you
Is what I'm now praying for




Of things that we two could plan
Would make my dreams come true

Overall Meaning

The song "One Night" by Elvis Presley is a yearning love song from the perspective of an individual who desires one night with a specific romantic partner. The singer expresses the wishful thinking that one night with their crush would fulfill all of their wildest dreams. The lyrics suggest that the two haven't had a previous romantic relationship, as the singer discusses leading a "very quiet life" without doing any wrong to their love interest. Furthermore, the lyrics emphasize the singer's passion and desire for their crush, as they describe their love as "too strong to hide." The singer's hope is that by simply calling their name, their love interest would reciprocate the passion.


On a deeper level, the song can be interpreted as an expression of loneliness and longing. The singer's plea for one night suggests that they have been alone for too long without companionship, and their desire to be with the object of their affection is heightened as a result. The song is a poignant reminder that love and connection are essential aspects of the human experience, and the absence of these things can leave one feeling phlegmatic and unfulfilled.


Line by Line Meaning

One night with you
The singer is asking for a one-time romantic encounter with the person addressed in the song


Is what I'm now praying for
The singer deeply desires this one night and considers it a religious or spiritual need


The things that we two could plan
The singer imagines all the possibilities of what they could do together on this night and how it could fulfill their deepest desires


Would make my dreams come true
The singer believes that this night would be the key to achieving everything they've ever wanted in their life


Just call my name
The singer is eager and available for this encounter and wants to be summoned by the other person


And I'll be right by your side
The singer is committed to being physically present with the other person and ready to share this experience


I want your sweet helping hand
The singer desires the physical and emotional support of the other person during this encounter


My love's too strong to hide
The singer has strong romantic feelings for the other person that they cannot conceal or ignore


Always lived, very quiet life
The singer has led a reserved and private existence before this moment


I ain't never did no wrong
The singer claims to have never committed any truly negative actions in their life


Now I know that life without you
The singer has come to understand that their life has been incomplete and unsatisfying without the other person


Has been too lonely too long
The singer has endured a prolonged period of loneliness and dissatisfaction with their life


Of things that we two could plan
The singer is once again emphasizing their excitement about the potential opportunities and experiences that this one night might bring




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Royalty Network, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Actual Music, S.L.
Written by: Anita Steiman, Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King

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Comments from YouTube:

@jguarino

My 30 year old son went to Graceland... he told me after “now I get it”. He’s a total fan now. The King!

@nicky0016dd

LOVE this song!
He sang it with such passion and emotion! BEAUTIFUL!!
The King!!!!!

@suziwil5019

I'll never get tired of Elvis!

@NosSon-gb4cv

Even I don't forget my king.. I'm Starman

@magneto7930

One of the rare occasions when you can actually hear Elvis play electric guitar, playing those notes on the low register.

@essessessesq

correct...he also played it on the 1968 TV Special, borrowing Scotty Moore's electric guitar

@magneto7930

@@essessessesq yes, I saw it.

@essessessesq

@@magneto7930 he was quite good on guitar...and played electric bas on Baby I Don't Care because Bill Black was new to the electric bass and was having trouble with it that day...EP was also playing his Fender bass when the Beatles showed up to see him in 1965...Paul Mc says EP was playing bass to Charlie Rich's then current hit "Mohair Sam"...which Paul said the Beatles also liked!

@verahoward2341

One of my favorite Elvis songs. "One night" I don't think there's a song he ever sang that I didn't like. I believe he was sincere in all he did. God puts certain people here for a certain reason. And I believe God had a purpose these special people are far and few between. We were truly blessed with his presence.

@michaelcraig9449

FEW and FAR between! You got it backwards!

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