Thursday, May 11, 2006

Elvis Presley may have been Gay

Most of my friends know that I am and Elvis fan. It’s true and crazy, I know. For the past few days have been listening to his 30 Greatest Hits CD in my car and for the most part, I have been skipping from song to song, depending on my mood. However, this morning, I decided to play the CD from track one. On my way back from lunch today, I heard the song, “Jailhouse Rock.” Now I have heard this song over a thousand times but this time, I realized that “Jailhouse Rock” has some very homoerotic lyrics to them which could mean that maybe the Elvis was gay? Really! Let’s discuss the lyrics:

The warden threw a party in the county jail.
The prison band was there and they began to wail.
The band was jumpin’ and the joint began to swing.
You should’ve heard those knocked out jailbirds sing.
Let’s rock, everybody, let’s rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin’ to the jailhouse rock.

That should have been my first clue. What cons do you know of would jump and wail while in jail? None! Jail is a dangerous, hard-core place and you are more worried about dropping the soap then singing to the jailhouse prison band. That’s another clue - a prison with a band? Let’s hear more about this band and who its members are!
Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone,
Little Joe was blowin’ on the slide trombone.
The drummer boy from Illinois went crash, boom, bang,
The whole rhythm section was the purple gang.
Let’s rock, everybody, let’s rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin’ to the jailhouse rock.

The Purple Gang? How scary is this gang? I mean, you have gang members playing sax, trombone, and drums. Who are they possibly going to rumble for turf - the Jets and the Sharks? I don’t care if your name IS Spider Murphy, you better have killed a guy by clubbing him over the head with a saxophone if you want to not take your fruit cocktail at lunch. So it’s not completely gay yet. I mean, so some of the prisoners are talented and Elvis was a musician. Ok, lets meet the rest of the jailhouse rockers.
Number forty-seven said to number three:
You’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see.
I sure would be delighted with your company,
Come on and do the jailhouse rock with me.
Let’s rock, everybody, let’s rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin’ to the jailhouse rock.

There! Did you read it? Number 3 is obviously the prison bitch. He is apparently the cutest jailbird that 47 has ever laid his eyes on. I have not doubt in my mind that the Purple Gang is involved in recruiting number 3 to be part of the so-called “Jailhouse Rock!” At least 47 found a “partner.” What would happen if there weren’t anyone for number 3 to dance with?

The sad sack was a sittin’ on a block of stone
Way over in the corner weepin’ all alone.
The warden said, hey, buddy, don’t you be no square.
If you can’t find a partner use a wooden chair.
Let’s rock, everybody, let’s rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin’ to the jailhouse rock.

Jail is no place for anyone that is “weepin’” all alone. This guy should have been beaten and smacked and left to mop the floors, but no, the Warden in this “care center” is concerned and offers advice to dance with a wooden chair. Why be left out of the fun when there is perfectly good prison furniture to dance with. Surely there has to be someone that is looking at this and thinking, “I’ve got to get out of this place?”

Shifty Henry said to Bugs, for heaven’s sake,
No one’s lookin’, now’s our chance to make a break.
Bugsy turned to shifty and he said, nix nix,
I wanna stick around a while and get my kicks.
Let’s rock, everybody, let’s rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin’ to the jailhouse rock.

Shifty Henry has the right idea. Jail is not a picnic. They lock people up for committing crimes. This is not a vacation. He wants to make a break while the rest of the Purple gang is distracted and invites Bugs to come with him. What does Bugs say, “No way man. Jail is fun! I want to stay while I can get my kicks!” I don’t even what to know what it means to get you kicks in a jail full of men.

There you have it. Elvis may or may not have been gay, but I leave it up to you to decide. It won’t change my opinion of him. I will always listen to the great sounds of the King, but wow!This could shake the music industry up. Then again, the song and movie came out in 1957 and that's just how they rolled back then. Elvis is the man.

23 Comments:

Anonymous robert m said...

No I don't think Elvis was gay. And I don't think "Jailhouse Rock" is about gay life in prison, because it wasn't written or sung by anyone who had any idea of what life in prison was like. It is-no pun intended-a romanticized view of a hard life, like cowboys, gangsters, and in some cases soldiers. Wishful thinking and pure imagination, not anything remotely real.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Jill said...

The cutest jailbird you ever did see may have been a woman inmate. There were women in jail in the 1950's you know. I think they mean it to be a girl (woman).

9:33 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Elvis did not write the song you moron. He didnt write any of his music except for one song which is on the Elvis By the Presley's CD. If you want to prove Elvis is gay you have to dig deeper than these lyrics.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Elvis did not write the song you moron. He didnt write any of his music except for one song which is on the Elvis By the Presley's CD. If you want to prove Elvis is gay you have to dig deeper than these lyrics.

10:24 AM  
Blogger elvis-a-presley said...

wtf? elvis was NOT gay jail house rock is just a song it doesn't mean anything- elvis was married to priscilla and he had a daughter lisa marie so how th hel is he gay?

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Jecky said...

The last comment writer said "elvis was married to priscilla and he had a daughter lisa marie so how th hel is he gay?"

What a naive statement! Many gay men have associated with women to hide their sexuality. Don't forget that Elton John married a woman before coming out as a gay man.

Priscilla once said that Elvis was "not overly active sexually" during their five year marriage. And former "girlfriends", like Judy Spreckels and June Juanico, claimed their relationships were never sexual.

While it's far from conclusive that Elvis may have been gay, the idea can't be totally discounted.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous JD said...

The song was written for the movie in which Elvis was a down on his luck kid who got thrown in jail for punching some guy out. If you are a true Elvis fan and you watch his movies you know that none of his movies have any real violence in it and in the 50s they are not going to have any of those crude but realistic Shawshank Redemption scenes. It was a movie, and the song was meant to be fun, and I believe when it was originally written number 3 is supposed to be a female. Also if you watch the movie Elvis does sing in prison and is even put on TV. Prisons often had bands come and the prisoners "wailed." If you want to prove Elvis is gay, you might want to find more proof than one line from one song that is easily refuted.

6:32 AM  
Blogger william said...

he is not gay he had a wife and a kid if you say he is gay hook it up ok ok and if you have a proplem i tell me at daddyslittefellow@yahoo.com ok ok
and i dont know if i speeled proplem right lol!

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

somebody had said that Elvis was married and had kids. Well you do know that Elton John was married and has kids as well. I thought the same thing for years, that Elvis could have had some homosexual tendencies, he could have been bisexual. But in the 1950s if he was gay and came out minutes after he came out his career would have ended, and very possibly been lynched. And to the woman that said there were women in prison in the 50s they would've been kept separate from the male population just like today. I still think Elvis was an amazing musician and I wish that if he was gay the culture would've been so that he could have lived the life he wanted too.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a person that will confide...it is possible that someone is bi-sexual. Truely for there own personal reasons and that may not have anything to do with sex. you could be inlove with someone you cant touch and knowone would ever know it. I am a person that gets choked up at the thought that I thought a guy was so handsome and couldnt act on it. I have a girlfriend too and had crush on someone that didnt have anything to do with sex and everthing to do with it at the same time. I usually have the Gay Dar skill, I hate that word. I also know that everyone is curious. It doesnt matter if they admit it or not. Elvis would never be able to act on it. They would capitolize on it. That must have been so frustrating. I saw the interview with that actress from the 60's- Anne Marg. I dont think she slept with him either. I heard her say" I knew him extremely well,extremely" I could tell he may have confided in her on this matter. I know that it is possible to have fantacy and he was so beautiful I have a hard time assuming he ever acted on it. He would have never got away with it. There are so many aspects of love.-I think he was bisexual- like Cobain said" everyone is.....blah blah blah I dont care who you are. Its all in if you ackowledge and ignore it or deny and so forth

4:36 PM  
Blogger Elvis's biggest fan said...

leave him alone and fuck off trying to make up gay stories that he was gay, because he was not!!!!! how fuking dare you all try and accuse him, he had a wife and a daughter! i hope you are all ashamed of yourselfes! Elvis and his family will be looking down at you in disgrace because you insulted him! If you are his true fans you would know that he is not gay! so get a fuking life and stop trying to make up stories about the best man in the world! because most of us who have sense know for a fact that he aint gay!!! i personaly think that all the people who are trying to make up that he is gay, are gay themselfes! just because you wish that he was gay, so you could of had a chance with him! NOW LEAVE THE KING TO R.I.P AND DON'T MAKE STORIES UP ABOUT HIM! HE IS NOT GAY,IT IS NOT TRUE! NOW STAY TRUE TO HIM AND KEEP HIS MEMORY ALIVE IF YOUR REALY HIS FANS! JUST BECAUSE OF THE SONG JAILHOUSE ROCK MAY HAVE BEEN ABOUT GAYLIFE IN PRISON, DOES NOT MEAN HE IS GAY! SO JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE! HE GAVE US SO MUCH, WHY CAN'T YOU SEE THAT?? HE DOES NOT DESERVE THIS!! HE IS THE KINDEST,BEAUTIFULEST,NICEST,AMAZINGEST AND GREATEST OF ALL!!!!! R.I.P ELVIS I LOVE YOU SO MUCH XXXXXXXXXXXX

4:50 PM  
Anonymous DanDan said...

wow....that's some serious over reaction....

and what the hell is wrong with being GAY? let it go...and please don't be such a homophobic nut job.

I found this site cause I was thinking the exact same thing about number 3....
it's a weird lyric.

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont agree the song has any gay connotations, and he didnt even write the song, however being an elvis fan, i do have to be honest he was 98% gay its pretty much fact, i know a lot of people may not want to hear this but her, most of the girls he was with were more like girlfriends (shared beauty secrets, playful sleepovers, nothing more) he only has sex with pricilla once, and may have had sex with females less than a handful preferring to just have them as companions, and so what if hes gay let him be sheesh

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Liberace said...

Come on guy, everybody knows Elvis was gay. When he crooned about dancing to the jailhouse rock, visions of butt-pumping come to mind; smiling guards watching the homosexual orgy.

Accept it man, Elvis was totally gay.

2:31 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

MY GOD, DO YOU PEOPLE THINK THAT YOU COULD FIND BETTER THING'S TO DO WITH YOUR LIVES RATHER THAN TALK SHIT ON ELVIS? THE MAN HAS BEEN DEAD FOR ALMOST 31 YEAR'S.... HE WAS THE KING AND STILL IS THE KING LET HIM RIP!!
YOUR TRUE FAN'S LOVE YOU ELVIS!!!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the DUMBEST thing I've ever heard. There's not one word in that song that insinuates that they were gay. IDIOT!!!!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elvis may or may not have been gay.. so what? (maybe he was bisexual, nobody goes that way, they either way he was gay or he loved women too much.. what if he loved both? and so what?) but it's the WRITERS of the song whoare/were gay. And then again, so what? Remember the story about both of them being locked in a room, alone, trying to come up with songs, and they couldn't? (man, I wonder what they were doing... hehehe) and THEY came up with this... Whatever the lyrics were, Elvis did not write them. Let's just assume that the writers are gay, wrote gay lyrics and the singer accepted to sing them, being gay himself... so what? :P I don't think Elvis would have accepted those lyrics if he had been the macho some people say he was...

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ELVIS WAS NOT GAY, HE WAS JUST A PATHETIC LOSER WHO LIKED 14 YEAR OLD VIRGIN GIRLS LIKE PRISCILLA.
IF YOU THINK THEY HAD SEX HER BEING THE OF AGE 19 U ARE WRONG. WINKEPIDIA SAYS THEY DATED AT AGE 14 AND PRISCILLA ADMITED THEY HAD SEX WHEN SHE WAS FOURTEEN BUT HAD NO INTERCOURSE, IF U BELIEVE HER.
ASK CHRIS HANSEN AND DR PHILL IF IT IS ALRIGHT FOR A 24 YEAR OLD TO DATE A 14 YEAR OLD.
HE IS JUST AN ALMIGHTY WHITE LOSER.
HE NEVER WROTE ANY OF HIS SONGS ANYWAY. BUFFF LOSER.

3:42 AM  
Blogger Elvira said...

Enter (sic) Nick Adams:

http://www.zimbio.com/ELVIS+PRESLEY+WAS+BISEXUAL/articles/4/Elvis+Presley+went+both+ways+yes+indeed+King

12:30 PM  
Blogger takenover_05 said...

ok,i know this is a gay song,at people who say "elvis had a wife and kids",that doesnt mean anything,many gay men have wives and children.At people who say "maybe number 3 was a girl".......um since when has a female been put in an all male prison,HELLO PEOPLE,and elvis did go to jail for being AWOL.I know he was a great musician,but he's not GOD so if he was gay(and the clues are obvious)then thats just how it is.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people are idiots! Of course Elvis wasn't gay. Is this wishful thinking?

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Harry Cox said...

This is an excellent critique, and proof positive that Elvis was flamin'.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gays did enter into "lavender marriages" you nitwit.

1:32 PM  

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