About the song

Never Been to Spain by the one and only Elvis Presley. This 1972 gem, though not as widely known as some of his earlier hits, offers a fascinating glimpse into Elvis’s later career. Here, we find him a seasoned performer, one who’s comfortable stretching his musical muscles and injecting a touch of humor into his repertoire.

Never Been to Spain isn’t your typical Elvis ballad. It’s a playful, tongue-in-cheek exploration of experience, both real and imagined. The song opens with a surprising confession: “Well, I’ve never been to Spain / But I kinda like the music.” This sets the tone for a series of whimsical admissions. Elvis, the king of rock and roll, hasn’t been to Spain, a country known for its passionate music and fiery flamenco dancers. Yet, the music stirs something within him. It’s a delicious irony, a wink to the audience, acknowledging his own larger-than-life persona while revealing a genuine appreciation for other musical styles.

The lyrics that follow are a delightful mix of pop culture references and playful non sequiturs. Elvis mentions his love for the Beatles, another musical titan, before recounting a failed attempt to reach Las Vegas, ending up instead in the considerably less glamorous Needles, California. This geographical detour adds a touch of self-deprecating humor, a willingness to poke fun at himself.

Never Been to Spain isn’t just about lighthearted amusement, though. The song delves into themes of memory and place. Elvis reflects on his birthplace, Oklahoma, a place he doesn’t quite remember. The line “What does it matter?” repeated throughout the song, speaks to a sense of rootlessness, a yearning for a deeper connection to his past. There’s a melancholic undercurrent beneath the surface of the song’s playful exterior.

Elvis’s delivery in Never Been to Spain is masterful. He imbues the song with a relaxed confidence, a performer completely in control of his craft. His voice, though perhaps not possessing the raw power of his younger years, has gained a rich maturity. He effortlessly shifts between playful swagger and introspective murmur, drawing the listener into his world.

Never Been to Spain might not be Elvis Presley’s most famous song, but it stands as a testament to his enduring charisma and artistic evolution. It’s a song that rewards repeat listens, revealing new layers of meaning and enjoyment with each encounter. So, put on your blue suede shoes, metaphorical or otherwise, and prepare to be charmed by the King’s playful exploration of Spain, the Beatles, and the mysteries of his own past.

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Lyrics

Well I’ve never been to Spain
But I kinda like the music
Say the ladies are insane there
And they sure know how to use it
They don’t abuse it
Never gonna loose it
I can’t refuse it

Well, I’ve never been to england
But I kind of like the Beatles
So I headed for Las Vegas
Only made it out to needles
Can you feel it
Must be weary
Oh so good… oh feel so good

Well I’ve never been to heaven
But I’ve been in Oklahoma
Well, they tell me I was born there
But I really don’t remember
In Oklahoma or Arizona
What does it matter
What does it matter