Elvis Presley, the legendary King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, left an indelible mark on the world of music with his timeless ballad, “If I Can Dream,” released in 1968. This emotive song has resonated with generations, encapsulating the spirit of hope, unity, and perseverance.Pin on Graceland Blog

Did You Know?

  • Elvis’s Comeback Special: “If I Can Dream” was originally written for Elvis’s NBC television special, commonly known as the ’68 Comeback Special. This iconic performance marked a significant milestone in his career, marking his return to live performances after a long hiatus.
  • Inspiration Behind the Song: The song’s powerful lyrics were inspired by the turbulent times of the 1960s, with references to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the quest for a better world.
  • Elvis’s Emotional Connection: Elvis felt a deep personal connection to this song, which is reflected in his soul-stirring rendition during the special. His emotional delivery still moves listeners to this day.Elvis Presley and His Anthem For Racial Harmony – ”If I Can Dream” - faith underground


Lyrics: If I Can Dream

There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true?

There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away all the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won’t that sun appear?

We’re lost in a cloud with too much rain
We’re trapped in a world that’s troubled with pain
But as long as a man has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly

Deep in my heart there’s a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer’s gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle
And while I can think,
While I can talk
While I can stand,
While I can walk
While I can dream,
Please let my dream come true… right now
Let it come true right now
Oh, yeah

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