The Daily Prompt: My Elusive Dreams

Elusive

Glen and Bobbie
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It was the early 1970s and Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry were rocking the Pop/Country charts with “Little Green Apples” and “Let it be Me.” But one song that I always liked was “My Elusive Dreams.” Written by Billy Sherrill and Curly Putnam, it continued to be popular through the 1960s and 1970s. David Houston and Tammy Wynette recorded the most famous version, but Bobby Vinton and Charlie Rich also got in the act with their versions. Whenever I hear the word elusive, the the Campbell/Gentry version pops into my head, giving me a day-long earworm.

I do enjoy the vocal harmonies by Campbell and Gentry, but, really, people, the words are pretty lame. Nice idea, though, and certainly an argument for trying to find the gold mine in life and never quite digging in the right place.

“My Elusive Dreams”

You followed me to Texas, you followed me to Utah,
We didn’t find it there so we moved on.
Then you went with me to A-la-bam’,
Things looked good in Birmingham,
We didn’t find it there so we moved on.
I know you’re tired of fol-low-ing
My elusive dreams and schemes
For they’re only fleeting things,
My elusive dreams.

You had my child in Memphis then I heard of work in Nashville,
But we didn’t find it there so we moved on.
To a small farm in Nebraska, to a gold mine in Alaska,
We didn’t find it there so we moved on.
I know you’re tired of fol-low-ing
My elusive dreams and schemes
For they’re only fleeting things,
My elusive dreams.

Now we’ve left A-las-ka because thewas no gold mine,
But this time only two of us moved on.
And now all we have is each other and a little memory
To cling to and still you won’t let me go on alone.
I know you’re tired of following
My elusive dreams and schemes
For they’re only fleeting things,
My elusive dreams.

3 thoughts on “The Daily Prompt: My Elusive Dreams”

  1. I do remember that song, I could relate because I chased my elusive dreams across the country and back 3 or 4 times before settling without ever capturing them… at least until now… I am retired and with a new man and now I am living the dream…

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