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Billy Edd Wheeler, a fellow Hall of Fame songwriter friend of mine, and I were at a golf tournament at Henry Horton State Park. He told me he had an Idea for a song, but since it was to be a love song and he was basically a story teller, he needed help writing it, and asked if I would be interested.
I agreed to write it with him, something that at this point in time I had never done before. I got a guitar, and while he drove back to Nashville we worked on this song. By the time we got to Nashville we had whipped it out. Later, Billy Edd sang the demo of it and I sent it to Elvis by Lamar Fike.
Elvis recorded it and it was an Award Winning Record, the first of several of my songs he did.
In the book, "THE LIFE OF ELVIS PRESLEY", Charlie Hodge one of Elvis' closest friends stated that Elvis loved playing games, but at other times his mood often changed to deep depression, like the time Priscilla and a friend went to see him perform in Los Vegas, after their divorce. It was 1974 and she came with a girlfriend says Charlie. They sat in the booth Elvis always reserved for her and when he spotted them, He sang Priscilla's Favorite song "IT'S MIDNIGHT". He walked to the edge of the stage, looked at her, and tears were streaming down his cheeks. He was all broke up. She was the only girl he really ever loved ...
Maybe it's too late. Sometimes even hate myself for loving you
Trying to be strong then nighttime comes along and I start wanting you, wanting you
Where is all my self control I'm burning way down in my soul and needing you
Wishing I could be the man I try to
Hating me for wanting to be with you, knowing you don't love me like you used to
But it's midnight, Ohh and I miss you
It's getting late and I know that's when I am weak
Funny how things have a way of looking so much brighter in the day light
I ought to go to bed and try and straighten out my head and just forget you
Oh but it's midnight yes and I miss you
It's midnight and I miss you
Words and Music by Wheeler and Chesnut