Elvis Presley – The Next Step Is Love

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Baking/Bread/Cake/Pie/Picnic.

From his 1970 album, That’s The Way It Is. The song reached #32 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on August 28, 1970. It was recorded on June 7, 1970, at RCA Studio B in Nashville.

From Songfacts

Released as a single with “I’ve Lost You,” this was the last song Paul Evans wrote for Elvis (he co-wrote it with Paul Parnes). Evans is a prolific songwriter who had novelty hits as an artist with “Seven Little Girls (Sitting In The Back Seat)” and “Happy-Go-Lucky Me.” When writing for Elvis, Evans points out that he had to be very careful with the demos because Elvis’ producers would often use the whole arrangement, not just the song. In this song, he used piccolo trumpets on the demo, which made it to the record. Says Evans: “Who knows? If we had put a tuba on it and they liked it, they would have put a tuba on it. Or if they didn’t like it, they wouldn’t have done the song. They had to like the package, the ambience of the demo, so we would have to do our best to give them our interpretation of what they would do, with a smaller group of people.

The Next Step Is Love

Yesterday I slipped away
The sun is welcoming the evening shadows
On a perfect day and the next step is love
The next step is love
We walked barefoot through the misty meadows
Laughing at each other in the rain
Made some faces at some people in the park
Didn’t bother to explain
Fun, fun, look at us run
Going nowhere special really fast
But we’ve yet to taste the icing on the cake
That we’ve been baking with the past
And the next step is love
So what are we waiting for?
The next step is love
Girl, it’s for sure
Love will be a place to run to
From the world they’ve built to you and me
We’ll be closer than we’ve ever been
Though, looking back, it’s so hard to believe
Hang it all out or bring it all in
The best we’ve picked upon the way tonight
Changes are coming, but together
We can make it through somehow
Yes, the next step is love
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Paul Evans / Paul Parnes