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I heard Broken Footsteps
Was that you limping
Well, I wish that I had spent just a little more time with you

-Nobody Noticed It

“You want to know who I am, and what I am, it’s in here,” says Lisa Marie Presley defiantly, speaking about her first CD project, To Whom It May Concern. “This is how either fucked up I am, or crazy or deranged or stupid or whatever you want to call it. This is me, and it’s from me, and that’s the only reason I did it."

She’s the one-Elvis Presley’s only child. She was born a Princess, daughter of the King, and at age 9 became sole heir to a huge musical legacy and an enormous fortune. She’s spent her life in the hot seat, scrutinized, tabloid-ized, alone-with no one else to share the heat and the camera’s constant glare. Shy by nature, and reclusive by choice, she’s kept her thoughts to herself- until now. Now she’s come out and told her story-in song and in sometimes defiant, yet honest words that ring true.

“I went to the hospital the day Lisa was born, and Elvis gave her to me to hold,” says family friend George Klein. I told him I was afraid I’d drop her, she was so small, but he laughed and said ‘you’re not going to drop her’, which I didn’t, fortunately.” George and Elvis met in an 8th grade music class, to which Elvis would bring his guitar and sing. “In our senior year of high school, he won a talent contest, so I knew he had some talent,” George says now. “I was a groomsman when Elvis married Priscilla, and Elvis was my Best Man when I got married. When Elvis died, the family asked me to be a pallbearer.”

“I remember Lisa as a little girl”, he continues, “riding around in that golf cart. But my best memory of her as a little girl was……………….one of the guys at Graceland was involved in ‘Planet of the Apes’ and he had one of those ape masks from the movie. I had a black leather coat that I put on backwards, and put on the monkey mask and came in the back door to play a joke on Lisa. She was probably about 4 or 5. I called it ‘Igor the Monster’ and she just loved it, so I did it a few times through the years. About 2 years ago, I was an MC at a show in Memphis and she came backstage to say hello. While she was there she said ‘Tell me the truth, were you Igor?’ which I thought was very funny after all these years.

By all accounts, Lisa Marie appears to have lived a circumscribed life for the first 5 years of her life- within the protecting walls of Graceland. There were horses on the 6 acre property, peacocks, motorcycles, her mother Priscilla….and of course, her famous father and his omni-present group of male friends, now known as the Memphis Mafia, who kept him company during long, sleepless nights. Lisa Marie was indulged, over-indulged perhaps, by her doting Dad, who showered her with gifts, rented amusement parks to amuse just her, and recorded songs for her alone. The discipline in her life was left to Priscilla.

www.Dishmag.com / Issue 30 - September 1841
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