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Alannah Myles

A little something about Alannah Myles
Toronto rock singer Alannah Myles spent several years struggling unsuccessfully to secure a Canadian record deal, so she and songwriting partner Christopher Ward set their sights south of the border. Myles recorded a demo and video for the song "Just One Kiss," which got the attention of several companies and ended up on her self-titled 1989 debut album. "Love Is" established her in her home country and made Alannah Myles the biggest-selling debut in Canadian history, but it was the smoky, sensual "Black Velvet" that became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in the U.S.

Black Velvet

Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell 
Jimmy Rogers on the Victr'la up high 
mama's dancing with baby on her shoulder 
the sun is setting like molasses in the sky 

The boy could sing 
knew how to move everything 
always wanting more 
leaving you longing for 

Black velvet and that little boy smile 
black velvet and that slow southern style 
A new religion that'll bring you to your knees 
black velvet if you please 

Up in Memphis the music's like a heatwave 
"White lightning" bound to drive you wild 
Mama's baby is in the heart of every schoolgirl 
"Love me tender" leaves them cryin' in the aisle 

The way he moved it was so, so sweet and true 
Always wanting more he'd leave you longing for 


Every word and ev'ry song that he sang was for you 
In a flash he was gone it happened so soon 
What could you do?