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From the album Elvis' Golden Records Vol. 3,
Little Sister was a
#5 Pop hit for Elvis Presley in 1961.
Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
Esther is one of those books in the Bible that always whizzes past for me, because it's so action-packed. Even though it's the only book of the Bible that doesn't specifically mention God, you can see God's hand of provision and deliverance throughout the story. Esther's cousin and guardian Mordecai even alludes to that when he tells Esther, "For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)
The first time I ever heard the song "Little Sister" was a "live" version by Robert Plant and Rockpile on a benefit album organized by Paul McCartney. I didn't think much of it, even though I was big fans of both of those artists. When I heard Elvis' original version, however, I was blown away. I already knew and liked many of Elvis' more-famous hits, but "Little Sister" had such a cool sound! By the way, the original Elvis version was actually a B side of the single "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame." The A side went to #4 and the B went to #5. I think this is one of the best two-sided singles in rock/pop history.
This may be the best-sounding track on the whole "Isn't Wasn't Ain't" CD. I love Karl's neat little solo in this song. I thought it was very clever. And the doorbell gag in the third verse was cute -- and fun to do "live." I also like Keith Harrold's drums. When we used to do this song "live" in 1993-95, we used to say "Haman" in the second verse the same way David Bowie says "Hey man!" in "Suffragette City," and that's what later inspired me to turn "Suffragette City" into a much more detailed account of the Book of Esther, "Sufferin' Just Finished," which eventually saw the light of day on our "Grace Period" CD in 2002.
This song came after "That Daughter" on the original cassette, as well as the re-release CD. There was a misprint on the cassette, however, so it said "That Daughter Little Esther," as if that were one song!
Parody of "Little Sister" by Elvis Presley
Little Esther was the one
Little Esther was the one
Little Esther was the Persian king's wife
She risked her own life for everyone
Little Esther had to do what she knew must be done
Now in the days of Media Persia
Esther was the queen
The king was Ahasuerus
But Esther was a Jewess
And the best he'd ever seen
Now there came a man named Haman
The king's prime minister
He planned the destruction
Of all Jewish persons
But he didn't count on her
Now the king was in his chamber
But Esther came right in
She wasn't allowed to
But she knew she had to
And she saved us all from death
Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
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