The truth about Elvis

By Sinclere Lee

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (BNW) -
- While thousands of Elvis Presley fans from around the world have braved torrential rain to file past his grave to mark the 25th anniversary of his death, the truth about the King is that he was known in the dirty South as a hardcore racist and a hardcore junky who died on the toilet speed-balling heroin and cocaine.

The fans who are gathering to pray for this creep are estimated at between 25,000 and 30,000, and they know very little about Elvis. Do they know he was semi illiterate? Do they know he came from poor white trash? Do they know at many times when he was alive, he exhibited bizarre behavior; like the time when he asked President Nixon to make him a special drug agent. And, you know that fool Nixon did! And as a result, that crazy Elvis was so drugged-out one day and tried to arrest some people, and damn near got arrested himself.

"If this was a test, we passed. ... We all love Elvis, rain or shine," organizer Todd Morgan told the excited crowd. But, he didn’t tell the crowd that the man they braved torrential rain for once said that, and I quote, “All a Nigger can do for me is play my records and shine my shoes.”

How could he feel that way about Blacks when we never did anything against him? In fact, he stole his music and dance style from the very people he hated so; everybody knows that, even has fans.

The famous gates were opened a few hours before midnight on Thursday. Long after midnight, Elvis fans were filing in to pay their respects.

More people than ever before showed up to pay tribute to Presley, carrying flowers and stuffed teddy bears. Some sobbed as they remembered the "king of rock 'n' roll."

"My friend said Elvis wasn't going to let it rain. I guess he's crying for us," said one fan, who recalled fond memories of Elvis in concert.

She said she was devastated when he died at age 42 of a drug-induced heart attack on the afternoon of August 16, 1977 of a drug over dose.

"We've been fans since -- well, since he sang his first song," said another "The charisma, the looks, the voice, we loved everything about him."

Each bearing a candle many struggled to keep lit in the drizzle, fans filed up the curved driveway and past Presley's inscribed bronze tablet alongside those of his parents and paternal grandmother.

Many heaped flowers and other mementos at the grave site in what is called "Meditation Garden" adjacent to Graceland's small swimming pool.

Some wept openly, others stopped to say a quiet prayer, blew kisses, or posed solemnly for a quick photograph.

"Long live Elvis, baby," one shouted outside the gates. "Good riddens of Elvis, the racist and junky" is what should have been said.  

"If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane ...," read one of dozens of floral tributes, this one from Kentucky, displayed along the walkway leading to the grave site.

"Elvis that's the way it is," read a note from the Chicago fan club, which created a collage of Elvis photos shaped into the "25" and fringed by blue-tinted carnations.

The person at the head of the line for the procession was Bill Rowe, a Dayton, Ohio, fan who secured his place by arriving 24 hours earlier -- just as he has done 13 times in the past 16 years.

"There's a little ticker in here that tells me to get to Graceland's gates," Rowe said, pointing to his chest.

The four-lane street in front of Presley's white-columned Graceland mansion was closed to traffic so the crowd could assemble after a week of dinners, dances, concerts and seminars attended by an estimated 75,000 people.

"It's almost too heartbreaking for me. I start crying as soon as I turn onto Elvis Presley Boulevard. The man meant everything to me," said Barbara Barges of Houston, who was making her third pilgrimage. "It kills me when I come here that he is not here."

Many in the crowd were a generation or two younger than the typical Elvis fan, most of whom were growing up when he catapulted to stardom in the mid-1950s. It all seems so very insain to me!

Presley's posthumous multimillion-dollar empire received another boost in the past year with a popular European remix of his song "A Little Less Conversation" and his oft-played rendition of "America the Beautiful."

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