The impact of “Suspicious Minds” and the power of the polygraph
When Elvis sang, his voice brought his words to life, intoxicating with emotion.
Success of “Suspicious Minds”.
Rolling Stones magazine is one of the most influential in the music world and has created a list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. “Suspicious Minds”, written by Mark James and released by Elvis Presley in 1968, reached the 91st spot on this list, which shows its popularity and the impact it had on the public at the time.
The emotional story behind the song
The song is known for its intense lyrics and Elvis’ impressive voice, which managed to convey the emotion and drama of the story it tells. In it you could imagine Elvis breaking his heart because he saw himself trapped, in a trap, because he had entered a dead end. A woman with whom he was deeply in love, and whom he knew she also loved him back, became suspicious of him when an old friend wrote to see him.
Polygraph as a solution to suspicions
Too bad it hadn’t occurred to them to resort to the polygraph test, a machine that with 99% effectiveness, concludes if Elvis was lying, or had something to hide in their relationship.
Technology and emotion
Technology has come to stay, it is objective, cold and it does not “understand emotion”, as it says in an old song of another national singer colleague, Alejandro Sanz in “Si hay Dios…”.
The polygraph in modern relations
More and more couples are turning to the polygraph to try to clarify that doubt, that reasonable suspicion that, despite their love for each other, does not cease to corrode them. When the couple has taken the polygraph, they are free of doubt, free of suspicion, to continue their relationship in full satisfaction.
Elvis’ legacy and the relevance of “Suspicious Minds”.
No doubt Elvis would also have been more relaxed, but the price of that would be high for humanity, since we could not have enjoyed his hit song “Suspicious Minds”.
The letter and its connection to real life
The lyrics of the song talk about a relationship in which a person is suspicious of his or her partner and feels caught in a trap. Who hasn’t gone through something similar at some point in their life?
The polygraph in the context of “Suspicious Minds”.
Although the polygraph did not exist at the time Elvis recorded “Suspicious Minds,” it is interesting to imagine what might have happened if this machine had been available. Would Elvis and his partner have been able to clear up their doubts and suspicions through the polygraph test and move forward with their relationship in a calmer and more satisfactory manner?
Elvis’ musical legacy
We may never know, but what is certain is that Elvis’ music continues to be one of the most loved and admired in the world and “Suspicious Minds” remains one of his most iconic songs.