Can you just help me leaving… I’m caught in a trap in Elvis’s wardrobe?
Anybody who has been to Graceland (and you should) will know that you can get lost.
In the warehouses that stock his jumpsuits and his planes, bikes and cars.
Or was that just me? And I must admit I had a suspicious mind about my party leaving me there on my own to get lost.
We get glimpses of Graceland in the epic Baz Luhrmann biopic of Elvis which we sang all the way through at the cinema.
But what you can’t appreciate until you actually get there is just how homely and remarkably unremarkable it is.
Sure, we’ve heard of the Jungle Room, but it’s really just a man cave with some Seventies wildlife furnishings.
While the dining room is a presentable front room where a family and their friends would feel comfortable.
It is here that Lisa Marie would say that Elvis would hold court in his hearty Deep South droll and they would all eat soul food.
The upstairs are roped off as that’s Priscilla, Lisa Marie’s and their family’s quarters.
Lisa Marie’s memories
But Elvis’s only child leaves us with a lasting image of the King in an audio reveal in the house.
When she explains that they would hear Elvis before they saw him come down the stairs.
On account of his clinking jewellery.
Elvis the icon, the superstar, of those jumpsuits and cars and planes, and guitars, pianos and platinum discs we already know.
But only in visiting Graceland and Memphis will you get an insight into Elvis’s home life and downtime.
And where he would leave his golf buggy outside.
There is still staff there who will say they met him and that they would exchange good wishes to each others’ families.
And they proudly proclaim they are Clothier to the King.
All of which you’ll see in its glory in the jumpsuit warehouse I’m happy to be stuck in.
Elvis Presley continues to bring colour to our lives 45 years after he died, aged only 42.
And you get stuck in a trap in Elvis’s wardrobe.
I’ll take that, particularly if his music is on a reel, and I’m in great Graceland in magical Memphis.