February 15, 2019
“Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Lonely rivers sigh, ‘Wait for me, wait for me’
I’ll be coming home, wait for me.”
These words written by Hy Zaret and sung by countless performers since the publishing of ‘Unchained Melody’ in 1955 were originally attributed to a lovesick fellow who hasn’t seen his lover in a “long, lonely time.” But in the artistic hands of celebrated filmmaker Eugene Jarecki and powerfully voiced by Elvis Presley just months before his death, they provide a fitting metaphor for both the trajectory of Elvis’ life since the 1950s to his early end and that of the American Dream, as we know it today.