Clint Eastwood co-wrote song with Elvis ex inspired by split from King | Music | Entertainment

Over 50 years ago, Miss Tennessee model Linda Thompson moved into Graceland with Elvis Presley following his separation and eventual divorce from Priscilla. After four and a half years, Linda had had enough of the celebrity lifestyle and the couple broke up around Christmas 1976, less than a year before the singer died of a heart attack on the toilet at just 42. In the decades since, Linda went on to become a successful lyricist, sometimes channelling her lingering romantic emotions for Elvis into her songs. One of these, a Whitney Houston classic, she co-wrote with ex-husband David Foster.

Penned for 1992’s The Bodyguard, the Oscar-nominated I Have Nothing included lines about Linda’s love for Elvis like “I never knew love like I’ve known it with you” and “don’t walk away from me, I have nothing, nothing, nothing if I don’t have you.”

Linda’s love of The King and heartbreaking split is also clearly displayed in the lyrics of a song she co-wrote with Clint Eastwood and Carole Bayer Sager for Diana Krall, back in 1999.

Was there something more I could have done?
Or was I not meant to be the one?
Where’s the life I thought we would share?
And should I care?
And will someone else get more of you?
Will she go to sleep more sure of you?
Will she wake up knowing you’re still there?
And why should I care?
There’s always one to turn and walk away
And one who just wants to stay
But who said that love is always fair?
And why should I care?
Should I leave you alone here in the dark?
Holding my broken heart
While a promise still hangs in the air
Why should I care?

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