Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Top Five Memphis Songs that Weren't written by Paul Simon or Marc Cohen

Hey Everyone,
just arrived in Memphis for my first FAI conference. Never been here before, apparently its Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday, so I'm heading to the parade in a matter of minutes!

I loaded my Ipod with as many songs about Memphis as I could find, and I've compiled a top Five list of the best songs that use Memphis as the focal point!

Clearly this list is a matter of fact, and any debate is futile (jeeeeezeee, I'm kidding.... I'm searching for as many great songs as possible!)

If you're in town this week, come say hey! I'll be the one dancing


here is my list:

5) Going to Memphis - Johnny Cash
"wish i was tied to Bertha instead of this ball and chain, I'm going to Memphis"
In my opinion, this tune blows "working on a chain gang" outta the water! No disrespect to Sam Cooke, but the remakes have killed it!

4) Back to Memphis - The Band
"wish i was back to Memphis, back home with my mamma... the only clothes I got left are these rags and my pajamas"
They kicked off their live set at Watkins Glen with this track, and although its been played by lots of folk, that recording is the clincher!

3) Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues again - Bobby D

"Grandpa died last week, And now he's buried in the rocks, But everybody still talks about, How badly they were shocked.
But me, I expected it to happen, I knew he'd lost control, When he built a fire on Main Street, And shot it full of holes.

Seems like a theme here, each tune thus far is sung about the city from the outside. Anyone who's been in a situation they can't control can relate to this hyperactive harrowing romp

2) Memphis Soul Stew - King Curtis
This song has a helluva lot more then just "half a teacup of bass" if ya ask me!

and my current number one tune is:

1) Memphis Midnight/ Memphis Morning - Lyle Lovett
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T4SaNuxZO8 (couldn't find a video for this one, so I put in my favorite lyle lovett song)

Oh Lyle, how silly I was as a young'un when i wondered how you landed Julia Roberts!

"she bought me good whiskey in Memphis, she bought supper and paid for the room,
as best as I can remember, she paid dearly for loving me too"

One music lover's opinion, feel free to contradict

No comments:

Post a Comment