Monday, February 25, 2008

Walking in Memphis

Music Monday at Soccer Mom in Denial

Last week was February school vacation week. We went to Nashville, Tennessee to visit Amazing Guy's younger brother, his wife and their nearly one-year-old twin girls. On Monday we did a spontaneous trip to the Manmoth Caves outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky then on Tuesday we went to Memphis for several days. We returned to Nashville for one final night then had a joyous day spent in airports during Friday's snowstorms blanketing the Northeast.

For the hours of driving we were going to do in Tennessee (and Kentucky) last week, I made a CD with several songs (I know, be surprised). It had Tennessee by Arrested Development and Paul Simon's 1985 hit Graceland (everybody now "I'm going to Graceland, Graceland in Memphis Tennessee, I'm going to Graceland").

But the biggest hit by far in the rental van was Marc Cohn's Walking in Memphis.





Although missing from the video is how the song was usually sung in our van as we left Memphis.

Put on my blue suede shoes
["I have BLACK suede shoes" yells a three-year-old girl]
And I boarded the plane
["We took a plane to Tennessee!" yells someone from the back]
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
W.C. Handy -- won't you look down over me
Yeah I got a first class ticket
But I'm as blue as a boy can be

Then I'm walking in Memphis
["We walked in Memphis!"]
Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
["We walked on Beale Street!"]
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel

Saw the ghost of Elvis
On Union Avenue
["We drove on Union Avenue!" was usually yelled by me]
Followed him up to the gates of Graceland
["We saw Graceland!"]
Then I watched him walk right through
Now security they did not see him
They just hovered 'round his tomb

["We saw Elvis' tomb!"]
But there's a pretty little thing
Waiting for the King
Down in the Jungle Room
["We saw the Jungle Room!"]

(Chorus)

They've got catfish on the table
["Mama! You ate catfish!"]
They've got gospel in the air
["We heard gospel!"]
And Reverend Green be glad to see you
When you haven't got a prayer
But boy you've got a prayer in Memphis

Now Muriel plays piano
Every Friday at the Hollywood
And they brought me down to see her
And they asked me if I would --
Do a little number
And I sang with all my might
And she said --
"Tell me are you a Christian child?"
And I said "Ma'am I am tonight"

(Chorus)

Put on my blue suede shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain

Walking in Memphis, Marc Cohn

Singing anything? Please share.

14 comments:

painted maypole said...

i love your little inserts. Can't wait to hear what you'll be singing when i MEET YOU IN NEW ORLEANS soon. Because I will be meeting you, right? RIGHT?!?!?

the dragonfly said...

How fun, interactive music! :)

Jenn in Holland said...

Hahahahaaha!
First of all, I absolutely love Marc Cohn. Second of all, I completely adore your kids! What great additions to the lyrics. I can just hear them all shouted out now...

Mariposa said...

The inserts are best! Happy Music Monday! I would love to hear though how your name came to be! ;)

Flower Child said...

LOVE this album. so great.

CableGirl said...

Gotta love the chorus. lol

Lilacspecs said...

Great song for a road trip!

cablegirl said...

oops. put in the wrong link.

Heather said...

I love me a good sing along on a road trip. I keep meaning to write a post for this, but it hasn't materialized yet! I have a few ideas though!

Luisa Perkins said...

I like that song very much, but your version is better. It sounds like it was a great trip!

Misty said...

so cute... I love Marc Cohn!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I love the additions... Sounds like a good vacation, other than Friday!

Thalia's Child said...

I finally played along!!

Brillig said...

So, so fun! I love your family's version of it. hahahahaha.