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The Mad Monk
10-10-2004, 17:18:12
I was looking for the lyrics to the song, and ran across this. I thought it was interesting, and might be something to look for if you are ever in Memphis.

Walking in Memphis
(Marc Cohn)

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
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
Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel

Saw the ghost of Elvis
On Union Avenue
Followed him up to the gates of Graceland
Then I watched him walk right through
Now security they did not see him
They just hovered round his tomb
But there's a pretty little thing
Waiting for the King
Down in the Jungle Room


They've got catfish on the table
They've got gospel in the air
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


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
And for an extra added bonus, here's a little slice of Memphis

Reverend Green, as far as I know, is still the pastor of a hip and
jumpin' Baptist church in Whitehaven (a suburb of Memphis) while he continues his long music career.

The Hollywood is a restuarant near Memphis serving such delectable dishes as frog legs, catfish and fried dill pickles. Muriel was a soulful black lady who held forth at the piano at The Hollywood every Friday night, often singing some beautiful blues. At the time the song was recorded, she was still alive; however, I think she died in '91. As far as I know, The Hollywood still features live bands (country, R&B, and rockabilly) on Friday and Saturday nights. Until the casinos really got rolling (around Tunica, MS), The Hollywood was only open for dinner on Thursday through Sunday nights. Now, I think the place is open for lunch every day in addition to the evening dinners.

The restaurant gets its name from the unincorporated Mississippi River Delta town where it was first located, Hollywood. It was very popular because of its food and because it was housed in an old cotton warehouse, a very authentic Delta setting. After the original restuarant burned, the owners relocated the place a few miles north (closer to Memphis) to another old cotton warehouse, this one in the village of Robinsonville. "The Hollywood" was such a famous place that the old name was put on the relocated restuarant. Now, Robinsonville is in the midst of all the casino district.


10-10-2004, 21:36:03
I've got a real soft spot for that song

Scabrous Birdseed
11-10-2004, 12:53:14
I gotta go to memphis sometime. Not least to see the new Stax museum.

Provost Harrison
11-10-2004, 13:51:35
I don't think there's much there but sand now :p

11-10-2004, 13:54:11