22 MAR 2019: While ‘Walking in Memphis’, composed and recorded by American singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, reached number 13 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ way back in 1991, I only heard it recently (thank you Mike Baginski) and loved it. Cohn has said the song is "100 percent autobiographical”, describing it as a pretty literal transcription of a visit he made in 1986.

Cohn said while in Memphis he went to Graceland, heard Al Green preach the gospel, saw W. C. Handy's statue, “But the song is about more than just a place, it's about a kind of spiritual awakening, one of those trips where you're different when you leave.”

"Walking in Memphis" has since been remade several times, most notably in 1995 by Cher.

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

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

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
She said
"Tell me are you a Christian child?"
And I said "Ma'am, I am tonight"

Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
Was walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
But do I really feel the way I feel?

Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
I was walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
But do I really feel the way I feel?

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

Songwriter: Marc Cohn
Walking in Memphis lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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