Trying to Get to Memphis

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Trying to Get to Memphis
(© Kevin Gordon)

This guy came to the door last night
Said, don’t you remember me?
I cleaned your gutters last Fall
Well, now the deal is,
see, that’s my wife in the car there—
And her daddy just died
And my tank’s on empty and I ain’t got a dime

I’m just trying to get to Memphis
Just trying to get to Memphis
So she can say goodbye

Sure enough, there’s a red car with the motor running
Out on the street—
There’s a silhouette of a woman
Sitting there, still in the passenger seat--
I’m looking in his eyes, he’s talking fast
Looking for something behind them
as he says: So you think
You could help me out?

I’m just trying to get to Memphis
Just trying to get to Memphis
So she can say goodbye

The question I asked myself
From behind a locked security door:
What would Jesus do? If like me
He’d never seen this guy before
Give alms to the poor
But the neighborhood watch captain said
You give something to one,
You’ll have them all at your door
So I said:
I tell you the deal is, man—
I got no cash on hand
But good luck to you
Even if it’s not true that you’re
Just trying to get to Memphis
Just trying to get to Memphis
So she can say goodbye

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from Gloryland, released February 14, 2012

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Kevin Gordon Nashville, Tennessee

Kevin Gordon is a Louisiana native whose latest releases, Long Gone Time, & 2012's Gloryland, earned raves from the NY Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, and others. His songs have been recorded by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Irma Thomas, & most recently, Hard Working Americans. "Down to the Well", a duet w/Lucinda Williams, was featured on the Oxford American Southern Music Sampler. ... more

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