Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis". And I don't know why. I was completely meh about that tune when it came out around 20 years ago. Yeah...20 years ago. How old does that make you feel? Just me? Crap!
There are a bunch of things that bother me about it. Like:
- He talks about touching down in the land of the Delta blues when arriving in Memphis. That's in Tennessee, right? Is that anywhere near the Mississippi Delta? I know Memphis is on the Mississippi, but I thought the Delta was further south. Criminy.
- He gets really excited at weird times in the song. Asked if he is a Christian child and he firmly states that he is tonight. And that whole thing about the pretty little thing waiting for the King down in the Jungle Room. Dude...
- I remember when it first came out, and folks who hadn't visited Memphis wondered about him walking ten feet off of Beale. Apparently it's a street that runs through the downtown of Memphis. But no one I knew at the time had ever been to Memphis or had heard of Beale Street. Doesn't anyone west of the Hudson River realize that those of use who grew up east of the Hudson River doesn't believe you exist?
- Who the fuck is Marc Cohn anyway?
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