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Walking To Memphis

By David Elfert

*Do You Remember*
And Johnson said to Presley, as they walked down Sixty-one
"This here's the crossroads about I sang to everyone
And over there's the old store, the porch where I did play
Funny how it looks now, as it waits for Judgement Day
Do you remember Elvis, won't you tell me if you do?
The things that mattered to you and the things you didn't do?"
I remember learning, after it was too late
I remember fighting, to try to seal my fate
I couldn't make it stop you know
I couldn't make it happen
Now I see how simple if
I could only try again
Presley says to Johnson, as he started heading North
"This here's the way to Memphis, Robert, come on it's gettin' dark
I know you don't remember, you couldn't, you were gone
But many people loved me there and they loved my songs
Do you remember, Robert, those who loved you so?
Do you remember Robert it was a long time ago?"
I remember learning, after it was too late
I remember fighting, to try to seal my fate
I couldn't make it stop you know
I couldn't make it happen
Now I see how simple if
I could only try again
***

* Harpman Lost His Blues*
Lord I seen the Harpman comin'
I seen him down along the tracks
Lord I seen the Harpman comin'
I seen him down along the tracks
He's carryin' his old Hohner
And his clothes in a gunny sack
His shoes they are all worn out
His black coat faded gray
His shoes they are all worn out
His black coat faded gray
But don't you ask him for an old tune
'Cause his blues is gone away
Got his blues in Memphis
Lost 'em down in New Orleans
Caught them back up in Chicago
Workin' for the big machine
Well I hear the Harpman comin'
Blowin' hard and blowin' clean
Yes I hear the harpman blowin'
Blowin' hard and blowin' clean
I hear the tunes of a bluesman
Headed down to New Orleans
He got his bottle and his blues harp
Gonna play his way on down
Said He got his bottle and his blues harp
Gonna play his way on down
As he travels down the blues road
'Till he makes Fat Tuesday town
Got his blues in Memphis
Lost 'em down in New Orleans
Caught them back up in Chicago
Workin' for the big machine
***

*Mud Cat Blues*
I go fishin' in the mornin'
Go drinkin' in the afternoon
I go fishin' in the mornin' ya'll
Said I drink in the afternoon
I don't care about my supper, no
'Cause I leave my fishin' hole too soon
Momma save some of that mud cat
Save me some of that good fish too
Said save me some of that mud cat
I ain't gonna make it home by noon
I went fishin' early this mornin'
I went drinkin' this afternoon
I fished early this mornin' ya'll
I was drinkin' this afternoon
I ain't worried about my supper
I'll eat mud cat tomorrow noon
Momma save some of that mud cat
Save me some of that good fish too
Said save me some of that mud cat
I ain't gonna make it home by noon
***

*Blue Highway Blues*
Way down along the highway
That they call the sixty-one
Way down along the highway
That they call the sixty-one
Hoodoo be lurkin' there
Let me tell you, ain't no fun
Back up in the old barn
In the dim shadow light
Back up in the old barn
In the dim shadow light
Hear the Devil come a callin'
Pay your dues from the night
I'm down in gravels
Head on the road
Blues highway got me
Got me down you know
Now I'm back up in the old barn
Try to pay that debt I owe
Blue highway, blue highway
Will you ever let me go
Blue highway, blue highway
Will you ever let me go
Blue highway, blue highway
Where I'm bound nobody knows
Got my bills paid 'till tomorrow
The Devil he done let me go
Got my bills paid 'till tomorrow
The Devil he done let me go
So if you see me down in Memphis
You know I'm goin' down slow
David Elfert, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, plays drums
in the "Blooze Hownz" - an acoustic blues band that he
formed together with a friend and which plays classic
acoustic blues and some original songs.

David P. Elfert
Unpublished work © 2001 David P. Elfert

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