Walking in Memphis


About Walking in Memphis

"Walking in Memphis" is a song composed and originally recorded by American singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, for whom it remains his signature song. It has been described as "an iconic part of the Great American Songbook"."Walking in Memphis" reached number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1991. As of 2019, it is the only top-forty hit for Cohn. Additionally, the song reached number three in Canada, number seven in Ireland and number 11 in Australia. "Walking in Memphis" has since been covered several times, notably in 1995 by Cher and in 2003 by Lonestar.  


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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 girl can be

Then I'm 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

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 around 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 boy you're got a prayer in Memphis
Now Gabriel plays piano Every Friday at the Hollywood
And they brought me down to see him
And they asked me if I would, 
Do a little number
And I sang with all my might, he said,
Tell me are you a Christian child?
And I said That I am tonight


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Cher ( /ˈʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. A major figure for over five decades in popular culture, she is often referred to as the Goddess of Pop for having first brought the sense of female autonomy and self-actualization into the entertainment industry. She is known for her distinctive contralto and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as for continuously reinventing both her music and image, the latter of which has caused controversy. more »

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Written by: Marc Cohn

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3 facts about this song

Marc Cohn
1. Composition: Marc Cohn himself wrote the song, "Walking in Memphis", which was released in 1991. 2. Inspiration: The song was inspired by Cohn's visit to Memphis, and includes references to famous locations and singers in the city. 3. Success: "Walking in Memphis" is Marc Cohn’s signature song and won him the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1992. 4. Popularity: The song peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1991 and also hit number 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1. Cover Release: Cher covered "Walking in Memphis" on her 23rd studio album, "It's a Man's World", released in 1995. 2. Chart Performance: Cher's version made it to number 11 on the UK Singles Chart and reached the Top 10 in Iceland, Scotland, and the Eurochart Hot 100. 3. Video: The music video features Cher in many iconic spots mentioned in the song, like the Hollywood Cafe and Graceland.
1. Cover Release: Country band Lonestar covered the song for the country market, which was included in their 2003 album "From There to Here: Greatest Hits". 2. Chart Performance: Lonestar's version reached number 61 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. 3. Style: The band added their own touch to the song, incorporating distinct country elements, while keeping the original’s piano-driven melody.

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