Monday, November 24, 2014

Give Me Memphis, Tennessee


written and originally performed by Chuck Berry, I know the Johnny Rivers version embedded above better. Rivers had his 72nd birthday earlier this month.

Long distance information, give me Memphis Tennessee
Help me find the party trying to get in touch with me
She could not leave her number, but I know who placed the call
'Cause my uncle took the message and he wrote it on the wall

Help me, information, get in touch with my Marie
She's the only one who'd phone me here from Memphis Tennessee
Her home is on the south side, high up on a ridge
Just a half a mile from the Mississippi Bridge

Help me, information, more than that I cannot add
Only that I miss her and all the fun we had
But we were pulled apart because her mom did not agree
And tore apart our happy home in Memphis Tennessee

Last time I saw Marie she's waving me good-bye
With hurry home drops on her cheek that trickled from her eye
Marie is only six years old, information please
Try to put me through to her in Memphis Tennessee


  1. I immediately knew the words to the first couple of verses of this song but sure didn't know the title of it. I think I mentally called it "Information" or something. Thanks for bringing an oldie to the front of my memory


    1. I think this was probably the first song I ever heard with "Memphis" in the lyrics, and I always thought it was so sweet when I was not much older than the girl in the song :)

  2. I had heard that song before, but didn't really know the lyrics. It is a very sad song, and I had no idea it was about a father and his six year old child. How sad and heartbreaking. Thanks for sharing the lyrics.

    1. I never thought of it as sad, somehow. That upbeat tune, I guess :)

  3. Anonymous8:23 AM

    My Dad used to play this all the time I love old black n white films too

    1. I'm so glad it brought back fond memories :)