I love when I actually write songs that I like! Sometimes I write songs that I don't like that much, but that is not the case with this one! And since I'm convinced I like this one, I want to dedicate this song to Jack Marchione, who donated the most notes for my Stage-It show! Thank you so much for all your support Jack!!!! This one's for you!
This song came about when I got together with my friend Troy. It was our first write together and we were tossing around some ideas and titles. Troy had a title called "Last Night In Memphis." I have a weird fascination with Elvis, Memphis, and all things blues, so I loved the thought of writing a song about Memphis. We started writing it and it became an i'm-getting-over-you song. However, when we got to the last line of the chorus, our title wasn't really making sense with what we had written, so we changed it to "I'm leaving you in Memphis." Then, my weird fascination about Elvis came out of the closet, and we started incorporating Elvis song titles into the lyrics--hidden gems for the Elvis fans out there!
Below are the lyrics, and I will underline the Elvis song titles! After you read the lyrics, check out the link to hear the demo!
Leaving You In Memphis
Pedal on the gas down I-40 west
Trying to get my mind off of you
Neon lights light up a Beale street sign
I pull up to the Home of the Blues
It's midnight but that's alright
I got a lotta heartbreak to heal
The guitar man raises his glass
Says I understand (just) how you feel
Echos of an Elvis song
Remind me only fools fall in love
Memories of you followed me here
But I'm leaving you in Memphis
Headed out to the Graceland grounds
Where the king is buried and free
Wish my spirit could fly, be no longer tied
To your unchained melody.
Echo of an Elvis song
Remind me I've been loving you too long
I'm checking out of the heartbreak hotel
And I'm leaving you in Memphis
Click here to listen to the demo of the song!
Troy engineering and mixing the song while we put vocals on the track!
Me doing some sangin! I just drove 4 hours from Atlanta and went straight to this demo, but despite how tired I was, I think it turned out OK!
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.