I'm Going to Memphis Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©T.R.O. INC. , Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Johnny Cash
album: Track in album Unearthed
release date: 2003-11-25
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length: 2:41

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Johnny Cash Unearthed cover art
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Bring a drink of water Leroy
Bring a drink of water, no
If I could get to the mercy man
He'd give me some I know

I got a gal in Vicksburg
Bertha is her name
Wish I's tied to Bertha
Instead of this ball and chain

I'm goin' to Memphis, that's right Lord, yeah

A dude took all my money
Wouldn't let me see the cards
I owe the boss about a hundred years
For sleepin' in his backyard

I'm goin' to Memphis, yeah Memphis
Yeah I'm goin' to Memphis

Like a bitter weed, I'm a bad seed
But when that levee's through and I am too
Let the honky tonk roll on
Come mornin' I'll be gone

I'm goin' to Memphis, yeah Memphis

I never been to Chicago
But it must be a mighty fine place, that's right
I couldn't get past Tennessee
With Mississippi all over my face

I'm goin' to Memphis, that's right Lord, Memphis

Well, the freezin' ground at night
Is my own foldin' bed
Pork salad is my bread and meat
And it will be till I'm dead

Well, I brought me a little water
In a Mr. Prince Albert can
But the boss man caught me drinkin' it
And I believe, he broke my hand

They all call me crazy for sassin' Mr. Scott
My brother was killed for a deed I did
But I dis remember what, yeah

Well another boy is down
The shovel burned him out
Let me stand on his body
To see what the shoutin's about

I'm goin' to Memphis, yeah I'm goin' to Memphis

Like a bitter weed, I'm a bad seed
But when that levee's through and I am too
Let the honky tonk roll on
Come mornin' I'll be gone

I'm goin' to Memphis, yeah Memphis


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 The Long Black Veil
  • 2 Flesh and Blood
  • 3 Just the Other Side of Nowhere
  • 4 If I Give My Soul
  • 5 Understand Your Man
  • 6 Banks of the Ohio
  • 7 Two Timin' Woman
  • 8 The Caretaker
  • 9 Old Chunk of Coal
  • 10 I'm Going to Memphis
  • 11 Breaking Bread
  • 12 Waiting for a Train
  • 13 Casey's Last Ride
  • 14 No Earthly Good
  • 15 The Fourth Man in the Fire
  • 16 Dark as a Dungeon
  • 17 Book Review
  • 18 Down There by the Train (alternate take)
    CD 2
  • 1 Pocahontas
  • 2 I'm a Drifter (version 1)
  • 3 Trouble in Mind
  • 4 Down the Line
  • 5 I'm Movin' On
  • 6 As Long as the Grass Shall Grow
  • 7 Heart of Gold
  • 8 The Running Kind
  • 9 Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
  • 10 Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
  • 11 "T" for Texas
  • 12 Devil's Right Hand
  • 13 I'm a Drifter (version 2)
  • 14 Like a Soldier
  • 15 Drive On (alternate lyrics)
  • 16 Bird on a Wire (live with orchestra)
    CD 3
  • 1 A Singer of Songs
  • 2 The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore
  • 3 Redemption Song
  • 4 Father and Son
  • 5 Chattanooga Sugar Babe
  • 6 He Stopped Loving Her Today
  • 7 Hard Times
  • 8 Wichita Lineman
  • 9 Cindy
  • 10 Big Iron
  • 11 Salty Dog
  • 12 Gentle on My Mind
  • 13 You Are My Sunshine
  • 14 You'll Never Walk Alone
  • 15 The Man Comes Around (early take)
    CD 4
  • 1 Where We'll Never Grow Old
  • 2 I Shall Not Be Moved
  • 3 I Am a Pilgrim
  • 4 Do Lord
  • 5 When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
  • 6 If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven
  • 7 I'll Fly Away
  • 8 Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
  • 9 Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
  • 10 When He Reached Down
  • 11 In the Sweet By and By
  • 12 I'm Bound for the Promised Land
  • 13 In the Garden
  • 14 Softly and Tenderly
  • 15 Just as I Am
    CD 5
  • 1 Delia's Gone
  • 2 Bird on a Wire
  • 3 Thirteen
  • 4 Rowboat
  • 5 The One Rose (That's Left in My Heart)
  • 6 Rusty Cage
  • 7 Southern Accents
  • 8 The Mercy Seat
  • 9 Solitary Man
  • 10 Wayfaring Stranger
  • 11 One
  • 12 I Hung My Head
  • 13 The Man Comes Around
  • 14 We'll Meet Again
  • 15 Hurt