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Twenty Miles Outside of Memphis



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This is something a little different. It's something that I first started working on back in the spring driving back home late one night after spending the evening wandering around on Beale Street in Memphis.

Fairly straight forward. Guitars, bass drums, a little rock organ and, a new twist for me, harmonica.

Highway 51 heads south outside of Memphis and, around here, is considered the dividing line of the hill country and the Delta. I'm on the hill side of 51 just a few miles east and have traveled that road many, many times.

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Twenty Miles Outside of Memphis

© 2006 Joseph Gurner

Twenty miles outside of Memphis
on Highway 51
Feel the Delta darkness
closing in on me

Twenty miles outside of Memphis
towns fade into the night
the lonely highway hypnotizes
as I’m headin’ south on the run

I don’t know where this road will lead me
but I hope it takes me back home
It’s been too long since I laid down next to you
And felt your love keep me warm

Fourty miles outside of Memphis
rain sweeps across the fields
the static on the radio
pushes the sleep away

Fourty miles outside of Memphis
can’t be far from home
Leave the Delta for the familiar hills of home
hope my car knows the way

I don’t know when this road will ever end
I hope it leads me back home
It’s been too long since I laid down next to you
And felt your love keep me warm
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Uploaded: Nov 12, 2006 - 02:56:40 PM
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2012 - 09:12:27 PM Last Played: Apr 30, 2019 - 09:22:10 PM
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rjamadeus said 4571 days ago (November 12th, 2006)
harmonica sounds a little misplaced at the beginning, cool bass lines
over all i like the song
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said 4571 days ago (November 12th, 2006)
Been There on US 51
Every couple of years or so, my travels take me there. This most recent vacation I took US 61 N to US 51 near Memphis. Drove through Memphis at about 8 AM on a Saturday, as the city was waking up. Fascinating mix of poverty and not poverty in that city. Drove past about 4 to 5 blocks of abandoned buildings if I recall correctly. (I see many abandoned buildings in my travels, so my memory may be mistaken.)
The harmonca adds an interesting color to the mix.
My only suggestion after listening to the song once is to vary the mileage more between verses (20, 30, 40, 50) rather than (20, 20, 40, 40). It's a way minor nit though.
Excellent singing throughout. With your voice and guitar tone here, I was expecting a hurricane. ;)

Vic Holman said 4571 days ago (November 12th, 2006)
pre grunge
really got into this. has that neil young crazy horse style going. great lyrics as well. so it was a definate pleasant listen!

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jesushairdo said 4570 days ago (November 13th, 2006)
sound with visuals
i love the lyrics here. made me see what you'd ve seen on the road.
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jackstone said 4569 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
I like
this song's harmonica. Keep on rockin' in the free world!
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jiguma said 4568 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
Big sound!
Big sound Joseph - you are producing better and better songs - sorry I missed a few (I've been away for a while) - will try to catch up. Your music seems to be getting more aggressive, and benefits a lot from this. Your voice seems to have come a long way in a short time too. Definite Crazy Horse sound for me too.
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Macaudion said 4567 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
JG! Do you wanna know...
That when I lived in Memphis for that short six months, that on the radio, I would hear Tom Petty, Dylan and the likes, over and over and over, again. And somehow, it was quite comforting, although today, hearing something w/ such overplay would drive me bunkers. But this tune, I've played at least twenty times and it reminds me of that time, and far from bunkers is where this drives me. Although you have a distictive quality to your voice, I did get a Tom Petty hit from you, this time. And it does take me to that place that is quite comforting...

Thanks! Dion
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JOAN said 4566 days ago (November 17th, 2006)
wish I had a buck for all the songs inspired by memphis.... it's quite the place.... excellent song!!!
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said 4566 days ago (November 18th, 2006)
On the road...
Very enjoyable tune. Traveling for work myself at times, always craving to hit that road back home...

Thanks for this.

. - Harold
TobinMueller said 4538 days ago (December 15th, 2006)
Deep in the studio
I dig the whole deep in the studio vibe, with a touch of southern anthem. And the almost rhymes, the simple epic feel. I like the harmonica, in theory, it just maybe be a bit loud right off and then it doesn't really turn into a solo like expected. Still, it reminds me of Dylan's album he did in New Orleans. Nice track.
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davisamerica said 3674 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
was a good year for song writing ... just popped up on the random player and glad i found it!
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