Song of the Day #3,213: ‘Memphis, Tennessee’ – Chuck Berry

My final Chuck Berry song of the week was released in 1963 and has a different feel than the rockers I’ve featured so far.

‘Memphis, Tennessee’ is a nice showcase for Chuck Berry the storyteller. It’s about a man trying to track down a lost love, Marie, who turns out to be his daughter, taken away by her momma.

Berry’s version was a hit in the U.K., rising to #6 on those chart, but Johnny Rivers’ cover made a bigger splash in the U.S., reaching #2.

Long distance information, give me Memphis Tennessee
Help me find the party trying to get in touch with me
She did not leave her number but I know the place to call
The phone boy took the message and he wrote it on the wall

I said 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
About a half a mile from the Mississippi bridge

Oh help me information, more than this I cannot add
Only that I love Marie and all the fun we had
But we were pulled apart now ’cause her momma did not agree
And tore apart our happy home in Memphis Tennessee

Last time I saw Marie, she was waving me goodbye
With hurry home drops on her cheek that trickl’d from her eye
Marie is only six years old, so information please
Try to put me through to her in Memphis Tennessee

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,213: ‘Memphis, Tennessee’ – Chuck Berry

  1. Dana says:

    I’m more familiar with the cover, which makes sense given which side of the pond I’m on.

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