Song of the Day #3,509: ‘Natchez Trace’ – Dusty Springfield

I know ‘Natchez Trace’ as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Dusty Springfield’s seminal classic Dusty in Memphis, but it turns out its backstory is rather interesting.

This song was originally recorded for an album titled Faithful, which was to be Springfield’s seventh studio recording. In 1971, Atlantic Records released two singles from the album but neither made the charts. Disappointed with the response, the studio shelved the album and declined to renew her contract.

A few years later, a fire destroyed the original session tapes, essentially erasing the album from existence.

But wait! It turns out the album’s producer had kept stereo recordings of the songs at his home, a fact that wasn’t revealed for two decades. Upon their discovery, these songs were added to a deluxe reissue of Dusty in Memphis, which is how they found their way into my iTunes library. The tracks include a few you likely know, including covers of the Bread song ‘Make it with You’ and Carly Simon’s ‘You’ve Got a Friend.’

Finally, in 2015, more than four decades late, Faithful was released posthumously.

Oh, ho
He rode into Virginia
Rollin’ thunder, ridin’ high
I was servin’ table
Waitin’ for that ride

My arms around his body
Well, we rode a thousand miles
He taught me how to love
He taught me how to fly, oh, ho, my

Hungry together
Racin’ the weather
Into the Natchez Trace
Warmin’ and feedin’ him
All the way to Cumberland, oh, ho, yes

And I had his child in Memphis
And we watched him ride away
And now you know what a girl like me
Is doin’ here today
I’m sorry mister, you can’t stay

Hungry together
Racin’ the weather
Into the Natchez Trace
Warmin’ and feedin’ him
All the way to Cumberland, oh, ho, yes

And when the piper gets to play
Somebody’s got to pay
And now you know what a girl like me
Is doin’ here today
Oh, I’m sorry mister, you can’t stay
I’m sorry mister, you can’t stay

Hungry together
Racin’ the weather
Into the Natchez Trace
Warmin’ and feedin’ him
All the way to Cumberland, oh

When the piper gets to play
Somebody’s got to pay
And now you know what a girl like me
Is doin’ here today
Oh, I’m sorry mister, you can’t stay
I’m sorry mister, you can’t stay, oh, ho, ho, ho
Sorry mister, you can’t stay
Sorry mister, you can’t stay, no
Sorry mister, you can’t stay, oh, ho, ho, ho
Sorry mister, you can’t stay
Sorry mister, you can’t stay, no
Sorry mister, you can’t stay, oh
Sorry mister, sorry mister

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,509: ‘Natchez Trace’ – Dusty Springfield

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    We drove the Natchez Trace from Jackson MS toward Memphis. Beautiful historic drive.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Interesting story I always liked her music

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