Back to Memphis
Written and performed by Blue Horizon, from their self titled 2001 solo album.
This song was written for Rick Danko, the
bassist, fiddler, guitarist and vocalist for The Band. He is a
great influence as a vocalist, violinist and as a person. I never
had the opportunity to meet Rick, although after his death I read
that he was very accessible to fans and would go out of his way to
meet them and make them feel comfortable. I also read that in late
1998, the year we moved to Boston, he busked in South Station near
the commuter rail lines. I would have given anything to have had
the opportunity to watch him play and to meet him. Rick died on
December 10, 1999 and although I never met him, I can feel his
presence around me, particularly when I am composing. "Back
To Memphis" was one of the easiest songs to write, both
melodically and lyrically and is one that I am very proud of
because I believe that Rick would have liked it.
If I never saw you You'd still live in my dreams Calling out from stages And music magazines If I were a painter You'd be green and gold Carved out of matches But broken out of stone Taken from the fire of your fiddle Words of unspoken, blinding truth If I couldn't see it, I was lost in my youth But I'm going back to Memphis - after you. If I could have seen you With blood on your bones Poison in your fingers But music in your soul You could have been my lover Taught me everything I know But now we are your children Your flowers in the snow But all you ever wanted was to see the heart of the city, oh And all you ever got was hand to mouth So I know you'll be walking for a long, long time Cause you're going back to Memphis - heading South. Brothers till the night came And whispered in the pines Tempting me with secrets To play a game with time Now I feel you in the walls And I know you're in the air And it's just like I can touch you You're living everywhere But all you ever wanted was to be in the heart of the city, oh And all you ever got was handed out So I know we'll be walking for a long, long time Cause we're going back to Memphis - heading South Going back to Memphis - heading South.