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John Buck Wilkin: Music

Just Outside of Memphis

(John Buck Wilkin)
Just Outside of Memphis



I saw the ghost of Elvis with a suit bag in his hand
He was loading some equipment for a small-time country band
He was young and he was healthy, and his eyes were bright and clear
Just outside of Memphis, a long long ways from here



I was working as a soldier for a Detroit union mob
I did not like the business, nor the details of my job
But once you taste the good life, there’s only one place you can go
Just outside of Memphis, knee-deep in the snow



Lately I hear voices as I’m trembling in my sleep
They say that love is a mystery and that freedom she don’t come cheap
But you and I we’ve been there before the big songs had been sung
Just outside of Memphis,
When all the world was young