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the American Queen Steamboat on the Mississippi

Beautiful dining on the American Queen steamboat, cruising along the Mississippi River

Best Memphis Songs #36 - It's hard to tell which Dan Penn is more enamored of in his homage to greasy goodness "Memphis Women and Chicken" "Over on Union there's a good old gal She can smoke a pig she can fry some fowl. She got biscuits in her oven, cornbread in the pan. I get by to see her every chance I can." (Jim Weber/ The Commercial Appeal) ~ The 100 Best Songs About Memphis, 40-36: Johnny Cash, Hold Steady and more - The Commercial Appeal

Best Memphis Songs #33 - Blooming buds and sweet love inspired "In My Home in Shelby County" by Johnny Horton. "Flowers blooming ev'rywhere, sway gently in the breeze 'Round my home in Shelby County, down there 'n Memphis Tennessee" (Dave Darnell/The Commercial Appeal files) ~ The 100 Best Songs About Memphis, 35-31: Louis Armstrong, Billy Lee Riley and more - The Commercial Appeal

Best Memphis Songs #2 - Chuck Berry's "Back to Memphis," which was also covered by The Band, expresses regrets about leaving Beale for the big city. "I've been struggling up here, child, trying to make a living, Everybody wants to take, nobody like giving. I wish I was in Memphis back home there with my Mama, The only clothes I got left that ain't rags is my pajamas." ~ The 100 Best Songs About Memphis, 5-1: Rufus Thomas, Chuck Berry and more - The Commercial Appeal

Best Memphis Songs #8 - John Hiatt escapes the country sound of Nashville and heads to "Memphis in the Meantime". "Sure I like country music, I like mandolins, But right now I need a telecaster, Through a vibro-lux turned up to ten." ~ The 100 Best Songs About Memphis, 10-6: John Hiatt, Paul Simon and more - The Commercial Appeal

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis Tennessee

The 100 Best Songs About Memphis: Near-Misses and Personal Picks - The Commercial Appeal

Best Memphis Songs #4 - Either he's using a metaphor or Rufus Thomas really, really likes locomotives in "Memphis Train." "Ooh, wee, the Memphis train, Hey, now, now, now, now, Ooh, wee, it's a Memphis train, Yeah, oh, got me going now." ~ The 100 Best Songs About Memphis, 5-1: Rufus Thomas, Chuck Berry and more - The Commercial Appeal

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis, mid-April (photo by Andrea)

Best Memphis Songs #9 - "Beale Street Blues" is a classic early blues number written by W.C. Handy around 1916 and perhaps best performed by Louis Armstrong. "You'll see pretty browns in beautiful gowns. You'll see tailor-mades and hand-me-downs. You'll meet honest men and pick-pockets skilled. You'll find that business never closes, Till somebody gets killed" ~ The 100 Best Songs About Memphis, 10-6: John Hiatt, Paul Simon and more - The Commercial Appeal