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Posted By: Jim Dixon
06-Sep-16 - 09:55 PM
Thread Name: food songs
Subject: Lyr Add: MEMPHIS WOMEN AND CHICKEN (Dan Penn)
This was mentioned by Ronn on 17 March 1999:


MEMPHIS WOMEN AND CHICKEN
As recorded by Dan Penn on "Do Right Man" 1994.

[spoken:] I see the sign: "Memphis, twenty-five miles"
It goes like this:

I'm headin' into Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee.
There's one place in this world I can get some'n' good to eat.
I'm hungry for some lovin', some fried chicken
Cooked up greasy an' finger-lickin'.
I know just where to go; there's this woman I know.
She shakes it up right and lets it simmer real slow—
Memphis women and fried chicken.
Memphis women and fried chicken.

Over on Union there's a good ol' 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 ever' chance I can.
I catch a whiff when I turn the corner.
My mouth starts to water and I'm a goner
For them Memphis women and fried chicken.
Memphis women and chicken.

Yeah, I take my old guitar and I go down on Beale,
Play some good blues and get a read good meal.
I don't care if whiskey ever hits my lip
As long as I get a taste o' them barbecued ribs.

Now that ol' woman up on the bluff makes her livin' makin' pies.
Got them choc'late-covered fingers, dark blueberry eyes.
Got the light powdered sugar sprinkled all in her hair.
Her apple turnover is beyond compare.
When it's hot, late and sticky and you want some'n' cool an' sweet,
She keeps her handle crankin' on that homemade ice cream.
Memphis women, good fried chicken.
Memphis women and chicken.

[spoken:] That's the thing about Memphis:
Ever' time I come down here it speaks to my senses.
It's got some'n' to do with—
They got that fried chicken.
They got that fried chicken.
They got that fried chicken.
They got that fried chicken,
Down in Memphis—
Fried chicken.
Barbecue too!
[ad lib and fade]