Slow Down Mississippi River

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I drove down to Folk Alliance 2010 with some good friends on a straight drive from Winnipeg, MB to Memphis, TN. We got there on a Tuesday, did errands on Wednesday wherein the conference started on Thursday and went 'til Sunday. I had a jam with some folks from Winnipeg and met some new friends from the states that Wednesday night. On Thursday morning I woke up to shearing stabbing pains in my stomach. I couldn't keep my breakfast down and I could't keep my lunch down. I tried moving about, and went down from my hotel room to the conference floor, but couldn't move without feeling really really sick. Buy 6:30 that evening I was green as grass and I couldn't take it anymore. I was rushed off to the hospital where my suspicions were verified...I had appendicitis! Four in the morning I was moved into surgery and I woke up the next day without my guts and no more pain. I went back to the conference and watched olympic hockey for the rest of the weekend. When I got home on Tuesday the boys and I had a jam and this song is what came out of that jam session.

lyrics

Verse 1
Remember our drive down to Memphis
We were running from the ice and snow and cold north wind blows
For a day and a night our wheels were burning
We had a pretty little song for a pretty little show

Verse 2
We were driving on past South Dakota
Hey South Dakota, no offense but you ain’t no Tennessee
They gave us a room overlooking the moon
The river passed by on a muddy guitar
And the bridge lit up and we could see it all

Didn’t have my Beal Street luck
I got hustled from a brother, took my organ and my lunch
And now I’m singing...

Chorus
Slow down Mississippi river
I love to hear you sing your song so slow
Cause I’m up along the riverbed here with my Memphis city rhythm
And I’m gonna leave a piece of me here when I go

Verse 3
Passing the wheel off on the freeway
Those five hour shifts ain’t nothing for Big T and me
We promised to be there by morning, and share a drink with the sun
Going to settle in for a week of rhythm and soul
We’re gonna make them spin
We’re gonna make them crawl

So, don’t miss it and
Just listen

Chorus
Slow down Mississippi river
I love to hear you sing your song so slow
Cause I’m up along the riverbed here with my Memphis city woman
And I’m gonna leave a piece of me here when I go
and here I go

Solo Section (harp)

Verse 4 (Organ lead)
But not long after we landed
The lord came to me in a dream
He said I had done enough getting myself down here
You ain’t gonna need to sing and you ain’t gonna need to play no more

Verse 5
And those doctors said they weren’t used seeing boys like me
I might have been the whitest boy furthest away from home they had ever seen
Coming down here looking for love south of the border
All you found was your organ was a moaning on a Sunday worship morning
I got a message from the preacher
Just to listen to the teacher
Take your hands from your ears
and just listen
and Don’t miss it

Chorus
Slow down Mississippi river
I love to hear you sing your song so slow
Up along the riverside with my Memphis city rhythm
I just might have to leave a piece of me here when I go
Slow down Mississippi river
I love to hear you sing your song so slow
Up along the riverside with my Memphis city rhythm
I just might have to leave a piece of me here when I go

credits

from Roads & Roads, released December 17, 2011
Written by Matt Robins & Jonathan Dyck

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The JD Edwards Band Winnipeg, Manitoba

JDEB's eclectic songwriting style draws from a wide variety of musical experiences, honing a loud and gritty repertoire heavily influenced by Country, Blues, R & B, and Soul. Now with their third release (Roads & Roads 2011) the JD Edwards Band is geared to hit the highway and deliver their own brand of infectious Canadian music tailored to appeal to all. ... more

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