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Mother Earth
Memphis Slim Lyrics


You may not have me all the time
You may never go my way
Mother earth is laying for you
Cuz of all the debts you got to pay

Don't care how great you are
Don't care what you worth
When it all ends up you got to
Go back to mother earth

You may own a half a city
Even diamonds and pearls
You may buy that plane baby
And fly all over this world

Don't care how rich you are
Don't care what you worth
When it all ends up you got to
Go back to mother earth

You may play race horses
You may own that race track
You may have enough money baby
To buy anything you like

Don't care how great you are
Don't care what you worth
When it all ends up you got to
Go back to mother earth

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: LEWIS SIMPKINS, PETER CHATMAN

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Rev. Robert 'Standing Eagle' Marshall

+BluesRockChannel -- I'm Memphis Slim's cousin and I had the privilege and honor of touring with him as a child on the old "Chitlin' Trail" Circuit that ran through both the southern and northern states. Then later in the 70s while I was in the Air Force and stationed in W. Germany.

I was going to visit him again when I got stationed in Sicily in late 1987, and we had it all set for when he came back from doing a gig with his old guitarist Matt Murphy; however, I was sent on a deployment and didn't get back till the 1st of March 1988; that's when I found out that he had caught the flu while he was in the states and he died of kidney failure on the 24th of February.

The Sicilian blues and jazz radio stations had played his music in tribute for 3-days.

About 10-years ago, I started doing a radio segment with the help of a DJ friend of mine, David Lescht, on the UNM college radio station, KUNM, called "Memphis Slim Remembered" either on or about his birthday of the 3rd of Sep. However, that ended 3-years ago when David died.

Slim was a great individual, performer, and humanitarian and I truly miss him! Thank you so much for posting his music videos here!



Rev. Robert 'Standing Eagle' Marshall

+J. Schechter--I'm Memphis Slim's cousin and I had the privilege and honor of touring with him as a child on the old "Chitlin' Trail" Circuit that ran through both the southern and northern states. Then later in the 70s while I was in the Air Force and stationed in W. Germany.

I was going to visit him again when I got stationed in Sicily in late 1987, and we had it all set for when he came back from doing a gig with his old guitarist Matt Murphy; however, I was sent on a deployment and didn't get back till the 1st of March 1988; that's when I found out that he had caught the flu while he was in the states and he died of kidney failure on the 24th of February.

The Sicilian blues and jazz radio stations had played his music in tribute for 3-days.

About 10-years ago, I started doing a radio segment with the help of a DJ friend of mine, David Lescht, on the UNM college radio station, KUNM, called "Memphis Slim Remembered" either on or about his birthday of the 3rd of Sep. However, that ended 3-years ago when David died.

Slim was a great individual, performer, and humanitarian and I truly miss him!



bob coard

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I'm guessing that it must have been 1963 that our family holiday to Spain went through Paris for the last time.
After that, we flew to Barcelona or Perpignan. I liked the earlier train journeys. Took longer but as a pre-teenager I liked stuff like that. So, anyway, the last time we stopped overnight in Paris my father left both my mother & sister at the hotel and took me, his probably 13 year old son around some of the music bars he (magically) knew of.

After an hour or two we were in Clingancourt at a bar/club I've spent decades trying to find again. It was still nearly light outside so for July it would have been about 8-9.00 at night. Too early for the band to be playing, but an OK time to busk and rehearse.


In his antiquated South African French dialect, dad introduced me to Monsieur Chatman, a very black man with fingers longer than any that I'd ever seen.

M. Chatman played piano, something that fascinated me. (Still does, still a crap player) John Chatman spent maybe 90 minutes showing me how to roll a left hand and "pink" the top end notes. And , no. I don't remember what that was.

Ladies And Gentlemen, may I present Memphis Slim, a true gentleman



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Rev. Robert 'Standing Eagle' Marshall

+BluesRockChannel -- I'm Memphis Slim's cousin and I had the privilege and honor of touring with him as a child on the old "Chitlin' Trail" Circuit that ran through both the southern and northern states. Then later in the 70s while I was in the Air Force and stationed in W. Germany.

I was going to visit him again when I got stationed in Sicily in late 1987, and we had it all set for when he came back from doing a gig with his old guitarist Matt Murphy; however, I was sent on a deployment and didn't get back till the 1st of March 1988; that's when I found out that he had caught the flu while he was in the states and he died of kidney failure on the 24th of February.

The Sicilian blues and jazz radio stations had played his music in tribute for 3-days.

About 10-years ago, I started doing a radio segment with the help of a DJ friend of mine, David Lescht, on the UNM college radio station, KUNM, called "Memphis Slim Remembered" either on or about his birthday of the 3rd of Sep. However, that ended 3-years ago when David died.

Slim was a great individual, performer, and humanitarian and I truly miss him! Thank you so much for posting his music videos here!

Rev. Robert 'Standing Eagle' Marshall

@Brian Jones-- You should contact me on my Facebook Page @ - https://www.facebook.com/Robert.StandingEagle.Marshall

richard mindemann

This is my favorite tune of his. He was a bluesman of great ability and depth. I saw his house, in ruins, in Memphis about a decade ago. There were supposedly plans to refurbish it and make it a museum. I think there was a problem raising the money. I've been a blues fan for over fifty years. I listen to Bluesville on Sirius XM, but the music they play reveals a shameful neglect of piano blues. It's all guitar, guitar, guitar! I play guitar myself, but let's hear those 88s!

Brian Jones

Rev.Robert, we met be related, Memphis Slim was my mother 2nd cousin, Im living in Seattle now, been years since I been back in the south

I. M.

Now I know where Mose Allison got his inspiration.
I love Tracy Nelson's version of this. 😍😍😍

Tina Henize

Thank you so much, Reverend. WDNA, Miami, played this just this morning. It hits home more than ever in these crazy times. A friend who's in the UU Church has been compiling Peace and Justice songs of all genres, and this song and artist are stars in that realm. It's a classic for sure, from a tremendous, beautiful artist we admire. I've heard it played often on WMNF, Tampa, as well; these stations keep the great music and artists alive for the ages.

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Liezl-Mari van Rensburg

#Truth - "Don't care what you're worth, when it all adds up, (we've) got to go back to #MotherEarth" - no point chasing "diamonds & pearls" :) ladies and gents, better idea to #RISE 4 #MotherNature #COMEUP402 #StandUp & njoy More Freedom and More #Life :) #TIME2ACT :) pls. #NO2 #CO2MUCH #ActionTrumpsAll #LoveTrumpsAll #UniteByLight > Parvati.org
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hwgray

When it all ends up, (_you've_) got to go back to Mother Earth

Penn Pusher

There will never be another like Slim.

Rev. Robert 'Standing Eagle' Marshall

+J. Schechter -- Sorry for responding so later... I didn't see your response till today, I've been busy writing my book and editing my photography.

I was just 6-years-old at the time and was just a singer. As I got older I added percussion and some jamming with a harmonica--Sonny Boy Williamson gave me my first harmonica on my 8th birthday.

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