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That's How I Got To Memphis
Tom T. Hall Lyrics


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If you love somebody enough
You'll follow wherever they go
That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I got to Memphis
If you love somebody enough
You'll go where your heart wants to go
That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I got to Memphis
I know if you'd seen her you'd tell me 'cause you are my friend
I've got to find her and find out the trouble she's in
If you tell me that she's not here
I'll follow the trail of her tears
That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I got to Memphis
She would get mad and she used to say
That she'd come back to Memphis someday
That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I got to Memphis
I haven't eaten a bite
Or slept for three days and nights
That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I got to Memphis
I've got to find her and tell her that I love her so
I'll never rest 'til I find out why she had to go
Thank you for your precious time
Forgive me if I start to cryin'
That's how I got to Memphis (x8)

Overall Meaning

The song "That's How I Got to Memphis" by Tom T. Hall is a heart-wrenching tale of a man who is deeply in love with someone and is searching for her in Memphis. The lyrics suggest that love motivates us to search for someone who has left or gone missing, even if it means traveling long distances and enduring hardships along the way. The narrator is convinced that he can find his lover by following the "trail of her tears", and he is determined to find her and tell her how much he loves her.


Throughout the song, we hear about the narrator's intense emotional state - he hasn't eaten or slept in days and nights, and he is on the brink of tears as he asks for help in finding his beloved. However, his persistence and determination are what drive him forward. He is willing to go wherever his heart takes him, even if it means risking rejection or failure.


Overall, the lyrics of "That's How I Got to Memphis" make a case for the power of love as a driving force in our lives. They suggest that love gives us the courage to take risks and go on an adventure in search of someone we care about deeply. In doing so, we may face hardship and heartache, but our love for the other person gives us the strength to overcome these obstacles.


Line by Line Meaning

If you love somebody enough
When you love someone deeply


You'll follow wherever they go
You will go anywhere if it means being with them


That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I ended up in Memphis


That's how I got to Memphis
That's exactly how I got to Memphis


If you love somebody enough
When your heart is completely devoted to someone


You'll go where your heart wants to go
You will follow your heart's desire wherever it takes you


I know if you'd seen her you'd tell me 'cause you are my friend
I believe that you would tell me if you saw her because you are my friend


I've got to find her and find out the trouble she's in
I must find her and discover what difficulty she is facing


If you tell me that she's not here
In case you inform me that she is not present


I'll follow the trail of her tears
I'll stick to the path she left behind


That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I ended up in Memphis


That's how I got to Memphis
That's exactly how I ended up in Memphis


She would get mad and she used to say
She has a history of getting angry and saying


That she'd come back to Memphis someday
That she would return to Memphis one day


That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I wound up in Memphis


That's how I got to Memphis
That's exactly how I came to Memphis


I haven't eaten a bite
I haven't had anything to eat


Or slept for three days and nights
Or slept in three whole days and nights


That's how I got to Memphis
That's how I ended up in Memphis


That's how I got to Memphis
That's the story of how I arrived in Memphis


I've got to find her and tell her that I love her so
I must seek her out and let her know how much I love her


I'll never rest 'til I find out why she had to go
I won't stop until I learn the reason for her departure


Thank you for your precious time
Thank you for taking the time to hear me out


Forgive me if I start to cryin'
Pardon me if I become emotional


That's how I got to Memphis (x8)
That's how I ended up in Memphis (repeated 8 times)




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Tom T. Hall

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Joe DeMatteo

RIP to the greatest storyteller in music history. Tom sang the song like he was having a conversation with you. It was personal and emotional. There’ll never be another.

CedarDog

That's how the greats deliver a song; like they are talking to you - Willie does this. Johnny also. In many ways Frank (Chairman of the Board) as well.

naksookow

@Joe, this comment is spot on. I am trying to figure out why I feel so down when a person I never met in a generation before my own has passed. I really enjoyed Tom T Hall’s music and song writing.

henry taaffe

the best of them all.

Janitor Bill

Lemme put it in caps GREATEST STORY TELLER IN MUSIC HISTORY

Dutchman

A timeless song 🎵! My musician friend Ericson Holt from 2 Friends in Keywest sings this song in tribute to TTH!! RIP 🙏

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DL Mullins

I was sleeping on the ground beside the river next to the Manassas airport . Down on my luck and my wife left me when a car pulled up on the road beside the river and two men got out. They invited me to come to the airport and drink a beer with them. They were awaiting Tom T's flight to come in  because they played in his band. I'll never forget that night. Helped me get on with my life.

John Johnson

Oldfinger Mullins. Pabst?

Jake Nash

Hell, that's a country song in itself! T would love that, I hope they told him.

Eric

WOW!!!!

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