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My Head's In Mississippi
ZZ Top Lyrics


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I'm shufflin' through the Texas sand,
but my head's in Mississippi.
I'm shufflin' through the Texas sand,
but my head's in Mississippi.
The blues has got a hold of me.
I believe I'm gettin' dizzy.

Help me now

I keep thinkin' 'bout that night in Memphis,
Lord, I thought I was in Heaven.
I keep thinkin' 'bout that night in Memphis,
I thought I was in Heaven.
But I was stumblin' through the parking lot
of an invisible seven eleven.

What was I doin out there?

Where's my head baby?
Somewhere in Mississippi.

Last night I saw a cowgirl.
She was floatin' across the ceiling.
And last night I saw a naked cowgirl.
She was floatin' across the ceiling.
She was mumblin to some howlin' wolf
about some voodoo healin'.

Mmm Baby

Overall Meaning

In ZZ Top's "My Head's In Mississippi," the singer is physically in Texas but mentally in Mississippi, which is a reference to the blues music that originated in Mississippi. The song has a consistent blues rhythm and guitar solo, which add to the overall tone of the song. The lyrics express the hold that the blues has over the singer and how it has him spinning, meaning that he is feeling dizzy and disoriented.


The second verse of the song references a night in Memphis where the singer believed he was in heaven. However, he was actually just wandering around the parking lot of an invisible seven-eleven. This could be a metaphor for getting lost in his own thoughts or being too caught up in the music or his own delusions.


The last verse of the song describes a hallucination the singer had of a cowgirl floating above him and muttering about voodoo healing. This blurry, surreal moment could have been brought on by drugs or alcohol or simply the singer's obsession with the blues. Overall, the song communicates the power of music to take over someone's mind and transport them to another world.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm shufflin' through the Texas sand, but my head's in Mississippi.
I'm physically present in Texas, but my thoughts and emotions are consumed by the memories and experiences I associate with Mississippi.


The blues has got a hold of me. I believe I'm gettin' dizzy.
I'm feeling overwhelmed and consumed by the intense emotions brought on by the blues.


I keep thinkin' 'bout that night in Memphis, Lord, I thought I was in Heaven.
I can't stop dwelling on a particularly memorable and enjoyable experience I had in Memphis, which was so positive that it felt like a divine experience.


But I was stumblin' through the parking lot of an invisible seven eleven.
Looking back, I realize that my magical memory of Memphis was likely just a product of my intoxicated mind wandering aimlessly through a mundane parking lot.


Where's my head baby? Somewhere in Mississippi.
I feel disjointed and disconnected from my surroundings, as my thoughts remain fixated on Mississippi, which is having a strong influence on my moods and behavior.


And last night I saw a naked cowgirl. She was floatin' across the ceiling. She was mumblin to some howlin' wolf about some voodoo healin'. Mmm Baby
I had an intense, surreal experience, in which my mind conjured images of a naked cowgirl floating above me, muttering about voodoo healings, while the music of Howlin' Wolf played in the background. The experience both excites and confuses me.




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Written by: FRANK BEARD, BILLY GIBBONS, DUSTY HILL

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@JooshWii

That guitar tone is fucking brutal

@johnnymcribblestonebreaker5910

It’s the thickest distortion and Billy made it so musical

@kevinlurker1

Nobody does what he can.....Funkified Madman on the level above where we reside

@leons8373

Marshall lead 12

@randycunningham7318

Recycler is their most underrated album. It's my personal favorite. This is powerful blues rock.

@michaelbolinskey6751

I'm 55 I grew up with real rock
This is it

@kellywilson8440

Billies guitar tone is amazingly good !

@anthonysmith3388

I was fortunate to have met Dusty on Beale Street in Memphis back in 2008 and talked with him about 15 minutes. He was a really humble man🙏🏾

@gringochucha

"But I was stumbling through the parking lot of an invisible seven eleven" has to be one of the best lines in a song ever...

@afterhourshotrods6882

What was I doin' out There¿

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