From the recordings Our Street and Goodbye to Nashville

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Written on the Amtrak line to Memphis

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Goodbye to Nashville Suzanne Petersen copyright @apra August 2018

Goodbye to Nashville
Got to move on down the road
Last night in Nashville I dropped my heavy load

I fell in love with New Orleans
The French quarter was so fine
I had the blues but not for long when the train to Memphis came

Then I got a bus to Nashville
And the people were so nice
The lights on Broadway shined on me and it all worked out all right

But I gotta go
I’m not staying anywhere for long
I’m moving down the highway with my bag and just a song

I left my heart in Memphis
Said goodbye to the queen
Aretha died the day I was in New Orleans

The train rolled on the delta
The cotton and sugar cane
I got a big long journey so far from where I came

Last night in Nashville
The lights on Broadway shone
And over all the noise came Aretha Franklins song

But I gotta go
Not staying anywhere for long
I’m just passing through here and someday I’ll be gone
Solos

I gotta go
I’m not staying anywhere for long
I’m moving down the highway with my bag and just a song

So I left my heart in Memphis
Said goodbye to the Queen of Soul
And on the bus to Nashville I let the wheels just roll

So it’s Goodbye to Nashville
Goodbye to Johnny Cash
Goodnight Elvis I can hear Aretha’s voice