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Memphis

Janis Ian/Deana Carter

We were standing by the river,
staring into town
All the world was on his shoulders
The tears were raining down
All along the Southern skyline,
city lights began to bloom
He said -- if you only knew her
the way that I do, sir,
you would be crying too

If you could see Memphis the way that I do,
she would look different to you
Queen of the Delta, tip your tiara
Memphis, the belle of the blues

The streets were filled with cotton
and music filled the air
All the paddle boats came rolling
from east of everywhere
Now the streets are filled with silence
and songs no one can hear,
but her memory lingers
It slips through my fingers,
and into this river of tears

If you could see Memphis the way that I do,
she would look different to you
Queen of the Delta, tip your tiara
Memphis, the belle of the blues

So roll on -- roll on
My sweet magnolia, roll on
How the memory lingers
It slips through my fingers
and into this river of tears

If you could see Memphis the way that I do,
she would look different to you
Queen of the Delta, tip your tiara
Memphis, the belle of the blues
Memphis, the belle of the blues

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on July 10, 2019

  • Wednesday August 21

    The Kate, Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    The Kate

    Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    Phone: 860.510.0473

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    Janis closes out the summer with two solo evening at The Kate, one of her all-time favorite venues. After a long run with old pal Livingston Taylor, where sets had to accomodate the co-bill, this solo show should feature several brand new songs and a few blistering guitar solos!!

  • Thursday August 22

    The Kate, Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    The Kate

    Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    Phone: 860.510.0473

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis closes out the summer with two shows at The Kate, one of her all-time favorite venues. After a long run with old pal Livingston Taylor, where sets had to accomodate the co-bill, expect several brand new songs and a few blistering guitar solos in this magical solo evening!

  • Friday February 28

    E. J. Thomas Hall, Akron, Ohio

    E. J. Thomas Hall

    Akron, Ohio

    Phone: 330-972-7570

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  • Sunday March 1

    Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington, IN

    Buskirk-Chumley Theater

    Bloomington, IN

    Phone: 812.323.3020

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