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    Memphis Lives in Me

    David Bryan and Joe DiPietro


    This is a simplified version of the song that I created for an 8-year-old student. It's played on just the 6th string, in the key of E. Instead of chord names, only the 6th string fret number is provided.

    Playing a bass line on the 6th string is the easiest way to play a song on guitar--perfect for total beginners or kids who want to sing and play at the same time.


     

    Intro:

    / 0 - 2 - / 4 - 5 - / 0 - 7 - / 0 - - - /

    / 0 - 2 - / 4 - 5 - / 0 - 7 - / 0 - 2 4 /

     

    5                                       0    

       There's a town that I call home

    9 (½)                     5 (½)              0

       Where all the streets are paved with soul

    5                                                               7

       Down on Beale there's a honky-tonk bar,  Hear the wail of a blues guitar

    9                                                                    10 (2)

       Have a beer and drop a dime in the blind man's jar

     

    0 (½)                   2 (½)            4 (½)                    5 (½)

      The blues sing softly in the air like a Sunday morning prayer

    0 (½)                                   7 (½)           0

       Just one more drink and you'll see God everywhere

    0 (½)                      2 (½)  4 (½)                         5 (½)       

        Like a sad old melody       tears you up but sets you free

    0 (½)                 7 (½)         

        That's how Memphis lives in me

     

    / 0 - 2 - / 4 - 5 7 /

     

    9

        There comes a time when muddy waters run rough

    11

        There comes a point when a man has had enough

    12                                                   / 5 - - 4 /

       Like a friend who always stands by me

    2 (½)                              4 (½)                          5 (½)                   7 (2)

       Memphis knows me, Memphis shows me, How this life just has to be

     

    0 (½)        2 (½)     4 (½)               5 (½)

    I couldn't even try to run away, say goodbye

    0 (½)                         7 (½)              0

      Here I was born and here is where I'll die

    0 (½)                           2 (½)         4 (½)                 5 (½)

       I'm just a man from Tennessee, I can't be what I can't be

    0 (½)                  7 (½)          0

       All I know is Memphis lives in me

    0 (½)                      2 (½)         4 (½)                 5 (½)

       Just a man from Tennessee, can't be what I can't be

    0 (½)                  7 (½)         

       All I know is Memphis lives

    0 (½)                  7 (½)         

       All I know is Memphis lives

    0 (½)                  7 (½)         

       All I know is Memphis lives in me

     

    / 0 - 2 - / 4 - 5 - / 0 - 7 - /

     

    End on 0

     


    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.