I've Never Been To Memphis

by Billie Ray Martin

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This song is very close to me. Whether i prefer the demo version, released on the album '18 Carat Garbage Demos' or this one, i can't say. But the song is a tounge-in-cheek statement. Of course I'd been to Memphis. First to meet Ann Peebles and the Hi records guys and Willie MItchell and James Mitchell etc. and i had been welcomed with open arms. The i went back to record at House Of Blues studios, which had chosen. When the band arrived one of the running gags was that whenever i sang "i've never been...' they would do imaginary Pinocchio Noses, knowing i was 'lying'. We fell about laughing all day long. The long guitar parts at the end where i sing ad libs came about because they just wouldn't stop playing. I believe on the demo version you can hear me say 'ok' a couple of times, as in: alright already, we're done. But they kept jamming so i kept adlibbing. The song is about press articles writing about you when the content of what they say has nothing what soever to do with you. The idea for the song came about when i did various interviews with papers and magazines, pouring out my heart, only to find afterwards that the 'journalist' had already arrive with their shallow, pre-fabricated idea. Headlines such as: The tears of a disco diva' etc. in no way reflected what had been shared by me during those interviews. So much for another disillusionment. I've never been to memphis, never seen my good-luck star, never seen las vegas lights (also a lie:)) is me saying: Here is what really matters to me. Things i want to do...
Here's more:
Remixes of the first BRM single from Eighteen
Carat Garbage album. Featuring a storming
trance mix by Oliver Moldan, and moody
down-tempo mixes from Zerocrop and
Hacienda.

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released April 28, 2014

written by Billie Ray Martin / Mark Tschanz (Touch Tones Music / EMI Music Publishing)
lyrics by Billie Ray Martin

produced and arranged by Felix Huber and Billie Ray Martin
mixed by Mike Nielsen at Soundgarden, Hamburg

The Memphis Rhythm Section:
organ: Marvell Thomas
drums: Steve Potts
bass: Jimmi Kinard
guitar: Willie M. Toles III
recorded at House Of Blues Studios, Memphis
recording engineer: William C Brown III

backing vocals performed by Ann Peebles, Carla Thomas and Billie Ray Martin
Ann Peebles' and Carla Thomas' vocals recorded at By Faith Studio, Memphis
vocal recording engineer: Paul Brown

additional instruments: Felix Huber
additional recording at White Noise and Luna Studios, Hamburg

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Track Name: I've Never Been To Memphis (Radio Edit)
I saw my face in the paper today
it said hello to the face that i saw at home
then I read a tale of a girl with my name
it was not the one that I know, no

you shook my hand and you said you understand
and you said that you know where I'm coming from
but the only place that I've ever been
is far, far from known

what you say about me
stabs me in the heart
what you read about me is a shot in the dark

I've never been to Memphis
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, hm

I want to see my name in neon lights
cause the words that you write they don't last, my friends
they only shine a day at a time
and leave stains on my hands, well
so what's the use in rolling the dice
when you already know how it's gonna fall
you think that if you play your cards right
you might deal with us all

what're gonna do
when a seven falls
will the rolling thunder scatter all of your cards

I've never been to Memphis, no
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

ooh yes
believe me

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, baby
I wanna see Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

I've never been to Memphis, no no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, yeah
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard (yeah)
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, yeah

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star (no no)
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged a train of my dress
through the Nevada desert sand
I've never been to Memphis
raise my hand, raise my hand, baby, yeah

tell it how it is, c'mon on
whoo!
cross my heart
whow! that's the one - that was the one
Track Name: I've Never Been To Memphis (Hacienda's Sideburns Remix)
I saw my face in the paper today
it said hello to the face that i saw at home
then I read a tale of a girl with my name
it was not the one that I know, no

you shook my hand and you said you understand
and you said that you know where I'm coming from
but the only place that I've ever been
is far, far from known

what you say about me
stabs me in the heart
what you read about me is a shot in the dark

I've never been to Memphis
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, hm

I want to see my name in neon lights
cause the words that you write they don't last, my friends
they only shine a day at a time
and leave stains on my hands, well
so what's the use in rolling the dice
when you already know how it's gonna fall
you think that if you play your cards right
you might deal with us all

what're gonna do
when a seven falls
will the rolling thunder scatter all of your cards

I've never been to Memphis, no
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

ooh yes
believe me

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, baby
I wanna see Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

I've never been to Memphis, no no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, yeah
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard (yeah)
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, yeah

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star (no no)
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged a train of my dress
through the Nevada desert sand
I've never been to Memphis
raise my hand, raise my hand, baby, yeah

tell it how it is, c'mon on
whoo!
cross my heart
whow! that's the one - that was the one
Track Name: I've Never Been To Memphis (Oliver Moldan's Europe Stringless Mix)
I saw my face in the paper today
it said hello to the face that i saw at home
then I read a tale of a girl with my name
it was not the one that I know, no

you shook my hand and you said you understand
and you said that you know where I'm coming from
but the only place that I've ever been
is far, far from known

what you say about me
stabs me in the heart
what you read about me is a shot in the dark

I've never been to Memphis
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, hm

I want to see my name in neon lights
cause the words that you write they don't last, my friends
they only shine a day at a time
and leave stains on my hands, well
so what's the use in rolling the dice
when you already know how it's gonna fall
you think that if you play your cards right
you might deal with us all

what're gonna do
when a seven falls
will the rolling thunder scatter all of your cards

I've never been to Memphis, no
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

ooh yes
believe me

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, baby
I wanna see Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

I've never been to Memphis, no no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, yeah
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard (yeah)
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, yeah

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star (no no)
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged a train of my dress
through the Nevada desert sand
I've never been to Memphis
raise my hand, raise my hand, baby, yeah

tell it how it is, c'mon on
whoo!
cross my heart
whow! that's the one - that was the one
Track Name: I've Never Been To Memphis (Zerocrop Neon Lights Mix)
I saw my face in the paper today
it said hello to the face that i saw at home
then I read a tale of a girl with my name
it was not the one that I know, no

you shook my hand and you said you understand
and you said that you know where I'm coming from
but the only place that I've ever been
is far, far from known

what you say about me
stabs me in the heart
what you read about me is a shot in the dark

I've never been to Memphis
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, hm

I want to see my name in neon lights
cause the words that you write they don't last, my friends
they only shine a day at a time
and leave stains on my hands, well
so what's the use in rolling the dice
when you already know how it's gonna fall
you think that if you play your cards right
you might deal with us all

what're gonna do
when a seven falls
will the rolling thunder scatter all of your cards

I've never been to Memphis, no
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

ooh yes
believe me

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, baby
I wanna see Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

I've never been to Memphis, no no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, yeah
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard (yeah)
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, yeah

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star (no no)
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged a train of my dress
through the Nevada desert sand
I've never been to Memphis
raise my hand, raise my hand, baby, yeah

tell it how it is, c'mon on
whoo!
cross my heart
whow! that's the one - that was the one
Track Name: I've Never Been To Memphis (Album Version)
I saw my face in the paper today
it said hello to the face that i saw at home
then I read a tale of a girl with my name
it was not the one that I know, no

you shook my hand and you said you understand
and you said that you know where I'm coming from
but the only place that I've ever been
is far, far from known

what you say about me
stabs me in the heart
what you read about me is a shot in the dark

I've never been to Memphis
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, hm

I want to see my name in neon lights
cause the words that you write they don't last, my friends
they only shine a day at a time
and leave stains on my hands, well
so what's the use in rolling the dice
when you already know how it's gonna fall
you think that if you play your cards right
you might deal with us all

what're gonna do
when a seven falls
will the rolling thunder scatter all of your cards

I've never been to Memphis, no
I've never seen my good-luck star
I've never seen Las Vegas lights
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

ooh yes
believe me

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, baby
I wanna see Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, cross my heart

I've never been to Memphis, no no no
I've never seen my good-luck star, yeah
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged the train of my dress
down Elvis Presley Boulevard (yeah)
I've never been to Memphis
cross my heart, yeah

I've never been to Memphis, no no
I've never seen my good-luck star (no no)
I've never seen Las Vegas lights, yeah
laughing at the dark
I've never dragged a train of my dress
through the Nevada desert sand
I've never been to Memphis
raise my hand, raise my hand, baby, yeah

tell it how it is, c'mon on
whoo!
cross my heart
whow! that's the one - that was the one
Track Name: The Pacemaker
the pace of life is disappointing
so tie me up cause it takes too long
the pace of life is disappointing
so hit me hard cause i ain't that strong

and you better relieve me of my senses
cause they'd waste away in the time it takes to find out what's wrong

gotta pick up the pace twenty-four hours a day
oh, for just another motherless heart beat, oh yeah, hey
c'mon, pick up the pace twenty-four hours a day, ouh
for just another motherless heart beat, oh yeah, oh yeah-hee-ee, hee-hee!

deliver me from your deadly silence
that breeds inside when you hold my tongue (breeding)
I'd shout out my gentleness and violence (ooh-hoo)
if i only knew how this thing is done

for in the sunrise the bird eats fire
and the flames are five times around the world before the morning's done

gotta pick up the pace twenty-four hours a day
oh, for just another motherless heart beat, oh yeah, hey
c'mon, pick up the pace twenty-four hours a day, ouh
for just another motherless heart beat, oh yeah, oh yeah-hee-ee, hee-hee!

for a little high speed moment
we'll let her feet run away feet run away feet run away
when we zoom in on the freeze frame
she['ll] break right down
down (down)
hey hey

c'mon, get up
c'mon
c'mon, get up
c'mon, get up

gotta pick up the pace twenty-four hours a day
oh, for just another motherless heart beat, oh yeah, hey
c'mon, pick up the pace twenty-four hours a day, ouh
for just another motherless heart beat, oh yeah

pick up the pace twenty-four hours a day
oh, for just another motherless heart beat, you better, better, better!
(pick up the pace) twenty-four hours a day, ouh
(for just another motherless heart beat) hey!

pick up the pace twenty-four hours a day, huh!
(for just another motherless heart beat) don't you know, c'mon!
(pick up the pace) twenty-four hours a day
(for just another motherless) heart beat, mm yeah

pick up the pace twenty-four hours a day (oooh!)
(for just another motherless heart beat, ooh) yeah!
pick up the pace twenty-four hours a day
for just another motherless heart beat, oh yeah, oh yeah-hee-ee, hee-hee!