Left My Heart In Memphis

Album: Royal Southern Brotherhood (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • "I just have a real love affair with Memphis," RSB leader Devon Allman said in our 2015 interview. "I used to live there and made a bunch of records there, got a ton of friends there. So it was my little love letter to Memphis."
  • Allman makes reference to both Martin Luther King Jr. and Jeff Buckley in this song, as both were killed in Memphis. The line "I can hear 'I have a dream'" refers to King's famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. "This is our last goodbye" refers to the Jeff Buckley song "Last Goodbye."
  • Allman recorded this song with his band Royal Southern Brotherhood, which is comprised of Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooten.

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