Promised Land

Album: St. Louis to Liverpool (1964)
Charted: 26 41
  • I left my home in Norfolk Virginia
    California on my mind
    I Straddled that Greyhound,
    and rolled in into Raleigh and all across Carolina

    Stopped in Charlotte and bypassed Rock Hill
    And we never was a minute late
    We was ninety miles out of Atlanta by sundown
    Rollin' out of Georgia state

    We had motor trouble it turned into a struggle,
    Half way 'cross Alabam
    And that 'hound broke down and left us all stranded
    In downtown Birmingham

    Right away, I bought me a through train ticket
    Ridin' cross Mississippi clean
    And I was on that midnight flier out of Birmingham
    Smoking into New Orleans

    Somebody help me get out of Louisiana
    Just help me get to Houston town
    There are people there who care a little 'bout me
    And they won't let the poor boy down

    Sure as you're born, they bought me a silk suit
    Put luggage in my hands,
    And I woke up high over Albuquerque
    On a jet to the promised land

    Workin' on a T-bone steak a la carte
    Flying over to the Golden State
    Oh when The pilot told me in thirteen minutes
    We'd be headin' in the terminal gate

    Swing low chariot, come down easy
    Taxi to the terminal zone
    Cut your engines, cool your wings
    And let me make it to the telephone

    Los Angeles give me Norfolk Virginia
    Tidewater four ten O nine
    Tell the folks back home this is the promised land callin'
    And the poor boy's on the line Writer/s: Chuck Berry
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • Brad from ManahawkinThe Elvis version of this song was played in Men In Black when Tommy Lee Jones' character takes Will Smith through the Lincoln Tunnel.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaTony, have to agree about liking Elvis' version better.
  • Will from Rock Hill, ScYeah, you're right Ern, songs like 'Maybellene', 'Thirty Days', 'School Days', 'Havana Moon', 'Back in the USA', 'Sweet Little Sixteen', 'You Can't Catch Me', 'Brown-Eyed Handsome Man' and ALL of his other songs sound like 'Johnny B. Goode'. Listen to his music before you trash it to make Elvis, who never wrote a song, seem better. Chuck influenced nearly every rock guitarist that came after him, so your statement that "Chuck just Blows" is just not true.
  • Ern from Fresno, CaTony is Right On! Elvis blows this tune outta the
    water. Chuck just Blows. Every song sounds like Johnny B. Goode! Stuff it Kevin.
  • Charlie from Bozeman, Mtthe Grateful dead also covered this song playing it live many times.thats how many people came to know this song
  • Ken from Louisville, KyJames Taylor also did a version of this on his "One Man Dog" album
  • Kevin from Reading , PaElvis better than Chuck at one of Chuck's own songs? Tony, are you nuts? Or just deaf. The only person I know who ever cut Chuck at one of his songs was "the Killer" Jerry Lee Lewis, who outdid the maestro on "Little Queenie."
  • Tony from Boston, MaElvis does a much better version in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I love Chuck.
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