Monday, October 19, 2020

Foto Tunes

  Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

I love reading Peter Robinson's DCI Banks series. But it takes me longer to read as he is an avid music fan so I am always stopping to look up the song/artist to listen and learn more.

In Many Rivers to Cross he mentions going to a Richard Thompson concert and listing some of the songs.

Note - Claddagh is in Galway. Click here for the story of the Claddagh ring.

I had to see what I could find out about the meaning of the song. I found an article that mentioned that Eleanor Shanley had a better version, as the song is meant for a woman to sing. 

From Galway to Graceland
Richard Thompson

Oh she dressed in the dark
And she whispered amen
She was pretty in pink

Like a young girl again
Twenty years married
And she never thought twice
She sneaked out the door
And walked into the night
And silver wings carried her
Over the sea
From the west coast of Ireland

To West Tennessee

To be with her sweetheart,
Oh she left everything
From Galway to Graceland to be with the king

She was humming Suspicion,
That's the song she liked best
She had Elvis I Love You
Tattooed on her breast

When they landed in Memphis,

Well, her heart beat so fast
She'd dreamed for so long,
Now she'd see him at last
She was down by his graveside

Day after day
Come closing time they
Would pull her away
Ah to be with her sweetheart,
Oh she'd left everything
From Galway to Graceland to be with the king

Ah, they came in their thousands
From the whole human race
To pay their respects
At his last resting place
But blindly she knelt there
And she told him her dreams
And she thought that he answered
Or that's how it seems
Then they dragged her away
It was handcuffs this time
She said "my good man are you out of your mind?"
Don't you know that we're married?
See, I'm wearing his ring.

From Galway to Graceland to be with the king.

I come From Galway to Graceland to be with the king.

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Richard Thompson


  1. ...Richard Thompson is a treat to hear! That one long trip and thanks for taking my along!

  2. Whst a great song and pics to go with it. Absolutely brought me back to these locations.

  3. I was truly AMAZED at how many photos you shared that went so well with the words of that song. Simply wonderful photos and it shows how well traveled you are, too, dear Jackie.


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