"A Southern Thing" as written by and Kevin Griffin....
Kelly was a blackjack dealer living on the Gulf of Mexico
Kelly had a taste for guns and pills; he was looking for a mark to roll
Sarah was a Kappa from Tulane; she was looking for a little change of pace
When a cop pulled 'em over on the interstate, Kelly blew that car away

(I heard him singin')

Gulf breeze, on the porch, me and my honey rockin' back and forth
Ridin' up again with my kin and friends, underneath the yellow moon
Sweet dream, New Orleans, Mississippi River running over me
Pretty mama come and take me by the hand
Don't mock what you don't understand
It's a southern thing

(it's a southern thing)

Now when they held up the bank in Mobile, they finally made it on the evening news
She's a Georgia peach, never within reach; he's a felon from Baton Rouge
I heard Robert Johnson playing on the steel guitar in the heat of the Delta sun
Kelly drove 'em back up to Memphis to finish what the king had once begun

(come on and sing it now:)


(come on baby, now
Come on baby now
It's a southern thing)

If we ever get out of here
I want you to promise me you'll go
Down to the Gulf and swim
Deep in the sea
And you'll think of me
The way you used to sing that silly song to me:
Sing: "M-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-humpback-humpback"
Get a little closer
"M-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-humpback-humpback"
Get a little closer!


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"A Southern Thing" as written by Kevin Griffin

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    General CommentWhaaat does "M-I-Crooked letter-Crooker letter-Humpback-Humback" spell/mean?? I was thinking M-I-S-S (issippi).. but then the humpback threw me off.. any one know?
    chasing_carson June 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentholy sh!t, what a great song. the chorus blows me away everytime.
    saved_sunburnson June 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song.

    That's how I learned to spell Mississippi--
    "M-I- crooked letter-crooked letter- I- crooked letter- crooked letter- I- humpback- humpback- I"
    It's just a way to say "p".

    And what does "he was looking for a mock to roll" mean? And what did the king once begin? I know the king means Elvis buts thats all I know.

    Thanks. :)
    gracexhappenson July 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgrace...it is "he was looking for a mark to roll" i.e. target
    Chyrieon July 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to be written as the Bonnie and Clyde of Louisiana. Kelly was already the criminal type lookin for trouble. Sara was looking for a change of pace from college life so she joins him. They travel around doing whatever they feel like doing until they get caught. Kelly tells Sara if "we ever get outta here, i want you to promise me you'll down to the gulf and swim deep in the see and you'll think of me." He basically tells her to go back to where it began and remember him and all that they used to do, even sing the "Mississippi" song they sang together.
    chaotic_messon November 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with chaotic mess completely but I want to add that the part about "pretty mama come and take me by the hand" refers to an old Doobie Brothers song called blackwater where it talks about the mississippi river and expressedly "I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland,
    Pretty momma come and take me by the hand, by the hand, take me by
    the hand"
    I'm from Alabama, and I don't know if this song is well known around the US, but well known in the south. What can I say, It's a southern thing.
    jeraldinon June 05, 2008   Link

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