"From Galway to Graceland" as written by and 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.


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"From Galway to Graceland" as written by Richard Thompson

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    General CommentOne of the greatest studies of obsession ever written, and a beautiful song to boot. God knows where this story came to him from, but I'm glad it did. First heard it when I was about 11 or 12 - it haunted me then, and still does today. The meaning is simple - an Irish woman abandons her life and family to make a pilgrimage to the grave of Elvis, believing that she is his wife. But the presentation is superb. A sad, beautiful song of mental illness and misplaced love.
    jay0bedlamon August 20, 2011   Link
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    General Commentbest Richard Thompson song. Hands down.
    dukeoveron April 19, 2007   Link

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