Where The King Was Born
Crossett, Arkansas - "The Lumber Capital of The U.S."
December 6, 2019
Yesterday morning when leaving Oxford, Mississippi to head west, my truck starting pulling hard east. After passing through the towns of Hurricane and Endville (they aren't sister towns, but perhaps they should be?), I found myself 60 miles east of Oxford in Tupelo, Mississippi - the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Which made me think of this song:
Oh, that's a good one.
Next I found myself in the Presley Hill section of Tupelo.
I wasn't impressed.
I'm sure your mind went where mine did at this point - Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey."
Bob Dylan once remarked that "'Tupelo Honey' has always existed and that Morrison was merely the vessel and the earthly vehicle for it." Unfortunately for me, I remember it being part of a "Thirtysomething" episode - that self-indulgent show from the late 80s. But even that memory cannot diminish my love of the song.