Stewart Acuff

Dec 18

Short Ode to Memphis

Watchin’ a Tennessee band record at Sun,

That’s Sun Studio in Memphis where a

Boy named Elvis laid some shit down to stun

The whole world and boys like Jerry Lee and

Others with Elvis made music that none

Had ever heard. This band I just saw was

Playin’ pure Tennessee music, a little roll,

A little country, and a lotta rock and soul.

Best music ever made was made in Memphis

At Sun and a place called Stax, this

Place where they made soul, Memphis soul

Raw and funky out of church and off the street

All of it rocked your soul and moved your feet.


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Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.

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