Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton
Old times they are not forgotten….
Glory, glory, hallelujah
His truth goes marching on…
But all my trials, Lord, soon be over.An American Trilogy by Mickey Newbury, but popularised by Elvis Presley
On this 4th of July I commemorate the King of Kings, Elvis Presley, the Southern Boy who grew up and took his influences from his black friends and neighbours and encompassed that in his powerful rendition of this belting anthem.
And I reprise the last of my own American Trilogy which started with Martin Luther King, paid tribute to BB King and ended with Elvis Presley, the King of Kings https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-king-of-kings/(opens in a new tab). I wrote it in the year of the 50th anniversary of his friend Martin Luther King’s assassination. See also https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/. And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-story-of-the-blues/(opens in a new tab)