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Four Hundred Miles to Memphis - A Song

Updated on June 6, 2017

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Kelly & Jeremy 1999
Kelly & Jeremy 1999 | Source
Kelly & Jeremy Christmas 2002
Kelly & Jeremy Christmas 2002 | Source
Kelly & Jeremy 2009
Kelly & Jeremy 2009 | Source
Erin and Taylor Our Pride and Joy
Erin and Taylor Our Pride and Joy | Source

400 Miles to Memphis

She packed up her things and headed down the road.

A full tank of gas, her heart pounding;

only four hundred miles to go.

Mama’s goodbye in her ears, eyes filled with tears;

First time to ever leave home.

It’s gonna be hard, but she’s following her heart.

She’s knows she won’t be alone.

Four hundred miles to Memphis

Her love is waiting there

She doesn’t have to do this

But right or wrong she doesn’t care

Nobody’s making her go

Just her heart telling her, so,

Four hundred miles to Memphis

Four hundred miles home.

This old shack ain’t much, but with his loving touch;

all the lonley is gone

He pulls her in close and kisses her so

Then he drops to one knee

She knows she’s done the right thing, as he pulls out the ring

She smiles and then sings:

Four hundred miles to Memphis

My love was waiting here

I didn’t have to do this

But I couldn’t live without you that’s clear

Nobody made me go

Just my heart telling me, so,

Four hundred miles to Memphis

Was just four hundred miles home


In 1999 I was right out of high school and just eighteen years old. I was also head over heels in love. I met Jeremy at a Karaoke bar in my home town. My mom and I met one of my friends there who sang and we planned to shoot some pool. (Mom’s a pool shark) I had never sang in public, but Jeremy was the DJ. I recall telling my friend, Ricky, “I’m gonna marry that one”, and I hadn't even spoken to him yet! I eventually got the nerve to sing just so that I would be able to approach him. I sang, “I Feel Lucky” by Mary Chapin-Carpenter. I’ll never forget that. He was busy working and it was his turn to sing, so I asked him if he could dance and sing at the same time. He was singing, “I Can Still Make Cheyenne” by George Straight. We could have tripped over that microphone cord, and it may have looked awkward, but for me, it was the perfect dance. At the end of the night, I wrote my number on a piece of paper and put it in his tip jar. We've been together ever since.

My love, Jeremy, took a job in Tennessee, four hundred miles away from my south Louisiana home. It hurt everyday to not be with him and I couldn't take it. He asked me if I was able to come to him. I didn't really hesitate. I quit my job, tuned up my little 1993 Chrysler Sun-dance and hit the road. I had never driven farther than 30 miles from home. I wouldn't know how much it hurt my parents or worried them until many years later.

My drive to Tennessee was a long one. Of course there was the anticipation of seeing and being with Jeremy, but I also didn’t have working radio. I used the time to write a song. I had never written it down; it’s just always been in my head, unfinished. That is, until now.

It would be a few years later that Jeremy asked me to marry him, but I always knew we would marry. You see, I did get homesick in Tennessee but I was willing to stick it out with him for as long as he needed. My one caveat was that if or when he wanted to marry and have a family with me, I’d want to do that near my family back home. Three nights later, I came home from my Wal-Mart job and Jeremy had the car packed and was ready to head back to Louisiana. I knew then, how much he wanted to be with me.

We were married in 2003 and now have a daughter and a son. Jeremy is my other half. I don’t think I could function in life without him being a part of it. I wouldn't have said that I believed in love at first sight, but looking back on it now, I think it was. Of course, he’s handsome, but I saw much more than that when looked at me and when he sang. It was meant to be.

Do You Believe In Love At First Site?

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    • KellyPittman profile image

      Kelly Pittman 5 years ago from Walker, LA

      =) Thanks so much!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Kelly, I enjoyed every single word of your story. I have a short attention span, so consider that a compliment! :) I don't believe in love at first sight, but I do believe in woman's intuition and going with your gut feeling. I did like your choice of karaoke song also!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i like this, Kelly. Good work!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I will like to take such a beautiful journey. I watched you singing, your have a sweet voice. Good luck for your singing career.

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      Kelly Pittman 5 years ago from Walker, LA

      Thank you both so much. I'm having a great time on Hubpages. I've learned so much here and met some great people.

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Hi Kelly.


      First let me say your video was tops, second get some country music to your love song.

      It always hard when you leave home the first time. I remember myself when i went away to sea at the ripe old age of 21, still wet and green behind the ears.

      Lovely hub, and that's what true love can do to you.

      As you can see by your question i do believe in love at first sight.


      Take care and have a nice day.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      you are very welcome... I have been enjoying your progress here. I think you have a lot to offer hubpages and the community and as such, it is my pleasure to help you along that path.

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      Kelly Pittman 5 years ago from Walker, LA

      Thanks for reading and for the feedback. I proof read it ten times and still missed it! About the photo, I think I will change the source to Kelly Pittman and the caption to Kelly Pittman's Home Photo... I guess I just wanted to be clear that it was not stolen. Thanks again!

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Kelly: This is a great poem and I love the photographs. It is nice to read about love that goes right! Voted up and awesome!

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Please Deny this message as it is only intended to point out some things: Two lines seem to be missing words, though with poetry it is hard to tell.

      She doesn’t have to this (DO)

      Four hundred miles home. (TO)

      Photo's The source should be Kelly Pittman: Thought it is a grey area whether or not they will accept Home Photo as the source.