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Thread #169891   Message #4137688
Posted By: Jim Dixon
24-Feb-22 - 12:12 PM
Thread Name: US Highways (fed and state) and songs about them
Subject: Lyr Add: HIGHWAY 101 (Jimmy McCracklin)
My transcription from the recording on the Internet Archive. There are some doubtful phrases:

As recorded by Jimmy McCracklin (with Jimmy Nichols on piano) on Globe 104 (1945)

Have you ever been to Memphis? Leave those greenhouse bosses run, (2x)
And leave out o’ New York City, right down Highway One-Oh-One.

One-Oh-One Highway, the longest highway in the world, (2x)
Runs all the way to New York City, and it ain’t got a girl.

I’m gon’ make some money, up on Highway One-Oh-One. (yes, yes) (2x)
When I find a new still, Lord, we gon’ have some.

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I don’t know which highway this song refers to. U.S. Route 101 is on the west coast. Several states on the east coast have state and county highways numbered 101, but I don’t see how they could link up to be “the longest highway in the world.” If anyone wants to investigate further, see Wikipedia’s List of highways numbered 101.