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Sequestered in Memphis is the second track from The Hold Steady album Stay Positive, coming after Constructive Summer and before One for the Cutters.

It was the first single, released on iTunes in the United States on May 20th 2008. The song is 3:32 and features Ben Nichols from Lucero on backing vocals and Doug Gillard from Guided By Voices on second lead guitar. The song is also available for download on the Rock Band Network in Rock Band 2.

LyricsEdit

It started when we were dancing. It got heavy when we got to the bathroom. We didn't go back to her place. We went to some place where she cat-sits. She said: I know I look tired. But everything's fried here in Memphis. Now they wanna know exactly which bathroom. Dude, does it make any difference? It can't be important. Yeah sure, I'll tell my story again.

In barlight, she looked alright. In daylight, she looked desperate. That's alright, I was desperate too. I'm getting pretty sick of this interview. Subpoenaed in Texas, Sequestered in Memphis.

I think she drove a new Mustang. I guess it might be a rental. I remember she had satellite radio. I guess she seemed a bit nervous. Do you think I'm that stupid? What the hell, I'll tell the story again.

In barlight, she looked alright. In daylight, she looked desperate. That's alright, I was desperate too. I'm getting pretty sick of this interview. Subpoenaed in Texas, Sequestered in Memphis.

I went there on business.

AnalysisEdit

This is the opening to the murder investigation story on Stay Positive, wherein one of the characters is being interviewed by the police, who want to know the details of his involvement (e.g., which bathroom were you in, asking about the girl's involvement). It may also introduce aspects of a cover-up by those involved -- or at least an unwillingness to tell the police what happened ("I guess she seemed a bit nervous/Do you think I'm that stupid?", Finn sneers).

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