‘I’ IS FOR: In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

It’s that time again! The time where we breakdown songs about death!

The Allman Brother’s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” is an instrumental song named after a headstone Dicky Betts saw at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia — a spot the band frequently went to relax and write songs. But the song isn’t all that innocent. According to a Rolling Stone interview, the headstone was a rendezvous point for himself and a woman he was having an affair with. According to Betts, the song is dedicated to the woman, but he protects her identity by using the headstone as the title.

While we’re citing Rolling Stone, we might as well add that the magazine ranked “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” as one of the 50 best songs over seven minutes long.


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