But the post office has been stolen
And the mailbox is locked
This couplet is backwards from what you might expect. Why isn’t the post office locked and the mailbox stolen?
The reversal of the objects is intentional and mirrors the title of the song. The narrator is stuck in Mobile, but has the Memphis blues, which is unexpected. The many couplets in this song (smoked my eyelids…punched my cigarette) that utilize such a reversal of expectations broadly continue the disorienting theme of the song.
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