Music: Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics: Gus Kahn
Original Artist: Van Alstyne and Kahn
Original Album: Single (c. 1915)
Historian: Ellis Godard
"Memories" was not performed for nearly a year after its debut (from 11/17/90 to 9/26/91), but then became something of a staple, played 38 times in 24 months (though only twice since).
Most versions have opened a first set, closed a second set, or been part of an encore. Appearances during sets (such as between “Lizards” and “I Walk the Line” on 11/20/92, or “Divided Sky”and “Squirming Coil” on 8/9/93) were nice pauses for the band, but disrupted the flow of sets.
The song has almost always been performed without amplification; the band’s dedication to that format has kept the song out of rotation for over a decade (since 7/6/94), as they are unable to project to a crowd of tens of thousands.