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The Boy From Tupelo ("He's the king and he oughta know"), Emmylou Harris
"Tupelo" - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
O ma-ma rock your lil' one slow
O God help Tupelo! O God help Tupelo!
Mama rock your lil' one slow
The lil one will walk on Tupelo
The lil one will walk on Tupelo
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1- is someone going to keep track of which states have been checked.
2- There was a song called High School Hop which i think had a version for many markets. I am familiar with the one around Boston.
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Thats' Tommy Facenda High School U.S.A. there was 28 versions.
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"I'm spending Hannukah in Santa Monica". and later ' I'm spending Rosh Hoshanna in Santa Ana."
Tom Lehrer, I think.

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This one is going to be obscure:

Livin' In Tualatin (Oregon) by Mighty Good Eatin'.

IIRC:

Livin'
In Tualatin
Wonderin'
What the hell I'm doin'


(A whole lot of elidin' going on there.)

Much better rhyme than the attempts with "Portland".
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Tom Waits

And nobody flinched down by the arcade
And the burglar alarm's been disconnected,
And the newsmen start to rattle
And the cops are telling jokes about some whorehouse in Seattle

Steve Miller Band

I went from Phoenix, Arizona
All the way to Tacoma
Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A.
Northern California where the girls are warm
So I could be with my sweet baby, yeah

the second one is a twofer
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long distance information give me Memphis Tennessee
help me find the party tried to get in touch with me...


Does this count?
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HonoLulu Lulu

...pink gardenia
Its the little old lady from pasadena

San Jose
I been away so long I might go wrong and lose my way

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Tupelo also mentioned in Ode To Billie Joe:
A year has come and gone since we heard the news 'bout Billy Joe
And brother married Becky Thompson; they bought a store in Tupelo
Also rhymes Choctaw Ridge with Tallahatchie Bridge. Is Choctaw Ridge a city or just a geographic place?

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"Just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit..."
You mean... Windsor, Ontario?
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ZZTop's "LaGrange" was about the Chicken Ranch, a world-famous brothel in the town of LaGrange, Texas.

"Rumors speading around that Texas town,
About that shack outside LaGrange.
(And y'all know what I'm talking about!)
Just let me know if you wanna go
To that home out on the range.
(They got a lot of nice girls.)"

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For New Jersey, there's always Bruce Springsteen.

"Now, everything dies, baby. That's a fact.
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty,
And meet me tonight in Atlantic City."

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Eastbound and Down - Jerry Reed

The boys are thirsty in Atlanta
and there's beer in Texarkana
and we'll bring it back no matter what it takes!


(Hey, I didn't say it was a good rhyme.)
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Does the city name itself have to be part of the rhyme, or is it okay if the rhyme actiually comes from the state?

I ask because of Skynyrd's "What's Your Name?"


It starts off:

Well, it's 8 o'clock in Boise, Idaho.
I find my limo driver. "Mister, take us to the show."

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Big River - Johnny Cash

I met her accidentally in St. Paul (Minnesota).
And it tore me up every time I heard her drawl, Southern drawl.
Then I heard my dream was back Downstream cavortin' in Davenport,
And I followed you, Big River, when you called.
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This may be skirting the rules a bit, as it refers to a non-American city, but since there is also an American city in IA with the same name, I'm slipping it in.

But gosh darn you people for putting this darn earworm in my head this afternoon! It popped in there while reading this category and it won't go away!

Waterloo - I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo - Promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo - Couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo - Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo - Finally facing my Waterloo

Waterloo - ABBA
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"Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" - Lucinda Williams


Sittin' in the kitchen a house in Macon
Loretta's singing on the radio
Smell of coffee eggs and bacon


"Jackson" - Lucinda Williams


Once I get to Lafayette
I'm not gonna mind one little bit
Once I get to Baton Rouge
I won't cry a tear for you

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Old 06-29-2015, 05:19 PM
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"Greenville to Baton Rouge" - Drive-By Truckers

Greenville to Baton Rouge
I'll call you up when I get through
The life I live is the life I choose
Greenville to Baton Rouge
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As we passed by Big Al's drive-in, his eyes began to flash
He was leaving Rapid City mighty fast
He said "I hope to God she finds the goodbye letter that I wrote her
But the mail don't move so fast in Rapid City, South Dakota


Kinky Friedman
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Old 06-29-2015, 07:07 PM
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"Greenville to Baton Rouge" - Drive-By Truckers

Greenville to Baton Rouge
I'll call you up when I get through
The life I live is the life I choose
Greenville to Baton Rouge
Operator won't you put me on through
gotta send my love down to Baton Rouge

Garth Brooks, Callin' Baton Rouge
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Comin' in to Los Angeles
Bringing in a couple of keys
Don't touch my bags if you please
Mr Customs Man


It helps when you pronounce Los Angeles and Los Angeleez.
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Third Boxcar, midnight train
Destination, Bangor, Maine


Also Neil Young

Oh Aaaaaal- Buh--Querque

No Rhyme, but bravura anyway

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Bristol, PA

Bristol Stomp - The Dovells

The kids in Bristol
are sharp as a pistol
When they do
the Bristol Stomp

(..."sharp as a pistol?")
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You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - Bob Dylan:

I’ll look for you in old Honolulu
San Francisco, Ashtabula
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States (plus DC) so far:

Massachusetts
Indiana
Colorado
Maine
Nevada
California
Alabama
Missouri
Oklahoma
Alaska
New York
Florida
Louisiana
Connecticut
Pennsylvania
Georgia
Arkansas
Illinois
New Jersey
Kentucky
Michigan
Tennessee
Kansas
Texas
Mississippi
D.C.
Minnesota
South Dakota
Iowa
Ohio
Nebraska
New Hampshire
Oregon
Washington
Arizona
New Jersey
Hawaii

And I didn't count that damned "I've Been Everywhere" song, because it's cheating.

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So I drifted on down to Tulsa, Oklahoma
To do me a late night talk show
Now I worked my way down home again, via Boise, Idaho

WOLD
Harry Chapin

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Does not rhyme the city name, though.

Has no songwriter thought to rhyme "Boise" with "noisy?"
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And the record man said every one is a yellow sun
Record from Nashville
And up north there ain't nobody buys them
And I said, "But I Will"

Lovin Spoonful. Funny part is it's wrong. How did John Sebastian think Sun records was in Nashville



Now as I turn life a page
To the land of the great Osage
In those Oklahoma hills where I was born,
While the black oil it rolls and flows
And the snow-white cotton grows
In those Oklahoma hills where I was born.

Woody and Jack Guthrie
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I've gambled down in the town of Newport News
The more I gamble, boys, the more I lose
Baltimore to Washington
Oh Baltimore to Washington
Oh Baltimore to Washington
Oh Baltimore to Washington

Woody Guthrie
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Wanted man in Albuquerque,
Wanted man in Syracuse
Wanted man in Tallahassee,
Wanted man in Baton Rouge

There's somebody set to grab me
Anywhere that I might be
And wherever you might look tonight
You might get a glimpse of me

Wanted man in California,
Wanted man in Buffalo
Wanted man in Kansas City,
Wanted man in Ohio

Wanted man in Mississippi,
Wanted man in ol' Cheyenne
Wherever you might look tonight you might see this wanted man

Bob Dylan

Think that's Wyoming and New Mexico to add

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The Bee Gees song "Road to Alaska" mentions Alaska, Nebraska and Oklahoma, but no cities from any of those states. It does, however, contain this line:

I found Cincinnati, out there I was happy,
Every single day of my life.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:58 AM
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Is it industrial strength or has it been cut?


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(..."sharp as a pistol?")
Definitely a fun song. Has anyone other than lyricist Kal Mann published the "correct" lyrics? (From the December 3, 2001, LA Times article here:"Isn't the expression, 'Hot as a pistol?' He said, 'You shut up and sing. I'm the writer!'") Per your link's included lyrics, "This town is spinning every Friday night" and "The stars are spinnin' every Friday night". Could it possibly be "The sounds are spinnin'..."? (What do the Bristolians do on Saturday night?)

Two quick favorites...
  • "Any Old Place With You", Richard Rodgers & (lyricist) Larry Hart, "I'll go to hell for ya, Or Philadelphia", here, for example
  • "At Long Last Love", Cole Porter, "Is it for all time or simply a lark? Is it Granada I see or only Asbury Park?", here, for example
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Has no songwriter thought to rhyme "Boise" with "noisy?"
Google found Jim Gill Children's Music, "The Night We Made It Noisy In Boise, Idaho" here.
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Annandale (I'm gonna say Virginia, tho it's probably NY):

When California tumbles into the sea
That'll be the day I go back to Annandale
Tried to warn you about Chino and Daddy Gee
But I can't seem to get to you through the U.S. Mail

--"My Old School," Steely Dan
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I think Birmingham was covered upthread, but just for backup - Emmylou Harris, 'Boulder to Birmingham':

I would rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham
I would hold my life in his saving grace.
I would walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham
If I thought I could see, I could see your face.
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Another Lorenz Hart lyric, from "On Your Toes" (specific rhyme in bold):

Remember the youth 'mid snow and ice
Who bore the banner with the strange device
Excelsior!
This motto applies to folks who dwell
In Richmond Hill or in New Rochelle
In Chelsea or
In Sutton Place.

New York is already well represented, but I just posted this because I think that's a hell of a rhyme.
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Hey you don't know me but you don't like me
Say you care less how I feel
But how many of you who sit and judge me
have walked the streets of Bakersfield?

Streets of Bakersfield - Buck Owens
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From "Train Kept a Rollin'" by Johnny Burnette, the Yardbirds, Aerosmith and others:

"We made a stop
In Albuquerque.
She must've thought
I was a real cool jerk. We
Got out the train in El Paso
She looked so good, Jack, I couldn't let her go."

There's New Mexico

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So, what we have left is:

Delaware
Idaho
Maryland
Montana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
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drad dog took care of Virginia with Newport News.

We have a children's song for Idaho.
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Maryland, Baltimore "Streets of Baltimore"
Now I'm-a-going back on that same train that brought me here before
While my baby walks the streets of Baltimore --Bobby Bare, Gram Parsons, et al
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Utah: Salt Lake City From Book of Mormon, "Sal Tlay Ka Siti"
If I could let myself believe
I know just where I'd be
Right on the next bus to Paradise
Sal Tlay Ka Siti
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Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show

Walkin' to the south out of Roanoke
I caught a trucker out of Philly had a nice long toke
But he's a-heading west from the Cumberland gap
To Johnson City, Tennessee
I gotta get a move on before the sun
I hear my baby calling my name and I know that she's the only one
And if I die in Raleigh at least I will die free

This song mentions Raleigh, but doesn't rhyme it.
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I'd imagine the Animaniac's "State Capitals" song has quite a few covered.
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Got one for Wisconsin, from the Polka King himself, Frankie Yankovic!

The song is "Milwaukee Polka."



"Beer from Milwaukee,
The very best in town.
It makes you so talky.
Drink it down, drink it down, drink it down!"
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Oh, I have one:

"Kingpin" by Wilco

I wanna be your kingpin
Living in Pekin.
(Illinois).
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Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show

Walkin' to the south out of Roanoke
I caught a trucker out of Philly had a nice long toke
But he's a-heading west from the Cumberland gap
To Johnson City, Tennessee
I gotta get a move on before the sun
I hear my baby calling my name and I know that she's the only one
And if I die in Raleigh at least I will die free

This song mentions Raleigh, but doesn't rhyme it.
But it does rhyme the state if that helps.
"Headed down south to the land of the pine,
Thumbing my way into North Caroline"
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For New Jersey, we have "I'm From New Jersey". The songwriter is Red Mascara, who just passed away. He rhymes Cape May with "steal your heart away".
No need to be so obscure. As mentioned earlier Springsteen's Atlantic City covers it. Also another big song comes close but doesn't exactly mention a city. The Four Seasons My Eyes Adore You.

"Walking home every day over Barnegat Bridge and Bay"

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Annandale (I'm gonna say Virginia, tho it's probably NY):

When California tumbles into the sea
That'll be the day I go back to Annandale
Tried to warn you about Chino and Daddy Gee
But I can't seem to get to you through the U.S. Mail

--"My Old School," Steely Dan
Definately New York. Annandale-on-Hudson is the home of Bard College which happens to be Donald Fagan's old school.

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No need to be so obscure. As mentioned earlier Springsteen's Atlantic City covers it. Also another big song comes close but doesn't exactly mention a city. The Four Seasons My Eyes Adore You.

"Walking home every day over Barnegat Bridge and Bay"



Definately New York. Annandale-on-Hudson is the home of Bard College which happens to be Donald Fagan's old school.
There's also "Barrytown" from Pretzel Logic.
I can see by what you carry that you come from Barrytown
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Guys, I hate to do this more than anything. This is one of the low points of my life. But here it is from some damned website:


Have you heard “The Missoula Song” by Jewel?
“Do ya, do ya, wanna wanna wanna wanna, do you wanna come on down to the city of Missoula? On a summer day, the Clark Fork River’s gonna cool ya …

“They’ll even school ya …

in Missoula …”

During her tour in June, Jewel wrote a song for each city where she played, including Missoula.
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But I redeem myself:

Doin no one [F#] thing that I could [B] mention
they're not [F#] tryin to get your at[C#]tention
and they're not [F#] showin you all they [B] got
they don't [F#] care if you're there or [C#] not
like [D#m] Sheboygan or [B] Eau Claire
[D#m] they're just [C#] there
They're not tryin' on the dance [B] floor no
they're just movin [F#] slow

Jonathan Richman They're not tryin on the dance floor.
(The least inspirational city song I know)

So thats Wisconsin and Montana
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