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Old 06-30-2015, 11:27 AM
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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"
Hey, it wasn't obscure the day I wrote that. He had an obituary on the front page of the NYTimes' website.
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Morning Morgantown
Buy your dreams a dollar down

Joni Mitchell (Who is talking today)

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"See I'm the long leaner Victor the Cleaner
I'm the illest motherfucker from here to Gardena [California]"

- Beastie Boys, So What'cha Want
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I am flabbergasted! Truly astonished! Thanks to everyone who has replied to this thread.

I love it when Dopers come through!!!
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"See I'm the long leaner Victor the Cleaner
I'm the illest motherfucker from here to Gardena [California]"

- Beastie Boys, So What'cha Want
You're from Secausus - I'm from Manhattan
You're jealous of me because your girlfriend is cattin'

Beastie Boys, The New Style
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Washington has been covered, but I love this song.

"Seattle" by The Hot Toddies

I miss my boy when I'm in Seattle
I'd like to ride him like a horse without a saddle
I'd like to spank him with a big wooden paddle
I get so horny when I'm in Seattle

Seattle, Seattle
Seattle, Seattle

On the road, it's such a battle
When I go out I like to shake my rattle
It gets so hard without someone to straddle
I get so horny when I'm in Seattle

Seattle, Seattle
Seattle, Seattle
It's time to skedaddle, to Canada.


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Old 07-01-2015, 09:11 PM
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Are we including ones that rhyme the city and state?
Because this is the best I can do for South Dakota.

He said, "I hope to god she finds
The goodbye letter that I wrote her
'Cause the mail don’t move too fast
In Rapid City, South Dakota"


(Dwight Yoakam)
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Another one-I think it has to be West Virginia but it doesn't mention the state:

When morning comes to Morgantown
The merchants roll their awnings down
The milktrucks make their morning rounds
In morning Morgantown

(Joni Mitchell)
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:35 PM
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Smokin blunts in Savannah [Georgia]
Blow thirty mill' like I'm Hammer"
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North Dakota is tough. I may have to cheat a little. Does it count if the lyrics mention Fargo, but they're talking about the movie?

Hey, Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me) - Blessed Union of Souls:

She likes me for me
Not because I hang with Leonardo
Or that guy who played in "Fargo"
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One more:

South Carolina
Down in Myrtle Beach
Dance to the music
Twistin' to the beat

(Sammy Hagar)

I also found one that rhymes Narragansett with "your shoes are wet" but I'm not sure it counts since I've never heard of the band. link.

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I lied-one more that I'm not sure counts because it's sort of a rhyme but the corresponding lines don't rhyme in any other verses.

it's raining down in Eastern Pawtucket
it's raining down in Philly, too
stood outside praying to get wet
and I ended up with mud all over my shoes

(Gutterball)
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:15 PM
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Still looking for South Dakota?
I don't know if this counts:

We were all wounded at wounded knee, you and me
We were all wounded at wounded knee, you and me
In the name of manifest destiny, you and me
You and me, you and me
Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/redbone/we...wOv7m22QFYV.99
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Maybe this'll do? I'm from New England.

BRIGHT-EYED LITTLE NELL OF NARRAGANSETT BAY
Sung by: Mrs. W.B. Apple
Recorded on 7/20/62

Click here to listen to the original recording

Full well do I remember
My boyhood's happy hours,
The cottage and the garden
Where blooms the fairest flowers,
The bright and sparkling water
O'er which we used to play
With the bright-eyed laughing little Nell
Of Narragansett Bay.

Chorus: Toll, toll the bell
At early dawn of day
For lovely Nell,
So quickly passed away.
Toll, toll the bell,
A soft and mournful lay,
For the bright-eyed laughing little Nell
From Narragansett Bay.

One day from us she wandered,
And soon was in a boat.
The cord was quickly loosened,
And with the tide afloat.
The arrow bound it over
. . . through the spray,
With the bright-eyed laughing little Nell
Of Narragansett Bay.

(Chorus)

Next day her form, all lifeless,
Was washed up on the beach.
I stood and gazed upon her,
Bereft of sense and speech.
'Tis years since last we parted,
But here I weep today,
For the bright-eyed laughing little Nell
Of Narragansett Bay.

(Chorus)

(Mrs. Apple: "I want to hear that. I think I've got it too high."
Dr. Wolf: "Now, where'd you learn that? That sounded good."
Mrs. Apple: "Uh, well now, I learned that also at this same age, and I learned it from school friends. A lady by the name of Bess Linebarger used to know a lot of songs, and I think I learned this one from her.")

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For North Dakota, I found "The Deadwood Stage" by Doris Day:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/doris...dwoodstage.htm

The lyrics include these winning lines:

l"We're headin' straight for town,
Loaded down,
With a fancy cargo,
Care of Wells and Fargo,
Illinois - Boy!"
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:31 AM
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For North Dakota, I found "The Deadwood Stage" by Doris Day:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/doris...dwoodstage.htm

The lyrics include these winning lines:

l"We're headin' straight for town,
Loaded down,
With a fancy cargo,
Care of Wells and Fargo,
Illinois - Boy!"
The "Fargo" in "Wells Fargo" is an individual named Fargo, not the city in North Dakota.
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Does "What Did Della Wear?" not count for this purpose?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NztfOSyCCFM
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:52 AM
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The "Fargo" in "Wells Fargo" is an individual named Fargo, not the city in North Dakota.
I know, I know, but gimme a break! We can actually eliminate North Dakota!!!!!
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Okay, here's "Traveling Clean" by Jimmy Buffet:

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JIMMY BUFFETT LYRICS


"Travelin' Clean"


You go to Fargo,
We'll meet in Chicago,
Travelin' light and travelin' clean
In my nine wheel blue and white travelin' machine.
And I'm gone I'm movin' on, yes I'm gone."
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My favorite is "Paducah" from The Gang's All Here.
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Paducah, Paducah
If you wanna you can rhyme it with bazooka
But you can't pooh-pooh Paducah
That's another name for Paradise.
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Does "What Did Della Wear?" not count for this purpose?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NztfOSyCCFM
Those are State names, not cities, and some of them aren't even rhymes.
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Another one for Iowa, from Terry Cashman's "Talking Baseball":

"They knew them all from Boston to Dubuque
Especially Willie, Mickey, and the Duke."
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'Weird Al' Yankovic's "Smells Like Nirvana":

"Just a grunge band from Seattle
Well it sure beats raising cattle
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Okay, here's "Traveling Clean" by Jimmy Buffet:
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JIMMY BUFFETT LYRICS
"Travelin' Clean"
You go to Fargo,
We'll meet in Chicago,
Travelin' light and travelin' clean
In my nine wheel blue and white travelin' machine.
And I'm gone I'm movin' on, yes I'm gone."
Or, if you want to travel not so clean, there's I Am by Zebrahead:

1, 2, 1, 2, here we go.
I'm a straight pimp like Lewinsky is a ho.
I could go psycho like Buscemi in Fargo.
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The "Fargo" in "Wells Fargo" is an individual named Fargo, not the city in North Dakota.
Yeah, what a maroon that guy was. Everybody knows that the best song about North Dakota is Sink the Bismark!
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"Eighter from Decatur, county seat of Wise..."

Okay so it's dice slang, not a song, but it still rhymes. And folk in the small Texas panhandle town my mother hails from say it all the time.

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Bumping this thread in honor of zombie Chuck Barris, who wrote these lines:

Last night I took a walk after dark
A swingin' place called Palisades Park

And singing of New Jersey, I can' t believe nobody mentioned:

Workin' too hard can give you
A heart attack (ack)
You oughta know by now (oughta know)
Who needs a house out in Hackensack
Is that what you get with your money
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From Cher:

Picked up a boy just south of Mobile
Gave him a ride, filled him with a hot meal
I was sixteen, he was twenty-one
Rode with us to Memphis
And papa woulda shot him if he knew what he'd done
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Old 03-25-2017, 10:24 AM
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All along the southbound odyssey
The train pulls out at Kankakee
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Louisiana:
Why'd you go and leave me in Big Mamou
You left me for another alone and so blue
Cajun song done by Hank Williams and many others

Iowa
Sioux City Sue ,Sioux City Sue, your hair is red your eyes are blue
Old standard done by Willie Nelson

Wisconsin, Kentucky, New York, Washington
"Mention my name in Sheboygan", with later verses changing to Paducah, Elmira, Tacoma. A 1947 song included on an Everly Brothers album.

Indiana
"Kokomo" by the Beach Boys is about a fictional place with the same name as the Indiana city.

West Virginia:
Mel Tillis:
"I've been reeling around Wheeling just a little too long"

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Mt first thought was "A little bit south of Saskatoon" which has room, June, soon, and honeymoon in different verses.
Saskatoon's very easy to rhyme, unlike Saskatchewan which many people cannot say without starting to stutter.
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Delaware -- has there been one yet? Here's Dolly Parton's "Coming down from Dover"

The sun behind a cloud just casts the crawling shadow o'er the fields of clover
And time is running out for me I wish that he would hurry down from Dover
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Maine, Roger Miller, "King of the Road"

Third boxcar midnight train, destination Bangor, Maine
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:32 AM
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From the first line of The Eagles "The Last Resort"

She came from Providence,
the one in Rhode Island
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Maine, Roger Miller, "King of the Road"

Third boxcar midnight train, destination Bangor, Maine
Which word rhymes with "Bangor'?
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(Hi! I'm Glen Campbell!)

She was twenty one
When I left Galveston.
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So when I'm in your neighborhood, you better duck
Cause Ice Cube is crazy as fuck
As I leave, believe I'm stompin'
But when I come back, boy, I'm comin straight outta Compton
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Another one for Illinois (probably not Kansas) from Creedence Clearwater Revival:

Well, it came out of the sky
Landed just a little south of Moline
Jody fell out of his tractor
Couldn't b'lieve what he'd seen
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A few songs rhyme "Alamo" with "San Antonio."

Here's one.

Another was performed by Vic Fontaine/ James Darren on Star Trek. Research indicates the song was written for the episode.
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Elvis Costello's "Sulphur to Sugarcane" is full of state and city rhymes, the best being:

The women in Poughkeepsie take their clothes off when they're tipsy
But I hear in Ypsilanti they don't wear any panties
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Do we still need Idaho?

You think we’re all Trailer Trash obnoxious and noisy
But that’s just Springer, Ricki Lake, and Boise


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Sorry, nevermind, posted another Tom Lehrer but it's a state name not a city name.

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Do we have Mississippi yet? From Guys and Dolls:

Quote:
What's playing at the Roxy?
I'll tell you what's playing at the Roxy.
A picture about a Minnesota man falls in love with a Mississippi girl
That he sacrifices everything and moves all the way to Biloxi.
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An oldie; Hot Rod Lincoln, recorded by numerous artists had the lines "We left San Pedro late one night; the moon and stars were shining bright' San Pedro is LA's harbor, but part of the city of Los Angeles.

I can't think of any songs that refer to Los Angeles as such, but the Doors
(LA Woman ) and Elton John ("LA lady; seamstress to the band") but I don't recall the title of the song, which was on Tumbleweed Connection.

Someone--I think it was Tom Lehrer--sang of "I'm spending hannukah in Santa Monica, and Rosh Hoshana in Santa Ana"
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I went from Phoenix, Arizona
All the way to Tacoma
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Which word rhymes with "Bangor'?
The name of the town is "Bangor, Maine", which rhymes with train.
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"The kids in Bristol are sharp as a pistol
When they do the Bristol Stomp"

This refers to Bristol, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, the home town of The Dovells, who recorded it -- not Bristol Connecticut.

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And I'll get the job done -- Mel Tillis
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"Rockin' me baby" near-rhymes Pheonix, Arizona with Tacoma, so there's Washington state.
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[QUOTE=movingfinger;20095335]An oldie; Hot Rod Lincoln, recorded by numerous artists had the lines "We left San Pedro late one night; the moon and stars were shining bright' San Pedro is LA's harbor, but part of the city of Los Angeles./QUOTE]

The more direct rhyme would be from Hot Rod Race.
" Now me and my wife and my brother Joe,
took off in my Ford from San Pedro."
(Joe and Peedrow being the rhyme).

Non-thread related trivia...
Hot Rod Race (1950) was the pre-curser to Hot Rod Lincoln (1951). Hot Rod Lincoln just got a lot more air play. The tunes are similar and Hot Rod Race ends with the two racers (a Ford and a [Lincoln] Mercury) getting passed.

"When it flew by us, I turned the other way,
the guy in the Mercury had nothin' to say,
for it was a kid, in a hopped up Model-A."

Hot Rod Lincoln has the early lines...
"Have you heard this story of the Hot Rod Race
When Fords and Lincolns was settin' the pace.
That story is true, I'm here to say
I was drivin' that Model A."

I have heard there is a third song from the point of view of the police chasing them down, but I have never been able to find anything.
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