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Old 02-05-2019, 10:58 AM
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Favorite song about where you live

What's your favorite song that is about where you live? Bonus points if your town is mentioned in the title.

Mine is Portland Woman, by New Riders Of The Purple Sage(1969).
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Old 02-05-2019, 11:02 AM
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Rock Island Line. No link because I'm at work. Will provide later.
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Old 02-05-2019, 11:04 AM
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Rock Island Line. No link because I'm at work. Will provide later.
Will Lonnie Donegan's live version do?
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Old 02-05-2019, 11:07 AM
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That's a goody! I was going to post the original version, the skiffle version (yours), than the Beatle version!
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Old 02-05-2019, 11:30 AM
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There are no song smaller than the state level for me. If you count both South and North Carolina together, though, I like James Taylor's Carolina on My Mind. (Much more compelling than Sandlappers, Nothing Can Be Finer.)
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Old 02-05-2019, 11:38 AM
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Dirty Water by the Standells.
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Old 02-05-2019, 11:51 AM
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That's a tough one.

My favorite song about the South in general is probably All I Can Do Is Write About it by Skynyrd.

More specifically Alabama, gotta go with My Home's in Alabama.
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Old 02-05-2019, 11:59 AM
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I'm lucky enough to have a song about my specific neighborhood: Lincoln Park Pirates by Steve Goodman.
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When I lived in Seattle the theme song to "Here Come The Brides" was a favorite of mine.
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:03 PM
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I'm lucky enough to have a song about my specific neighborhood: Lincoln Park Pirates by Steve Goodman.
I heard that done by Frank Hayes at a convention many years ago.
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:05 PM
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Tony Bennett, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:12 PM
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Tom Waits- Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis I live just outside, but close enough.
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:14 PM
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'Bohemian Like You' by the Dandy Warhols never explicitly says it's about Portland, but it's totally about Portland. And an awesome song.
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:21 PM
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For where I grew up, (Don't Go Back to) Rockville - R.E.M., written by Mike Mills as a plea to his then girlfriend to not leave school and return to Rockville, Maryland. Great tune, but very amusing to me as Mills clearly either had a completely made-up version of Rockville in his head or the GF had given him a wildly inaccurate portrayal of her hometown. In fact, having been to both places, I feel like Athens, GA and Rockville, MD are not really all that different. And as far as I know, there are no, nor have there ever been, any factories in Rockville.
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God damn it. I was trying to think of a song for Toronto. I am ashamed to say it took longer than 3 seconds for me to come up with YYZ.

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Old 02-05-2019, 12:26 PM
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There are no song smaller than the state level for me. If you count both South and North Carolina together, though, I like James Taylor's Carolina on My Mind. (Much more compelling than Sandlappers, Nothing Can Be Finer.)
I'll see your James Taylor and raise you the Chairmen of the Board.
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I don't know of any about my specific city but Tom Petty's Casa Dega is a pretty good song about an interesting place in this not so interesting state.
Sadly, the most well know song about Florida is Stephen Foster's Old Folks at Home (wayyyyy down upon the Suwanee River)
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:32 PM
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White Boy From Sacramento by Timothy B. Shmidt

But to be fair, it's the only song that's explicitly about living in Sacramento I'm aware of.

There's also Cake's Arco Arena (I live down the street from Arco) but I'm not sure it counts.
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St. Louis Blues.

Of course the lyrics make it a little hard to be used as a civic pride thing.
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My fav about where I live is Praga Khan - Breakfast In Vegas. I made a killer ringtone from it that I use for a friend of mine who was born here and had never really left the valley until he was 23 years old.

I was not born here, however, and if ya'll will indulge me, my favorite song about my hometown is It Sprinkled, It Rained, and It Poured by John and Marina Nickerson. I lost my copy to use and damage decades ago and was thrilled to find this online some years back.

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I don't particularly like Do You Know The Way To San Jose, so I'm going with Neal's Fandango byThe Doobie Brothers.

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Probably this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvS351QKFV4
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There aren't many, so I'll have to go with "So Long, Mary" (at 1:10)
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In no particular order:

Sufjan Stevens, Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
True Believers, Lucky Moon
Wilco, Casino Queen
Uncle Tupelo, Sauget Wind

Michael Stipe from REM used to live here, but I'm unaware of any songs he wrote about the place. By all accounts he hated it. As I recently read in a Facebook meme, "Southern Illinois is St. Louis's New Jersey". I'm still waiting for our Springsteen.
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Earth Blues, Jimi Hendrix.
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Lisa Se Klavier (Lisa's Piano) by Koos Kombuis. Paints a picture of a little bohemian slice-of-life in a particular street in my town. A very resonant word picture.

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Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah's Lake Shore Drive.

So much better than that drivel Sinatra spewed about his kind of town. Thankfully, I don't hear that thing much since Frankie died.
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So much better than that drivel Sinatra spewed about his kind of town. Thankfully, I don't hear that thing much since Frankie died.
Hey, them's fightin' words!
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Also in Portland. I looked up "songs about Portland" on Wikipedia, but I'm not familiar with any of them. So I'm gonna go with "Feel It All Around" by Washed Out. It's not about Portland, but there is a strong connection.
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Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah's Lake Shore Drive.

So much better than that drivel Sinatra spewed about his kind of town. Thankfully, I don't hear that thing much since Frankie died.
Agreed on both counts.

Also, for those not familiar with it: Lake Shore Drive.

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Memphis in June by Hoagy Carmichael
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZnwIMw8emc

or (my preference) as interpreted by Bobby Short:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp1sDVibCas
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White Boy From Sacramento by Timothy B. Shmidt

But to be fair, it's the only song that's explicitly about living in Sacramento I'm aware of.
When I lived in Sacramento, I wrote a song about the city. It's called "Summer in Sacramento" and its all about the heat.
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I'll see your James Taylor and raise you the Chairmen of the Board.
Ah, Shagging On The Beach... kids would rake and rope off a section of beach to be a dance floor, and crank tunes like this. We called the music Carolina Beach Shagging and the dancing style was The Shag.

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When I lived in Seattle the theme song to "Here Come The Brides" was a favorite of mine.
Yeah, but "The bluest skies you've ever seen/are in Seattle"???

Saw a shirt there with cartoony people in a downpour: "The bluest guys you've ever seen are in Seattle"

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Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah's Lake Shore Drive.
Saw a tour of "Bands that WCFL made famous" at Summerfest*. They brought the last living member of the band to come up on stage and sing "LSD".
Best driving song ever, I often detour to "take that drive" just so I can blast that song.


*Hey, if I grew up in Milwaukee, can I count the Laverne & Shirley theme song?
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"Kansas City" - lots of good versions, not sure I could pick a favorite.
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Ah, Shagging On The Beach... kids would rake and rope off a section of beach to be a dance floor, and crank tunes like this. We called the music Carolina Beach Shagging and the dancing style was The Shag.

There's a movie for that.
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You posted the wrong link.
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"Kansas City" - lots of good versions, not sure I could pick a favorite.
That was going to be my pick, even though I'm about 40 miles away.

If that doesn't count, there's "Help I'm A Rock" by the Mothers of Invention, with the line that goes "Who could imagine that they would freak out somewhere in Kansas?"
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Dennehy by Serengeti is peppered with fun Chicago references.
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"Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

"Four Dead In O-Hi-O" is the unofficial state motto.

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I thought they were German?
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I thought they were German?
Well, the original lineup had 2 Germans, 2 Hungarians, one Dutch, and one Afrikaaner. But in that video, they were wearing vaguely Russian-esque costumes.
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That's a tough one.
My favorite song about the South in general is probably All I Can Do Is Write About it by Skynyrd.
Good call, sir.
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When I lived in Seattle the theme song to "Here Come The Brides" was a favorite of mine.
How about The Black Ball Ferry Line?
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