No, not that. We’re not talking about “Dropkick Me Jesus Through The Goal Posts of Life” or “Stand By Your Man.” What we are talking about is country names that end up in song titles. You know, like “Born In The U.S.A.” or “Back In The U.S.S.R.” Is there a song for every country? (National Anthems don’t count. Sorry, Canada.) To get the ball rolling, I offer the previous examples, plus “Mother Russia” by Renaissance and “Here In Angola” by Al Stewart.
Ah, but I seem to recall a song by George Fox in about 1992 called “Clearly Canadian.”
And of course, there are such songs as “Alberta Bound” and “Farewell to Nova Scotia,” and “Roll On Saskatchewan.”
The Pursuit of Happiness did “A Villa In Portugal.”
O Canada Girls by Dar Williams
South Australia and Summer in Siam by the Pogues
Mexico by James Taylor
China Girl by David Bowie
China Cat Sunflower by the Grateful Dead
Garth Brooks – ‘‘Ireland’’
Huh. more when I’m not brain dead.
“Armenia City in the Sky” by the Who. (OK, you have to allow for poetic license).
Who did “Holidays in Cambodia”? The Dead Kennedys?
Dead Kennedys is right.
Mozambique by Bob Dylan
France by the Grateful Dead
Sketches of Spain by the Pogues
Joshua Gone Barbados by (I think) Eric von Schmidt
Big in Japan by Alphaville
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina by Madonna (among others)
The Lebanon by The Human League
R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. by John Mellencamp
Cambodia by Kim Wilde
What If We Went To Italy by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Give Ireland Back To The Irish by Paul McCartney & Wings
Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols
Nicaragua by Bruce Cockburn
Brazil by Frank Sinatra
Shall I add John Lennon’s Cold Turkey?
Que viva España (made popular by Manolo Escobar)
Suspiros de España (made popular by Doña Concha Piquer)
are the two that come to mind without switching my brain on.
Three by Harry Warren:
Green, White And Red In Italy
Made In The U. S. A.
Vive La France
Ah, France! by Martin Mull
America by Bernstein and Sondheim
Alive and Well in Argentina by Zal Yanovsky
Going to Mexico by the Steve Miller Band
Georgia on My Mind
Panama - Van Halen
Regrettably, “Iraq and Roll” by Clint Black.
Does “I Ran” by Flock of Seagulls count?
The score to Evita also has A New Argentina
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has The Brothers Cme to Egypt and Jacob in Egypt.
Song & Dance has Letter Home to England
While Andrew Lloyd Webber has written shows set in Ireland (The Beatiful Game) and France (Phantom of the Opera) the song titles don’t mention the countriesl
Cuban Crime of Passion, England, and Jamaica Farewell - Jimmy Buffett
Ukraine Ways - Renaissance
Panama Red - New Riders of the Purple Sage
“In Spain,” the dB’s
“Back in the U.S.A.,” Chuck Berry
Cheer Up Peru - 54-40
“Wide Awake In America” - U2
“America” - Simon & Garfunkel
“Mexico” - Jefferson Airplane
“Mexico” - James Taylor
“Mountains of Burma” and “Antarctica” (if Antarctica qualifies as a country, that is) - Midnight Oil
“I’m So Bored With the U.S.A.” and “This Is England” - the Clash
“Kashmir” (I’m not certain whether this is a seperate state from India, but I’ll include it and somebody will no doubt correct me if I’m wrong.) - Led Zeppelin