Katie's Geography Playlist

So I was thinking about songs about places today.  And this is what I came up with.  (That’s the playlist link; for all the songs individually, check out the list below.)

Decatur, Or, Round of Applause for Your Step-Mother! – Sufjan Stevens
Iowa – Dar Williams
Devil Town – Bright Eyes
America – Simon and Garfunkel
Sweet Home Alabama  – Lynard Skynard
I Am, I Said – Neil Diamond
Rotterdam – The Beautiful South
Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight and the Pips (Mormon connection; bonus points for a blog like mine)
Jack and Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp
Los Angeles, I’m Yours – The Decembrists
No Children – The Mountain Goats (this one is pushing it, but it talks about never coming back to this “this town” again, so it totally counts. And thank goodness, because this song ROCKS; plus, it’s from an album called Tallahassee!)

What about you?  Any tracks you’d add?

About Katie L

A doubter by nature, a believer by grace.

Posted on April 15, 2009, in Personal, Pop Culture, Tunes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Oh, I think Twin Falls by Built to Spill (and later covered by Ben Folds) is a must-have :-).

  2. How about a little known song called “New York, New York”, by a quaint, little artist named Frank Sinatra…? Ever heard of it? Mr. Sinatra also sings a song called “Chicago”. Madonna sings “I Love New York”. Gomez has “Hamoa Beach” and “See the World”. Bon Jovi’s “Two Story Town” and Kravitz’s “Back in Vienna”

    just to name a few. 🙂

  3. “Frank Sinatra?”

    What, you just makin’ stuff up now?


  4. “Ellwsorth, KS” (a haunting song about Alzheimers/dementia by Raskal Flatts) – it brings me to tears whenever I hear it.

    “Oh, Canada” – I know; too easy.

    “Gary, Indiana” – perhaps the silliest place song I know

    Btw, I responded to your question on FMH. Somehow I missed it when you first asked.

  5. “Funkytown” by Lipps, Inc.


  6. If You’re Gonna Play In Texas – Alabama
    Song of the South – Alabama
    Chattahoochee – Alan Jackson
    Harlem’s Nocturne – Alicia Keys
    You Don’t Know My Name – Alicia Keys
    Ventura Highway – America
    Thermopylae – Ancient Rites
    Ypres – Ancient Rites
    Lisbon – Angra
    Tennessee – Arrested Development
    The Girl From Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto
    Love Shack – B-52’s
    Siberia – Backstreet Boys
    Going Down To Liverpool – Bangles
    California Girls – Beach Boys
    No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys
    Norwegian Wood – Beatles
    Say Goodbye To Hollywood – Billy Joel
    New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
    Allentown – Billy Joel
    Goodnight Saigon – Billy Joel
    Leningrad – Billy Joel
    I Ain’t In Checotah Anymore – Carrie Underwood
    London Calling – The Clash
    Amsterdam – Coldplay
    Omaha – Counting Crows
    Raining In Baltimore – Counting Crows
    Fire In Cairo – The Cure
    Kyoto Song – The Cure
    Abilene – Damien Jurado
    Manhattan Skyline – David Shire
    O Valencia! – Decemberists
    Shankhill Butchers – Decemberists
    Mary’s In India – Dido
    Lubbock Or Leave It – Dixie Chicks
    New York Minute – Don Henley
    Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) – The Doors
    L. A. Woman – The Doors
    Life In A Northern Town – the Dream Academy
    The Green Fields of France – Dropkick Murphys
    Oak Cliff Bra – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
    Jamaica Jerk-Off – Elton John
    Caribbean Blue – Enya
    Storms In Africa – Enya
    Cliffs Of Dover – Eric Johnson
    Santa Monica – Everclear
    London Bridge – Fergie
    Belleau Wood – Garth Brooks
    Mighty Joe Moon – Grant Lee Buffalo
    Paschendale – Iron Maiden
    Carolina In My Mind – James Taylor
    Mexico – James Taylor
    There Is No Arizona – Jamie O’Neal
    Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square – Jethro Tull
    North Sea Oil – Jethro Tull
    Fairbanks, Alaska – Joe Walsh
    Rocky Mountain High – John Denver
    Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver
    Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
    Tennessee Stud – Johnny Cash
    Drive On – Johnny Cash
    The Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton
    Warsaw – Joy Division
    Feelin’ Massachusetts – The Juliana Hatfield Three
    Detroit Rock City – KISS
    Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp – Led Zeppelin
    Going to California – Led Zeppelin
    Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
    Bron-Yr-Aur – Led Zeppelin
    Night Ride Across The Caucasus – Loreena McKennitt
    Perfect Tan (Bikini Atoll) – Machines of Loving Grace
    California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas
    Jerusalem – Matisyahu
    Mississippi Queen – Mountain
    One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head
    Unicorns L.A. – My Barbarian
    Sugar Town – Nancy Sinatra
    San Andreas Fault – Natalie Merchant
    Alabama – Neil Young
    Sahara – Nightwish
    Bombs Over Baghdad – OutKast
    Graceland – Paul Simon
    Under African Skies – Paul Simon
    West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
    Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
    San Tropez – Pink Floyd
    The Nile Song – Pink Floyd
    Up The Khyber – Pink Floyd
    Ibiza Bar – Pink Floyd
    New Orleans Instrumental No. 1 – R.E.M.
    I Remember California – R.E.M.
    Texarkana – R.E.M.
    Mother Russia – Renaissance
    Niagra Falls – Sara Evans
    Winds Of Change – Scorpions
    Anarchy In The U.K. – Sex Pistols
    Te Dejo Madrid – Shakira
    The Only Living Boy In New York – Simon & Garfunkel
    Battle of Plakani, Battle of Veisi – Skyforger
    Englishman In New York – Sting
    Waiting For My Ruca – Sublime
    Isle Of Skye – SuidAkrA
    In Liverpool – Suzanne Vega
    Once Upon The Seas Of Abyssinia – T. Rex
    Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – They Might Be Giants
    Road Movie To Berlin – They Might Be Giants
    New Orleans – Toby Keith
    Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    I Left My Heart In San Francisco – Tony Bennett
    Africa – Toto
    Vienna – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
    The Wrong Side Of Memphis – Trisha Yearwood
    The Dneiper Rapids – Turisas
    South Texas Death Ride – The Union Underground
    Exodus ’04 – Utada
    Mendocino County Line – Willie Nelson
    Gunpowder – Wyclef Jean & The Carnival

  7. Also, about a million country songs, Broadway musical songs, and pieces of classical music.

  8. Kullervo, how could you leave off “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head?

  9. I didn’t! Check the list again; it’s on there.

  10. I’m embarrassed.

    But at least we’ve got easy access to that sweet, sweet music video now.

  11. No no, I appreciate your vigilance. It would have been a true tragedy not to have it on there.

  12. That’s one helluva list, Kullervo.

    I’m hoping you had all those on your iPod…I mean, it’s not like you just came up with that off the top of your head, right?

  13. Oh no, I scrolled down through my iTunes. That’s not cheating, is it?

  14. South of the South- David Dondero
    Dirty Old Town – Pogues
    Goodbye California – Jolie Holland
    Wanted Man- Johnny Cash
    Corrido por Buddy – Jolie Holland
    Devil Town- Daniel Johnston
    You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma-Frizell and West

    loved your list!

  15. I can’t believe nobody mentioned “Hotel California” – Eagles.
    “Little Rock” – Colin Raye (about a recovering alcoholic)
    “Albuquerque” – Weird Al Yankovich (A really twisted song, even for him)

  16. Idaho- Josh Ritter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: