19 July 2016

On the Street Where You Live ...


Well ... after a fashion.

For this week's Ten on Tuesday, Carole wants us to list 10 Songs About Where You Live.  She mentions that we might have to get creative, and she wasn't kidding!

I decided that I would include songs about where I live now (city AND state), and also where I was born and spent much of my growing up years (again, city AND state).  Fortunately, my love of musicals and having parents who sang and listened to a lot of old songs and liked sports helped out here.

PHILADELPHIA and PENNSYLVANIA

1.  Sit Down, John! (from "1776").  Fun fact:  When we lived in Chicago, The Tim was in a local production of this show.  He played James Wilson, the Pennsylvania delegate whose vote was pivotal.

2.  Philadelphia Freedom, by Elton John.

3.  On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe (from the movie, "The Harvey Girls")

4.  There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays (this is the Perry Como version)

5. PEnnsylvania 6-5000 (yes, technically it's about a NYC phone exchange, but it has the state name, and I'm using it!)

6. There's a Pawn Shop on the Corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (my mother used to sing this song when I was growing up, whenever someone said they were going to Pittsburgh for the day.  We were seldom amused.)

7.  Hail to Pitt (the University of Pittsburgh fight song. Where I grew up, most people were Pitt or WVU fans (or both).  So you knew this song whether or not you wanted to.)

8.  Allentown, by Billy Joel.  (It's in Pennsylvania - see, I'm being creative!)

WHEELING and WEST VIRGINIA

9.  Country Roads, by John Denver.  (Yes, I know that some of the geography in this song is messed up, you won't need to tell me in the comments ...)

10.  Wheeling, West Virginia, performed by the Girls of Petticoat Junction.  (This was ALWAYS awful, there is so much wrong going on here.  I can't believe Neil Sedaka wrote it ... and then - The Girls of Petticoat Junction????!!!  God help us.)

*10a.  Out of fairness, I must include the fight song for WVU (West Virginia University), if I'm including the Pitt fight song, and again, you ended up knowing this whether or not you wanted to.

I guess I would have had an easier time coming up with things if I had taken songs about other places I've lived (and there have been many!), but I have to say it was fun being "creative" ... ;-)

12 comments:

AsKatKnits said...

I love your list! and I love even more that we have a song in common! Hahahaha!

Araignee said...

Good work! That's a hard one. Other than the state song, I couldn't come up with one for Maryland.

Bonny said...

You came up with some great songs! I struggled initially, but like you, found it was fun once I began. I love Sit Down, John! and was wishing I lived in Allentown so I would have an easy song. I only live about an hour east of there and never thought it was quite as depressing as the song sounds (but I didn't lose my steel job there, either).

Dee said...

Allentown is one of my favorites ---- you forgot one ---- The Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen!

My favorite song from my favorite movie.

Good 10 on Tuesday this week!

Bridget said...

Dee - I cannot BELIEVE that I left that one out, it's one of my faves as well!

To quote my mother, "Oh for God's sake, Bridget!"

kathy b said...

All good songs. All so personal for yoU! Love this idea for a post theme

KSD said...

You couldn't have done better than starting with "1776." Good on ya.

(What about Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia"?)

Vicki Knitorious said...

Ha! Great ideas, and great songs!!

elns said...

Fun challenge/list. I like your creativity. And when I just read the name Perry Como I do a little shimmy, is that weird?

Wanderingcatstudio said...

That would be a tough one for me - even if I got creative - so well done!

handmade by amalia said...

I know what I'll be humming for the rest of the day.
Amalia
xo

Claudia Bugh said...

I think you did a fantastic job coming up with those songs! I think it would be hard to come up with songs including my current street "Saddle Peak" but maybe not - I'll have to google and see :)