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" ... ;-)