Independence Day

For blog friends in the US, please all join me in a celebration of the United States of America and give thanks in particular for the music it has shared with the world, starting with a little number by Ray Charles, which is appropriate on this day.

I don’t know why I do it. Maybe because dropping down from three football games per day – every day – to having only three that matter remaining is proving to be more traumatic than I imagined, and the absence of ten thousand soothing vuvuzelas ringing in my ears requires deliberate distraction (or a vuvuzela of my own, if anyone’s wondering what I’d like for Christmas…). For whatever the reason, I’ve been trying to recall songs with a US town, city or state in the title this weekend; or songs which, if not identifying a town, city or state in the title, reference one during the course of the song.

Fun, eh?

Perhaps, let’s say for example, you thought of a place where the flowers grow so very high (San Francisco, of course), or where you might go to get a mojo hand (Louisiana). Possibly somewhere that can boast a place to stay for the night where, oddly, you are able to check-out any time you like but never actually leave (California). You might have at one time believed yourself to be the only living boy in this place (New York), which may or may not have provided good grounds for finding yourself an angel there (Harlem).

Once you start to think about it, you realise that the song itself doesn’t even mention the place you’d assume has been robbed of its name (‘Dakota’ by Stereophonics, for example). That’s OK, because the song doesn’t have to have any words at all to count (such as Jan Hammer’s ‘Theme from Miami Vice’).

Bonus points if there’s a connection to David, however tenuous it may be.

Here are a few to identify. You’ll need to fill in the blanks. Think of it as a warm-up for the main event. How many do you recognise?

01. “Mass production in Saigon while all the workers laid off in _____”

02. “Oh _____, banjos playing through the broken glass”

03. “‘Though your brother’s bound and gagged
And they’ve chained him to a chair
Won’t you please come to _____ just to sing?”

04. “(Get up!) Everybody’s gonna move their feet
(Get down!) Everybody’s gonna leave their seat
You gotta lose your mind in _____ Rock City”

05. “Yeah, there’s thirteen hundred and fifty-two guitar cases in _____
And anyone that unpacks his guitar could play twice as better than I will”

06. “Down in _____, the guys and I dig a city called _____
It’s got the grooviest kids, that’s why we never get tired of _____”

07. “Bring back the _____ rag, tell all your buddies that it ain’t no drag”

08. “Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, we’re finally on our own
This summer I hear the drumming, four dead in _____”

09. “Well, I’m a standing on a corner in _____, _____”

10. “A boy is born in hard-time _____
Surrounded by four walls that ain’t so pretty”

11. “_____, somewhere in middle America
Get right to the heart of matters
It’s the heart that matters more”

12. “Take the last train to _____ and I’ll meet you at the station”

13. “When morning comes to _____
The merchants roll their awnings down
The milk trucks make their morning rounds”

14. “Hate _____, it’s cold and it’s damp and all the people dressed like monkeys”

15. “I’m goin’ to _____, behind the sun”

16. “‘Cause I live and breathe this _____ freedom
From the day that I was born, I’ve waved the flag”

17. “Help me, Information, get in touch with my Marie
She’s the only one who’d phone me here from _____, _____”

18. “So I’m walking in the rain, thumbing for a ride
On this lonely _____ back road”

19. “I’m going back to _____, I do believe I’ve had enough”

20. “Bet your bottom dollar you’ll lose the blues in _____
_____, the town that Billy Sunday couldn’t shut down”

Can we, I wonder, find a song for each US state? That’s right, Alabama right through to Wyoming? Apparently, they did here. (No, please don’t look until you’ve had a good think, that’s cheating and cheating is wrong… Uruguay).

Troublesome states (Vermont?) can be represented by a town or city, thus teaching us all about US geography in the process. You all know that Tulsa is in Oklahoma, I presume? It is, in fact, Oklahoma’s second largest city and the 47th-largest in the whole of the United States in terms of population.

See? Never let it be said that David Gilmour’s blog, if not particularly relevant 97 per cent of the time, is not entirely wholesome and educational.

Some of your own blanks to fill in would be good, too. And trivia. I like trivia.

Acts with names that double as US towns, cities or states may also be used, but only if you’re really, really struggling.

If you haven’t noticed yet, there’s a new video of David at his Astoria houseboat recording studio over on the homepage that you’ll want to see. This time he’s working on ‘This Heaven’. Hope you like it.

79 comments

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  2. Taki

    Poor me: I only recognised one…

    04. Detroit

    Best regards and happy independence day to all US Americans,

    Taki

    PS. I saw the Astroria snippet earlier today. Very entertaining, especially the keyboard part 😉

    • JulieD

      You’re not the only one! I too only recognised Kiss’s ‘Detroit Rock City’. 🙂

  3. NewYorkDan

    Bruce Sprinsteen, “Streets of Philadelphia”

    Elton John (with whom David has collaborated), “Philadelphia Freedom”

    Chicago, “Take me back to Chicago”

    Graham Nash, “Chicago” (a recent all-star cover of which features David on guitar)

    Billy Joel, “I’m in a New York State of mind” (of course I would come up with that one!)

    Frank Sinatra, “New York, New York”

    Beach Boys, “LA Nights”

    Ian Hunter, “Cleveland Rocks”

    Presidents of the U.S.A., “Cleveland Rocks” (the more well-known version of the Ian Hunter song; was used as the theme of The Drew Carey Show)

    Paul Simon, “America” (also covered by YES)

    Eagles, “In a New York minute (everything can change)”

    Over the Rhine, “Poughkeepsie”

    John Lennon, “New York City”

    Velvet Underground, “Waiting for my Man” (reference to the corner at Lexington Ave and 125th street in New York City)

    Duke Ellington, “Take the A Train” (reference to the New York subway line)

    Soft Machine, “Moon in June” (‘Playing now is lovely, here in New York State’)

    Anything by America, Chicago, and John Denver

    • NewYorkDan

      How could I forget Neil Young’s “Southern Man” with its derogatory references to the state called Alabama. Or the band known as Alabama, which did “Sweet Home Alabama” and its derogatory references to Neil Young (essentially saying he doesn’t know what he’s talking about in “Southern Man”).

      The Allman Brothers Band “Ramblin’ Man,” with loving references to virtually every Southern state.

    • FEd

      Superb list, Dan. Some fine songs there.

      Frank Sinatra still gets my vote for the best, though. I realise the song is 30-odd years old now and meant to express the feeling in 1940s America, but I think it’s still a lyric that sums up how many outsiders view the USA as a whole, even today. I don’t know if anywhere else inspires such great optimism, and that’s something worth celebrating.

    • Mike from Maine

      Sorry Dan but Alabama (the band) didn’t do “Sweet Home Alabama”, Lynyrd Skynyrd did it.

  4. Paul Sexton

    …well, it’s a place. :v

    “Today Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge”

    Great song!!

  5. Alessandra

    Funny topic, FEd. 🙂

    I’m trying to identify the songs you wrote, but it’s not easy at all.

    03 – Graham Nash – Chicago
    06 – Beach Boys – Salt Lake City (missing words: Utah/Salt Lake City)
    08 – Neil Young – Ohio
    16 – Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom

    Only four. :v

    Here are some songs for you.

    1. “Humming, all the way to _____ You’ve dusted the non believers”

    2. “Oh, moon of _____ We now must say goodbye”

    3. “They had sex in _____ A Brazilian grew a tree
    A doctor in _____ saved a dying man for free”

    • FEd

      Well, I know the third one and think it’s one of his most deliciously sardonic lyrics:

      “They had sex in Pennsylvania, A Brazilian grew a tree
      A doctor in Manhattan saved a dying man for free”

      – Roger Waters, ‘It’s a Miracle’

    • JulieD

      Yes, that snippet of lyrics from ‘It’s A Miracle’ really makes me say: “Yeah!” if you know what I mean.

      It makes me want to do something.

    • Alessandra

      Great lyrics, really.

      I’ll wait to reveal the titles of the other two songs. I don’t want to spoil the game so soon. 😉

    • Alessandra

      No one guessed, so I can tell the solution.

      The first song is “All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star)” by R.E.M.

      The second one is “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)” by The Doors.

    • FEd

      The second one is “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)” by The Doors.

      Oh, of course it is.

      Didn’t David Bowie do a version of it, too? An entertaining version by Marianne Faithfull – here.

    • Alessandra

      Didn’t David Bowie do a version of it, too?

      Yes, he did. Here it is, if you want to listen to it.

      Thanks for the link, FEd. I like that Marianne Faithfull’s version, much more than the David Bowie’s one.

  6. Michèle

    “Cheating is wrong”? Oh but it makes us feel so good… 😉

    So I cheated (if not, 0/20 :! ) to find out all the 20 cities/states. Not that easy, but had great fun.

    – Twice ‘Chicago’ (#3, CSNY, ‘Chicago’ and #20, Frank Sinatra, ‘Chicago’)
    – Twice ‘New York City’ ( #14, Randy Newman, ‘I love L.A.’ and #19, Bob Dylan, ‘Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues’)

    Right?

    “Bonus points if there’s a connection to David”: Didn’t David sing the Chicago song with re-written lyrics by Janis Sharp to help the cause of Gary McKinnon?

    And now, my questions, FEd:

    1 – A song where 91 American (not all are in the US) cities are mentioned? And who wrote it?

    2 – Fill in the blank and find who wrote the song:

    “Où sont mes racines? ______ ou Belleville?” (A clue? #5)

    • FEd

      Hmm. I’ll pass on the first one, but the second is ‘Nashville Où Belleville’ by Eddy Mitchell.

      “Boulevard Elvis, au cœur de Memphis…”

      Catchy tune.

      Of course, I had to cheat… 😛

    • Michèle

      Bravo!

      You had to cheat? No problem, ‘Faute avouée est à moitié pardonnée’, we say here. (I wonder if there is an equivalent in English…)

    • Michèle

      The song which includes 92 American towns, cities, states in the lyrics is ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ by Johnny Cash.

      Yes, 92, not 91. (Should have learnt to count at school. 😉 )

      And I’m not sure if it was written by Johnny Cash (Geoff Mack?).

      Anyway, for me, a song to forget. Stupid and pointless lyrics.

  7. Kevin

    A fantastic song which always sends a chill, written by a Canadian.

    “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald” – Gordon Lightfoot.

    All the best
    Kevin 🙂

  8. snow

    G,day FEd,

    American Independence Day coincided with Australian Reserve forces day this year. The American flag was flying at the official gathering held in Sydney. My wife had the chance to reunite with her old reserve band and have a blow and the beginning of the ceremony.

    I’m on the road at the moment and away from the LP collection, so I all I can think of is Sweat Home Alabama.

    I was very disappointed the other night when Germany flogged Australia 4-0, but I don’t feel so about it now. I’m supporting the Germans now. The way they’re playing is a real delight to watch and I’m hoping for a German-Dutch final.

    All the best,
    snow.

    • FEd

      They swept Argentina aside beautifully the other night, didn’t they? I wasn’t expecting that. I felt sorry for El Diego, but the best team won.

      I’d also like to see a German-Dutch final. I think it will happen, too.

    • FEd

      I’d also like to see a German-Dutch final. I think it will happen, too.

      OK, so it won’t happen at this World Cup.

      Sorry, Ulli.

    • snow

      I’d also like to see a German-Dutch final. I think it will happen, too.

      Yep, I thought it would as well.

      One of the reason I was hoping for a Dutch-German final was because I was at the 1974 World Cup final. I was just a young boy and from memory Germany won 2-1?

      (I know that 1974 was a huge year for Pink Floyd and I know what most of you guys/gals would have been listening to. As for me I only discovered Pink Floyd and DSOTM in 1979.)

      I must say that Spain didn’t let the Germans play their fast counter attacking football, the Spanish seemed to control the midfield and the Germans didn’t seem to be able to hang onto the ball and seemed to suffer not having Muller in the side. Both teams played a very clean game and from memory the first free kick wasn’t until the 27th minute.

      I’m hoping the final will be a great game and I think it’s fantastic that we will have a new country as World Cup holders. Seeing that the Dutch have been runners-up twice, I do have a soft spot for them.

      Sorry for being off topic.

      Cheers.

    • snow

      Well FEd, I was going to go back to bed, but I was thinking of this thread and switched the computer on. What a surprise.

      OK back to football, my soft spot for the Dutch was gone after the first 30 minutes. After all the SOFT red cards this tournament has produced, how can studs in the chest only be only a yellow? I felt that the Dutch should have been down two men by half time. Thank goodness the second half was better and the best team won. Congratulation to Spain.

      The last penalty shoot out I watched was in the final in 1994 and I swear that I’ll never watch another, so I’m grateful it didn’t happen.

      1994 was also the the first time I started listening to the games via the Hi-Fi and I was amazed what could be heard. I always heard some sort of Dixie band when the Dutch were playing and it was great. Not so this tournament.

      Do you really want a vuvuzela for Christmas? (I know, not really). What a racket, I feel that they spoiled the atmosphere. In the Germany-Uruguay game (I thought this was a great game) after about 10 minutes they went a bit quiet, I was thinking why?, then the TV showed that the crowd was doing the Mexican wave. As you can guess I’m not a fan of the vuvuzela (unless a muso can tune and play them) and hope that there won’t be any in Brazil, but I doubt it now that the precedent has been set.

      Well I’ve just got use to getting up at 4am and now it’s over for another 4 years. Bring it on in Brazil.

      Cheers.

    • FEd

      :)) A fine version of ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

      The vuvuzela took some getting used to, I must admit.

      I agree with you completely about Holland’s plan of attack (quite literally). Studs in the chest?! (Maybe now Xabi Alonso knows how it feels for Liverpool fans to see him playing for another team every week when he should still be wearing red.) I was a complete neutral throughout the tournament, but the Dutch did get away with some shocking challenges last night.

      Looking forward to Brazil 2014. There will be drums…

  9. Hydrea

    Oh… what a video!!!

    It’s beautiful see David during his work. 🙂 Very exciting and instructive for me.

    Thanks FEd.

    Have a nice day to all!

    Bye, Hydrea

  10. Damian Cunningham

    :v Hi Fed.

    Did you know 14% of US teenagers thought America got its independence from France. And 5% thought they had broken away from Canada.

    Regards
    Damian.

  11. Alessandra

    One more song. 🙂

    “It’s so relieving
    to know that you’re leaving
    as soon as you get paid”

    This time the mysterious word is in the title, but not in the song (at least, if I remember well).

    • Michèle

      I think it’s Nirvana, something to do with ‘Seattle’, but can’t remember the exact title.

    • Alessandra

      You’re right, Michèle. 🙂

      The title is “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle”

  12. Syl

    Is Gavin Elder only playing with the security cameras tapes to drive us crazy and jealous or is he working on a beloved “On An Island – The Making Of” DVD for the thousands of David’s fans we are…?

    Thanks for the clips anyway.

  13. Gabrielle, Washington State

    02. Alabama
    03. Chicago
    04. Detroit
    08. Ohio
    09. Winslow, Arizona
    10. Mississippi
    12. Clarksville
    13. Morgan Town
    17. Memphis, Tennessee
    19. New York City

    How about (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66? It was recorded by everyone from Nat King Cole to The Rolling Stones and mentions lots of towns ~ I was born in one of them. I’ll let you guess which one! :))

    My pick for a song with a David Gilmour connection would be Warren Zevon’s Run Straight Down (David plays guitar on this track) on Zevon’s Transverse City (Michigan) album.

    That’s all folks!
    Gabrielle

    • Gabrielle, Washington State

      Take a listen to this. Warren Zevon is (was 🙁 ) one of a kind. I love David’s work on this song and wonder if the two met up in the studio or if it was one of those long-distance collaborations.

      Peace!
      G

  14. Gabrielle, Washington State

    FEd, if I had my say, Ray Charles’ rendition of America the Beautiful would be our national anthem. Not just the song mind you, but Ray Charles singing it! 😀

    It’s certainly a friendlier song than The Star Spangled Banner, isn’t it? Hearing Ray sing it just gives me chills ~ he sings it with so much soul. The man was amazing, that’s for sure!

    Okay, enough playin’ around for me. Back to the grindstone! 8|

    Gabrielle

  15. Sharon Woods

    Hard to beat Elvis for the 4th of July! 😀

    OK, I’ll admit it, we were rocking to Elvis all weekend! Our deep South roots are strong when it comes to the KING!

    Woody Guthrie is the author of “This Land Is Your Land”, an almost-national anthem in the States. He gives a warm and plain scope to the meaning of Independence, his love of the land and its people.

    I hope to see Washington DC’s WG archives within a couple of weeks!

    Thank you FED for the video: it’s bittersweet to hear Rick Wright’s voice again.

  16. Alessandra

    Have you ever seen the Coen brothers’ movie “O Brother, Where art thou?”?

    This is a snippet for “Man Of Constant Sorrow”, the song recorded in the movie by the Soggy Bottom Boys, that I discovered is, in reality, an early 1900s traditional folk song.

    “I am a man of constant sorrow
    I’ve seen trouble all my day.
    I bid farewell to old KENTUCKY
    The place where I was born and raised”

    I just love it.

    • Sharon Woods

      In addition to wonderful music and musicians, the movie is thick with metaphor from The Odyssey! Ulysses, Penelope, Blind Homer, the Sirens, the Cyclops, Poseidon…!

      Tell me O Muse of that most resourceful man who sacked the ancient city of TROY.

      Sorry FED for being so far off topic: Troy isn’t an American city, but it’s certainly one we ALL identify with!

    • NewYorkDan

      There are two small cities in America called Troy. There is one in Michigan and another near me in upstate New York.

  17. diana

    Hi FEd

    nice (but terrible) topic and great video!

    Just a question: who is playing the keyboard? I think two different men but I’m not able to recognize Rick… and the first player looks like David… isn’t it?

    Bye bye
    diana

  18. Alessandra

    “Tennessee Waltz”, by Leonard Cohen.

    I could go on and on with this trivia. Stop me when you have enough of my comments, FEd. 😀

    • FEd

      Not at all, keep them coming. 🙂

      Here’s one for you:

      “First we take ______, then we take Berlin”

    • Alessandra

      This one is too easy, FEd. 😀

      “First We Take Manhattan”, by Leonard Cohen.

    • FEd

      True, it was too easy.

      Another great couple of lines, though:

      “They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
      For trying to change the system from within”

    • Alessandra

      I just love Leonard Cohen’s lyrics. If I had my way, I’d put some of them in literature books, to be taught in schools. 🙂

      One more snippet of lyrics.

      “What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
      Would ____ have been safer that way”

    • FEd

      That would be New Orleans and Neil Young, with whom I’m in complete agreement throughout this song.

      “Let’s impeach the president for hijacking
      Our religion and using it to get elected
      Dividing our country into colours
      And still leaving black people neglected”

  19. tres

    Yea!! You mentioned my home city, which has a great song with its name ‘Living on Tulsa Time’ covered by Eric Clapton, when he lived in Tulsa to learn the ‘Tulsa sound’. Eric Clapton played with Jeff Beck in the Yardbirds, who, if I remembered correctly was on a short list with David to join Pink Floyd back in 1967 to help out with Syd (yea David getting that nod).

    Did I make a connection with David?

    Oh and then there is always ‘Oklahoma’ the musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

    47th largest city, but 2nd in art deco buildings (Miami is 1st).

    • NewYorkDan

      Another connection between Clapton and Gilmour: “Pros and Cons of Hitch-Hiking,” with Clapton playing lines that were obviously written for Gilmour. That’s right, both men have tolerated Roger Waters!

      Yet another connection: In his book, Nick Mason describes the impact of a Cream concert on his ideas about music. From that moment on, Mason had to have a double-bass drum set like that of Ginger Baker. Cream featured Eric Clapton.

    • Andrew

      Actually, on the Pro and Cons album, Wyoming is mentioned.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  20. morrisda

    songs that identify us geographical sites? little green apples? on the banks of the river charles? the dirty water?

    speaking of water… how about the 2010 tour?

    come on, man… bury the hatchet. 🙁

    • James Mickelson

      I’m with you morrisda. ‘The Wall 2010-11’ will not be the same without David Gilmour. I really DO NOT want to see that gum chewing guitarist up there playing Mr. Gilmour’s parts anymore. Very tacky!!! :!

      I hope Mr. Gilmour comes and plays a charity gig with Roger Waters at Folsom Prison. The City of Folsom would be up for it, I’m sure of it!!! Roger could play his parts from inside the walls of the prison, while David plays his parts outside the wall, maybe from a boat on the waters of beautiful Lake Natoma, near the Historical Rainbow Bridge. Monitors and screens could display Roger Waters playing in the wall to the public for obvious security reasons. 8)

      This location and idea is great, because it would allow Roger and David to jam together but separate, maintaining their independence, “as they claw the thin ice” under a beautiful California sunset, while turning a new leaf for a new day through music… 😀

  21. Gabrielle, Washington State

    Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead ~ Warren Zevon
    Dancing In The Street ~ Martha & The Vandellas (Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia PA, Baltimore in DC, ‘The Motor City,’ LA)
    American Triangle ~ Elton John (it’s a cold wind blowing, Wyoming)
    Kansas City ~ Wilbert Harrison (oh, yeah 😀 )
    Goin’ Back To New Orleans ~ Dr. John
    Oklahoma Boogie, Down in Louisiana, Tennessee Hayride, California Dreams ~ Leon Russell
    Montana ~ Frank Zappa
    Tacoma Trailer ~ Leonard Cohen
    First We Take Manhattan ~ Leonard Cohen
    Woodstock ~ Joni Mitchell
    Chelsea Morning ~ Joni Mitchell
    Reno, Nevada ~ Richard & Mimi Farina
    Birmingham Sunday ~ Joan Baez
    Oxford Town ~ Bob Dylan
    Here’s to the State of Mississippi ~ Phil Ochs
    Spanish Harlem ~ The Drifters
    Blueberry Hill ~ Fats Domino (a stretch, I know, but ya gotta love that song! 😛 )

    Now I’d like to listen to them all …

    Gabrielle

  22. Michèle

    7 July. Thinking of you, Syd.

    Love the way he sang this poem by James Joyce. Just beautiful.

  23. Matt

    Allentown ~ Billy Joel

    Go Nether Lands! (My favorite Dan Fogelberg record. :D)

  24. Michèle

    Such a fun topic! 🙂

    – One for Alessandra *:

    “We are sailing to _____
    A world away from the coaly Tyne”

    – One for Lorraine: *

    “Plastic _____
    looks like Blackpool
    outta date
    some love, some hate”

    – One for Andrew *:

    “Don’t fall down on me now
    Just move it right here
    To the _____ shuffle ”

    – One for Ulli *:

    “Woah yeah
    _____ woman
    _____ woman
    I said _____ woman
    Oh _____ woman
    Yes _____ woman Sunday afternoon”

    – One for Hydrea *:

    “It’s true, look how they shine for you
    look how they shine for you
    look how they shine for you
    look how they shine for you
    look how they shine for you
    look how they shine
    look at the _____ look how they shine for you”

    (Hmm, There are 50 _____ on the flag of the US)

    – One for FEd *:

    “Only one thing I did wrong
    Stayed in _____ a day too long”

    * or for anyone else…

    • FEd

      “Only one thing I did wrong
      Stayed in _____ a day too long”

      That would be Mississippi… and how about this for a lyric?

      “The emptiness is endless, cold as the clay
      You can always come back, but you can’t come back all the way…”

      ‘Nashville où Belleville’ really is a catchy tune; I haven’t been able to get it out of my head and Lord knows what incorrect and probably completely offensive words I’m putting to that tune.

    • Alessandra

      I know this one. 🙂

      It’s Mark Knopfler’s “Sailing To Philadelphia”.

    • lorraine

      :)) California.

      I got a bit side tracked looking for a song that mentioned Vermont (‘Moonlight in Vermont’ – Ella Fitzgerald) and ended up on the Ben & Jerry’s site instead. Then I made the huge mistake of looking at the range of flavours available in the US compared to the UK. I feel deprived. 😉

    • Hydrea

      Mhhh… Very funny Michele. :))

      I have no doubt: “…Look at the stars…”

      From Album Parachutes, “Yellow” by Coldplay.

      Waiting for another riddle… 8)

      Bye, Hydrea

    • Michèle

      Well done to all of you! (Where is the thumbs up emoticon when you need it?)

  25. James Mickelson

    How about “Folsom Prison Blues” which mentions Reno Nevada and Folsom California.

    In the lyrics, the jailed protagonist listens to the whistle of a train outside his cell and recounts his crimes (“I shot a man in Reno/just to watch him die”), imagines the free people inside the train (“They’re probably drinking coffee and smoking big cigars”) and dreams of what he would do if he were free. “I know I had it coming/I know I can’t be free,” sings the imprisoned man. “But those people keep a’moving/and that’s what tortures me.”

    The most precious thing in this world is that your life is not controlled by someone else and this earthly heaven can become a living hell when that is taken away. Independence is an effect from the condition of a person, place or thing exercising true self-government, and usually sovereignty, over its territory. 😀

    Many seem to create a hell out of their heaven (their life), especially when its territory (body) has been credited as having little or no true value in “this earthly heaven.” I run a coffee roasting plant at a maximum security prison in Ione, CA, and I’m reminded of this every day I enter and leave the prison walls. If ever, Mr. Gilmour would like to visit and/or play a charity gig live at Folsom Prison (or Mule Creek); I could certainly help arrange it, especially, if he is willing to play a few Johnny Cash numbers. 8)

    For bonus points, there’s actually is a connection between Folsom and David Gilmour, tenuous as it may be. 😛

    • UFO Club

      Bless your creative heart and soul Syd Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006), your legacy lives on!!! 8)

  26. JulieD

    “Mass production in Saigon while all the workers laid off in _____”

    I suppose the above is similar to “If it wasn’t for the Nips being so good at being ships, the yards would still be open on the Clyde…”

    So it would appear that the Far East are the main mass producers these days.

    However and on a tangent again, I would like to add this link just for a matter of interest regarding the Clyde and shipbuilding etc.

  27. Mike from Maine

    Jackson Browne’s “NOTHING BUT TIME”:

    Rolling down 295 out of Portland, Maine
    Still high from the people up there and feeling no pain
    Gonna make it to New Jersey, gonna set it up and do it again

    Funny, I moved from New Jersey to right outside Portland, Maine almost 30 years ago.

  28. ash

    Hello fellow irregulars, sorry I haven’t written for a while.

    I have a good one for you, Anchorage (which is in the state of Alaska), and is the title of a song by Michelle Shocked. It has a very tenuous link back to David via the name of the album it’s off, via a lyric we will all link to a song by a band that David played in. 😀

    Some trivia about Alaska, this state has more miles of coastline than all the other states put together. This is because of the Aleutian Islands, more than 300 of them which have been formed by volcanic activity as part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

    ash

  29. NewYorkDan

    Here’s a second list of songs that refer to America or one of her cities; written because I’ve got insomnia and cannot fall asleep:

    – Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar” (New Orleans)
    – Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Woman” (Memphis, Jackson, New York)
    – Lou Reed “Walk On the Wild Side” (References to New York, “The Island” and LA)
    – Lou Reed “New York” the album, nearly every song refers to New York somewhere or another; frequent mention of “The Statue of Bigotry”
    – John Denver “Take Me Home, Country Road” (Virginia)
    – Marc Cohn “Walking in Memphis”
    – Beatles “Rocky Raccoon” (The Black Hills of the Dakotas… GILMOUR TIE-IN: Lots of collaboration between Sir Paul and David)
    – Talking Heads “Cities” (many different US cities)
    – Paper Lace “The Night Chicago Died”
    – Genesis “Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” – the album (story set in New York with frequent references to the City and its landmarks throughout)

  30. Andrew

    “Busted flat in _______, waitin’ for a train.”

    And from the same song.

    “From the _______ coalmines, to the _________ sun.

    And let’s also mention this gem…

    “I might be movin’ to ________ soon. Just to raise me up a crop of Dental Floss.”

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    • Michèle

      I like it when you refer to French words. 😛

      “Busted flat in Bâton Rouge, waitin’ for a train.”

      “From the Kentucky coalmines, to the California sun.”

      (‘Me and Bobby McGee’, by Janis Joplin)

      Right?

      And now, your turn. I had one for you above (7 July 2010 at 15:01) but you never replied… :!

    • Andrew

      Michèle,

      Yes, you are so right with the lyrics and that I missed your challenge. Probably cause I have been in and out of here a bit less frequently. Apologies for that.

      “Don’t fall down on me now
      Just move it right here
      To the Harlem shuffle”

      Harlem Shuffle by The Rolling Stones

      Note that the Janis Joplin version of Me and Bobby McGee is probably the more popular version but the song was originally written and performed by Kris Kristofferson.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  31. Andrew

    Here is a challenging one, let’s see who can figure this one out.

    “A boy is born in hard time _________.
    Surrounded by four walls ain’t so pretty.”

    And then later in the same song.

    “His hair is long, his feet are hard and gritty.
    He spends his love walking the streets of ___________.”

    And then there is this one for FEd, Michèle and Ulli.

    “_________, __________, __________, _________.
    Everybody talk about pop musik.”

    I can hear all of you singing along already.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    • Michèle

      Mississippi – New York City (he spends his LIFE…?) – New York – London – Paris – Munich.

      I think I’m beginning to understand why pupils are always trying to cheat at school… :))

    • Andrew

      Michèle,

      Wow, what was I think typing Love instead of Life. The words are not even close like Facebook and Acebook.

      By the way, it is a great Stevie Wonder song.

      Thanks.

      Andrew