Thursday, May 20, 2010

I'm in an awful state here...

No, not Ohio.  I like it here very much.  No, the state of which I speak is the dreaded flu.  As in, 'my will to live flu out the window around 2 AM Tuesday...'.  This really took me out, big time.   

I'm still sick, but at least I'm not writhing in pain (at the moment), so I thought I'd beat a dead horse here ever so briefly.  Last week, I asked you to name three states other than Ohio mentioned in song over the years.  Didn't get many responses, which was sad.  As such, I have taken it upon myself to compile a list of states that I can recall being mentioned in song, even with my nutrition-deprived gray matter, all you have to do is come up with any of the songs for each state.

Bonus, one song mentions eight of them, that'll get you almost halfway there if you know it.

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
  • West Virginia

(Disclaimer - no dead horses were actually harmed in the writing of this post.  Which leads me to a thought that pops into my head from time to time.  In college, I once wrote "Walt Whitman beats his horse to death just so he can beat a dead horse." in reference to 'Leaves of Grass'.  Safe to say I'm not the man's biggest fan.)


Sarah J. Bradley said...

Okay, the song that mentions a ton of places is "I've been Everywhere" right?

I thought of a good song with a state in it the other day...oh yes! MTA, by the Kingston Trio. Pop that one in your memory banks!

Feel better! I'm sending good thoughts and hoping that clouds of chicken noodle soup find you!

Bev said...

Sorry you're sick! Hope you're on the mend soon. To make you feel better, I will take a stab at this quiz.

John Denver sang a song about Alaska, I believe? Alaska & Me?

Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) by The Doors

Goin' to California by Led Zeppelin.

Rocky Mtn High, Colorado - Denver again

Georgia on my Mind

Kentucky Woman by...?

New York State of Mind by Alicia Keys

Cleveland Rocks? ;)

OOOOOOOO-klahoma, "where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain!"

Tennessee Jed by the Grateful Dead

All my Exes Live in Texas by...?

Country Road... take me home... to the place, I belong!

That's all I've got. Not bad, eh?

Elliott said...

Sarah, that's the one. And I just watched the Kingston Trio video, that's not going away from my brain for a while.

Bev, thanks for all the answers! I don't remember JD's Alaska song, but I don't doubt you. And he made the list a few times, didn't he? Kentucky Woman is Neil Diamond, and the song I had in mind. Almost positive 'All my exes...' is George Strait. Not that it matters.

MJenks said...

Man, I was going to guess that Huey Lewis song where they named all the cities in the nation to try and drum up support for their careers which were slowly spiraling down into the land of obscurity and availability for bar mitvahs and weddings.

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

Kentucky Rain and My Old Kentucky Home

The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia

Georgia Rain (that's Trisha Yearwood)

Mississippi Woman/ Louisiana Man

Mississippi Girl (Faith Hill)

Sweet Southern Comfort (Buddy Jewell) mentions Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi...

Mala said...

Massachuetts - BeeGees

What? No NH songs?

Hope you feel better soon.

Ryan said...

off the top of my head, i came up with the following, though i know i'm forgetting many, many others.

Classic Rock
The Eagles - Take it Easy

- Arizona

Creedence Clearwater Revival

- Illinois

Neil Diamond - Kentucky Woman


Modest Mouse - Ohio


Modest Mouse - Trucker's Atlas

-New York

John Linnel - State Songs (entire album of songs about states)

1. "Illinois"
2. "The Songs of the 50 States"
3. "West Virginia"
4. "South Carolina"
5. "Idaho"
6. "Montana"
7. "Pennsylvania"
8. "Utah"
9. "Arkansas"
10. "Iowa"
11. "Mississippi"
12. "Maine"
13. "Oregon"
14. "Michigan"
15. "New Hampshire"
16. "Nevada"

Sufjan Stevens - Michigan (album about the state)

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois - (album about the state)

Jerry Reed - Are you from Dixie?

-Caroline (sic) (N or S, not specified)

Johnny Horton - North to Alaska

Johnny Horton - When It's Springtime in Alaska..

Various Artists

- too many songs about Texas to bother naming....

Elliott said...

Mala, the BeeGee's sang a song about MA?

And I tried to come up with a NH song, I really did, but nothing rhymes with 'Hampshire'. Prove me wrong, kids!

Jenks, thanks for popping that one in there, now I hear bad trumpets in my head. Wait, that could be day seven - SEVEN - of the flu...

ATM - nice ones, thanks!

And look at the big brain on Ryan! Nice looking stuff in the Holga album there, too, Ryan. I'll be sending my wife over, she's still on her first roll.

Be nice and share!

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