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Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Geography songs

My good friends, the Traaseth's told me about something they do while traveling; they play music about that area as they drive through. Well I thought that sounded pretty cool and it got me thinking about songs that have familiar places in them. Bleu played a Travis Tritt song for me not long after the Traaseth's visited that named Johnson City of all things! So I've wanted to compile some songs that have places I've either lived or visited (or would like to visit). I didn't even remember that Joe Walsh names my hometown in one of his songs. Awesome.:)

Any songs you know of that name the place you live, or favorite places you've been? Share yours....I'm curious. Now to burn a CD for the next road trip.

~Fairbanks Alaska by Joe Walsh (also mentions Lincoln Nebraska)
~Anchorage by Shocked Michelle (Anchorage Alaska and Texas)
~All the way to Memphis by Mott the Hoople
~Alphabet Street by Prince (Tennessee)
~Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde by Travis Tritt (Johnson City and Richmond and hwy. 95)
~Take it Easy by the Eagles (Winslow Arizona)
~You'll Never Work in Dis Bidness Again by Jimmy Buffet (Biloxi and Hollywood)
~Mainline Florida by Eric Clapton
~Florida by Modest Mouse
~Margarita by Traveling Wilburys (Pittsburgh and New York)
~Kings Highway by Tom Petty (there are several Kings Highways in the world, but as he's a Southern boy I'm guessing it refers to the trail that runs North along the Mississippi from New Orleans)
~Louisiana Rain by Tom Petty (San Diego, Baton Rouge and South Carolina)
~Portland by The Replacements
~Portland Oregon by Loretta Lynn
~East Asheville Hardware by David Wilcox


Blogger Paige said...

Tennessee, by Arrested Development

Sweet Virginia Breeze, by Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett (Man, I had to goog who wrote/sang this one, and I'm a Virginian)!

"California" and "Katonah", both by Rufus Wainwright (I'm a HUGE fan)!

Is it weird that I was just discussing this same topic with my girls the other day? We were trying to come up with song titles with state/city names.

YES...true Southerners here! "Sweet Home Alabama" was named, so of course I came home and downloaded it from iTunes!

2:34 AM  
Blogger Schuyler said...

Lyle Lovett mentions lots of places in his songs. There's L.A. County, which mentions Houston as well as L.A. County. I've Been to Memphis has Memphis, Houston, Muscle Shoals, El Paso, San Antonio, LA. The Road to Ensenada has Ensenada, Alvero, Tijuana. I know he has a song that mentions Clive Corners, just east of Albuquerque, but I can't remember it.

What about I've Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash: Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota, Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota, Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma, Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma, Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo, Tocopilla, Barranquilla, and Padilla

I'm a killer.

(Repeat Chorus, Then Chant) Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana, Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana, Monterey, Ferriday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa, Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa, Tennessee, Hennessey, Chicopee, Spirit Lake, Grand Lake, Devil's Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete's sake.

(Repeat Chorus, Then Chant) Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika, Shefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica, Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport, Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond Du Lac, Davenport, Idaho, Jellicoe, Argentina, Diamontina, Pasadena, Catalina, see what I mean'a.

(Repeat Chorus, Then Chant) Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravellburg, Colorado, Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, Eldorado, Larrimore, Atmore, Haverstraw, Chattanika, Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika, Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City, Sioux City, Cedar City,

Dodge City, what a pity . . .

I like that song. My cousin used it at my Grandpa's funeral.

7:50 AM  
Blogger diana-still-evolving said...

~Omaha, NE by Bowling for Soup
~Ohio (come back to Texas) by BFS
~Streets of Bakersfield by Hank Owens and that one other guy
~There's a song by Garbage that mentions New Mexico... so I will lay on the highway, somewhere in New Mexico, and wait for a strange life to come and take me home...
~Rocky Raccoon by the Beatles (black mtn hills of Dakota)
~Bruce Springsteen IS New Jersey in my heart :)

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Sheila said...

A few from the top of my head

-Meet Me in Montana by Marie Osmond and Dan Seals
_Whoever's in New England by Reba McEntire
-Luckenbach, Texas Waylon Jennings
-Wrong Side of Memphis Trisha Yearwood

11:03 AM  
Blogger Ren said...

You guys ROCK!! I love this list and will refer to it everytime we drive somewhere. Bleu reminded me of one of my favorite Tom Petty songs ever...Casadega.

I had planned on visiting Casadega with friends before we moved away from Florida. I want my fortune read there one day, just because.:)

5:00 PM  

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