Friday Playlist: City Songs

May 23, 2019

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Playlist where members of the Times-Tribune staff submit their music picks based on a theme. We went with a simple theme this week… Songs That Mention Cities. Enjoy: Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom Caitlin Heaney West My mom instilled in me a love for Elton John, and growing up near Philly made this a particular favorite of mine. Rancid - Olympia WA. Ed Pikulski It’s not only named after a city it has the added bonus of mentioning a second city--New York! Plus it’s an awesome band, so there’s that too. Hank Snow - I’ve Been Everywhere John Cole With all due respect to Johnny Cash, Snow offered up the best treatment of this song. The Hoosier Hotshots - She Broke My Heart in Three Places John Cole “Are you ready, Hezzie?” Urge Overkill - Sister Havana Ted Baird Heard this for the first time in a long time a few weeks ago and remembered how much I liked it. Talking Heads - Cities Jim Haggerty “I will find a city, find myself a city to live in” B.J. Thomas - Send My Picture to Scranton, PA Pat McKenna Well . . . . (B side of “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” - this song is why they invented B sides. Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) ft. Lupe Fiasco - This City Kristin O’Malley Love his love for where he came from Tony Bennett - I Left My Heart in San Francisco Pat McKenna May favorite song about my favorite place. Wilco - Kingpin Jim Haggerty This countrypunk song is probably the best thing that ever happened to Pekin, Ill. Steve Goodman - City of New Orleans Jim Lockwood This is actually a song about America’s “disappearing railroad blues” via a train named City of New Orleans. Written by Steve Goodman, it was a hit for Arlo Guthrie and covered by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and many others. They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople) Joe Healey That’s nobody’s business but the Turks’ Josh Ritter - Harrisburg Jon O’Connell This was a tough one. I thought about it for a while and finally settled on the only Josh Ritter song I know. John Cale - Paris 1919 Joe Healey Such a great track from one of my favorite musicians, John Cale, a founding member of the Velvet Underground. Gram Parsons - The Streets of Baltimore Joe Butkiewicz A ‘crying in your beer’ song. Hillbilly country origins. A version by a country rock innovator. And a nod to “The Wire.”

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