Not that I’m impatient but I can’t wait to get to the sunshine state, however before we arrive we need to travel down the eastern seaboard.
Our journey starts in Connecticut with Into It Over It. I didn’t know the following about the third smallest state: Connecticut is home to the first hamburger (1895), Polaroid camera (1934), helicopter (1939), and color television (1948), well there you go!
Crossing through NYC (have you forgotten my Snow Patrol tune last week?) but I’ll give you a freebie this week.
Next we arrive in New Jersey this is the home state (as I found out a few weeks ago) of our very own amylee; it is also the home state and home of The Boss. Well there’s only one song we can play, isn’t there: Jersey Girl.
Similarly there’s only one song that immediately springs to mind for the next state and Perry Como asks the question What did Della Wear?
Maryland has been another difficult state to find a tune for but fortunately The Mountain Goats have come to my rescue with none other than Going to Maryland. Not sure what the lack of songs says about this state but Babe Ruth upped and left to go to Boston and then on to New York.
I’m ignoring D C as it’s not technically a state but you may recall from the first week I used a song about DC for Washington State.
We’ve had West Virginia and now ‘plain’ Virginia, though I know that this was named after Queen Elizabeth I and is a major producer of tobacco. The obvious song would be Blue Ridge Mountains but no let’s have Whiskey Myers.
Homegrown boy from Granite Falls, North Carolina and from his second album Carolina it’s the self-titled track from Eric Church.
For South Carolina we’ll have a drama courtesy of Jack White and Brendan Benson performing as The Raconteurs.
For the next state it ‘s either a midnight train or this one from Ray Charles and Georgia on my Mind.
Way down south now, Deep Down in Florida. This is a favourite holiday destination for Mrs. L and I even now the kids are grown up. Many happy memories mostly around theme parks but I do have a tale or two to tell of our trip down to Key West and one two many margaritas but perhaps another time.
Thank you all for accompanying me on this journey, which to my surprise but with a bit of searching did deliver up a song title for each of the 50 US states.
Where to next?