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Jim Dixon 16 May 07 - 08:23 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE NORTH
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 May 07 - 08:23 PM

I heard this on the radio and loved it. You can hear a 2-minute sample at CD Baby.

It was certainly inspired by Andy Razaf's song THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE SOUTH—which was recorded by Phil Harris, Bob Wills, and Crystal Gayle, among others—but I wouldn't call this a parody. Neither song has a tune, exactly, but is delivered as rhythmic speech accompanied by music. Or would you call it a song delivered in a monotone?


THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE NORTH
As recorded by LynnMarie on "One Look" (1998)

Pirogies, hoagies, pretzel carts,
Cheesesteaks, clambakes, polka bars,
Camden Yards, and Fenway Park—
That's what I like about the North.

Diners, delicatessens,
Stuffin' is stuffin'; it ain't dressin'.
Catholic Church is for confessin'—
That's what I like about the North.

Football in two feet of snow,
And Lambeau Field in ten below.
If folks don't like you, you will know—
That's what I like about the North.

Harlem jazz, Chicago blues,
Motown soul and Jersey Bruce,
Prince and the Revolution—
Now that's what I like about the North.

Iowa's Field of Dreams,
Soda fountains and egg creams,
And the Braves ain't America's team.—
That's what I like about the North.

The Indians in Ohio,
And the Vikings up in Minnesota,
Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda—
That's what I like about the North.

We ain't fixin' to do; we just do it.
And when it snows, we drive right through it.
We smoke tobacco; we don't chew it.—
That's what I like about the North.

Browns, Rangers, Steelers, Yankees,
Norton, Ralph, Alfalfa, Spanky,
Collinwood was the home of Frankie*—
That's what I like about the North.

Youngstown rocks; Steelton swings.
I can't get enough of them Buffalo wings.
A Coke's not Sprite, if you know what I mean.—
That's what I like about the North.

Kielbasa and fried baloney,
Hard salami and provolone.
We don't eat Christmas dinner at Shoney's.—
That's what I like about the North.

Cooperstown, Niagara Falls,
Milwaukee brews, Carnegie Hall,
The art on New York subway walls—
That's what I like about the North.

New York's Hayden Planetarium.
We give folks rides; we don't carry 'em.
We love our cousins but we don't marry 'em.—
Now that's what I like about the North.

Pittsburgh pop, three-way chili,
Corner doo-wop up in Philly,
The Mick, The Babe, and "Say Hey" Willie—
That's what I like about the North.

We drink Heineken and Beck's,
Not Budweiser longnecks,
And we don't ask for separate checks.—
That's what I like about the North.

A sack's a sack and a bag's a bag.
We won the war but we don't brag,
And we salute just one flag.—
That's what I like about the North.

I ain't sayin' that the North is better.
It's just cooler; bring a sweater.
Meet a Cleveland chick; you'll never forget her.—
Now all that's what I like about the North.

[**Frankie Yankovic, "America's Polka King," was from Collinwood, a neighborhood in Cleveland.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE NORTH
From: Peace
Date: 16 May 07 - 09:00 PM

THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE NORTH
As recorded by BadaBing BadaBoom on "BadaBing BadaBoom, Volume II"

Those Great Lakes up in Michigan—
Fish all day then fish again.
On the North Star wish again.
—That's what I like about the North.


Pirogies, hoagies, pretzel carts,
Cheese steaks, clambakes, Reggie Bars—
There's Camden Yards, Fenway Park.
—That's what I like about the North.

We got diners and delicatessens.
Stuffin' is stuffin'; it ain't dressin'.
Catholic Church is for confessin'.
—That's what I like about the North.

Cooperstown, Niagara Falls,
The Garden, Carnegie Hall,
The art on New York subway walls,
—That's what I miss about the North.


Play football in two feet of snow—
Lambeau Field in ten below—
And if folks don't like you, you will know.
—That's what I like about the North.

There's Harlem jazz, Chicago blues,
Motown soul and Jersey Bruce,
Prince and the Revolution.
—That's what I like about the North.

Siskel, Ebert, El trains,
Chicago Hope, O'Hare-a planes,
The toast of Illinois, Champaign.
—That's what I like about the North.


Iowa's Field of Dreams,
Soda fountains and egg creams,
And the Braves ain't America's team.
—And that's what I like about the North.

Cincinnati, three-way chili,
Corner do-wop up in Philly,
The Mick, the Duke, and Say-Hey Willie,
—That's what I like about the North.

How 'bout the Indians in Ohio,
And the Vikings up in Minnesota,
Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda,
—That's what I like about the North.

There's the UN, NYU,
OTB and LT, too,
NYPD Blue,
—That's what I like about the North.

Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan;
Islands: Ellis, Long and Staten;
Little bit o' dis, little bit o' dat, 'n'
Dat's what I like about the North.

Knicks,
the Rangers, Giants, Yankees,
Norton, Ralph, Alfalfa, Spanky,
Hoboken was the home of Frankie.
—That's what I like about the North.

How 'bout Devil Dogs, Ring Dings—
I can't get enough of them Buffalo wings—
Joey Buttafucco, badaboom, badabing.
—That's what I like about the North.

The Gottis and the Corleones,
Hard salami and provolone—
We don't eat Christmas dinner at Shoney's,
—And that's what I like about the North.

We don't fix to do; we just do it.
When it snows we drive right through it.
We smoke tobacco; we don't chew it.
—That's what I like about the North.

We drink Heineken and Becks,
Not Budweiser longnecks.
We don't ask for separate checks.
—And that's what I like about the North.

We eat walnuts, not pralines,
And my mama didn't have me at seventeen,
And all my neighbors have different genes.
—That's what I like about the North.


There's New York's Hayden Planetarium.
We give folks rides; we don't carry 'em.
We love our cousins but we don't marry 'em.
—That's what I like about the North.

There's the Hamptons and Hyannis Port,
Patrick Ewing, and Michael Jordan,
And NASCAR racin' ain't no sport, 'n'
—That's what I like about the North.


A sack's a sack and a bag's a bag.
We won the war but we don't brag.
We salute just one flag.
—That's what I like about the North.

Now, we're not saying that the North is better.
It's just cooler; bring a sweater.
Meet a Brooklyn chick and you'll never forget her.
—That's what I like about the North.

So pack that U-haul; y'all come see!
You can bring the whole family!
But don't tell no one you know me.
—That's what I like about the North.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: That's What I Like about the North
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 16 May 07 - 11:15 PM

Pirogies! Edmonton, Alberta soul food.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: That's What I Like about the North
From: Peace
Date: 16 May 07 - 11:26 PM

LOL


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE SOUTH (Wills
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Dec 14 - 04:32 PM

Looks like these lyrics haven't been posted here before, so we might as well have them here.


THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE SOUTH
Written by Andy Razaf
As recorded by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, 1938.

Let's go back to Alabammy.
Let's go see my dear old mammy,
Fryin' eggs and cookin' hammy.
Say, that's what I like about the South.
There you won't make no mistake-y,
And your nerves are never shaky.
You should taste her layer cake-y.
Say, that's what I like about the South.

She's got baked ribs and candied yams,
Sugar-cured Virginia hams,
Basement full of those berry jams,
And that's what I like about the South.
Cornbread and turnip greens,
Ham hocks and butterbeans,
Mardi Gras down in New Orleans.
Say, that's what I like about the South.

Way down where the cane grows tall,
Down where they say "you all,"
Walk on in with that southern drawl,
'Cause that's what I like about the South.
There's a place down there called Doo-Wah-Diddy.
It ain't no town; it ain't no city.
Me oh my, it sure is pretty!
That's Doo-Wah-Diddy.

Ev'ry time I pass your door
You act like you don't want me no more.
Why don't you shake your head and sigh?
I'll go truckin' right on by.
I ain't here to sympathize,
And I'm not here to criticize.
Don't tell me them no-good lies,
'Cause a lyin' gal I do despise.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE SOUTH(Harris
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Dec 14 - 08:30 PM

THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE SOUTH
Written by Andy Razaf
As recorded by Phil Harris, 1937.

Won't you come with me to Alabammy?
Let's go see my dear old mammy.
She's fryin' eggs and broilin' hammy.
That's what I like about the South.
Now there you can make no mistake-y,
Where those nerves are never shaky.
Ought to taste her layer cake-y.
That's what I like about the South.

She's got baked ribs and candied yams,
Those sugar-cured Virginia hams,
Basement full of those berry jams,
And that's what I like about the South.
Hot cornbread and black-eyed peas,
You can eat as much as you please,
'Cause it's never out of season.
That's what I like about the South.

Ah, don't take one; have two.
They're dark brown and choc'late too.
Suits me; they must suit you,
'Cause that's what I like about the South.

Well, it's away way down where the cane grows tall,
Down where they say "you all."
Walk on in with that southern drawl,
'Cause that's what I like about the South.
Down where they have those pretty queens,
Keep a-dreamin' those dreamy dreams.
Well, let's sip that absinthe in New Orleans.
That's what I like about the South.

Here come old Bob with all the news.
Got the box-back coat and the button shoes,
But he's all caught up with his union dues,
And that's what I like about the South.
Here come old Roy down the street.
Hoo! Can't you hear those scufflin' feet?
He would rather sleep than eat,
An'-an'-an' that's what I like about the South.

Now ev'ry time I pass your door,
You act like you don't want me no more.
Why don't you shake that head and sigh?
And I'll go walkin' right on by.
Gone on, on and on and on.
Honey, when you tell me that you love me,
Then how come you close your eyes?
Did I tell you 'bout the place called Doo-Wah-Diddy?
It ain't no town and it ain't no city.
It's just awful small but awful pretty
That's Doo-Wah-Diddy.

Well, I didn't come here to criticize.
I'm not here to sympathize,
But don't tell me them no-good lies,
'Cause a lyin' gal I do despise.
You love me like I love you.
Send me fifty P.D.Q.
Rose are red and vi'lets pink.
I won't get old fifty I don't think.

She's got backbones and turnip greens,
Ham hocks and butterbeans,
You and me in New Orleans,
And that's what I like about the South.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE WEST
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Dec 14 - 09:11 PM

THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE WEST
Written by Edith Bergdahl & Robert MacGimsey
As recorded by Tex Williams, 1947.

Now a fella asked me the other day what I liked about the West,
So I got together my arguments to prove that it's the best.
I called the mayor, the chief of police, even the governor's home,
To get the facts to back me up, and here's what they said on the phone:

We got buffalo, deer, T-bone steaks, fruits, fish, and fowl,
Wine and grapes, figs and dates, a chamber-of-commerce smile,
Liquid sunshine, legal moonshine, Reno, Frisco, Tahoe.
Man, you name it, and if we ain't got it, we'll get it.

That's what I like about the West.
That's what I like about the West.
You can prove that you're a man
Drinkin' fruit juice from a can.
Ride 'em, cowboy; ride that pony west.

You can take a gal to a picture show, but the place to build morale
Is to take her for a moonlight stroll behind the old corral.
Things down there are rootin' an' tootin'; there's fightin' an' feudin' an' stuff.
A prowlin' stranger can cause a shootin' for enough of a thing's enough.

That's what I like about the West.
That's what I like about the West.
Steal a gal; they're on the loose.
Steal a horse; you'll get the noose.
Ride 'em cowboy; ride that pony west.

I met a gal at a rodeo and we took a ride that night.
We saw a stack of new-mown hay; man, you can see my plight.
She said, "Let's set," so we smurred(?) an' purred, and fin'lly, to top it off,
I got myself a mate for life; man, I just couldn't help myself.

That's what I like about the West.
That's what I like about the West.
Get a ranch; start life anew.
'Stead of pitchin' hay, pitch woo.
Ride 'em cowboy; ride that pony west.


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