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Which States (US) Are In Songs?

Mrrzy 01 Oct 16 - 01:00 PM
McGrath of Harlow 01 Oct 16 - 06:02 PM
Steve Shaw 01 Oct 16 - 06:16 PM
Steve Shaw 01 Oct 16 - 06:19 PM
Mrrzy 01 Oct 16 - 09:20 PM
ChanteyLass 01 Oct 16 - 09:38 PM
eftifino 01 Oct 16 - 11:24 PM
Mrrzy 01 Oct 16 - 11:28 PM
Gallus Moll 02 Oct 16 - 10:54 AM
cnd 02 Oct 16 - 10:54 AM
Georgiansilver 02 Oct 16 - 11:52 AM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 02 Oct 16 - 01:55 PM
Gallus Moll 02 Oct 16 - 06:41 PM
Janie 02 Oct 16 - 11:13 PM
Steve Shaw 03 Oct 16 - 08:55 AM
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Subject: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 01 Oct 16 - 01:00 PM

I looked for a thread on this, and did find a bunch of interesting things by putting states in the filter and setting the time to all, but this is more data-driven... ranking of the states by number of songs mentioning them.

We can change these numbers!


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 01 Oct 16 - 06:02 PM

All of them I believe. Plus at least one which doesn't exist (East Virginia).


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 01 Oct 16 - 06:16 PM

Carolina moon keep shining
Shining on the one who waits for me
Carolina moon I'm pining
Pining for the place I long to be

How I'm hoping tonight you'll go
Go to the right window
Scatter your light, say I'm alright
Please do
Tell her that I'm blue and lonely
Dreamy Carolina moon


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 01 Oct 16 - 06:19 PM

Back in the hills oh slow rollin' hills
Where North Carolina comes close to the stars
There's livin' a lady who's shinin' so high
They call her the "Carolina Star'

She works at the factory from Monday through Friday
She's raisin' three daughters alone
Their daddy's away, he's chasing a dream
They're waitin' for the day that he comes home

   Oh, Carolina
   Even stars get lonesome now and then
   Oh, Carolina
   Don't you worry, he'll be comin' home again

He's playin' his songs in Nashville
He's pickin' for tips in a bar
He's broke and all alone, but he ain't ready to come home
He's gonna be a country singin' star

Sometimes she wakes up just thinking of him
She remembers him beside her in the night
While out across those hills that old moon is settled in
And those Carolina stars are shining bright

Yes he loves you and he's comin' home again.

Author: na
Version: Tony Rice
Discography: na


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 01 Oct 16 - 09:20 PM

So, nobody looked at the article, eh?


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 01 Oct 16 - 09:38 PM

I just got to this thread and did look at the article. I wonder what songs were even considered.

When I first read the thread title, I thought of my home state, Rhode Island, and the song Rhode Island is Famous for You, which mentions several states.


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: eftifino
Date: 01 Oct 16 - 11:24 PM

Quite a few are mentioned in this Perry como record:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NztfOSyCCFM&list=PLD4A29065C169E28A


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 01 Oct 16 - 11:28 PM

We need more songs about whatever states there aren't that many songs about!

For the Canadians, I know songs about Yukon, Alberta, and Quebec - mabe even Ontario and Manitoba. Nunavut, anyone?


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 02 Oct 16 - 10:54 AM

'What did Delaware, boys. what did Delaware' was a humorous song (in the 50s or 60s?)that featured every single US state!


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: cnd
Date: 02 Oct 16 - 10:54 AM

We have this thread: thread.cfm?threadid=158031 about Carolina songs, and Steve has now added 2.

I read the article and it was interesting


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 02 Oct 16 - 11:52 AM

Here ya go Gallus Moll. What did Delaware... the song.


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 02 Oct 16 - 01:55 PM

Study author: "Using R, I've combined the lyrics from 50 years of Billboard Year-End Hot 100 (1965-2015) into one dataset for analysis."

Mrrzy: "We can change these numbers!"


Can we borrow your TARDIS?


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 02 Oct 16 - 06:41 PM

Thanks Georgiansilver - hadn't heard this for years!
Always thought it went through every state -- - Oh well.....I was only young at the time!


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Janie
Date: 02 Oct 16 - 11:13 PM

East Virginia doesn't refer to a state. It refers to eastern Virginia. Reflects migration patterns. By the early 1730s the eastern seaboard, in fact, nearly all the Atlantic coastline, was pretty well taken up by earlier and more wealthy folks. By at least 1730, immigrants arriving on what is now the USA east coast anywhere between Philadelphia and Charleston, SC quickly moved west and south.

The Great Wagon Road, in particular, was a major migratory path south and southwest from the eastern seaboard and the coastal and tidewater regions of Virginia, down into the 'back country' of the Carolinas and on into northwestern Georgia.


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 03 Oct 16 - 08:55 AM

There's Indiana by Andy Mitchell, well sung by Andy Irvine.


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Joe_F
Date: 03 Oct 16 - 06:11 PM

Maryland, My Maryland
I'm gwine to Louisiana with my banjo on my knee
Beautiful, beautiful Texas, etc., etc.
California, California! We're bound to do or die, etc.
Oklahoma, O.K.!


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: beardedbruce
Date: 04 Oct 16 - 08:40 AM

"Your State's Name here"

8-E


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 04 Oct 16 - 02:12 PM

The dataset used for the study was 5,000 fairly recent and very popular songs. It doesn't include the vast majority of songs from traditional, folk, bluegrass, and other noncommercial genres. So, the results are tilted toward the handful of states where successful songwriters and musicians tend to live: New York, California, Texas, and Tennessee. Those states are the ones in which music is big business. The Eagles lived and recorded in California. They sure as hell weren't going to write a song called "Hotel Rhode Island".

Also, exactly what constitutes mention of a state? Does the state's name have to be mentioned verbatim, or can it be implied by mention of a prominent city within that state? "If you're going to San Fransisco," you've gotta go to California. It ain't in Alabama!


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Subject: RE: Which States (US) Are In Songs?
From: Joe_F
Date: 04 Oct 16 - 06:36 PM

They're *all* in this one:

USF'nA [Geographically Correct Version]        
        
Nevada's dice-shootin, Wayne Newton, prostitution round the clock!
South Dakota's got 4 non-South Dakotans carved in a rock.

In the Carolinas, Bill O'Reilly's thought of as a genius,
And Georgia's got a climate slightly balmier than Venus,
Virginia's where a woman first cut off her husband's penis.
USAyyyyyyy!

In Illinois you can search Craigslist for a Senate seat
And Montana's to the right of Idaho, that's no small feat

California's a granola made of fruits and flakes and nuts,
Mississippi's full of welfare mothers sitting on their butts,
Minnesota's so polite but secretly they hate your guts.
USAyyyyyyy!

New Mexicans have wildfires to get relief from killer bees.
And Maryland leads the nation in crabs and other STDs.

Pennsylvania: slums on either end and trailers in the middle,
Kentucky's got a ban on books, you better learn to fiddle,
Rhode Island's fucking minuscule, it matters very little.
USAyyyyyyy!

Delaware's a tax-shelter speed bump on 95.
And living in New Jersey doesn't qualify as being alive.

Connecticut's suburban hell, that's why they gave us "Stepford."
Ohio loves good rock and roll like Poison and Def Leppard
Wyoming gave us Cheney and they murdered Matthew Shepard.
USAyyyyy!

Tennesseeans can't decide if they worship Elvis or Christ.
And people only go to Florida to die or see the cartoon mice.

Alabama's everything you've heard, the home of sister-kissing,
In West Virginia, half the teeth and chromosomes are missing,
And Kansas tries to disprove Darwin simply by existing.
USAyyyyy!

Oregon is where California hippies go to get fat.
And Vermont and New Hampshire are rivals, how pathetic is that?

Alaskans fight the bitter cold with hate and crystal meth
And up in Massachusetts they will tax your every breath
And Texans like to barbecue retarded kids to death.
USAyyyyyyy!

New York City's such a pit you might forget to hate the rest of the state
And the billboards in Missouri tell you God'll watch you masturbate.

Michigan has armed militias holed up in their hovels
And Maine is every horror from a Stephen King novel
Oklahoma needs its own song, cause it's just that fucking awful
USAyyyyyyy!

Disclaimer: Marshall's guitar is made in China. GO!

The only people left in Iowa are unaware that they can leave.
And half of Arizona used to hang around with Adam and Eve

Nebraska's called "the heartland" cause the brain is nowhere near,
DC will never count for shit, and we won't count it here,
Hawaii hasn't been a paradise in fifty years,
Louisiana's government is run by racketeers,
Colorado's fucking boring even if you are a skier,
North Dakota's just like Pluto but without the atmosphere,
In Washington you're homeless or a software engineer,
Indiana's just as badass as your average Mouseketeer,
Wisconsin kills you young with battered cheese and stanky beer,
The nicest car in Arkansas' a Chevy Cavalier,
And nobody would give a fuck if Utah disappeared.
USAyyyyyyy!
Fuckin-A!
USA, yay, yeah.
'murka!


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