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Help. Seeking suggestions

I wonder if I might ask your help. I'm looking for your favourite songs about New York. Doesn't have to have New York in the title so long as it's about the city.

Also, if you have any songs about America in general that you love, that would be good

(Or about London, but I think I have that mostly covered. Still, all additional suggestions welcome)

It's for a CD I'm burning for someone who's off on a trip to New York

ETA:
Songs I have:
Ryan Adams, New York
U2, The Hands That Built America
Sting, Englishman In New York
Stephen Fretwell, New York
Billy Joel, New York State of Mind

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sophia_helix
Apr. 11th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
I'll take the obvious route and suggest Tori Amos's "Scarlett's Walk," with "I Can't See New York" in particular and ones like "Amber Waves" as well.
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Thanks, I shall spelunk now.
thassalia
Apr. 11th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
The Pogues, Fairytale of New York and Thousands are Sailing
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
The sound you hear is me slapping my head at forgetting Fairytale of New York. But it's not on my iTunes which leaves me very confused
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loosehorses
Apr. 11th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
I love Luka Bloom's "Dreams in America" (I don't have a non-iTunes version of this one). And "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" (I like the Indigo Girls' bootleg best, but then that's probably pretty shocking. For a road trip through the U.S., there's always Melissa Etheridge with Baby You Can Sleep While I Drive. And for the cheesy awful regional selection, Dan Fogelberg with Run for the Roses! Kentucky Derby is May 6th, after all. :-D
cofax7
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
OMG want that Indigo Girls cover. Must wait 15 minutes to DL though...
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noelleleithe
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
The classic would be Frank Sinatra, "New York, New York."

"The Boy from New York City" by Manhattan Transfer (among others)
"Big Man on Mulberry Street" by Billy Joel
"The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" by Simon & Garfunkel
"Strawberry Fields" by the Beatles
"Harlem Shuffle" by the Rolling Stones

Broadway-related songs would be good, too: "42nd Street," "Lullaby of Broadway," "On Broadway."
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
I can't do New York, New York. It's too New York, if you see what I mean. But thanks for the kick in the pants about Simon and Garfunkel. I can't believe I forgot that search term
katie_m
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
I have a big soft spot for They Might Be Giants, "New York City" (I understand it's actually a cover of a punkier song by a group called Cub).
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm afraid my knowledge of TMBG extends as far as Ana Ng and Birdhouse In Your Soul and no further
se_parsons
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
Is it just about the city?
Dar Williams' "Southern California wants to be Western New York"

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000002ZCC/002-3510148-5252865?v=glance&n=5174

Sufjan Stevens, "Chicago"

Trust me on this one, the second verse is about New York

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009R1T7M/qid=1144796827/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-3510148-5252865?s=music&v=glance&n=5174

Ace Frehley - Back in the New York Groove
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Re: Is it just about the city?
It was mostly about the city, but I wasn't sure if I could find enough MORish songs about just the city
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infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
No Sleep til Brooklyn is a genius idea. I'll stick it at the end
se_parsons
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, also. If you still have the very old 1970s MP3 2 disc set I gave you several years back, you have the Ace Frehley song, too.
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
I do. I even know where it is
snacky
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
"Chelsea Morning" by Joni Mitchell
"Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out on Broadway)" by Billy Joel
"New York Minute" by Don Henley
"New York, New York" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (not the same as the Frank Sinatra/Liza Minelli song. But you probably knew that. *g*)
"No Sleep Til Brooklyn" and "An Open Letter to NYC" by the Beastie Boys
"On Broadway" by the Drifters

America in general: "America" by Simon and Garfunkel
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Thank you. I had no idea who 'New York Minute' was. I just looked up America on LW and ended up on a downloading binge of Supertramp because of Breakfast in America. It's a good job I have no credibility to lose.

I foresee iTunes getting a heavy workout later when I work out what I want to keep
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k2daisy
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
General America: Neil Diamond, "America"

But I can't really say I *love* it. ;-D

I do love Ray Charles' version of "America the Beautiful", though.
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
Ah-ha! Downloaded and thank you
muridae_x
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
Do you need these to be cheerful songs at all?

If not, well there's always Leonard Cohen. I'm not sure how well "First We Take Manhattan" is suited to your purpose; other than the namecheck in the title it could be anywhere.

"Famous Blue Raincoat" mentions a chilly New York in the lyric though.
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
They don't need to be cheerful, so long as they're all not gloomy. Thanks for the suggestions and sorry for being the kiss of death to your ISP
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infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
Thanks. I've got the S&G ones but if you wouldn't mind uploading the second Mary Chapin Carpenter I'd be tremendously grateful
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cofax7
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
Well, for America, there's the entire Springsteen oeuvre. *g* I'd go with "Rising" and "My City in Ruins" and "My Hometown".

If you can find it, "Seeds" is fantastic--it's a live track from the mid-80s. Not happy, but so vivid and angry. Great song. Also, "Jackson Cage". "Cadillac Ranch". "State Trooper". "Light of Day" (another live-only track). I'll stop now.

Steve Earl, Copperhead Road. Chrissie Hynde's song about Ohio (memfault).

Happy stuff:
John Hiatt, Buffalo River Home. Indigo Girls, Southland in the Springtime. Kate Wolf, Golden Hills of California. Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar, Highway 80. Any version of Route 66 you can find.
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
Springsteen. Of course. I think I might just have enough for a NY CD, since that's where he's going to live, though I might seek out some of these for personal consumption
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qowf
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
I third "Fairytale of New York." Everyone else seems to have this under control but I'll take this opportunity to say "hi" and wave merrily in your direction.
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
::waves back::
lilydale
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
How very nice of you to make mix CDs for travel! Here are a few songs I'm guessing others haven't mentioned.

London:
Derren Raser Band, "Streets of London" (download available here)

New York:
Matt Pond PA, "Brooklyn Stars"
weaklazyliar, "Empress of New York" (download available here)
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
Thanks. You are, as ever, a fount of non-obvious goodness
quasiradiant
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
dar williams' "spring street" and simon & garfunkel "the only living boy in new york" or "a heart in new york." and "bleeker street" by jonatha brooke. and, um, of montreal's "girl from new york." anything from RENT! ;)

the fact that i cannot immediately remember about forty million more is really sad for me.
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I just started doing the London one and I'm only up to six songs, which is pathetic. You're not the only one who hasn't got a personal in-brain itunes at the moment *g*

Thanks for the Jonatha Brooke suggestion though. That might be a nice contrast to some of the things I have
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thehornedgod
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
Obviously you'll need at least one Lou Reed song for NYC but such an surfeit of classics to choose from. Dirty Boulevard? Romeo Had Juliette? I think they're just the singles off a whole album named after the Big Apple.
comice
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
I second these!
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chase820
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
Counting Crows, "Chelsea"

Leonard Cohen, "Chelsea Hotel No. 2"

Ryan Adams, "Hotel Chelsea Nights."

Nellie McKay, "Manhattan Avenue"

Frank Sinatra, "New York New York"

Um, you may have noticed I have a thing about songs on the Chelsea Hotel. It came from a fanfic thing. Of these, I like "Chelsea" the best, though Cohen's song is more famous.
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, I have dug out Counting Crows. When someone mentions Chelsea my brain always goes to the football team. I forget the New York connection.
theodosia
Apr. 12th, 2006 01:07 am (UTC)
"Harlem Nocturne" is one of those standards that have been covered many times, from very jazzy to very garagey. I particularly like the version by The Viscounts and Shadowy Men from a Shadowy Planet (retitled 'Harlem by the Sea'). And 'Take the A Train' was so named because it was the start of the directions that Duke Ellington gave Billy Strayhorn to come to his house for an audition in NYC....
fourteenlines
Apr. 12th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Oh, oh, "What New York Couples Fight About" by Morcheeba! There's also REM's "Leaving New York," which is a beautiful song but perhaps not quite appropriate for the project. What else? Oh, Death Cab's "Marching Bands of Manhattan" is really good, and then there's "Cathedrals" by Jump Little Children, which mentions New York cathedrals in the chorus. I could put up any except for "Cathedrals" if you need.
leadensky
Apr. 12th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Are you looking for country stuff, too?

- hg
raislak
Apr. 12th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
"Carnival" by Natalie Merchant on "TigerLilly"
"In Tall Buildings" Gillian Welch & David Rawlings on "A Tribute to John Hartford"
"New York City" by Norah Jones & The Peter Malick Group
revely
Apr. 12th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
In the Pure 80's section: the theme to Arthur! Something about the moon and New York City. I'm sad to say I once had it on a Chipmunks Go Hollywood album. Now if you could find THAT version - that's a classic. *g*

But keep that between us, m'kay?

Also, "Cradle and All" by Ani DiFranco, and "Manhattan" by Ella Fitzgerald. I haven't seen those mentioned. :)
aud_woman_in
Apr. 12th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
I think the refrain goes something like, "When you're caught between the moon and New York City/the best that you can do/is fall in love." Whatever happened to Christopher Cross, anyway? Gone the way of roller disco?
herself_nyc
Apr. 12th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
Make a Deal With The City & Helmet (2 songs) by East River Pipe

Coney Island Baby by Lou Reed

Chelsea Morning by Joni Mitchell

NYC by Interpol

In the Village In The Morning by Magnetic Fields
angstville
Apr. 12th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
Everyone seems to have beaten me to all the good ones! *g*

So, I'll just wave and tell you if you want a Springsteen mix CD, just holler and I'll ship one your way. I owe ya.

Oh, and Nanci Griffith's "It's a Hard Life" is one of my favorite songs about living in America.
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