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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
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
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