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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

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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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.
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
(no subject) - nestra - Apr. 12th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
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.
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
I second these!
(no subject) - infinitemonkeys - Apr. 12th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC) - Expand
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.
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.
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....
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.
Apr. 12th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Are you looking for country stuff, too?

- hg
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
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. :)
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?
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
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.
Apr. 12th, 2006 06:05 am (UTC)
How about "Dancin' in the Street", which shouts out to any number of US cities? Personally, I dig the Jagger/Bowie 1985 re-mix, but you can't beat classic Motown. Another very 80s fave - "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." by John [Cougar] Mellencamp. Also, it's not a song, exactly, but who can hear Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and not think of Manhattan? Finally, a seasonal favorite: "Easter Parade."

Looks like you've got enough here for a box set :)
Apr. 12th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
"Back in a New York Groove" by Ace Freehley
"Angel in Harlem" by U2
"Harlem Shuffle" by The Rolling Stones
"Spanish Harlem" by Ben E. King
"Downtown Train" by Tom Waits/Rod Stewart
"Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed
"Nights on Broadway" by the BeeGees
"On Broadway" by George Benson
"Rockaway Beach" by The Ramones
"New York Christmas" by Rob Thomas
"Que Pasa New York", I forget the band but Lennon sang with them.

Take Care
Apr. 12th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
"I Am a Town" by Mary Chapin Carpenter is a beautiful song about small-town, southern rural America.
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