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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

Comments

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
cofax7
Apr. 12th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
I suspect a lot of Springsteen is not your thing, but some of it might be -- and Seeds would definitely appeal to the angry lefty in you who will dance on Maggie Thatcher's grave. *g*

Also the Hiatt, Earle, and Indigo Girls, as well. Hiatt and Earle are very much what I think of when I think of homegrown American musicians--they carry a lot of country influence but their politics isn't necessarily Nashville.