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    Default Songs Inspired by Places...

    The title says it all...

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    Dougie MacLean - "Caledonia"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP8A9rtg0iI


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    De Danann - "A Song for Ireland"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaVOOXFaCUs
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    "O Canada"

    Pretty clever, eh? -
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    Jo Dee Messina - "Heads Carolina, Tails California"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvLjJE7Bt88
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    Some of the best I can think of

    Dorival Caymmi - Lenda do Abaeté
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ijp-bWfDQg

    Lee Wiley - Manhattan (Richard Rodgers)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz1_gHUu7HE

    Willie Nelson - Moonlight in Vermont
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPTTMdsORZs

    (there's also Moonligh on Vermont written by Captain Beefheart, a VERY different song)

    Sir Roland Hanna - Perugia
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjrMK0xj8X4

    Hoagy Carmichael - Memphis in june
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZnwIMw8emc

    Van Morrison - Cyprus avenue (a street in Belfast)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8jPDdHd9y8

    Allan Holdsworth - Tokyo dream
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjE896B2QUE

    Franco Battiato - I treni di Tozeur
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFpyhzQVhPk

    Wendy Carlos - Poem for Bali

    Freddie Redd - San Francisco Suite
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z5PmHf0shs

    Sathima Bea Benjamin - Africa
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTprM49tLUA
    (and the Toto song too)
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    My seven top favourites:

    Life on Mars? (David Bowie)
    Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)
    San Jacinto - live (Peter Gabriel)
    America (Simon and Garfunkel)
    I can't see New York (Tori Amos)
    China (Tori Amos)
    Vienna (Ultravox)
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    A stab at an eclectic group:

    The classic Ferry Cross The Mersey - BTW, the middle section lyrics are really social commentary, snuck in a top 40 song:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=os4_U3_L5nY

    Karekare, a serious surfer's spot outside of Auckland, NZ made famous by Crowded House:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=44chfOSuRNk

    Dream Academy's Life In A Northern Town. This song paints a picture of scenes of life in a northern town and someone leaving that town. And, if you think that's all there is to the story....you would be so wrong:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5UXnulANF8g

    And a little Statesboro Blues by the Allman Brothers to round out the set.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ezPZxfS1jys
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    Zappa - Montana
    John Denver - Rocky Mountain High
    Gil Scott-Heron - New York City
    Dr John - Going Back To New Orleans
    Count Basie - April In Paris
    Led Zeppelin - Going To California
    Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
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    Chuck Berry - "Back in the the USA" -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23y2Cz40zs4


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    Linda Ronstadt with Chuck Berry and Keith Richards - "Back in the USA" -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERVLy-ltjHs


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    The Beatles - "Back in the USSR"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS5_EQgbuLc


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    The Beach Boys - "California Girls"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcrbDYe4qL4


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    Katy Perry - "California Gurls"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F57P9C4SAW4

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    Unnamed, or not specifically named places (though we know where they are):

    Mountain: Theme From an Imaginary Western
    Neil Young: Cortez the Killer
    Al Stewart: The Year of the Cat
    Cream: Tales of Brave Ulysses
    Jefferson Starship: St. Charles

    Places named, but that live, as sung, mostly in the imagination:

    Led Zeppelin: Kashmir
    Mother Love Bone: This is Shangrila, Stardog Champion
    Cream: Those Were the Days

    So many more. Often the best places exist most fully and completely in the imagination.
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    Orchestral Movements in the Dark - Stanlow (1980). An eerie tribute to the oil refinery complex on the Wirral Peninsula near to where the duo were raised.

    Traffic - Berkshire Poppies (1967). Not long after their formation Traffic had moved from the Midlands to a remote cottage on the Berkshire Downs. Allegedly features the Small Faces on the raucous music hall-like chorus.

    The Flying Burrito Brothers - Colorado (1971). Lovely song from the self-titled third album, written by Rick Roberts (who had replaced Gram Parsons in 1970).

    Pink Floyd - Grantchester Meadows (1969). An acoustic song written by Roger Waters and named after the open land immediately south to his home town of Cambridge. The only track I actually enjoy from the Ummagumma solo sides.

    The Specials - Ghost Town (1981). Brilliant depiction of urban decay and gang violence in inner-city Coventry.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    Small Faces - "Itchycoo Park"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_KZXKPG2eo


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    Small Faces - "Up the Wooden Hills to Bedfordshire"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOgZtmnXXHk

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    Genesis - "The Battle of Epping Forest"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz69vgSfAnM

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    The Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtUH9z_Oey8


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    The Beatles - "Penny Lane"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-rB0pHI9fU

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