Thursday, July 03, 2008

Eric's List of Geography Songs:
U.S. States & Regions

Acadie a la Louisiane - Bruce Daigrepont
Alabama Bound - Doc Watson
Alabama Clay - Garth Brooks
Alabama Getaway - Grateful Dead
Alabama Highway - Steve Young
Alabama Jubilee
Alabama Rain - Jim Croce
Alabama Song - Kurt Weill, The Doors, Dave Van Ronk
Alabama Song - Allison Moorer
All My Exes Live in Texas - George Strait
All The Gold In California - Larry Gatlin & Gatlin Bros. Band
All the Lilacs in Ohio - John Hiatt
Arizona - Mark Lindsay
Arizona - The Nudes
Arizona Star - Guy Clark
Arkansas Traveler - Michelle Shocked
Back Home in Indiana - Guy Lombardo
Back to Georgia - Loggins & Messina
Back to Maine - Chuck Kruger
Beautiful Wisconsin, Nature's Wonderland (is Home, Sweet Home to Me)
Black Hills of Dakota - Doris Day
Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson
Blue Kentucky Girl - Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris
Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Elvis Presley
Boy From Oklahoma - Willis Alan Ramsey
Brand New Tennessee Waltz - Jesse Winchester
California - The Georgia Prophets
California - John Mayall
California - Joni Mitchell
California - Phantom Planet
California Angel - The Derailers
California Dreaming - Mamas & Papas
California Girls - Beach Boys
California Love - 2Pac & Dr. Dre
California Saga - Beach Boys
California Stars - Billy Bragg & Wilco
California Sunshine - Waylon Jennings
California Uber Alles - Dead Kennedys
Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Can't Get Indiana Off My Mind - Kate Smith, Crystal Gayle, Hoagy Carmichael
Carolina (in my Mind) - James Taylor
Carolina Blue - Robbin Thompson
Carolina Blues - Blues Traveler
Carolina Day - Livingston Taylor
Carolina I Remember You - Charlie Daniels Band
Carolina in my Mind - James Taylor
Carolina in the Pines - Michael Murphy
Carolina Moon - Connie Francis
Cold Hands From New York - Gordon Lightfoot
Colorado Exile - Jim Post
Colorado Girl - Townes van Zandt
Colorado Kool-Aid - Johnny Paycheck
Darlington County - Bruce Springsteen
Delaware - Perry Como
Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
Dixie Chicken - Little Feat
Dixie on My Mind - Charlie Daniels Band, Hank Williams, Jr.
Dixieland Delight - Alabama
Down in Texas - Jerry Jeff Walker
Dream On, Texas Ladies - John Michael Montgomery
Dreamy Alabama - Atlanta Rhythm Section
East Tennessee Blues - Bill Monroe & Doc Watson
Everyone I Meet Is From California - America
Flight 309 to Tennessee - Shelly West
Garden State Stomp - Dave Van Ronk
Gator Country (about Florida) - Molly Hatchet
Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Hoagy Carmichael
Georgia Peaches - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Georgia Railroad - Norman Blake
Georgia Rhythm - Atlanta Rhythm Section
God Blessed Texas - Little Texas
Goin' Back to Cali - L. L. Cool J
Goin' Back to Texas - Bobby Bare
Going to California - Led Zeppelin
Goodbye to Carolina - Lyle Lovett
Hawaii - Beach Boys
Hawaii Five-0 - The Ventures
Hawaiian Sunset - Elvis Presley
Heartache as Big as Texas - Ricky van Shelton
Hill Country Rain (about Texas Hill Country) - Jerry Jeff Walker
Home Sweet Oklahoma - leon Russell
Hotel California - Eagles
I Can See Arkansas - Anne Murray or Steve Wariner
I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado - John Denver
I Remember California - REM
If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band) - Alabama
Illinois - Dan Fogelberg
(Back Home Again in) Indiana - Louis Armstrong and many others
Indiana Wants Me - R. Dean Taylor
It Never Rains in Southern California - Albert Hammond
Jersey Girl - Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen
Keep Texas Beautiful - Jerry Jeff Walker

"California tumbles into the sea..."

Kentucky Gambler - Merle Haggard
Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley
Kentucky Waltz - Bill Monroe
Kentucky Wildcat - Kentucky Hedhunters
Kentucky Woman - Neil Diamond
Kinfolk in Carolina - Doc Watson
Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight - Rodney Crowell, Oak Ridge Boys, Emmylou Harris
Leavin' Tennessee - Robert Earl Keen
Leavin' Texas - Jerry Jeff Walker
Lights Over Lousianne - Jennifer Warnes
Lone Star State of Mind - Nanci Griffith
Louisiana - Randy Newman, Asleep at the Wheel
Louisiana - Pousette-Dart Band
Louisiana Love Call - Maria Muldaur
Louisiana Man - Doug Kershaw
Louisiana Rain - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man - Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
Lousiana Lady - New Riders of the Purple Sage
Lousiana Liplock (On My Love Porkchop) - Mojo Nixon
Lucky Old Colorado - Merle Haggard
Mainline Florida - Eric Clapton
Make Mayan a Hawaiian - Southern Culture on the Skids
Making Love Tennessee Style - Martu Brom
Massachusetts - Bee Gees
Massachusetts - Arlo Guthrie
Memories of East Texas - Michelle Texas
Merrimack County - Tom Rush
Mexicali Blues - Grateful Dead
Michigan Blackhawk - Michael Nesmith
Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & the Pips
Miles & Miles of Texas - Bob Wills, Asleep at the Wheel
Minnesota - Lucinda Williams
Mississippi - Paula Cole
Mississippi - John Phillips
Mississippi Breakdown - Freight Hoppers
Mississippi Goddamn - Nina Simone
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo - Grateful Dead
Mississippi Kid - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mississippi Lady - Jim Croce
Mississippi Moon - Seatrain
Mississippi Queen - Boone Creek
Mississippi Queen - Mountain
Mississippi Squirrel Revival - Ray Stevens
Mississippi Woman - David Allen Coe
Mississippi Woman - Waylon Jennings
Mississippi You're on My Mind - Jesse Winchester, Jerry Jeff Walker
Montana - Frank Zappa
Montana Café - Hank Williams Jr.
Montana Cowboy - Hazel & Alice, Hot Rize
Moonlight in Vermont
Moonlight on Vermont - Captain Beefheart
More Bounce in California - Soul Kidd
Muhlenberg County - John Prine
My First Taste of Texas - Ed Bruce
My Head's in Mississippi - ZZ Top
My Home's In Alabama - Alabama
My Little Grass Shack (about Hawaii)
My Old Kentucky Home
Never Going Back to Georgia - Blues Magoos
New York State of Mind - Billy Joel
North to Alaska - Johnny Horton
Northeast Texas Women - Willis Alan Ramsey, Jerry Jeff Walker
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Oklahoma - Rogers & Hammerstein
Oklahoma Borderline - Vince Gill
Oklahoma Hills - Arlo Guthrie
Oklahoma Toad - Dave Frishberg
Oklahoma USA - The Kinks
Old Tennessee - Dan Fogelberg
On Wisconsin
Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller Orchestra
Pennsylvania Polka
Pickup Truck, Texas - Gary P. Nunn
Postcard From Texas - disappear fear
Private Idaho - B 52s
Rainy Night in Georgia - Brook Benton
Rocking Chair in Hawaii - George Harrison
Rocky Mountain High - John Denver (about Colorado)
Sands Of Nevada - Mark Knopfler
Seminole Wind - John Anderson (about Florida)
Smoky Mountain Memories - Dolly Parton
Somewhere in Virginia in the Rain - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
South Carolina - The Flirtations, Brook Benton
South Coast of Texas - Guy Clark
Southern Man - Neil Young
Southern Nights - Glen Campbell
Southern Rains - Mel Tillis
Southland in the Spring - Indigo Girls
Springtime in the Rockies
Stars Fell on Alabama Last Night - Jimmy Buffett
Stupid Texas Song - Austin Lounge Lizards
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynrd
Sweet Kentucky Ham - Dave Frishberg
Sweet Louisiana - Charlie Daniels Band
Sweet Virginia Breeze - Robbin Thompson
T for Texas - Scruggs Brothers, Jimmie Rodgers
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver (about West Virginia)
Talk To Me Texas - Keith Whitley
Tennessee - Jan & Dean
Tennessee - Hank Williams Jr.
Tennessee Courage - Keith Whitley
Tennessee Homesick Blues - Dolly Parton
Tennessee Jed - Grateful Dead
Tennessee Plates - John Hiatt
Tennessee River - Alabama
Tennessee Road - Gary P. Nunn
Tennessee Rose - Emmylou Harris
Tennessee Stud - Doc Watson
Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
Tennessee Whiskey - George Jones
Texas - Charlie Daniels Band
Texas 1947 - Guy Clark
Texas Bound Train - Cory Morow
Texas Cookin' - Guy Clark
Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughn
Texas Gales - Norman Blake & Tony Rice
Texas in My Rear View Mirror - Mac Davis
Texas (When I Die) - Tanya Tucker
Texas Women - Hank Williams, Jr.
That's What I Like About the South - Phil Harris, Commander Cody
The Eyes of Texas
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence
The South's Gonna Do It - Charlie Daniels Band
The Mississippi Mudcat and Sheryl Crow - Marty Stuart
There is No Arizona - Jamie O'Neal
Uncertain Texas - Guy Clark & Rodney Crowell
Virginia - Marshall Tucker Band
Virginia Plain - Roxy Music
Walkin’ to Missouri - Tony Brent
Waltz Across Texas - Ernest Tubb
Washington County - Arlo Guthrie
Washington, My Home
Weekend in New England - Barry Manilow
West Texas Waltz - Billy Joe Shaver
West Virginia Man - David Allen Coe
West Virginia, My Home - Hazel Dickins
What I Like About Texas - Jerry Jeff Walker
When It's Sleepy Time Down South - Louis Prima
When It's Springtime in Alaska - Johnny Horton
Whoever's in New England - Reba McEntire
Why Georgia - John Mayer
Wild Montana Skies - John Denver & Emmylou Harris
Wingin' it Home to Texas - Jerry Jeff Walker
Women in Texas - Jerry Jeff Walker
Yankee Lady (about Vermont) - Jesse Winchester
Yellow Rose of Texas
You Can't Get the Hell Out of Texas - Gary P. Nunn
You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma - Shelly West

33 comments:

Jay Turner said...

Hi, my name is Jay Turner from Australa and I thought I'd leave a comment as you have done an amazing amount of work to get this blog up. One thin g though as far as I know Charlie pride sang the original kiss an angel good morning. Also if you find a song called "The Denver Dragon" anywhere I would appreciate an email, I've been trying to find it for my father for about 3 years. Thanks
jay.turner@iinet.net.au

Haeyon said...

I'm a 4th grade teacher compiling songs about the Western region of the United States. Do you recommend any songs about the states in this region for their geographical and cultural references in the lyrics?

Anonymous said...

When I was in grade school I studied the US states with a song that began with "When I was Small I studied, US Geography, my teacher said would you and...". I have been to different websites and I still can't find it. Would you have any idea on how I could come across this song? I would really appreciate it! God Bless

Eric Riback said...

Haeyon - Sorry, all I have is what's on the list.

Anon - Sorry, never heard of it.

Anonymous said...

Hi
Just done a quiz and your site was brilliant
Just two I can find so here is one for you site Dakota by the Sterophonics
Now I need E by S and its done
Thanks again
Jean

Anonymous said...

Alabama and Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, and Connecticut and more.

Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Hawaii, Idaho. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, still 35 to go.

Kansas and Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine. Maryland, Massachusetts, and good ole Michigan.

Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Montana, Nebraska?s 27, number 28's Nevada.

Next, New Hampshire and New Jersey, And way down, New Mexico.

Then New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, O - Hi - O.
Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, now let's see.

Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee.

Texas, then there's Utah.

Vermont, I'm almost through. Virginia, then there's Washington and West Virginia, too.

Could Wisconsin be the last one in the 49?

No, Wyoming is the last state in the 50 states that rhyme.


I for one can sing from memory the song up till the "#28's Nevada" part.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Eric!

I'm going on a road trip across the States and wanted some roadtrip music - thanks for this great site!!

Natasha (Australia)

Lori said...

The beginning part to that song is:
When I was young I studied U.S. geography. The teacher said, "Would you stand up and list the states for me?" My knees began a knockin', my words came out all wrong, and suddenly I burst out with this silly little song...
Alabama...
When I sat down all out of breath the teacher said, "That's great! I'm quite impressed you were the best at listing all the states. But if you want to get an A for that silly little rhyme, stand back up and sing that song but do it double time"...
Alabama...

Let me know if you ever find the music!

scootrnc said...

Howdyado?

Can't resist noticing that "Carolina in the Morning" is not on the list. Now, nothin' could be finah...than to be in Carolina...in the morning!"

Dan Lilley
Raleigh NC

mjpoehlmann said...

I am wondering where I might be able to find the full lyrics or track for Beautiful Wisconsin, Nature's Wonderland (is Home, Sweet Home to Me). I have a friend who has been searching for it everywhere. Any help is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I learned this song and the 5th grade and have always referred back to it....Aw you just made my day~

Sally Longford said...

Fantastic work Eric! I teach 16-19 year olds Geography in Nottingham, England. Firstly, you don't seem to have Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks, which is a bit of a classic! Secondly a question, I've been putting together some resources about the Great Plains and how they've been viewed differently through time, can you recommend some music to go alongside?

Anonymous said...

Anything about the Amazon or maybe deforestation???

Anonymous said...

Hey, Nice going...You forgot my favorite - Route 66

Nancy D said...

I have the song Beautiful Wisconsin, Nature's Wonderland, recorded years ago from my Dad's old 78 record. I'd be happy to share it. Don't know who sang it, however. Anyone know that? Message me at nancyd1@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Hi! This is a great list, but I have a couple of suggestions of songs you could add. Iowa by Dar Williams is a great song, as are Omaha and Raining in Baltimore by the Counting Crows. Oh! Also Leaving Las Vegas by Sheryl Crow.

canadiandake said...

hi ya eric, your song list is one that has alot of meaning for my nan and i! but we want to know if you know of a female singer called 'ANGIE MILLER' she sings such beautiful songs one of which has such moving an emotional lyrics, it goes: 'i am just one woman,you are just one man, and the world gets bigger everyday, why theres so much feeling when i touch your hand, why do i fall apart when you go away, i dont understand, idont understand' she also does acover of shelly west's 'FLIGHT 309 TO TENNESSEE' if you can help us find her album 'A WOMANS MIND' we would be most grateful. yours sincerly katrina

palinurus said...

Great list, great work.

I have a couple more for you that just popped into my mind-- "Beautiful Ohio" (public domain) and "Tennessee Flattop Box" By Johnny Cash.

Also, "Stars Fell on Alabama" was recorded many times, as you know, best, IMO, by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Armstrong also did a fine recording of time "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," such that it became his closing song for a while, as I understand it.

But really a good bit of work.

Anonymous said...

Just making up a game for a holiday part and your list is a big help. But there are lots of old songs not listed . . . Missouri Waltz, Tennessee Waltz, Shenandoah, Old Cape Cod, etc.

CStalcup said...

Hello, I learned this song in my elementary school choir. (i am now 30 and still know it)

Enjoy!!



States song in ABC order

When i was young I studied US geography.

The teacher said, "would you stand up and list the states for me"

My knees began a knocking, my words cam out all wrong,

then suddenly I came up with a simple little song.



(Sung to "Turkey in Straw" I think)

Alabama, & Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas
California, Colorado & Connecticut and more,
Delaware, Flor'da, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho,
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa still thirty-five to go!
Kansas & Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts & good old Michigan,
Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri & Montana,
Then Nebraska's 27, number 28's Nevada.
OooOooo Next New Hampshire & New Jersey
& way down New Mexico,
There's New York, North Carolina,
North Dakota, Ohio,
Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania. Now let's see:
Rhode Island, South Carolina,
South Dakota, Tennessee,
Texas, and there's Utah, Vermont, I'm almost through!
Virginia, then there's Washington and West Virginia, too.
Could Wisconsin be the last one or is it forty-nine?
No,Wyoming is the last state
in the fifty states that rhyme.


Then I sat down all out of breath the teacher said, "That's Great!

I am quite impressed you were the best at listing all the states;

but if you'ld like to get an 'A'

for that simple little song, stand back up, sing that song, do it in double time.



(Sung to "Turkey in Straw" I think)

Alabama, & Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas
California, Colorado & Connecticut and more,
Delaware, Flor'da, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho,
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa still thirty-five to go!
Kansas & Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts & good old Michigan,
Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri & Montana,
Then Nebraska's 27, number 28's Nevada.
OooOooo Next New Hampshire & New Jersey
& way down New Mexico,
There's New York, North Carolina,
North Dakota, Ohio,
Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania. Now let's see:
Rhode Island, South Carolina,
South Dakota, Tennessee,
Texas, and there's Utah, Vermont, I'm almost through!
Virginia, then there's Washington and West Virginia, too.
Could Wisconsin be the last one or is it forty-nine?
No,Wyoming is the last state
in the fifty states that rhyme.

Anonymous said...

Never done this "blogging" thing before. Here goes: There's also "Fifty Nifty United States" by Ray Charles (I believe.) It, too, has you singing the states in alphabetical order. I do it with my students every year.
AZ Music Teacher

Ms Smack said...

You're very clever... but I can't see anything about Omaha, Ne, in there? Did I miss it?

Used to live in WV said...

"Almost Heaven" is about western Virginia, not West Virginia. John Boulder don't know much geography.

In the celebrated 1971 song "Take Me Home, Country Roads", the lyrics place the mountain range in the state of West Virginia, although in fact, the only part of the range falling within that state is at its easternmost tip, at a point near Harper's Ferry.

The Shenandoah River is mentioned in John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads," which associates the river with the state of West Virginia. Only the lowest 20 miles (32 km) of the river are in West Virginia, with the majority of the river and its forks and tributaries flowing through Virginia.

Anonymous said...

Please add "Fifty Nifty" by Ray Charles. Very popular during the Bicentennial. It has the names of all 50 states!

ladytramp said...

I want to get some sheet music to: # Beautiful Wisconsin, Nature's Wonderland (is Home, Sweet Home to Me), Where can I find this? I hope it is still out there so i can get a copy.

Eric Riback said...

All I could find was this.

ladytramp said...

Do you think a library would have this or at least be able to help find it?

ladytramp said...

I just couldn't get anywhere whit what you found other than who wrote it. Well Thank You for your help i will keep trying to find this song. I'll be in touch. :)

Eric Riback said...

The link looked to me like a listing for the sheet music at the Wisconsin Reference & Loan Library. Why don't you contact them?

Steve said...

A few more:

Alabama - Neil Young
Boys from Oklahoma - Cross Canadian Ragweed
California Stars - Woody Guthrie (recorded by Billy Bragg/Wilco)
Calistan - Frank Black (about California)
Georgia Women - R.L. Burnside
Gone to California - Pink
Hotel Arizona - Wilco
If I Ever Get Back to Oklahoma - Jason Boland
Kentucky Moon - The Kinks
Losing California - Sloan
Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
Oklahoma Breakdown - Stoney LaRue
Somewhere in Ohio - The Jayhawks
The Late Great Golden State - Dwight Yoakam
The Sun in California - The Autumn Defense

Anonymous said...

The 50 states in rhyme!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LmGYjJzzcY

Busy Mom said...

Anonymous,

Your post was "When I was in grade school I studied the US states with a song that began with "When I was Small I studied, US Geography, my teacher said would you and...". I have been to different websites and I still can't find it. Would you have any idea on how I could come across this song? I would really appreciate it! God Bless"

Here is a youtube version for you:

The http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LmGYjJzzcY&feature=related

Mark Walker said...

Under the X in Texas (Johnny Gimble and Ray Benson, on Celebrating with Friends album).

Missouri (Merle Travis).

Both are great versions.

And what about California Here I Come?? Carry Me Back to Old Virginny? New York's My Home (Ray Charles version). Ray Charles version of Blue Moon of Kentucky. Mississippi Mud.