Jul 4, 2008
Songs from Ohio
Normblog has complete a 50-state tour of the nation's song lyrics. The rules: a song is eligible for the list for any given state when the name of that state figures in either the song's title or in its lyric or both. The state may be used adjectivally, as in 'South Texas Girl'. But reference to rivers, where their names coincide with the names of states (Colorado, Mississippi, Ohio), doesn't count. Rivers run on and cannot be tied down so. And reference to some place in the state, like a city or a geographical feature, also doesn't count, unless the name of the place includes the name of the state adjectivally. For example, from Ohio:
To which I would like to add add Carry Me Ohio by Sun Kil Moon. Kate adds: Ohio Plane Show Crash, by Joe Henry, and Ohio, by Leonard Bernstein ("Why, oh why, oh why oh, did I ever leave Ohio?"). Scott adds: Devo's Jocko Homo ("I've got a rhyme that comes in a riddle / O-Hi-O! / What's round on the ends and high in the middle? / O-Hi-O!").