Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Now on Pandora

My Alt Country station is playing Jay Farrar and out comes this verbal nugget:

It’s been said before,
But it’s worth saying,
No one could dream a place like California

(California from Terroir Blues by Jay Farrar)

Which leads me to this question - how many songs have the name "California" in them? I must have at least 2 dozen in my own MP3 Collection. Off the top of my head:

California Stars - Wilco and Billy Bragg
California Girls - Beach Boys
Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
California Dreaming - The Mamas and the Papas
Goin Back to Cali - LL Cool J
California Love - Dr Dre and Tupac
California - Rufus Wainwright
California - Phantom Planet

Which state has the most songs written about it? I'm going to bet it's between California and Texas with Texas taking the edge - just because "Texas Country" is an entire sub-genre of the broader country music industry.

UPDATE: Man, I love Wikipedia:


But it doesn't have the same list about Texas. Google sent me here:


And how could I have forgotten "Hotel California"?

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