Thursday, April 20, 2006

The 50 States: Maryland



Back, yet again, with the next in my ongoing series of a musical journey through the 50-states.

Maryland, daughter of the east. I'm sure you had quite a place in the American Revolution, and I toast to you. I've enjoyed every visit I've ever made to you and for that I'm thankful. Baltimore proved to have plenty of songs about it, but I can't help but feel I didn't give the rest of the state a very fair shake. I've also completely forgotten to include songs about oysters or crabs -- but as editor of this I had to make a decision and even though you, sweet Maryland, contribute a lot of those things, it seems like you're not believable as the ONLY producer/supplier/deliverer of these things. Don't hate me too much, such is life. Suffer thee as well, Maryland.

Maryland, you have given us such great contributions as the US Naval Academy, the first catholic cathedral in the united states, the first school in the united states, first DENTAL school in the us, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken Jr, Billy Ripken, some other baseball guys, Francis Scott Key, The Star Spangled Banner, the National Aquarium, the first hot-air balloon launch, the telegraph pole, recipient of the first telegraph message, workmens comp, Greenbelt, the methodist church of america, more miles of shoreline than any other state (4400miles!), Spiro Agnew, John Wilkes Booth, James Cain, Frederick Douglas, Philip Glass, Billie Holiday, Johns Hopkins, Thurgood Marshall, HL Mencken, Upton Sinclair, Harriet Tubman, Frank Zappa, John Waters, 2Pac.

We love you, Maryland.

Thanks to all of the thoughtful contributors. After I typed up this whole list, I went back and read the comments and realized that I missed quite a few good songs. If anyone would like to continue in the vein of baltimore/maryland -- check my maine post comments for some more songs. You guys are wonderful. Leave me some love in the comments about Massachusets and I'll try to not be so inconsiderate. I love all of you.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Stu Robson said...

Love this ongoing series, but alas, The Weakerthans' Maryland Bridge is not about the state of Maryland. It's about the bridge connected to Maryland Street in their/my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The one song for Mass you absolutely need!

Where Everybody Knows Your Name - Gary Portnoy.

Other possible targets:

Boston - the city and the band
Basketball?
Cape Cod
Salem and the witches trial
Plymouth Rock
The Molasses Flood

11:08 AM  
Blogger J. O'Manachain said...

The Standells - "Dirty Water"

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone from the Maryland side of D.C., yes, it would seem that you have shortchanged the rest of MD for Baltimore. However, I can't think of any other Maryland-related songs, so it might just be oversight by the music community.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous D Valentine said...

As a proud freakin' Annapolitan, I can't BELIEVE you found not one, but two songs about my chosen home. Well done, sir.

The only other one I'd say is the Star Spangled Banner, because that actually happened in Balto harbor...

For Massachusetts:
Please Come to Boston - Joan Baez or Dave Loggins versions

Street Signs in Boston Suck - Tom Bianchi

For Boston - Dropkick Murphys

Mass Pike - the Get Up Kids

and for my home state of Virginia: East Virginia - by Buell Kazee, 1927, Anthology of American Folk Music

I have all these if you need 'em.

7:52 PM  
Blogger rentstrike said...

Thanks from a native Baltimoron! Maybe some of your readers can help me. I've been looking for two songs about Baltimore but don't know their names. One is folkish and begins with the line "Is this the way it's always been here in Baltimore?" The other is an old blues tune that includes the refrain "so, I'm gonna go back to Baltimore." Does anybody know the name of either of these tunes?

3:56 PM  
Anonymous am said...

Some Mass. songs:

Jonathan Richman: Road Runner
Juliana Hatfield: Feelin' Massachusetts
Pixies: U-Mass
Alex Harvey Band: Boston Tea Party

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Need more?

Twilight In Boston - Jonathan Richman
The Boston Rag - Steely Dan
Mass. Ave - Willie Alexander
(The Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts - Bee Gees
M.T.A. - Kingston Trio
Fight Fiercely, Harvard - Tom Lehrer
Massachusetts - Scud Mountain Boys

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Wilbert said...

Hello Robert,

I have a question for you about the music from "The 50 States".
Can you please e-mail me.
w.van.dishoeck at casema.nl

You would make me (and a lot of my friends) very happy.
Thanks a lot,

Wilbert from The Netherlands

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Blogger eebmore said...

the evan dando/lemonheads version of "streets of baltimore" is incorrectly attributed to uncle tupelo.

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Blogger Ken Lohr said...

"don't go back to rockville" - REM (RE: Rockville, MD)

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