Friday, May 03, 2024

La Fin de la Semaine Essay Question: Special "'Allo, Sailor!" Edition

Okay guys -- as you know, a certain Shady Dame and I are currently relaxing in scenic Montreal, in the heart of darkest Canadia.

I won't bore you with the details, and I certainly won't do any cheap jokes à la française, so let's get down to the business at hand toot sweet.

To wit:

...and your favorite (or least favorite) post-Elvis pop/rock/soul or country song specifically referencing an actual geographical location -- OUTSIDE OF THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES -- is...???

No other arbitrary rules, vous êtes les bienvenus, and just be grateful I'm giving you the chance to include Hawaii and its environs.

Oh, and in case you're wondering (and long-time readers will not be surprised to learn) but my personal nominee has got to be "The Boulevard de la Madeline." That oh so sad and beautiful song by the original (i.e., listenable, before the hippie hits happened) Denny Laine-era Moody Blues.

And yes, that's me at said address, on the first trip to Paris I got to take with the aforementioned Shady Dame.

It's a sad day in Paris
With no girl by my side
Got to feeling so badly
Like a part of me died
It would have been
So good to see her
I never thought
She wouldn't be there
There's no girl standing there
And there's no one who cares
And the trees are so bare
On the Boulevard de la Madeleine

Ah, c'est tellement romantique, n'est-ce pas?

Discuss. Which is to say -- what would your choices be?

And have a great weekend everybody!!! See you upon our return!!!


John K said...

Yikes! Too many. But for starters:
Penny Lane...The Beatles
Waterloo Sunset...The Kinks
Sunny South Kensington...Donovan

Gummo said...

Free Man in Paris - Joni Mitchell

Anonymous said...

The Last Mango in Paris Jimmy Buffett
Cleveland Jeff

neal t said...

stickin' with the F4 Back in the USSR. blog hopping what is the by band u mention on Burnt Wood :)?

Anonymous said...

Warren Zevon’s Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner is a long-time favorite.

- Paul in DK

mistah charley, sb, ma, phd, jsps said...

what came to my mind - maybe influenced by your trip north of the border trip - was james taylor's "mexico"

edward said...

Discovering Japan– Graham Parker and the Rumour
Give Paris One More Chance - Jonathan Richman
Big In Japan - Tom Waits
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
Fell Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag - Country Joe and the Fish
Hawaii Five 0 Theme - The Ventures
Land Down Under - Men At Work

Roger said...

Pipeline - The Chantays

M_Sharp said...

"In France" - Frank Zappa, with Johnny "Guitar" Watson on vocals ...yeah, I know you don't like Frank, but Johnny's vocal is hilarious
"Blame Canada" - Sheila Broflovski
"Down In Mexico" - The Coasters
"Nuevo Laredo" - Doug Sahm
"Itchycoo Park" - The Small Faces
"Autobahn" - Kraftwerk
"Bald Butte" - Colter Wall

M_Sharp said...

"Jerry Lewis In France" - Ben Vaughn

Anonymous said...

might as well go with some Canadian content since you are visiting. i'll choose 'tits up on the pavement in Wawa Ontario' by Canadian group Crowbar.

Unknown said...

If we could widen the parameters a bit might we include band names? Such as my favorite, the pride of British Columbia, CHILLIWACK!

Alzo said...

Ian Hunter: England Rocks
Guess Who: Running Back to Saskatoon
Sparks: Girl from Germany
Radio Stars: No Russians in Russia
Bee Gees: Odessa
Texas Tornados: Adios, Mexico
Three Dod Night: Never Been to Spain
Bonzo Dog Band: Hunting Tigers Out in Indiah
The Kinks: Australia

Anonymous said...

Life on Mars - David Bowie

Captain Al

M_Sharp said...

"Berkeley Mews" - The Kinks
"Bridge Of Sighs" - Robin Trower
"London Homesick Blues" - Gary P. Nunn
"Bangkok" - Alex Chilton
"Funky Kingston" - Toots

Tinpot said...

"I wish I Was In Wellington" The Muttonbirds

This gets me homesick every time.