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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Calling all bloggers!

Over the summer I've been trying to find as many songs as I can about U.S. history or any history to create a c.d. for mr. smith (best history teacher at phs). However, I can't think of many songs and summer is almost up.

So far I have:

1. Indian Reservation by Paul Revere and the Raiders

2. James K. Polk by TMBG

3. Tippecanoe and Tyler Too by TMBG

4. The Battle of New Orleans

5. People of the Book by The Vistaunet Family Singers

And that's it. I'm afraid I'm going to have to write and record some songs to fill the c.d. up, but I'd like to avoid that as much as possible. I'm desperate for more songs. If anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated. If not for me, do it for Mr. Smith.

And don't worry, this blog isn't going to become a place for list posting. I like to keep it real.

10 comments:

b. robertson said...

What about songs from that old cartoon called Schoolhouse Rock? But that's probably not what you are looking for.

Kacy said...

How about Coming to America by Neil Diamond? or Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen? It's the End of the World as We Know it by REM, We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel, Don't Drink the Water by Dave Matthews Band, I Just Shot John Lennon by the Cranberries and Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2 also come to mind.

And of course, Schoolhouse Rock RAWKS.

Lorien said...

We've got "Puritan Man" if you need it.

b. robertson said...

Billy Joel! Why didn't I think of that one? I love that song!

J Rock! said...

actually, i'm currently working on a mix of songs that are vaguely related to us history, and i mean vaguely. right now, the list is as follows:

1) violent femmes - american music
2) bad religion - american jesus
3) blur - look inside america
4) bruce springsteen - born in the USA
5) david bowie & nin - i'm afraid of americans
6) don mclean - american pie
7) incubus - megalomaniac
8) jimi hendrix - star spangled banner
9) jimmy eat world - bleed american
10) lenny kravitz - american woman
11) me first and the gimme gimmes - coming to america
12) pod - youth of the nation
13) paul revere and the raiders - 14) indian reservation
15) rammstein - amerika
16) simon and garfunkel - america
17) soul coughing & weezer - american girl
18) ween - the shot heard round the world
19) west side story - america
20) alice cooper - lost in america
21) blur - magic america
22) neil diamond - coming to america
23) the beach boys - spirit of america
24) the doors -l'america
25) the guess who - american woman

The Stunningly Handsome Nate Perkins said...

You could use Rednecks by blur, except I don't think that would go over real well with Mr. Smith.

Manders said...

Vieques, Puerto Rick: Bikini Revisited by Anti Flag. I'm sure Mr Smith would love that.

compulsive writer said...

How 'bout Gordon Lightfoot's very long but most excellent "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" or Elton John's "Candle in the Wind?"

Alex Morrise said...

How about Honey Pie by The Beatles? "Now you've hit the bigtime, in the USA"?

cabesh said...

Still looking? Lots of songs are about history, just masked.
1. American Pie see http://www.rareexception.com/Garden/Pie.php
2. Leaving on a Jet Plane by Peter, Paul & Mary (think Vietnam)
3. Working in a Coal Mine by Lee Dorsey
4. Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Vietnam protest)
5. Also see http://www.cofc.edu/~nelp/vietnam_music.html for more Vietnam ideas
6. Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree by the Glenn Miller Band (WWII)
7. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by the Andrews Sisters (WWII)
8. When the Lights Go on Again by Vaughn Monroe (WWII—reference to air raid blackouts)
9. Somebody Else is Taking my Place by Connie Francis (WWII)
10. Another general reference page http://www.sbgmusic.com/html/teacher/reference/histor.html