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sternship
04-14-2010, 06:27 AM
i thought i'd start a thread for links to chords / videos / etc of songs about your home town -

I have found a few that I didn't know about before about my home town, Swansea in Wales, UK. (although I haven't had a good crack at them yet!)

Here is one;
Swansea Town - http://www.welshpedia.co.uk/wiki/wales/index.php?title=Swansea_Town

There's also this (not sure if it's about Swansea where I'm from or another..:confused:...nice all the same!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUpElXWVMj4 and for chords http://www.911tabs.com/link/?6827559


What ones do you guys have about 'home'? Would be cool to hear!!
;)
Steve

Ukeffect
04-14-2010, 09:57 AM
Ok you asked for it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxWB4ZS3voM Close 'nuff fer government work!
Found another couple... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRVXoTAry_Q ... *sniff* ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL91OAwOVgg
Last one...I promise! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw9Q0pkuWUE

Ronnie Aloha
04-14-2010, 10:42 AM
There is a beautiful Japanese song entitled "Furusato." A tear jerker to be sure.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcmcXrCihrA&feature=related

mds725
04-14-2010, 12:41 PM
"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)"
video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bch1_Ep5M1s&feature=related
Chords: http://chordie.com/chord.pere/www.guitaretab.com/s/scott-mckenzie/110361.html

There's also Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," but I couldn't find ukulele chords for it online.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKZzEXhlhfg

I'm from Boston, which doesn't seem to inspire many romantic songs, but did inspire the legendary "M.T.A."
video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VMSGrY-IlU
chords: http://chordie.com/chord.pere/www.allcountrytabs.com/tabs/kingston-trio/mta-10914.html

Interestingly, the Kingston Trio played its first gigs at The Purple Onion San Francisco, and two of its three original members were from Hawai'i. Does anyone recognize that four-string instrument being played by the guy in the middle?

jungleturtle
04-14-2010, 01:03 PM
Here's one for Portland, Oregon, my home for the past 20 years:

http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/www.lindesign.se/uwp/guitar/g/woody_guthrie/portland_town.pro?1944-06-06=always&transpose=-2&tuning=GCEA

And here's one for Seattle, Washington, where I grew up; I couldn't find the chords, but if you watch this guys fingers you can maybe figure it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tfR-LwA9nA

And here's the lyrics:

http://www.mp3lyrics.org/p/perry-como/seattle/

Ukulele JJ
04-14-2010, 01:09 PM
I'm from Boston, which doesn't seem to inspire many romantic songs, but did inspire the legendary "M.T.A."

I used to live in Boston. Let's not forget the Standell's "Dirty Water (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Water)"!

Anyhoo, there are tons of songs about Nashville (or at least mentioning it). Here's one example (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JIFi_XnFWQ).

I was actually born in Louisville, KY. Grandpa Jones did a good one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AA5ci4TogQ) about that town.

(Great thread idea, by the way!)

JJ

Kanaka916
04-14-2010, 01:13 PM
Born and raised in the 808, need I say more . . .

mds725
04-14-2010, 01:26 PM
And here's one for Seattle, Washington, where I grew up; I couldn't find the chords, but if you watch this guys fingers you can maybe figure it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tfR-LwA9nA

OMG! "Here Come The Brides"!

mds725
04-14-2010, 01:36 PM
I used to live in Boston. Let's not forget the Standell's "Dirty Water (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Water)"

Yes, that famous love song to the Charles River. Now there's the new Boston classic, the Dropkick Murphys singing an old ode to the Boston Red Sox, "Tessie." It was played at the end of the movie "Fever Pitch" and apparently gets played at Red Sox home games.

video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttVpqJTeVMU Filmed at Fenway Park!
chords: http://chordie.com/chord.pere/www.guitaretab.com/d/dropkick-murphys/53759.html

robbocx
04-14-2010, 02:44 PM
Well we did a gig on Australia Day (Jan 26th) at one of our local clubs and sang a number of Aussie classics including:

Waltzing Matilda
Botany Bay
Land Down Under
Khe Sahn
Still Call Australia Home
Advance Australia Fair

StereoJoker
04-14-2010, 03:31 PM
One of my favorites is Tom Waits' Jersey Girl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyqeWtxGbls). (Some people like Bruce Springsteen's version, but I prefer Tom's original by far.)

Other New Jersey-specific songs include Springsteen's "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" and "My Hometown". Apparently Bon Jovi has a whole album called "New Jersey", and Fountains of Wayne did a bunch of Jersey songs, but they don't matter to me at all so I don't care too much about 'em.

Nothing about the area I live in (but that may change if I get around to writing one!).

hoosierhiver
04-15-2010, 04:50 AM
Indiana! Yay! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kmkBS1eyiY

whetu
04-15-2010, 01:02 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=371yz8Rk0go

It's a love song that at the start disses Wellington :)

sternship
04-15-2010, 07:09 PM
great stuff!! Keep them coming!! this way we'll have a world map of songs before long!! :D
At least, that's the idea!

SmokeyStubbs
04-15-2010, 10:40 PM
You asked for it. Apparently if aliens came down from outerspace, Northampton is the place they'd go.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfTT6xOcbdo&feature=related

littlesongs
04-15-2010, 10:56 PM
Over the years I have written and recorded dozens of songs about my hometown of Portland and the Pacific Northwest.

Since the great Woody Guthrie is one of the few songwriters to have done the same thing, I'll share a tune he inspired.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zonEQM_J0g

It lacks ukulele, but I hope you enjoy my humble offering nonetheless.

1014
04-16-2010, 08:17 AM
Born and raised in the 808, need I say more . . .

eo kanaka, where in o`ahu? i've always thought about compiling a playing list of mele about the pu`uloa/`ewa region of o`ahu. i know only of a few.

one thing tho, is even though i wasnt a east side boy, ku`u home o kahalu`u, waimanalo, waikiki and lots of those 70s Hawaiian Renaissance songs really resonated with me. the Local Boy experience, no?

i had penned a simple hanohano mele about going to one`ula (hau bush) with my tutu as a child to pick up limu and to go surf. simple chord progressions filled with vamps and kaona (hidden meaning) that probably overloaded the song. i have the song somewhere, played it only to myself and my wife, but i know my tutu loved it.

the52blues
04-16-2010, 11:05 AM
I'm new to the uke (about a month) but not new to music and other instruments but I just arranged and tabbed our Canadian National Anthem - O Canada for something to do yesterday. I used Power Tab Editor for only the second time and after I was done I noticed a tabbing error in bar 11. I have not been able figure out any way of correcting the booboo. That doesn't seem to be an option in PTE 1.7.

Ronnie Aloha
04-16-2010, 12:36 PM
http://www.huapala.org/Aloha/Aloha_Kuu_Home_Kaneohe.html

Aloha ku`u home a i Kāne`ohe
Ame nā pali hāuliuli nā Ko`olau

Noho aku i ka la`i ku`u home
`Upu a`e ka mana`o no nā hoaloha

I laila mākou uilani ai
Ame ka wai noenoe e pipi`i ana

Ho`okahi ka mana`o i kualono
Ame ka leo aloha e ho`okipa mai

Ha`ina `ia mai ana ka puana
Ame nā pali hāuliuli o nā Ko`olau



Greetings to my home in Kane`ohe
And the green cliffs of the Ko`olaus

Staying in the peace of my home
Bringing thoughts of friends

There we find pleasure
And misty bubbling waters

One thought in the mountain ranges
And the beloved voice of hospitality

Tell the refrain
Of the green cliffs of the Ko`olaus

Kanaka916
04-16-2010, 01:18 PM
eo kanaka, where in o`ahu? i've always thought about compiling a playing list of mele about the pu`uloa/`ewa region of o`ahu. i know only of a few.

one thing tho, is even though i wasnt a east side boy, ku`u home o kahalu`u, waimanalo, waikiki and lots of those 70s Hawaiian Renaissance songs really resonated with me. the Local Boy experience, no?

i had penned a simple hanohano mele about going to one`ula (hau bush) with my tutu as a child to pick up limu and to go surf. simple chord progressions filled with vamps and kaona (hidden meaning) that probably overloaded the song. i have the song somewhere, played it only to myself and my wife, but i know my tutu loved it.
Kalihi/Palama side close to Kapalama Canal and wen grad FHS. Eh, I dunno how accurate dis list stay, but go check 'um out (Oahu mele (http://www.huapala.org/Pages/pg_Oahu.html)). Wen I really stahted listening to Hawaiian music, those were the songs I listened to. Moreso wen you stay away from da islands and much more appreciative of the land you love and grew up in.

Off subject, glad you decided fo stick around aftah da odda thread. I wen read yo post and I knew you was pissed. But just hang brah, some pepo just ignorant and indignant. Besides, need somebody fo talk pidgin wit on dis forum.

sternship
02-09-2011, 01:46 AM
anyone got any more? :)

Leodhas
02-09-2011, 02:20 AM
One song about Leith (my home town) comes to mind, it being 'Sunshine on Leith' written by two of my home town boys, The Proclaimers. Below is a version of me and 30,000 of my fellow hibs fans singing it.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPXCNwBu_t8

ralphk
02-09-2011, 03:59 AM
Now living here. Ralph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmTYJRbUrvI

ksiegel
02-09-2011, 04:18 AM
From a pair of my favorite performers, Lou and Peter Berryman, here is a link to my favorite song about home.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX9p50MIexs

(Sorry, I don't know how to directly embed the YouTube Video)

redheadedali
02-09-2011, 08:18 AM
There are quite a few songs that are about/mention Dallas, but this one is my favorite.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1mQvHXRlZE&feature=related

Kanaka916
02-09-2011, 08:40 AM
ksiegel, in the quick reply window, click on the film icon, paste the URL in the dialog box and click OK.

mds725
02-09-2011, 10:02 AM
Indiana! Yay! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kmkBS1eyiY

I can't think of Indiana without remembering this unusual love song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzbhlelqBwA

102263
02-09-2011, 10:21 AM
Billy Joel reppin A-Town


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHnJp0oyOxs

haolejohn
02-09-2011, 12:15 PM
Here is a song about my dad's hometown

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEnjl1OvPZE

ksiegel
02-09-2011, 02:21 PM
ksiegel, in the quick reply window, click on the film icon, paste the URL in the dialog box and click OK.

Thanks! I both appreciate you doing this for me, AND telling me how to do it in the future!

-kurt

Nixon
02-09-2011, 02:57 PM
I'm from liverpool so theres a load of music about my city

Ferry across the mersey
I my liverpool town
Piles of football chants
penny lane
Liverpool lou

Even a wikipedia page about it:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Songs_about_Liverpool?wasRedirected=true