While musing through some old recordings, I was struck by the way some of them dealt with issues related to students' experiences abroad. I thought it might be interesting to compile a list of such songs, so I sent out a query on SECUSS-L.
The response was far greater than I had ever imagined it would be. (You can see the list of contributors here.) I was particularly struck by the number of people who commented that individual songs, or in some cases entire albums, had special meaning to them because of connections to their own experiences abroad: some had special songs that helped them through difficult phases of their stay abroad; some remembered songs because they were popular at the time, and were frequently being played on the radio; and others had songs that seemed to echo their own experiences.
While I was initially planning to limit the list to songs that related to education abroad, and not "merely" travel, many of the responses I received indicated that I should include a separate category for travel. And a few suggested that I include US travel, which might relate to experiences that foreign students have in the US.
Although I have included many songs that relate to travel, it would be impossible to list every song that mentions a geographical location. American rock and roll is full of such examples, from well-known cities such as New York and San Francisco, to imaginary destinations like Surf City and Margaritaville. So I've tried to include only those that convey some special character of the destination, or of the experiences one might have getting there. A few are included because respondents mentioned that they trigger special memories or thoughts for them, and I thought they might do the same for others. But I have generally not included traditional songs that deal with travelling (like "It's a Long Way to Tipperary," "Marching to Pretoria," or favorite camp songs like "Valdaree, Valdara").
As I was compiling songs, I came across one useful website that provides a list of every "Number 1" song from 1930 to 1999 which also has an index to search for lyrics or artists of "Top 40" songs since 1930. But many of the songs related to this project never made it to the Top 40, much less to Number 1.
As I began receiving suggestions for the list, I quickly realized that some singers/songwriters seemed to stand out as having more songs that people immediately remembered than anyone else. In particular, people mentioned tunes by Bob Dylan (whose "Boots of Spanish Leather" started me on this quest), Joni Mitchell (especially her "Blue" album), and Jimmy Buffett. Paul Simon's two albums, "Graceland" and "The Rhythm of the Saints, also deserve special attention. Jimmy Buffett can make up a list with his own songs, so rather than fill up this page with too many of his, I have created a separate Jimmy Buffett compilation, as well as including a few of his most relevant songs in the general listing. To reach the list of Jimmy Buffet songs, click here.
I realize that this list is not complete. I doubt that it ever can be. But it's been nearly twenty years since I first created this list. There is a new generation of study abroad professionals, and many of them will undoubtedly have ideas about songs that should be included here. Thus I welcome suggestions for additions to this list. Simply send me an e-mail by clicking the e-mail link at the bottom of this page . I will add suggestions as quickly as possible, as well as add names to my list of contributors.
I have tried to group songs into fairly general categories. Where possible, I've included a little information about the songs. When I originally set up this page, I included links to web sites or lyrics whenever I could find them. But over the years, many of those sites disappeared, or changed their URL. Some were "official" websites, while others were created by fans. Since many of the links went dead fairly quickly, I decided to do away with that feature altogether in this revision. Given the effectiveness of search engines today, it's fairly easy for anyone interested in finding lyrics to a given song to simply search for "[song name] lyrics" and pursue the options on their own. Similarly, you can listen to many of the songs on youtube.com, or the many music sites now available. I will leave those for others to explore on their own.
In addition to the songs listed here, I also received a few suggestions that were not really related to education or travel (abroad or in the US). Instead, they were submitted because they struck a sympathetic chord with students (or advisors) who have spent time abroad. In most cases, I did not include those, in order to at least try to keep this on my original focus, but some are here, nonetheless.
I hope you enjoy this list, and that it leaves you with a song in your mind and a smile on your face.
Revised March 12, 2019
PLEASE NOTE: I take no responsibility for anything
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Education Abroad and Its Effects
|Boots of Spanish Leather|
His girl friend is headed for Spain, |
their relationship is headed for disaster:
"Well, if you, my love, must think that-a-way,
|Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes|
(I think this title pretty much |
sums up the education abroad experience:)
"Reading departure signs in some big airport
|Good Riddance (The Time of Your Life)|
"So make the best of this test, and don't ask why.|
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time.
It's something unpredictable, but in the end is right.
I hope you had the time of your life."
|It Wasn't Me|
"I met a German girl in England|
who was studying in France
I danced with her in Mississippi
at an Alpha Kappa dance."
|Nineteen in Naples|
"When I was 19 I went across the sea|
and I found myself in italy
oh, 19, 19 in naples"
|Road to Nowhere|
"Maybe you wonder where you are|
I don't care
Here is where time is on our side
Take you there...take you there
We're on a road to nowhere"
Back Home Again|
"Hey it's good to be back home again"|
|Back in the USA|
On the pleasures of coming home:|
"Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today,
We touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from over the seas to the U. S. A."
"Sitting in a park in Paris, France|
Reading the news and it sure looks bad
. . .
Still a lot of lands to see
Crash & Burn|
Savage Garden ||
"When you feel all alone|
and the world has turned its back on you
give me a moment please
to tame your wild, wild heart
I know you feel like
when darkness is upon your door
let me be the one you call
Edward Sharp and|
the Magnetic Zeros
I do love my ma and pa
Not that way that I do love you
. . .
Ah, home, let me go home
Simon and Garfunkel |
(music and lyrics by Paul Simon
written on Widnes Train Station,
between Liverpool and Manchester
while waiting for the last
train back to Manchester
after a gig)
I wish I was,
I'll be home for Christmas|
|By Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, |
and Buck Ram
Recorded by Bing Crosby
"I'll be home for Christmas|
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the lovelight gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams"
"I bless the rains down in Africa|
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had"
All Around the World; or, The Myth of Fingerprints|
About the commonalities shared |
by people around the world, despite
historical & other differences
"He says there's no doubt about it
All I Want|
"I am on a lonely road and I am traveling|
Traveling, traveling, traveling
Looking for something, what can it be"
Along the Road|
Dan Fogelberg ||
"Joy at the start, fear in the journey, |
joy in the coming home.
A part of the heart gets lost in the learning,
somewhere along the road....
Cursing the Quest, courting disaster,
measureless nights forbode.
Moments of rest, glimpses of laughter,
are treasured along the road."
Another Suitcase in Another Hall|
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber|
Lyrics by Tim Rice
From the soundtrack of Evita
"Call in three months time and I'll be fine I know|
Well maybe not that fine, but I'll survive anyhow
I won't recall the names and places of this sad occasion
But that's no consolation -- here and now
So what happens now?
Anthem [The Russian]|
From the musical "Chess"|
"How can I leave her?|
Where would I start?
Let man's petty nations tear themselves apart
My land's only borders lie around my heart"
Back in the U.S.S.R.|
"Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC|
Didn't get to bed last night
On the way the paper bag was on my knee
Man I had a dreadful flight
I'm back in the U.S.S.R.
You don't know how lucky you are boy
Back in the U.S.S.R."
Written by John Gerard Lowe|
recorded by Cherish the Ladies,
Tannahill Weavers, and others
"Sleep while you wake me with these dreams you bring|
Dreams come to me where I lay,
And deep the melody the wild waves sing
My love is far, far away.
Oh, and pity the hearts
The wild waves part
My love sails the bonny boat, the Bergen"
"The hardest part's not leaving|
The hard parts not going away
It's the life you have to take with you
And the price the other people have to pay"
By Weary Well|
About going back home to Scotland and|
reminiscing about his first true
love while visiting a historic site:
As I came down by the weary well
"Her heart was spinning to the west-lands|
and she didn't care to be
that night in Budapest.
Hot night in Budapest."
"The wind is in from Africa|
Last night I couldn't sleep
Oh, you know it sure is hard to leave here Carey
But it's really not my home"
"A billion hearts are beating|
Far across the water
And when the sun is shining
Their land is cloaked in darkness
Closer to Fine|
|Indigo Girls ||
"I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains|
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains
There's more than one answer to these questions pointing me in a crooked line
The less I seek my source for some definitive
The closer I am to fine"
Come Sail Away |
By Dennis DeYoung, |
recorded by Styx
"I'm sailing away set an open course for the virgin sea|
I've got to be free free to face the life that's ahead of me
On board I'm the captain so climb aboard
We'll search for tomorrow on every shore
And I'll try oh Lord I'll try to carry on"
Written by Mick Hanley, |
sung by Mary Black
"There's a wilderness, |
it's a no man's land between
Alice Springs and the ocean;
17 hundred miles of burning sand
And a silken thread keeps a hold on
you when the emptiness like a potion
Tends to fray your reason
strand by strand."
Dance on a Volcano|
(Written by Steve Hackett,
Anthony Banks, Michael
Rutherford, and Phil Collins)
"The music's playing, the notes are right|
Put your left foot first and move into the light
The edge of this hill is the edge of the world
And if you're going to cross
You better start doing it Right"
(Elton John and Bernie Taupin, |
recorded by Elton John)
"Daniel is travelling tonight on a plane|
I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain"
"I loved you from the get-go and I'll love you till I die. |
I loved you on the Spanish Steps the day you said goodbye"
Early Morning Rain|
"I'm a long way from home|
And I miss my loved ones so
In the early morning rain
With no place to go"
From the Musical "Chess" |
An example of the bureaucracy of obtaining a visa:|
"Oh my dear how boring
Roger Miller ||
"England swings like a pendulum do,|
Bobbies on bicycles, two by two,
Westminster Abbey, the tower of Big Ben,
The rosy red cheeks of the little children."
Englishman in New York|
A "quirky ode to English ex-patriots"|
"See me walking down Fifth Avenue
Oh, I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien
The misadventures of a man travelling |
across Europe, doing most of the things
we don't want our students to do.
"Well I've been up to Paris
Fairytale of New York |
|The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl|
(Written by Jem Finer and
Deals with the reality of immigration to America:|
"It was Christmas Eve babe
|Ferry 'cross the Mersey|
Gerry And Pace Makers|
(Written by Gerry Marsden)
In favor of NOT going anywhere:|
"Life goes on day after day
Jean Sibelius--words as |
performed by the Indigo Girls
"This is my song|
Oh god of all the nations
A song of peace
For lands afar and mine
This is my home
But other hearts
5 A.M. in Amsterdam|
"It's 5 a.m. in Amsterdam|
And this is how I know
There's a church beside a park
And it fills the dying dark
With five strokes
There it is again
Did you hear that?"
"I wish I was a fisherman|
tumbling on the sea
far away from dry land
and it's bitter memories
casting out my sweet life
with abandonment and love
no ceiling bearing down on me
save the starry sky above
with light in my head
and you in my arms
I wish I was the brakeman
on a hurtling fevered train
crashing a-headlong on into the heartland
like a cannon in the rain
with the beating of the sweepers
and the burning of the coal
counting the towns flashing by
and the night that's full of soul
with light in my head
and you in my arms
tomorrow I will be loosened
from the bonds that hold me fast
with the chains all hung around me
will fall away at last
and on that fine and fateful day
I will take me in my hand
I will ride on the train
I will be the fisherman
with light in my head
you in my arms"
Words and music by|
Lawton Williams, recorded by
Bobby Helms, as well as
Steve Lawrence, Chuck Berry,
"Far across the blue water lives an old German's daughter|
By the banks of the old river Rhine
Where I loved her and left her but I can't forget her
I miss my pretty Fraulein"
|From a Distance|
Written by Julie Gold,|
performed by Nanci Griffith,
Bette Midler, and others
"From a distance the world looks blue and green|
And the snow capped mountains white
From a distance the ocean meets the stream
And the eagle takes to flight "
Get out the Map|
|Words and music by Emily Saliers|
Performed by The Indigo Girls
"Get out the map|
Get out the map and lay your finger anywhere down
We'll leave the figuring to those we pass on our way out of town
Don't drink the water there seems to be something ailing everyone
I'm gonna clear my head
I'm gonna drink that sun
I'm gonna love you good and strong while our love is good and young"
Girl from Ipanema|
Antonio Carlos Jobim and |
Performed by Astrid Gilberto,
"Tall and tan and young and lovely, |
The girl from Ipanema goes walking,
And when she passes
Each one she passes goes "a-a-ah!"
"Nothing's felt better than my feet|
on the ground on the road that leaves out of town"
|Green & Grey|
By Heaton / Sullivan|
Performed by New Model Army
"The time I think most clearly|
The time I drift away
Is on the bus ride that meanders
Up these valleys of green and grey
I get to think about what might have been
And what may yet come true
And I get to pass a rainy mile
Thinking of you"
Halfway Round/Walking the Line|
from the CD "the weird set"
"just another day, lying in the sun,|
can in your hand, all the best intentions
a well laid plan, the pieces all in place,
forget to check the time, everything flies in the air
farewell, I'll see you again
I'll see you when the world comes around again
talk to anyone, that you meet,
don't expect hello, from a total stranger
pass you as you go, not say anything
and look at you like you're from another country
I really meant to write you, how can I reach you,
your lying on beach,
somewhere in Central Asia
every time I see the papers, feels so strange,
I think the place you are's
the only place that I should be"
Similar to Louie, Louie:|
"Havana moon, Havana moon
I know What I know|
"She moved so easily |
All I could think of was sunlight
I said aren't you the woman
Who was recently given a Fulbright"
|I Would Bring You Ireland|
"I would bring you Ireland, the cool sweet of the Dublin rain|
If you would keep my heart for me, in the quiet of your Texas days
And my old friend, will you shelter me from pain
In return I'd bring you Ireland"
In the Times of India (Bombay Valentine)|
Based on Valentine's classified ads in the Bombay newspaper|
Istanbul (Not Constantinople)|
|Words by Jimmy Kennedy and |
Music by Nat Simon
Performed by the Four Lads,
They Might be Giants, and others
Istanbul was Constantinople|
Now it's Istanbul not Constantinople
Been a long time gone
Old Constantinople's still has Turkish delight
On a moonlight night
"Down the bay where the nights are gay|
And the sun shines daily on the mountain top
I took a trip on a sailing ship
And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop"
Judgement Day |
Contrasts US/western wealth with impoverishment elsewhere: |
" The cruise ships painted white
Are anchored in the bay
The tourists fill their plates from the
And the people on the shore
Gazing up like silent ghosts
Are doomed within a life
That is worlds away"
|Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues|
"When you're lost in the rain in Juarez|
And it's Eastertime, too"
"My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon,|
I will return again,
Sure as the dust that blows high in June
When movin' through Kashmir."
"I got no quarrel with the Midwest,|
the folks out there have given me their best.
I lived there all my life, I've been their guest,
I sure have loved it, too.
I'm tired of looking at the TV news.
That's why I'm going to Katmandu,
"Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya|
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby why don't we go, Jamaica"
|The Lake Isle of Innisfree|
Words by William Butler Yeats|
Music by Aoife Clancy
Cherish the Ladies
Recognizing the power of memories to evoke|
deep feelings about special places.
"I will rise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
|Land of Canaan|
"You can go to the East|
to find your, inner hemisphere
You say we're under the same sky babe,
You're bound to realize, Honey, it's not that clear.
I'm not your promised land
I'm not your promised one
I'm not your Land of Canaan, sweetheart,
Waiting for you under the sun. . . .
It's not the fallen man,
It's not the call of time,
It's just the London skyline
telling me you're not mine."
|Leaving on a Jet Plane|
(also recorded by
Peter, Paul and Mary)
On the loneliness of travel:|
"I'm leaving on a jet plane,
Don't know when I'll be back again"
Words and Music by Emily Saliers|
Performed by The Indigo Girls
"It's dark at 4 pm in Leeds|
the steeples pierce the skylight till the last of it bleeds
the absent sound of another day as it recedes
into the shadows
until it's nothing"
Let's Go To Tahiti|
by Bill Boatman and Roger Tillison, |
Recorded by JJ Cale
In the spirit of "Margaritaville":|
"Everybody on board, let's see if she'll float
recorded by the Clash
"London calling to the faraway towns|
Now that war is declared-and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls
London calling, now don't look at us
All that phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing"
Words and Music by Richard Berry, |
Most famous version recorded by
The Kingsmen (also recorded by
dozens of others, including
Chuck Berry in 1955)
The unofficial state song of Washington|
(Similar to Havana Moon)
"See Jamaica, the moon above
Crosby, Stills and Nash||
"Looking at the world through the sunset in your eyes,|
Traveling the train through clear Moroccan skies . . .
Wouldn't you know we're riding on the Marrakesh Express,
they're taking me to Marrakesh.
All aboard the train.
Me and Bobby McGee|
Kris Kristofferson |
(recorded by Janis Joplin,
Roger Miller, Gordon Lightfoot,
Jerry Lee Lewis,and others.)
"Busted flat in Baton Rouge; Waitin' for a train, |
feelin' nearly faded as my jeans,
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained;
Took us all the way to New Orleans"
"Oooh, Mexico |
I've never really been
But, I'd sure like to go
Whoa, oooh Mexico
I guess I'll have to go now."
"Vernon'll meet me when the BOAC lands|
Keys to the MG will be in his hands
Adjust to the driving 'n' I'm on my way
It's all on the right side in Montego Bay"
"And when it's time for leaving Mozambique,|
To say goodbye to sand and sea,
You turn around to take a final peek
And you see why it's so unique to be
Among the lovely people living free
Upon the beach of sunny Mozambique."
|Never Been To Spain|
recorded by Three Dog Night)
As one colleague put it, |
"How many times a day do study
abroad advisors hear this one?":
"Well I've never been to Spain
by Justin Sullivan|
Performed by New Model Army
"Two nations under one crown divided more and more|
In our own sweet green and pleasant land in 1984"
|No Plane on Sunday|
Advice for anyone travelling by plane:|
"You can throw your luggage down
|On a Slow Boat to China|
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, |
performed by Kay Kyser,
Jimmy Buffett, and others
"I'd love to get you |
On a slow boat to China,
All to my self alone."
|On the Other Side of the World|
"I'll be waitin' for you|
Never believe their hearts are stone
They may warm your bed when you're alone
But I can warm your heart and soul
On the other side of the world"
On the Road Again|
Actually about life as a musician on the road, |
but it deals with some of the
general aspects of travel as well:
"On the road again.
|One Night in Bangkok|
From the Musical Chess|
Written by Murray Head
"One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster|
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free"
Only a Dream in Rio|
"More than a distant land|
over a shining sea
more than the steaming green
more than the shining eyes"
"I've been smiling lately|
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Something good's bound to come"
The Rhythm of the Saints|
Most of the album deals |
with foreign sights, sounds,
tastes, and experiences.
"Roam if you want to|
Roam around the world
Roam if you want to
Without wings, without wheels
Roam if you want to
Without anything but the love we feel"
|Romance in Durango|
"Past the Aztec ruins and the ghosts of our people|
Hoofbeats like castanets on stone."
|Rotterdam (or Anywhere)|
"This could be Rotterdam or anywhere |
Liverpool or Rome
'Cause Rotterdam is anywhere
|Rum and Coca-Cola|
Words by Morey Amsterdam, |
music by Jeri Sullavan and
Recorded by the Andrews Sisters
An example of the many Calypso's|
from the English speaking
Caribbean that deal in clever,
tongue-in-cheek ways with
cultures in contact.
"If you ever go down Trinidad
A song from the Cold War:|
"We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
What might save us me and you
Is that the Russians love their children too"
|Safe European Home|
recorded by the Clash
"Well, I just got back an' I wish I never leave now|
Who dat martian arrival at the airport?
How many local dollars for a local anaesthetic?
The Johnny on the corner was a very sympathetic
I went to the place where every white face is an
Invitation to robbery
An' sitting here in my safe european home
I don't wanna go back there again"
"Lightning flashes across the sky|
East to west, do or die
Like a thief in the night
See the world by candlelight.
USSR, DDR, London, New York, Peking
It's the puppets, It's the puppets
Who pull the strings "
|Send Me on My Way|
I would like to reach out my hand ombe seyo ombe|
tell you to run bobodey see bobodeyam
Well pick me up with golden hands
ombe seyo ombe tell you to run
bobodey see bobodeyam
Well I would like to hold my little, hand we will run we will crawl"
"The grass is high and the work is done|
Send the sun to his sleeping place
Now we'll dance and make love beneath the Serengeti moon
The Gods are laughing their twinkling eyes
Shine on us in the clear night sky
Take my hand...let us walk beneath the Serengeti moon"
On being far away from one's loved ones:|
"And though I seem a half a million miles from you
"Silver wings shinning in the sunlight,|
roaring engines headed somewhere in flight.
Their taking you away, leaving me lonely,
silver wings slowly fading out of sight.
|So Far Away|
"So far away from me|
So far I just can't see
So far away from me
You're so far away from me"
Song for Ireland|
Words and Music: Phil Colclough; |
recorded by Mary Black,
Dick Gaughin, Mary J. Blige,
"Living on your western shore|
Saw summer sunsets, asked for more
I stood by your Atlantic sea
And sang a song for Ireland"
Crosby, Stills and Nash||
"When you see the Southern Cross|
For the first time
You understand now
Why you came this way"
|Sunny Goodge Street|
Donovan (also |
recorded by Judy Collins)
What we hope we and our students|
won't encounter on the London Tube:
"On the firefly platform
|Tangier to Casablanca|
A song inspired by a year studying abroad in Morocco,|
in particular by the death of his host mother's father.
"The train from Tangier to Casablanca never runs on time."
|Time to say goodbye (Con te partirò)|
Written by |
Francesco Sartori (music)
and Lucio Quarantotto (lyrics)
Recorded by Andrea Bocelli
(alone, and with Sarah Brightman),
"Time to say goodbye|
To countries I never
Saw and shared with you,
now, yes, I shall experience them.
I’ll go with you
On ships across seas
which, I know,
no, no, exist no longer,
with you I shall experience them again.
Under African Skies|
"Joseph's face was black as night|
The pale yellow moon shone in his eyes
His path was marked
By the stars in the Southern Hemisphere
And he walked his days
Under African skies"
|What a Wonderful World|
"I see trees of green, red roses too |
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world."
When I Paint My Masterpiece|
"Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble,|
Ancient footprints are everywhere.
You can almost think that you're seein' double
On a cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs.
Got to hurry on back to my hotel room
. . .
Sailin' 'round the world in a dirty gondola.
Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!"
When the Ship Comes In|
" Oh the time will come up
When the winds will stop
And the breeze will cease to be breathin'.
Like the stillness in the wind
'Fore the hurricane begins,
The hour when the ship comes in."
|You Belong to Me|
Words and music by Pee Wee King, |
Chilton Price, and Redd Stewart
Recorded by Jo Stafford,
as well as Patti Page,
Dean Martin, and the Duprees
"See the pyramids along the Nile |
Watch the sun rise on a tropic isle
Just remember, darling, all the while
You belong to me.
See the marketplace in old Algiers
Send me photographs and souvenirs
But remember when a dream appears
You belong to me"
|You Can Call Me Al|
"A man walks down the street|
It's a street in a strange world
Maybe it's the Third World
Maybe it's his first time around
He doesn't speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterlings and orphanages
He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity"
|Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea|
"I wanna lay by a lake in Norway|
I wanna walk through Swedish fields of green
I wanna see the forests of Finland
I wanna sail on a boat on the Baltic sea
I wanna feel a Russian winter
I wanna go to my Polish grandmothers home
I wanna see Hungarian lanterns
I wanna walk on a road that leads to Rome I wanna be free as the winds that blow past me
Clear as the air that I breathe
To be young as the morning and old as the sea I wanna lose myself in the Scottish highlands
The west coast of Ireland the Cornish breeze
I wanna rest my bones in the Spanish sunshine
The Italian coastline is calling me"
An American in Paris|
I know, it's not "popular music", |
but I heard those sounds
all around me in Paris, and it
can't fail to remind one
of "the City of Lights."
|April in Paris|
By Freddy Martin, Recorded by |
Billie Holiday, and others
" I never knew the charm of Spring,|
Never met it face to face,
I never knew my heart could sing,
Never missed a warm embrace,
'Til April in Paris,"
|Free Man in Paris|
"I was a free man in Paris|
I felt unfettered and alive
There was nobody calling me up for favors
And no one's future to decide"
Give Paris One More Chance|
"Well if you've been to cities but you've had enough|
Have you been to Paris, France?
And if you doubt that Paris was made for love
Give Paris one more chance
The home of Piaf and Chevalier
Must have done something right to get passion this way
If you don't think Paris was made for love
Give Paris one more chance"
|He went to Paris|
"He Went to Paris|
looking for Answers
to questions that bothered him so"
History of Us|
Indigo Girls ||
"I went all the way to Paris to forget your face |
Captured in stained glass, young lives long since passed
Statues of lovers everyplace
I went all across the continents to relieve this restless love
I walked through the ruins, icons of glory
Smashed by the bombs from above"
|I Love Paris|
recorded by Nat King Cole
"Every time I look down on this timeless town |
whether blue or gray be her skies.
Whether loud be her cheers or soft be her tears,
more and more do I realize:
I love Paris in the springtime . . . "
"My father always promised us|
That we would live in France
We'd go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance"
|Paris In The Spring|
Ray Noble ||
"Paris In The Spring,|
Love is in the air
Life's a love affair
And ev'ry pair of arms a rendezvous for two."
Will Holt, recorded |
by the Kingston Trio
"A young man goes to Paris|
as every young man should"
Travel in the USA
Maggie Rogers ||
"I was walking through icy streams|
That took my breath away
Moving slowly through westward water
Over glacial plains"
City of New Orleans|
Written by Steve Goodman|
Also recorded by Arlo Guthrie
"I'm the train they call the 'City of New Orleans,'|
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the days is done"
|"Flowers are Red"|
Not about travel, but about seeing things from different perspectives|
Lubbock Texas in my Rearview Mirror|
"I thought happiness was Lubbock, Texas in my rearview mirror."
No Particular Place to Go|
The ultimate "cruisin' song":|
"Cruisin' and playing the radio
I don't wanna be talking on the phone every night|
6 pm, which timezone, yours or mine?
Ain't gonna worry where ya are, who you're with
Let's just agree this is it
I don't know where that is
"Los Angeles, give me Norfolk Virginia,|
Tidewater four ten O nine
Tell the folks back home this is the promised land callin'
And the poor boy's on the line."
"The red sandstone it fell|
Right smack on top of Sedona Arabella
The Jon boats said won't you hop on in
And the stagecoach baby gonna take you for a spin, oh oh, oh oh"
|Mr. Acker Bilk||Stranger on the Shore|
Jazz Impressions of Japan|
Jazz Impressions of Eurasia
|Duke Ellington||Far East Suite|
Latin American Suite
Togo Brava Suite
To reach my
To send me