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If Oregon got a new state song, what should it be? "I Can't Stand the Rain"? "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" "You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful and You're Mine)"? "Hanky Panky"? "Busted"?

Comments (29)

the Beatles "Taxman" ?

"Seventeen", by Winger (1988)

Here's some of the lyrics. Seems appropriate:

Yeah, I saw sparks fly
From the corner of my eye
And when I turned (whoo)
It was love at first sight
I said please excuse me
I didn't catch your name (whoa)
It'd be a shame
Not to see you again

And just when I thought
She was coming to my door
She whispered sweet
And brought me to the floor
She said

Chorus:
I'm only seventeen (seventeen)
I'll show you love like you've never seen
She's only seventeen (seventeen)
Daddy says she's too young
But she's old enough for me

Come to my place
We can talk it over (oh)
Everything going down in your head
She said take it easy
I need some time
Time to work it out
To make you mine

And just when I thought
She was coming to my door
She whispered sweet
And brought me to the floor
She said,

Chorus:
I'm only seventeen (seventeen)
You ain't seen love
Ain't seen nothing like me
She's only seventeen
Seventeen........yeah!!!!

(Guitar Solo)


Let's stick with "Land of the Empire Builders." And make every third grader learn, like we did back in the 1950s.

Instead of a new song, we should ditch the boring motto (The Union) and go back to the territorial version, She Flies With Her Own Wings.

I can’t stop loving you
So I’ve made up my mind
To live in memory
Of such an old lonesome time

I can’t stop wanting you
It’s useless to say
So I’ll just live my life
In dreams of yesterday.

Those happy hours
That we once knew
Though long ago,
They still make me blue

They say that time
Heals a broken heart
But time has stood still
Since we’ve been apart

"Big Yellow Taxi" - Joni Mitchell

Me And Tommy McCall.

For the City, modify the "Mattress World" jingle ('It's Never Too Late to Sleep Like A Baby, Mattress World") to read "It's Never Too Late To Sleep With A Baby, Mayor's World". For the State, "They're Coming to Take Me Away" by Napoleon XIV.

With all due apologies to "Battlestar Galactica" and Jimmy Hendrix fans, I propose we change the state song to "All Along The Watchtower":

There must be some kind of way out of here
Said the joker to the thief
There's too much confusion
I can't get no relief
Business men they drink my wine
Plowmen dig my earth
None will level on the wine
Nobody of it is worth

"I'm Only Happy When It Rains"

"All Along the Watchtower" was written by Bob Dylan, not Jimi Hendrix.

Louie Louie

"Witchi Tai To" by Jim Pepper.

http://www.nativewiki.org/index.php?title=Jim_Pepper

Delightful and easy melody. Fun to sing, especially in groups. Celebrates life.

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

Let the healing begin.

Dylan wrote:

None of them along the line
Know what any of it is worth

Never did quite get what Hendrix was singing in his version.

Change "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett to "Young Beau" as follows


Young Beau, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run boy
You're much too young Beau

With all the charms of a gay man
You've kept the secret of your youth
You led me to believe you're old enough
To give me love
And now it hurts to know the truth

Young boy, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run boy
You're much too young boy

Beneath your perfume and your make-up
You're just a baby in disguise
And though you know that it's wrong to be
Alone with me
That come on look is in your eyes

Young boy, get out my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run boy
You're much too young boy

So hurry home to your mama
I'm sure she wonders where you are
Get out of here
Before I have the time
To change my mind
Cuz I'm afraid we've gone too far

Young Beau, get out my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run
You're much too young girl (repeat to fade)

Oops, I forgot to change the last word from "girl" to "Beau" or "boy," but you get the idea.

Circus music? Theme to Jeopardy?

Oops, I forgot to change the last word from "girl" to "Beau" or "boy," but you get the idea.

Nope. Go back and do it again. ;)

Or how about this version of "Young Girl"


Young Beau, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run Beau
You're much too young Beau

With all the charms of a gay man
You've kept the secret of your youth
My libido led me to believe you're old enough
To give me love
And now it hurts that we got caught.

Young Beau, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run Beau
You're much too young Beau

Beneath your perfume and your make-up
You're just a baby in disguise
And though I know that it's wrong to be
For you to be alone with me
There's something tingling in my pants

Young Beau, get out my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run Beau
You're much too young Beau

So hurry home to your mama
I'm sure she wonders where you are
Get out of here
Before I have the time
To change my mind
Cuz I'm afraid we've gone too far

Young Beau, get out my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run Beau
You're much too young Beau (repeat to fade)

If you're going Jimi Hendrix why not, "Rainy Day, Dream Away"?

It's probably about somewhere else in the Pacific Northwest (Cough-Seattle-Cough) but still...

"Rainy day, rain all day
Ain't no use in gettin' uptight
Just let it groove its own way
Let it drain your worries away yeah
Lay back and groove on a rainy day hey
Lay back and dream on a rainy day"

"God damn Job" by The Replacements

I need a God damn job
I need a God damn job
I really need a God damn job
I need a God damn job
God dammit
God dammit
God damn, I need a God damn job

Stealer's Wheel: "Stuck in the Middle with You."

Clowns to the left of me,
jokers to the right,
here I am:
stuck in the middle with you

The Kingsmen came together in a garage,
They could hardly even play
But they practiced night
And day pretty soon they got to where they could really play that song Louie,
Louie
So, they saved up all the money from the shows,
Went in to one of them studios and gave their version of the song a try

Now, I don't know the words to that song Louie,
Louie and I'm pretty sure the singer for the
Kingsmen didn't know ‘em either,
If he did know ‘em he didn't get ‘em right on the record
Cause on the record they sound jumbled in his jaw? It says,
Me think of me girl oh so constantly
Ahmayaaah makaaaah aahh ooohoooh aaaaah
Well, that last part scared everybody from the PTA to the FBI
You see, the kids had been going kind of crazy lately
And it seemed like nobody could figure out why,
So they decided to form a coalition,
Launch an investigation, you know for the children, they at least had to try
To figure out the words to Louie, Louie

Todd Snider. An almost Portland boy. City of Roses?

It's not a state anthem nominee, but it kind of sums up Sam Adams' tenuous tenure.

"He's Gone" by the Grateful Dead:

Rat in a drain ditch, caught on a limb, you know better but I know him.
Like I told you, what I said, Steal your face right off your head.

Now he's gone, now he's gone, Lord he's gone, he's gone.
Like a steam locomotive, rollin' down the track
He's gone, gone, nothin's gonna bring him back...He's gone.

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride, hot as a pistol but cool inside.
Cat on a tin roof, dogs in a pile,
Nothin' left to do but smile, smile, smile!!!!

Now he's gone, now he's gone Lord he's gone, he's gone.
Like a steam locomotive, rollin' down the track
He's gone, gone, nothin's gonna bring him back...He's gone.

Goin' where the wind don't blow so strange,
Maybe off on some high cold mountain chain.
Lost one round but the price wasn't anything,
A knife in the back and more of the same.

Same old, rat in a drain ditch, caught on a limb,
You know better but I know him.
Like I told you, what I said,
Steal your face right off your head.

Now he's gone, now he's gone Lord he's gone, he's gone.
Like a steam locomotive, rollin' down the track
He's gone, gone, nothin's gonna bring him back...He's gone.

Ooh, nothin's gonna bring him back.

Huh? I though "Louie Louie" WAS the state song.

a,

That's pretty good stuff. But how about the second verse:

I need a God damn intern
I really need a God damn intern...

I can get two local allusions in just three words of title:

"It's Raining Men"

"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," from Monty Python's "Life of Brian."


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