The most famous song with the word Ohio in it cannot be included this week, there is no indication that the murder sung about in said song took place in the state of Ohio.
Did you know that there is a Buckeye Tree? And it grows all over Ohio. People from Ohio are known as buckeyes. Unfortunately, it’s not terribly exotic, it belongs to the same family as the conker (horse chestnut) tree.
(Buckeye Tree? Conker Tree?)
And from a plethora of songs about Ohio, some good, some not so good, first off is the first track on the majestic Soul Journey album, by Gillian Welch:
There are some famous people who were born in this state. Neil Armstrong, he’s quite famous, isn’t he? Orville Wright. Famous. Ditto Doris Day. Dino Paul Crocetti, Steven Spielberg. Jack Nicklaus. Paul Newman. Toni Morrison. Clark Gable. Thomas Edison. I believe, but I might be wrong, that there are some people born in Ohio who are not famous.
There was a comedy show in the late 70s early 80s called WKRP in Cincinnati, that I remember as being very funny. I will not be watching it any time soon as the DVDs of the show are insanely expensive.
Second track is from the final Phil Ochs album “Greatest Hits. Which is actually an album of ten original songs. Phil Ochs did spend some of his childhood and young adulthood in Ohio.
Proof indeed that some of Phil Ochs’ later songs are good.
Then there’s well known non-Ohio residents the Super Furry Animals. This is track 4 from Love Kraft:
That’s from my favourite album of theirs.
For myself and CC THE obvious song, and at times one of the Top Ten Tunes Ever Recorded In The Entirety Of Popular Music, is the one where the female love interest pulls a letter from her bible, and a rose pressed inside the book of Luke, whilst the man lies drunk in a cold a gray apartment in Chicago, where a cigarette drowns inside a glass of gin. (We’ve all been there)
As some would say, if you don’t like that, what is WRONG with you?
An outfit called Sehnsucht covered the song. Somehow they managed to make a very moving country song into a tedious guitar-driven dirge.
(A rose in a bible, get it?)
There are a plethora (didn’t I use that word above?) of fine songs that could also have been included, by Damian Jurado, Laura Veirs, even the Jayhawks one is pretty good, there’s the Ian Hunter song. And there’s the ones that should not be included, but I suspect my good friend will post one of them below. Not the track by CSNY, of course not.
Oh, and Dino Paul Crocett was better known as Dean Martin.
Another one next week-
CC writes : I've gone for one of the good ones that you mentioned.