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Song-A-Day: January 19

I’m working on a blog post at the moment where we show 50 separate artists playing 50 of their songs about the fifty states which will likely be posted tomorrow, but because I set a limit on myself that I wasn’t allowed to repeat an artist I found it difficult to cover our nation’s capital in the post: Washington D.C. Thus, the song that I would like to have placed in that role will instead be grabbing our Song-A-Day nod for today, by The Magnetic Fields off of 69 Love Songs, here’s “Washington, D.C.”

W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N, baby
D-C!
W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N, baby
D-C!

Washington D.C., it’s paradise to me
It’s not because it is the grand ol’ seat
Of precious freedom and democracy
No, no, no
It’s not the greenery turning gold in fall
The scenery circling the mall
It’s just, that’s where my baby lives, thats all

Washington D.C., it’s the greatest place to be
It’s not the cherries everywhere in bloom
It’s not the way they put folks on the moon
No, no, no
It’s not the spectacles and pageantry
The thousand things you’ve got to see
It’s just, that’s where my baby waits for me

W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N, baby
D-C!
W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N, baby
D-C!

Washington D.C., it fits me to a T
It’s not the people doing something real
It’s not the way the springtime makes you feel
No, no, no
It ain’t no famous name on a golden plaque
That makes me ride that railroad track
It’s my baby’s kiss that keeps me coming back

It’s my baby’s kiss that keeps me coming back!

Essential Albums: The Magnetic Fields- 69 Love Songs


Quick Band Bio: The Magnetic Fields are a Boston band that formed in 1988 and released their first album Distant Plastic Trees in 1991. They became known for their use of unusual instrumentation in pop songs, frequent inclusion of synthesizers, and Stephen Merritt’s songwriting style (short and clever). 69 Love Songs was the sixth album released by the group, and the one that served as their breakthrough as the triple album excels despite asking it’s audience to give them your patience for the nearly three hours of music. A three hour concept album sounds a bit scary, but this concept doesn’t end up limiting the band nearly as much as you’d expect given the title, in fact Merritt clarified upon the release that 69 Love Songs is not remotely an album about love. It’s an album about love songs, which are very far away from anything to do with love”.

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