Lyrical Cities

City names make for the best songs!

Wandering around in a city must give an almost mythological level of inspiration! Some of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard take inspiration from the individualistic events, ambiance and haunting charm that belong to the city mentioned in the song’s name.

For years, my favorite song has unwaveringly remained “Vienna” by The Fray. Take one listen to the lyrics and you’ll have a bittersweet story running rampant in your head, propelled by the words of the song.

The day’s last one-way ticket train pulls in
We smile for the casual closure capturing
There goes the downpour
There goes my fare thee well

There’s really no way to reach me
There’s really no way to reach me
There’s really no way to reach me
‘Cause I’m already gone”

Those are just the first two verses of the song, but it was enough to hook me. I’ve never been to Vienna, but I know that when I do, I’ll stand on the corner of a street and blare it to myself in my headphones – it’s bucketlist-official.

The Fray are masters of creating beautiful songs revolving around the ambiance of cities. In their new album, Scars and Stories, the song Munich and Rainy Zurich are my two favorite tracks. How they manage to make me feel like I’m walking the streets of these places simply by relating to my emotions, I’ll never understand. It’s an art.

My penchant for city-named-songs is pretty obvious at this point. Here are a couple more to listen to, if you’re interested:

  • “Rainy Zurich” – The Fray
  • “Munich” – The Fray
  • “New York” – Blind Pilot
  • “Amsterdam” – Coldplay
  • “Chicago” – Frank Sinatra
  • “Berlin” – Snow Patrol
  • “Boston” – Augustana
  • “New York” – Snow Patrol
  • “Rochester” – Matt Kearney
  • “Paris”- Kate Nash
  • “Postcards from Paris” – The Band Perry
  • “Streets of Philadelphia”- The Fray
  • “Vienna” – Billy Joel
  • “Calgary” – Bon Iver
  • “Walking in Memphis” – Marc Cohn

 

There are so many more! All I know is that when I plan my epic vacation excursion, I’ll use these songs as a road map and itinerary!

Any recommendations?

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