5 Songs For... Going Home (Chattanooga Edition!)
I'm less than 18 hours from starting my Christmas vacation in glorious Chattanooga, Tennessee. And to celebrate, here's "5 Songs For... Going Home." But it's the special Chattanooga edition!
(1) "Tennessee" by Arrested Development -- Sure, Speech is talking about going to Tennessee in order to confront the racism that has haunted his and his family's life, but let's not dwell. The song is still cool after all these years.
(2) "Tennessee Homesick Blues" by Dolly Parton -- Because when Dolly yodels, it sounds cool. GWEN STEFANI AND JEWEL.
(3) "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by The Andrews Sisters -- There are plenty of versions, but The Andrews Sisters are so quintessentially big band!
(4) "It's Good to be on the Road Back Home" by Cornershop -- Remember Cornershop? They had that one song, "Brimful of Asha?" Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow? Well, they also had this song, which is on their one popular album, "When I Was Born for the Seventh Time." It's a mid-tempo ballad that features a special guest vocalist, and in it, Cornershop's British singer and the woman start trading verses about how they're leaving Chattanooga to go home. I'm sure that the songwriters just saw Chattanooga's name on a map, thought it sounded cool, and stuck it in a song. I can't imagine the people in Cornershop ever made it to the scenic city. But it's still awesome to be name-checked.
(5) You choose! -- And you don't even have to stick with the Chatts theme. What are you favorite "going home" songs?