Saturday, April 27, 2013

Music of Paris TN

The recent passing of country singer, George Jones, reminded me that he recorded one of a several songs that mention Paris, Tennessee in the lyrics. I knew of two songs: "We're Not the Jet Set" done by George Jones and Tammy Wynette and "Paris, Tennessee" done by Kenny Chesney. Were there more? This got me to poke around YouTube and Google to find the answer.

Paris, Tennessee is my husband’s hometown. We go back to visit family every fall. The city (population 10,000+) is 86 miles northwest of Nashville, near the Kentucky boarder. It is known for its 60-foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower and for being the home of the "World's Biggest Fish Fry."

There must be hundreds of songs about Paris, France. Would you expect to find at least seven songs about Paris, Tennessee? Let’s review:

Paris, Tennessee – Kenny Chesney. Also recorded by Tracy Lawrence and Dennis Robbins.
I may not have a whole lot of money 
But I got enough girl for you and me 
I'm takin' off won't you come with me honey 
Gonna take you all the way to Paris, Tennessee
Ooooh, la-la, baby Vous le vous Barbecue

We’re Not the Jet Set - George Jones & Tammy Wynette. Also recorded by John Prine and Iris Dement
By a fountain back in Rome, I fell in love with you 
In a small cafe in Athens, you said you loved me too 
And it was April in Paris, when I first held you close to me 
Rome, Georgia; Athens, Texas; and Paris, Tennessee

Country Boy’s World – Jason Aldean
You ever been to Rome, Georgia? 
Picked peaches off the trees 
Climbed a water tower in Paris, Tennessee

Lucky In Love – Sherrie Austin
 “I met a sweet-talking guy from Paris, Tennessee 
He bought me french fries at the Dairy Queen

Nothing Catches Jesus By Surprise – Waylon Jennings
The way you caught my eye in Paris, Tennessee 
Selling seduction, well I'm seduced


Hillbilly Goddess – Alicia Nugent 
She don’t care about the South of France or a bottle of champagne 
She’s just as happy drinking punch in Paris, Tennessee

Workin' on Ten - George Canyon 
She's got an '83 280z, just 23 
Lives on 42nd Street, Paris, Tennessee 
Exactly 924 feet from her door to mine 
Seven days a week at 6a.m. she gets her 5 miles in 
All the neighborhood men pretend to get their paper 
When she goes running by
No YouTube video.
Copy of George Canyon - Workin' On Ten

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Song to 420

Let's go get Stoned, 1966 Ray Charles  

YouTube description: "Let's Go Get Stoned is a 1966 number-one R&B hit recorded by music legend Ray Charles, and was written by Ashford & Simpson and Joey Armstead. The single was released shortly after Charles was released from rehab after a sixteen-year heroin addiction. It's notable for it being one of Ashford & Simpson's first successful compositions together; the duo also penned Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor" before they signed with Motown Records working primarily on duets for Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell."

I wrote about another classic 420 friendly song, "One Toke Over The Line" previously:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Out in SF with family

Our kids are mostly grown up now. Four of the six are in their twenties but one is soon moving up to a new decade. The two youngest are teenagers.

This year we had the thrill of having the two oldest ones taking us out and treating us to meal and an event. This is quite the switch-a-roo. Amazingly, each was able to treat us to an event we’ve always wanted to go to but had not been to yet. The impulse for the outings was to celebrate our birthdays at the beginning of the year.

First, the oldest daughter made reservations for us at San Francisco SupperClub. This unique restaurant/club is described as “Cabaret” meets “Cirque du Soleil” and is located in the SoMa neighborhood near the SF Museum of Modern Art. The restaurant has one seating per night of a five-course meal. Dinners lounge on cushy white beds in the bi-level space while being entertained by a rotating cast of performances that include aerial acts, exotic dancers and amazing feats of skill. The night we went was the friends and family night at the beginning of a new theme run for the month of February. The show featured several performers that teach at Circus Center San Francisco where our daughter is taking a trapeze class. We had a wonderful time.

SupperClub San Francisco, 657 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94107‎
(415) 348-0900

A couple weeks later our oldest son arranged a Sunday brunch for us and several of his friends at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. “Sunday’s A Drag” is a sumptuous brunch with a classic drag show hosted by Donna Sachet. It has been going on for six years and features Cassandra Cass, Holotta Tymes, Kendra Monroe, Lady Tia, and Mahlae. Donna Sachet is the go to hostess of San Francisco especially for the LGBT community. She is an incredible performer, community activist and spokesperson. We found the drag show and brunch to be great fun.

The Starlight Room is known as a swanky place for drinks. Perched on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, its lush velvet booths, swinging jazz music in the evenings and incredible views are all that's needed to bring out the inner Rat Packer in you. It is located near Union Square.

The Starlight Room, 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94108. (415) 395-8595 and

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