Music Trivia Quiz: Songs With Multiple Destinations in the Lyrics

et us take a break from all of this miles, points and travel discussion here at BoardingArea — especially if you are bummed about American Express killing off Bluebird and Serve for manufactured spend — and have a little fun with this music trivia quiz. This edition pertains to songs with multiple destinations in the lyrics.

Whenever I travel, I either take music with me; or the songs are in my head, as music is important to me — especially when I travel. Case in point: on a recent trip, the songs A Girl Like You by The Smithereens; Show Biz Kids by Steely Dan; and Young Americans by David Bowie seemed appropriate because the lyrics of each song mentions the place where I visited. Can you name that place?

You are to identify the titles of the following songs. You get bonus points — worth absolutely nothing aside from bragging rights — if you can name the artists; the year the song was released; and any other pertinent information which you want to provide.

No searching on the Internet for answers, please. Try to get the correct answers on your own.

Here we go:


New York, London, Paris, Munich
Everybody talk about…


I’m on my way to New Orleans this mornin’,
Leaving out of Nashville, Tennessee,
They’re always having a good time down on the bayou


Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee.
Half way home, we’ll be there by morning
Through the Mississippi darkness


D.C., San Antone and the Liberty Town, Boston and Baton Rouge
Tulsa, Austin, Oklahoma City, Seattle, San Francisco too


I went from Phoenix, Arizona
All the way to Tacoma
Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A.
Northern California where the girls are warm


I’ve been to:
Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota,
Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota,
Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma,
Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma,
Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo


Well East coast girls are hip
I really dig those styles they wear
And the Southern girls with the way they talk
They knock me out when I’m down there
The Mid-West farmer’s daughters really make you feel alright
And the Northern girls with the way they kiss
They keep their boyfriends warm at night


“Denver ain’t your kinda town”
“There ain’t no gold and there ain’t nobody like me”
“‘Cause I’m the number one fan of the man from Tennessee”


I’ve been from Tucson to Tucumcari
Tehachapi to Tonapah
Driven every kind of rig that’s ever been made


I been bad, I been good,
Dallas, Texas, Hollywood.
I ain’t askin’ for much.


As with this article where I asked how well you recognize American cities from the air — which proved to be more popular than I anticipated — if this music trivia quiz proves to be popular, I will create more of them related to travel in future articles.

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

8 thoughts on “Music Trivia Quiz: Songs With Multiple Destinations in the Lyrics”

  1. MFK says:

    I’m sure those artists would appreciate it if you did not link to pirated versions of their songs.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I tried contacting Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, MFK; but he was apparently reportedly busy getting arrested for assaulting his wife.

  2. Chris says:

    In my musician days I played most of these. One other good one would be

    1. Pop Musik (don’t remember the British artist)

    2. Ramblin Man (Allmans?)

    3. City of New Orleans (Arlo Guthrie)

    4. Dancin in the Streets (I can’t remember the original girl group but Bowie and Jagger covered it badly)

    5. Keep on Rockin Me (was that Steve Miller?)

    6. I’ve Been Everywhere (Johnny Cash)

    7. California Girls (Beach Boys)

    8. Please Come to Boston (Dave something … Loggins?)

    9. Willin (Little Feat although some only know Linda Ronstadt)

    10. ZZ Top’s “Tush”

    1. Chris says:

      I meant to say one other good one:

      “You might not be looking for the promised land,
      but you might find it anyway
      Under one of those old familiar names
      Like New Orleans, Detroit City, Pittsburgh P.A., New York City,
      Kansas City, Atlanta, Chicago and L.A.”

      1. Brian Cohen says:

        That is a good one, Chris.

        Let’s see if someone can answer that…

  3. Chris says:

    You might want to unpublish comments until others get a chance to guess like you did with the aerial photos. Thanks for the trivia.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You are welcome, Chris; but I am not confirming the correct answers just yet…

  4. WR says:

    I think #4 is this, though. Chris got a lot already.

    4. The Heart of Rock and Roll, Huey Lewis and the News (Sports was the album, I think) – 1984?


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