What we need: More songs about Indianapolis

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Emily Watson

Alexandria, IN

#1 Jul 26, 2007
The Bottle Rockets sing a disparaging but somewhat fitting song called Indianapolis. Not quite pop but very specifically about our city and our John Mellancamp love.
Aaron H

Carmel, IN

#2 Jul 26, 2007
Don't fret Matt, Ludacris did mention 3-1-7 in his songs "Area Codes".

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Area-C...
Matt Gonzales

Bridgeport, WV

#3 Jul 26, 2007
And who could forget "Last Dance With Mary Jane?" which actually namechecks Market Square Arena? Apparently I could.

We need to look into getting this location function fixed. Elwood, Emily?
Regina Phallange

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Jul 27, 2007
I believe Nelly mentions Indiana in one of his rap songs. You know, the one with shimmey shimmey coco pop in the chorus. He says "back up to Indiana" somewhere in the song.:)

“A.M.K. + Indianapolis = !!!!!!”

Since: Apr 07

Marion

#5 Jul 27, 2007
I know this is probably way before your time, but there are two songs that were popular back in the 1960s (I was born in the early 1960s) that mention Indianapolis: "Fun Fun Fun" by the Beach Boys, from 1964 that mentions the Indy 500, and "Little Green Apples" by O.C. Smith (1968) that mentions that it doesn't rain in Indianapolis in the summertime (which is not true). Yes, Indianapolis has been mentioned in songs, but I agree there should be more songs about Indianapolis!(Songs about Indiana: "Back Home Again in Indiana" the song sung by Jim Nabors at the Indianapolis 500 and "Indiana Wants Me" by R. Dean Taylor from 1970.)
matt Christman

Lima, OH

#6 Jul 28, 2007
"Circle City" by Lockstep

myspace.com/lockstepgotsoul
fly

Carmel, IN

#7 Jul 30, 2007
correction: there are several rap/ hip hop songs that mention Indianapolis ( Naptown as some of us urban folks call it) but I'm sure you dont listen to that kind of music.
Nelly- Country Grammar for one
Matt Gonzales

United States

#8 Jul 30, 2007
fly wrote:
correction: there are several rap/ hip hop songs that mention Indianapolis ( Naptown as some of us urban folks call it) but I'm sure you dont listen to that kind of music.
Nelly- Country Grammar for one
Oh, I'm white and from the suburbs, which mean I pretty much means I grew up listening exclusively to rap music. But Nelly? Not so much -- although I have heard Country Grammar many more times than I care to remember. And still, I managed to miss that Naptown lyric.
What are these other rap songs that mention Indianapolis?
Vandy

Atlanta, GA

#9 Jul 31, 2007
There's a song called "Indiana" by The Samples. Very picturesque.
Emily Watson

United States

#10 Dec 30, 2008
Emily Watson wrote:
The Bottle Rockets sing a disparaging but somewhat fitting song called Indianapolis. Not quite pop but very specifically about our city and our John Mellancamp love.
It creeps me out that I'm not the only Emily Watson in Indianapolis. Not a rare name by any means, but still eerie.
Tess B

Circleville, OH

#11 Jun 1, 2009
You've got songs by the local band that's getting bigger it seems called Margot and The Nuclear So & So's. They have a song called Broad Ripple is Burning. It's not an Indianapolis city song but it's almost an anthem with teenagers.
ewmiller

New Carlisle, OH

#12 Feb 20, 2012
Here's a few I know that either mention Indiana or Indianapolis and haven't been mentioned yet:
1) "Salina" by The Avett Brothers (We stole the cash and left our names and almost slipped in Indianapolis.)
2) "Goin' Back to Indiana" by the Jackson 5 (I'm going back to Indiana. Indiana, here I come.)
3) "I Wanna Talk About Me" by Toby Keith (We talk about your Nanna up in Muncie, Indiana.)
Cobain

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Feb 20, 2012
"Indiana Wants Me"

[Police sirens]

[Chorus:]
Indiana wants me, Lord I can't go back there
Indiana wants me, Lord I can't go back there
I wish I had you, to talk to

If a man ever needed dying he did
No one had a right to say what he said about you
And it's so cold and lonely here without you
Out there the law is coming
I've been so tired of running

[Chorus]

It hurts to see the man that I've become
To know I'll never see the morning sunshine on the land
I'll never see your smiling face or touch your hand
If just once more I could see
You, our home and our little baby

[Chorus]

I hope this letter finds it's way to you
Forgive me love for the shame I've put you through and all the tears
Hang on love to the memories of those happy years
Red lights are flashing around me
Good Lord it looks like they found me

[Chorus]

Indiana wants me, Lord I can't go back there (This is the police. You are surrounded. Give yourself up)
[Repeat To Fade]
Cobain

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Feb 20, 2012
Music video about Indianapolis by the Bottle Rockets is here:

http://youtu.be/3EU_qL2wDEU
The Ultimate Kaptoz

Borden, IN

#15 Feb 24, 2012
There's a place anyone can call their own, little mid west home sweet home, That's Indiana ,land of the Hoosiers basketball and rock n rollers young and old, We salute you forever both far and wide, We enjoy sharing our Hoosier pride,You're welcome to settle down here in the heartland when you need a family or friend.We will do all that we can, To make you love Indiana and come back again.
The Ultimate Kaptoz

Borden, IN

#16 Feb 24, 2012
Rock and roll on naptown , play it loud sing it proud about Indianapolis Don't be shy ,Tell em all why it's happening here in the heartland, We got lots of blues , rock, and jazz downtown , Take a stroll down the canal and see whats happenin,Get off those couches and start dancing to the beat and tune of Indianapolis satisfaction .We even got us a super bowl championship title and team.That was once only a dream, Now scream and be proud. We just ain't some town in the dirt and sticks, We've grown up without having the biggest building on the block.When is comes to doing, We do it best, We git her done, We don't run from the rest.So were no longer a secret Plant you're heart and dreams in Indianapolis.

Since: Feb 12

Location hidden

#17 Feb 24, 2012
What we need: is more songs about Indianapolis you say. What Indianapolis and this State need the most is Jesus Christ in there life. AMEN.
ima hosier

Itasca, IL

#18 Feb 24, 2012
one can have prayer through music, especially in the little conservative churches that dot the republican based countryside of indiana. and on to the drive to ft wayne where the idiot republican blasted the girl scouts for some abortion talks. thats what them thar green uniforms symbol folks. oh the undoing of indiana. and lest we forge good old charlie and carl up in hamilton county. they wanted charlie to be innocent of voter fraud. yes i can think of a lot of song titles for indiana. like mitchies " oh give me my homespun shirts im runnin agin but they wont let me cause i served time already" and henry lee summers can sing backup. remember henry lee? so lets have some music.....
Its Indy

United States

#19 Feb 24, 2012
Sung to the melody of Windy as performed by THE
ASSOCIATION

The Gov is peekin' out from under a stall
Calling a name that's lighter than air (Hinkle)
Who's bending down to give me a rainbow
Everyone knows it's Indy

Ballard's tripping down the streets of the city
Howlin' at everybody he sees
Madonna's here reachin' out to capture a moment
Everyone knows it's Indy

And Indy has polluted skies
That roar at the sound of flies
And Indy has wings that can't fly
Above the clouds (above the clouds)
Above the clouds (above the clouds)

[Flute]

And Indy has smokey skies
That smell like Burger King fries
And Indy has wings that will never fly
Above the clouds (above the clouds)
Above the clouds (above the clouds)

IMPD is tripping down the streets of the city
Growling at everybody they see
Charlie White's reachin' out to capture a moment
Everyone knows it's Indy

[Repeat And fade
The Ultimate Kaptoz

Borden, IN

#20 Feb 25, 2012
That sure sounded uplifting haha

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