Friday Five: Boston
After the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins seemingly won every possible league championship earlier this decade, it was easy to feel jealous of all of those Boston sports fans. Now, the Red Sox have had to overhaul their whole line-up, the Celtics have seemingly passed their window in the NBA, the Patriots are still a threat, but showed cracks in the armor last week against Arizona, and the Bruins might not even play this season. Not even Boston College has a winning record so far in college football season.
Since many of us here at Engine 145 are avid (actually, desperate) fans of some pretty terrible sports teams, we feel your pain. This Friday Five is for you, Boston fans. While your teams might not be the best, celebrate that you are immortalized in some cool songs.
5. Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys – “Boston Boy”
Legendary fiddle player Kenny Baker takes the lead on this classic. Baker played with the Blue Grass Boys from 1957 to 1984, longer than any other band member. He was named to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1999.
Back in 2005, Chesney released an album called Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair) that included this gem.
“In the county jail in old Boston/They’ve got all kinds, you see/From all walks of life they come/All lost their liberty/Now some got wives just outside/A-waitin’ for their return/Long timers, short timers/And some a-waitin’ to burn.” Porter Wagoner cut the more prominent version of this song, but we’ll go with the great songwriter from Oklahoma here.
This great Dave Loggins hit from 1974 has been covered by David Allan Coe, Joan Baez, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Chesney, Wade Bowen, Reba McEntire, Jimmy Buffett and Confederate Railroad, among others. This one is off of Willie’s 1984 City of New Orleans album.
This song has some interesting ties. It was written as an answer song to the Barry Manilow song “Weekend in New England,” and Sugarland’s “Stay,” according to songwriter and singer Jennifer Nettles, was written from the perspective of the mistress in “Whoever’s in New England.”
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