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Ray Charles', "California, Here I Come"
The Lyrics:
California, here I come
Why:
The four main cast members of "I Love Lucy" sing this song in one episode as they make a cross-country road trip from New York City to California, where Ricky plans to make a movie.
Submitted by: Kathy
Ray Charles', "Georgia On My Mind"
The Lyrics:
Georgia, Georgia The whole day through Just an old sweet song Keeps Georgia on my mind
Why:
Ray Charles' 1960 #1 smash hit "Georgia On My Mind" has both in the title and the opening verse the mentions of the state of Georgia. And it would be derelict of me, living at the current time in Georgia, not to post "Georgia On My Mind" as a song with the mention of place in it, since the state legislature of Georgia officially adopted "Georgia On My Mind" as the state song back in 1979 to honor the native Georgian son, Ray Charles. It's also a great advertising song for the state tourism industry.
Submitted by: Peter
Ray Charles', "Swanee River Rock"
The Lyrics:
Do you know, way down, way down upon the Swanee River
Why:
"Swanee River Rock" is a variation of "Old Folks at Home," whose composer, Stephen Foster, misspelled Suwannee River. This major river runs through southern Georgia and northern Florida.
Submitted by: Kathy

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