Singin’ For Cincy

(photo courtesy Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber)

As I wrote in this week’s CityBeat, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber commissioned local singer/songwriters Jake Speed and Tracy Walker to record an original duet/love song to the Queen City, to be used as a kind of theme song for the city’s efforts to draw “young professionals” to the area. “All Roads Lead to Cincinnati” is a fun song, though I’m not exactly sure that classic-sounding Folk music screams, “Move here, creative class!” Still, Jake and Tracy to a bang-up job and the lyrics (transcribed below the fold) are a blast. Go here for a free download.

“All Roads Lead to Cincinnati”

I met her down at Arnold’s, the oldest bar in town
She was sitting sipping whisky with a smile
I tapped her back and asked her what brings you into town
Since I arrived in Cincinnati, I ain’t seen you around
She said,
I got lost in Austin, Salt Lake made me dry
Phoenix gave me Kleenex
When Seattle made me cry
Had no support in Portland, I gave Nashville the boot
I’ve traveled this whole country
Seen it through and through
All roads do lead to Cincinnati, all roads lead to you

She bought me beer and asked to hear what brought me into town
Was it hopes of hearing Frampton come alive
Was it Griffey and his swing, was it the whole cicada thing
Oopsy, was it Bootsy and his bright Bootzilla bling
You see,
DC was BS, San Diego was a zoo
I felt alone in San Antone
Chicago was the Blues
I got hard luck in Charlotte
Tucson weren’t the one
I’ve traveled this whole country
Seen it through and through
All roads do lead to Cincinnati, all roads lead to you

Then she asked me, “Cincinnati, is she any fun?”
I looked her in the eye and I replied without a sigh
This town is taking off, I hear that even pigs can fly.

Then I grabbed her hand and off we ran to walk along the banks
The Ohio, me-oh-my-oh what a view
We caught a Shakespeare play, Bumped into Nick Lachey
Then listened to the Jug Band blues and danced the night away
We forgot we knew New York
LA just flew away
Philly sounded silly
San Francisco sounded gray

In the heart of the Queen City beats my pretty Queen of Hearts
I’ve traveled this whole country
Seen it through and through
All roads do lead to Cincinnati, all roads lead to you

— Mike Breen

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One Comment on “Singin’ For Cincy”

  1. citybeat Says:

    Our friend Dave Purcell has an interesting take on this song and how it’s misdirected for the Chamber to think this would be appealing to young ’uns. Couldn’t agree more. Check it out here:
    http://www.pike27.net/rfn/?p=780


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