Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake located along the border between California and Nevada in the US. James Guthrie, who mastered Bush’s LP 50 Words For Snow, has a mastering studio at South Lake Tahoe.
After Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s parents split up, the young Grohl grew up living with his mother in Northern Virginia and went to high school in Alexandria. Arlandria is a neighborhood located in the Northeastern portion of Alexandria.
As evidenced by the lyrics of the chorus, it would appear Grohl desperately wanted to leave his hometown, but after his time in Seattle and L.A., Grohl moved back there— perhaps he enjoyed the ease of Virginia more than the Epicurean lifestyle he’d been living on the West Coast. He’s even mentioned Arlandria while making an album in his Virginia home.
The “Bridge of Sighs” is the eminent Ponte de Sospiri bridge in Venice. The nickname “Bridge of Sighs” was by Lord Byron in the 19th century, when he publicized the impression that the bridge’s name was inspired by the sighs of condemned prisoners as they were led through it to the executioner.
Jackson explained: “There’s this highway that’s been in existence for forever now — it’s called the Dixie Highway and it runs from north of Michigan all the way down to South Florida, and I wrote a song about it that’s on the album. I grew up on Highway 34 outside of Newnan, Georgia, and that’s where we came up with Thirty Miles West. I think we were about thirty miles west of the official part of the Dixie Highway that runs through Georgia.”
Al Stewart lived at Elvaston Place in South West London with his girlfriend Mandi, and they shared an open relationship— something that bothered Stewart quite a bit at the the time. Their relationship lasted a couple years, though, and this love song is about her.
Cape Canaveral in Brevard County, FL is famous for its rocket launch station. Oberst told MTV News: “That song is, I guess, more of nostalgia of watching rocket launches on TV, that kind of thing. I’ve never been to a rocket launch, unfortunately. I’d like to see one though.”