Ol' Babe Ruth, he was a drunkard just like me
He lived it high, and he lived it low
Staggered down the New York streets
They throw him out the pub, when he raised a little too much hell
And then he lay his big fat head down at the
Gramercy park hotel
The Gramercy park hotel
Gramercy Park Hotel by Edwin McCain

Edwin McCain told Songfacts:

“The Gramercy was the cheapest place to stay. I mean, it was low-low rent. And I had to buy a shirt to be able to go to this event, because I didn’t have anything good enough to wear. And I Just found myself laughing at that. I had been listening to a bunch of Randy Newman, so I had a healthy sarcastic feeling going, and man, that song — the welcome page on the Gramercy on the hotel TV was, ‘Hey, welcome to the Gramercy.’ They didn’t have any amenities to brag about, they were just like, ‘Babe Ruth used to get really drunk in our bar.’ (Laughing) It was like a catalog of all these famous alcoholics, and at the time I was struggling with my own alcoholism, and I found it funny. I was thinking, Wow, what a coincidence. Me and Babe Ruth have been alcoholics in the same room. And here I am. So I was being sarcastic about my own struggles and everything else.”

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Columbine, flower blue, tenderly I sing to you.
Columbine, rose blood red, heartbreak overflows my head.
Columbine, flower blue, Columbine there's hope for you.
Columbine, friend of mine.
Columbine, Friend of Mine by Jonathan And Steven Cohen

A dedication to the tragic school shooting. The song was written and performed by two brothers who went to Columbine High at the time.

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I'm just trying' to find
A mountain I can climb
Machu Picchu by The Strokes

Julian Casablancas told NME: “There are lyrics about keeping yourself busy. ‘I’m just trying to find a mountain I can climb,’ and Machu Picchu is the Inca sacred place in the Andean mountains of Peru. So the title started out as a joke, but then the joke seemed fitted.”

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And I saw a Waterlow where the evergreen grows
And the wise man knows why he crys
And I heard a child call me away from this all
And the blue broken tears start to rise
Waterlow by Mott The Hoople

Ian Hunter explains the emotional magnitudes of his divorce, and dedicates his love to his daughter Tracie. Waterlow Park in North London is where he used to take his kids.

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I welcome you to Crackerbox Palace
We've been expecting you
You bring such joy in Crackerbox Palace
No matter where you roam know our love is true
Crackerbox Palace by George Harrison

“Crackerbox Palace” is the nickname for Friar Park, a 120-room neo-Gothic mansion that Harrison lived in from 1970, until his passing in 2001.

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Goin' down to Monte Carlo about 25k from nice
Goin' down to Monte Carlo about 25k from nice
Got to get myself together, gotta get my head some peace
Going Down To Monte Carlo by Van Morrison

Morrison explained to The Guardian why he finds solace in the French Riviera resort. “I’ve been in Monte Carlo a few times,” he said, “and I like the place. It’s got a nice vibe, I think. It’s wintertime here, it’s not there, so usually it’s warmer for a start!”

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My brother where do you intend to go tonight?
I heard that you missed your connecting flight
To the blue ridge mountains, over near Tennessee
Blue Ridge Mountains by Fleet Foxes

This line was directed to his brother Sean, at a time when he was missing him. Robin Pecknold chose the Blue Ridge Mountains as the location referenced because, as he told The Daily Mail on February 20, 2009, the references to nature are simply a useful means of expression: “The music was already sounding very rural, so it didn’t make sense to start adding lyrics about receiving emails and watching TV.”

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Nolita, flat on rent control, that's the life I choose
And you drag me to the fashion show
The poses that I see through
The movies in the afternoon
Cause I found some kind of fairy, tale, hey
Nolita Fairytale by Vanessa Carlton

Nolita is the neighborhood in New York where Carlton grew up — it means “North of Little Italy.”

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My my
At Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah
And I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
Waterloo by ABBA

Waterloo is the place where Napoleon Bonaparte met his defeat at an epic battle in 1815. This song uses the battle as a metaphor for a woman who gives in and falls in love with a man — he’s her “Waterloo.”

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Yeah it's a mighty long way down rock 'n' roll
From the Liverpool docks to the Hollywood Bowl
All The Way From Memphis by Mott The Hoople

The Hollywood Bowl is a modern amphitheater in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California, United States that is used for performances. It’s the largest natural amphitheater in the USA, and only the cream of the crop musicians perform there.

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