Americana! — Let’s All Go Back To Grade School!
There was a running joke in my house where my long-suffering girlfriend and I would suggest songs that Bruce Springsteen might sing when doing his Okie-folkie thing. It was difficult to tell which ones he'd actually done -- "Old Dan Tucker," yes, "The Caissons Go 'Rollin' Along," no -- but now with Neil Young announcing his new album, Americana, which according to the track listing contains Young and Crazy Horse rocking out many of the tunes we once thought Bruce would conquer, well, all bets are off. I may just get that scintillating version of "Happy Birthday (To You)" that I've always wanted.
Here's your chance to play a little game. I've listed ten songs and your job is to determine who's covered it. Your choices will be: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen or No One.
10) Froggie Went A Courtin':
9) You Are My Sunshine:
8) I've Been Working On the Railroad:
7) Oh Susannah!:
6) Buffalo Gals (not the Malcolm McLaren song):
5) The Farmer in the Dell:
4) For He's A Jolly Good Fellow:
3) She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain:
2) Home On the Range:
1) This Land Is Your Land:
9) Bob Dylan: While cynical modern folks may think "Sunshine" is code for contraband, there's no evidence to that point. Sometimes, sunshine is just sunshine and when it made John Denver high when it was his shoulder there's no reason to believe he, or anyone else, could snort it.
8) No one yet: Unless it's a hidden bonus track on someone's album, no one has gotten around to workin' on Maggie's railroad.