Horatio Nelson Jackson in his 2-seat Winton to...

Horatio Nelson Jackson in his 2-seat Winton touring car, “The Vermont”, drives across America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As Car Care Month comes to a close, consider traveling America in the comfort of your senior living community by sharing songs about places in the USA.

Open with a general song such as “This Land is Your Land”. After singing it, list  the places named or implied in it. Find out who has seen these sights.

Add a little movement by “driving” to a familiar car song.

Play name the place with songs that name states:

  • Yellow Rose of Texas
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • California Here I Come
  • Back Home Again in Indiana
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • Down by the O-hi-o
  • The Missouri Waltz
  • Kentucky Babe
  • My Old Kentucky Home
  • The Washington Post March
  • Pennsylvania 6-5000
  • Carolina in the Morning

Name the city and see who can tie it to the correct state with these tunes. (Remember, some of these cities may be in more than one state):

  • New York, New York
  • I left My Heart in San  Francisco
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua Hawaii
  • Sidewalks of New York
  • Galveston
  • Going to Kansas City
  • Streets of Laredo
  • Luckenbach, Texas
  • Okie from Muskogee
  • Folsom Prison Blues
  • Wichita Lineman

Some questions you might want to ask include:

  • Where were you born?
  • How long did you live there?
  • What other places have you lived?
  • What states have you visited?

Close with “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful” and “We’re on the Homeward Trail”.

Happy singing and traveling America!

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