Friday's here! And that means the weekend's ALMOST here! But before we all head off to relax we've got to take care of a little thing called The United States of Songs. This week we're headed to the Deep South. Bring it on, Palmetto State!
The state: South Carolina
The song: "South Carolina" by The Flirtations
Let me just start by saying this: you can talk about how appropriate or not you think this song is for your state, South Carolinatics, but you'll never be able to argue that this isn't an awesome tune. Easily in my top 5 favorite jams of this series so far. It's a little simple, you can argue that it doesn't describe much of the state, but it DOES capture the Southern pride and the homesick "my heart will always be there" vibe I tend to expect from Southerners in general and thus South Carolinatics.
Ah, South Carolina. Named for an English king, first state to vote to secede from the Union, periodic punching bag of hurricanes and birthplace of all true Marines (I fully recognize that a Hollywood Marine could just as easily maim and/or kill me). I've never been, but I know it's got a reputation as being pretty Southern-fried, what with all the Confederate flags still flying over government buildings. PS, can you guys in South Carolina fill us in? Is this a "Southern Pride" thing, or is it the sort of thing that makes the news despite a sizable portion of people not really being okay with it, like a lot of weird state news? I'm not judging either way, just trying to figure out if it's a "holdout of the dying old guard" thing or more of a "we WILL rise again" kind of vibe.
Anyway, if you're an American History buff you could hardly do better than a trip to South Carolina. There are so many sites of interest from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the politics that shaped the landscape of federal and state interactions you could spend a few weeks kicking around.
I hear good things about this Parris Island vacation resort, too.
Let me know what you think, Carolinians, and be sure to explain why your barbecue is superior!
" by Black Girls
Most Laughable Suggestion: "
" by Tennis (WARNING: this video is comprised of old burlesque routines. You will see pasties.)
Flickr photo BEST OF THE MARINE CORPS - May 2006 - Defense Visual Information Center by Expert Infantry used under a Creative Commons License.