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Songs with “Duluth” in the lyrics or title

Abort Scene – “Born Pinned to the Duluth Wheel”
Atmosphere – “Shhh”
Autumn Leaves – “Back to Me”
Bullet – “Duluth Blues”
Will Branch – “Duluth”
Charles Atlas – “Duluth (Alan Sparhawk Mix)”
Chris Blanchard’s Band – “Duluth”
T-Bone Burnett – “Every Time I Feel the Shift”
Alice Cooper – “Remarkably Insincere”
Vic Damone – “Cincinnati Dancing Pig”
Darling Drive – “At a Loss”
Dave Rave and the Governors – “Duluth”
Da Yoopers – “I-500 Snow Machine Race”
De Elliot Bros. – “I Like it in Duluth”
Detroit – “I Like it in Duluth”
Bob Dylan – “Something There is About You”
Dylan Thomas – “Duluth Street”
Father Hennepin – “I Like it in Duluth”
Fattypants – “Blue Light Special”
The Feelin’ Band – “Bob Dylan Loves Duluth”
Fish Heads – “I Like it in Duluth”
Red Foley – “Cincinnati Dancing Pig”
Tennessee Ernie Ford – “Cincinnati Dancing Pig”
Giljunko – “St. Paul Caves”
Goats in Trees – “Midnight Road to Duluth”
Good Knight – “Duluth Minnesnowta”
Good Knight – “Two Eighteen (Duluth Minnesnowta Part II)”
Merv Griffin – “Christmas City”
Jim Hall – “Duluth Blues”
The Hoot Owls – “Scandinavian Hot Rod”
Dave Hudson – “Samson in Duluth”
Annie Humphrey – “500 Years”
Ian Gillan Band – “Clear Air Turbulence”
Idle Generican – “Go to Duluth”
The Jayhawks – “Life Floats By”
Mason Jennings – “Duluth”
Brian Just – “Duluth”
Brianna Lane – “Duluth”
Jay Leonhart – “Couple from Duluth”
Heller Mason – “Duluth”
Matt the Electrician – “Sad Lisa Waltz”
James Moors – “Welcome to Duluth”
Japancakes – “Duluth 7.5″
Little Black Books – “They’re Never Wrong”
The Magnolias – “Playing to Win”
Marty Marflow – “Duluth, St. Paul & Winona”
Meat Puppets – “Lake of Fire”
Moe – “Bring You Down”
The Moose Wallow Ramblers – “I Like it in Duluth”
Nicholas Mrozinski – “Bob Dylan Loves Duluth”
David Munyon – “Coffee in Duluth”
Josh Musikantow – “Duluth 99: Haiku”
Josh Musikantow – “Duluth 99: In the Garden with Mary”
Josh Musikantow – “Duluth 99: Rope”
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Cast – “What a Pleasant Journey”
Natural’grass – “I Like it in Duluth”
Jeb Loy Nichols – “Say Goodbye to Christopher”
Nirvana – “Lake of Fire”
Peter, Paul & Mary – “Love City (Postcards to Duluth)”
The Red Clay Ramblers – “Blue Duluth”
Luke Redfield – “Ides of May”
The Replacements – “Treatment Bound”
Jonathan Richman – “They’re Not Tryin’ on the Dance Floor”
Haroula Rose – “Duluth”
Sexhawk – “Duluth is Still Afloat (In Our Hearts)”
Claire Stewart – “Duluth, My Home Town”
The Stonemans – “Two Kids from Duluth, Minnesota”
Pierre Tanguay – “Madame Duluth”
Eric Thiegs – “Duluth”
They Might Be Giants – “Rabid Child”
Traditional rugby song – “In Duluth”
Trampled By Turtles – “Duluth”
VeggieTales – “I Love My Lips”
Vinnie & the Stardüsters – “Duluth”
Wet Dog – “Help Me Scream”
White Iron Band – “Drunk in Duluth”
Winterwood – “Duluth”
Frankie Yankovic – “Duluth Polka”
Yeltzi – “Duluth”
Luke Zimmerman – “Duluth”

I’ll keep adding them as I think of them. Nudge my memory in the comments.

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60 Comment(s)

  1. “Treatment Bound” by the Replacements

    We get a noseful from our so called friends. We’re gettin’ nowhere, quick as we know how. We whirl from town to town, Duluth to Madison Treatment bound …

    “Lake of Fire” by the Meat Puppets

    I knew a lady who came from Duluth
    She got bit by a dog with a rabid tooth.

    happy_ignorant_itinerant | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  2. Perhaps you should check out this book.

    Barrett | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  3. Oh Lordy, this is already out of control.

    Paul Lundgren | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  4. Also: “Love City (Postcards to Duluth)” by Peter, Paul & Mary. They don’t mention Duluth in the lyrics, but it’s in the title, so that should count.

    Barrett | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  5. “Love City” makes the list. Nice job, Barrett. I’ve modified the headline of the post to be inclusive of songs with Duluth in the title but not the lyrics.

    Paul Lundgren | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  6. They Might Be Giants -- Rabid Child
    (“Chess Piece Face and The Big Duluth call her every day…”)

    Mystery Science Theater 3000 -- What a Pleasant Journey
    (“The 5:15 from Duluth
    Oh my! It just derailed!
    The toxic waste is spillin’,
    The conductor’s been impaled.
    A benzine cloud has risen,
    and the whole town’s startin’ to cough.
    Within in a matter of daaaaaaays,
    All of our skin will fall off.”)

    Mary | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  7. Rabid Child by They Might Be Giants;

    Chess Piece Face and The Big Duluth
    call her every day
    “Hammer down” and “rabbit ears”
    are the only words they know

    Jim Myers | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  8. Atmosphere -- Shhh

    Lyrics (yeah he just lists places in the Midwest, haha):
    St. Cloud, Minnesota / Mankato, Minnesota / Duluth, Minnesnowta / Kansas City / St Louis, Missouri

    Mel | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  9. There is a traditional rugby song called “In Duluth.”

    udarnik | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  10. “I Love My Lips” -- VeggieTales

    ironic1 | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  11. Ah, yes, thanks Udarnik!

    Oh the eagles they fly high in Duluth.
    Oh the eagles they fly high in Duluth.
    Oh the eagles they fly high and they shit right in your eye,
    Thank the Lord that cows don’t fly in Duluth.

    Paul Lundgren | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  12. What about Not Trying on the Dancefloor by me?

    Jonathan Richman | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  13. they’re not movin very much
    they just have that certain touch
    and that’s really all there is to it
    if they don’t feel it they won’t do it
    like Centralia or Duluth
    well they’re tellin ya the truth
    They’re not tryin’ on the dance floor no
    they’re just movin slow

    Jonathan Richman | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  14. I don’t know if this counts, but de Elliott Brothers also covered “I Like It in Duluth.”

    Matt Perrine | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  15. Jonathan, I’m not familiar with that song, but the Internet confirms it exists, so on the list it goes.

    Matt, thanks! I forgot that version. Now we’re up to four!

    Paul Lundgren | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  16. If you go here and type in “Duluth” you’ll get about ~20 songs with Duluth in the title.

    edgeways | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  17. Trampled by Turtles’ and Yeltzi’s latest albums both have songs called “Duluth.”

    ms dean | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  18. Totally forgot about this one: Nicholas Mrozinski of the Feelin Band’s “Bob Dylan Loves Duluth”

    Matt Perrine | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  19. We were deeply moved when we caught our 6 year-old singing along to “I Like it in Duluth” a couple weekends ago.

    The Big E | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  20. is a PDD-sponsored mix cd/box set inevitable? i want one

    wild phil | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  21. I can’t believe nobody has postd this one yet:

    The Jayhawks’ “Life Floats By”

    “We hit Duluth on a jag, baby….”

    Tony D. | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  22. Wet Dog’s “Help Me Scream”

    First Line:
    “I know a city
    it’s called Duluth”

    There’s also references to the NorShor AND it’s sung by Jamie Ness, so that’s about as Duluth as you get.

    banjoteeth | Mar 24, 2009 | New Comment
  23. da yooper’s I-500

    nick s | Mar 25, 2009 | New Comment
  24. No “Duluth” in the lyrics, but there’s a real beautiful / haunting kinda-Christmas song by Holopaw that seems to be about the loss of certain sleigh over Lake Superior. You can hear a snippet at, it’s on the album “Quit +/or Fight”. Couldn’t find any lyrics online but here’s my best shot at the relevant parts:

    Without a thought he said,
    “Go Dasher, go Dancer,”
    and they dropped their heads
    disappeared into the cloud bank
    following those silver sparks
    gathering the distance
    between this chilly flood
    and sugar plums dancing.

    Those silver bells didn’t make a sound
    when they fell to rest at the bottom of Superior.

    Just above earshot he said,
    “Go Dasher, go Dancer,”
    and they dropped their heads
    disappeared into the Lake
    through the splintery ice
    into the slippery waters
    towards the falling embers…

    …Remembers velveteen dust
    the season’s first snow
    he’s sorry to have left you
    but there was so far left to go
    and the lake was icing over…

    …All is calm, all is bright
    and they’re dragging the Lake
    with peppermint hooks…

    Elias | Mar 25, 2009 | New Comment
  25. Kudos to Ironic for the Vegie Tales song.

    purple | Mar 25, 2009 | New Comment
  26. Are these referenced to Duluth, MN only? I would hate to share with our ‘bizzaro friend’ in Georgia.

    boywonder | Mar 25, 2009 | New Comment
  27. Wow -- what a list -- thanks for this, everybody : )

    Liz | Mar 25, 2009 | New Comment
  28. Don’t think it was part of the regular lyrics and don’t even recall the song right now, but at a show in Pequot Lakes, MN a few years ago, Greg Brown made reference to a “sadass up in Duluth.”

    eco eco | Mar 26, 2009 | New Comment
  29. fattypants --
    blue lite special : “is it west duluth, is it lincoln park, the west end or spirit valley?…please tell me”

    c-freak | Mar 26, 2009 | New Comment
  30. I did an interview with Ian Gillan of Deep Purple back in 2001 before a show at the Target Center. After the interview, Gillan asked me where I was from and I said “Duluth” … to which he started singing “get in to Duluth, get in to Duluth.” I asked him what that was from and he said it was a song from one of his solo albums from the 70s … and he wrote it about a really rough plane ride that Deep Purple had taken for a gig in Duluth! Pretty cool huh?

    Anyway, the song is called “Clear Air Turbulence” by the Ian Gillan Band.

    Here are the lyrics:

    Get up
    Get right up
    Get it up
    Up in the sky
    White knuckles and blank staring faces
    Get a leg up head for them spaces

    And confusion
    Electric voices
    Creating morbid delusions
    White knuckles and blank staring faces
    Get a leg up head for them spaces

    Ten thousand
    Astral explorers
    Head for the lights
    Ace cosmic tours
    Caught up in slow races
    Motionless jets in turbulent spaces

    Smooth blue sky
    Feeling high
    Turn back the page
    Peaceful as a bygone age
    Chariot to the sun Safe as a gun
    Get in to Duluth

    I’ve got it
    Now I’m learning
    A million souls
    Helplessly returning
    To blue dawn before the beginning
    Ancient bells are ringing

    Dan Elsenrath | Mar 27, 2009 | New Comment
  31. My co-worker just played a song that has Duluth in the lyrics. Band is Autumn Leaves, song is Back to Me.

    ms dean | Mar 27, 2009 | New Comment
  32. “Duluth” was also the title of a 45rpm single from 1977 by Winterwood, part of a WEBC sponsored “I Love Duluth” campaign. It is included on the Duluth Rocked compilation, “Volume 111 -- Air Play.”

    Merle | Mar 27, 2009 | New Comment
  33. I was waiting days to get into this thread… You forgot “Drunk In Duluth” by The White Iron Band. My favorite Duluth song!

    Andrew Olson | Mar 28, 2009 | New Comment
  34. And now I see it there… Sorry, before all I could read was through Vinnie..

    Andrew Olson | Mar 28, 2009 | New Comment
  35. Little Black Books: “They’re Never Wrong”

    Andrew Olson | Mar 28, 2009 | New Comment
  36. “Playing to Win” by the Magnolias off of Off the Hook (featuring Drummer Guy for those down with Common/Dan from Woodbury)

    “Hide away in Duluth/Hide away if you can; Go halfway ’round the world/Stand out in Japan”

    swen | Mar 28, 2009 | New Comment
  37. In Duluth I saw Christopher
    That’s a place I’ll never go again
    Foggy breath, coat buttoned up
    To keep away the winter wind

    You might think it was Georgia until you read the last two lines. The song is “Say Goodbye to Christopher” by Jeb Loy Nichols.

    From Duluth to Birmingham
    He’s the pork chop Dapper Dan,
    He’s the keenest ham what am,
    Cincinnati dancing pig

    I heard it sung in a Porky Pig voice on the 365 Music Project. The title of the song is “Cincinnati Dancing Pig”.

    Lauree | Mar 29, 2009 | New Comment
  38. Almost forgot. I think the name of the song was “Scandinavian Hot Shot”. In the old polka, the line is “He’s a hotshot from Duluth”.

    Lauree | Mar 29, 2009 | New Comment
  39. moe.

    I don’t want to go to Duluth
    I just want to leave this town
    I don’t want to know the truth
    I just want to bring you down … here with me

    I don’t want to go home now
    I just want to go home soon

    heybiglive | Apr 2, 2009 | New Comment
  40. Name of the song by moe. is “Bring You Down’

    heybiglive | Apr 2, 2009 | New Comment
  41. sad lisa waltz by matt the electrician

    it’s a long way home from duluth minnesota
    in the ice and cold
    where the ships come in

    you can hear it on the sample here:

    kc | May 14, 2009 | New Comment
  42. Hey Paul, met you at the thing for Doug Hatten, we are the Fish Heads…we have two recorded versions of I Like It In Duluth…one with Natural’grass and the other with the Fish Heads…and of course we perform this all the time now when we play with John Berquist..the writer. I enjoyed hearing you guys at the Sacred Heart, too bad we could not have just been playing music for some other reason…like you said that night…it would be fun to jam sometime…thanks…:) Kim

    Kim Curtis-Monson | Jul 25, 2009 | New Comment
  43. Kim, I think you have me confused with someone else. I wasn’t at the thing for Doug Hatten, I’ve never performed at Sacred Heart and I don’t jam.

    But, ironically, my girlfriend has a Fish Heads album, and it got jammed in her car CD player the first time she tried to play it. Seriously. It wouldn’t play and wouldn’t eject. After a few months she eventually removed it with a tweezer.

    I’ve added the Fish Heads version of “I Like it in Duluth” to the list. Is the other one just Natural’grass, or is it “Fish Heads (with Natural’grass)”? Your use of “we” has me not quite sure.

    Paul Lundgren | Jul 25, 2009 | New Comment
  44. Paul, sorry for the confusion…I guess I thought that was you, but hey…now I know it wasn’t. Natural’grass is just on it’s own…tell your girlfriend I’d like to get her another copy…if the CD doesn’t work we have all our info on the cover just for that reason, in case . We make them at home, so sometimes that happens. Please let me know how I can do that. And thanks for the addition. I am enjoying this website…Chip Stewart from Amazing Grace is a very close friend and I heard about this from him and Dave Hopkins… Again, sorry about the confusion…you looked familiar from that setting. :) Kim

    Kim Curtis-Monson | Jul 29, 2009 | New Comment
  45. Paul, I think I may have met Lindquist…that’s where the confusion is…does he play with the Fat Hens???? Kim

    Kim Curtis-Monson | Jul 29, 2009 | New Comment
  46. Kim, I think the CD works, it just got jammed.

    Lindquist isn’t technically a member of Father Hennipen, but he was supposed to play with them at Homegrown until he broke a finger that morning.

    Paul Lundgren | Jul 29, 2009 | New Comment
  47. Kim,

    let’s all get together @ carmody and work this all out .. I’ll line up lindquist, lundgren and lunt so you can get your “L” named sceneirati straight. Then we’ll make lundgren jam some Irish music

    baci | Jul 29, 2009 | New Comment
  48. Azure Du Jour has Duluth Blues, i think written by Jim Hall. lots of evil weather references to duluth.

    “you can’t get nowhere when you’re stuck in Duluth, and i’m still here, that’s the sad truth. what can i say, my minds been shattered, 30 below nothin’ else matters.”

    jay | Jul 29, 2009 | New Comment
  49. who’s buying my pint????????

    Kim Curtis-Monson | Aug 24, 2009 | New Comment
  50. “Duluth” doesn’t appear directly, but these lines are plainly a Duluth reference--I’d never paid close attention to these lyrics before. Apparently Dylan’s father, then 9 years old, lived at 221 Lake, a couple of blocks from the lynching site.

    They’re selling postcards of the hanging
    They’re painting the passports brown
    The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
    The circus is in town
    Here comes the blind commissioner
    They’ve got him in a trance
    One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
    The other is in his pants
    And the riot squad they’re restless
    They need somewhere to go
    As Lady and I look out tonight
    From Desolation Row….

    The Big E | Oct 23, 2009 | New Comment
  51. I have a song called “Duluth Minnesnowta” on my website. Check out some MN hip-hop!

    Good Knight | Feb 13, 2010 | New Comment
  52. In the song “Remarkably Insincere,” off his Zipper Catches Skin album, Alice Cooper says,

    “My reputation for exaggeration,
    It never got to you?
    That’s why I left Duluth,
    Sometimes I stretch the truth.”

    He also mentions, on the album, getting a Porsche and leaving Grand Rapids, but given the man’s connection to Detroit, I always figured this was the Michigan city he was referencing, and not the smaller Minnesota version.

    Nick | Jun 15, 2010 | New Comment
  53. We just got an album at KUMD by a woman named Haroula Rose that features a cover of Mason Jennings’ “Duluth.”

    ms dean | Mar 10, 2011 | New Comment
  54. T-Bone Burnett has a song, “Every Time I Feel the Shift” that has the lyric:

    “It all comes down to a moment of truth,
    clock ticking in a soundproof booth.
    From Corpus Christi to Duluth,
    from Genghis Khan to Babe Ruth.”

    HappyHippo | Mar 11, 2011 | New Comment
  55. sorry didn’t read previous posts.

    Meghann | Jul 28, 2011 | New Comment
  56. I’m not sure if there are recorded versions of this song in existance, but here’s a Duluth song from 1916. (Duluth’s Fairy Research Spy hopes a local band will release a rendition of this ditty in time for the August regatta.)

    Paul Lundgren | Jul 29, 2011 | New Comment
  57. Veggie Tales -- “I love my lips”

    shannon | Jul 30, 2011 | New Comment
  58. Luke Redfield has a song called “Ides of May” that mentions Duluth (and rhymes it with vermouth) on his latest album, Tusen Takk. He was born in Duluth but grew up elsewhere in Minnesota. By the way, he’s playing tonight, June 29, at Red Mug, tomorrow at the Brewhouse, and we’ll have him live on KUMD today at 2 p.m.

    ms dean | Jun 29, 2012 | New Comment
  59. And then there is this.

    Paul Lundgren | Oct 2, 2013 | New Comment
  60. “The Begat” from the musical Finian’s Rainbow contains a reference to Duluth (although whether it’s Duluth, MN or Duluth, GA is unclear):

    “It was a-pleasin’ to Jezebel
    A-pleasin’ to Ruth.
    It pleased the League of Women Shoppers
    In Duluth.”

    AliK | Nov 19, 2013 | New Comment

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