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Battle Over the State Song Intensifies

Will it be Aerosmith's "Dream On" or the Modern Lovers "Roadrunner?" You decide!

Massachusetts legislators have a tough job: deciding which rock song best represents the Bay State.

First suggestion: "Roadrunner" by the Modern Lovers, a 1970's band led by Jonathan Richman, a Natick native, and which featured two members who went on to help form the Cars and The Talking Heads.

Why "Roadrunner?": Its lyrics are a roadmap of Massachusetts landmarks, from the Stop & Shop, to Route 128. 

State Rep. Martin Walsh of Dorchester has filed legislation to make it the state rock song, which attracted widespread media attention. (We already have a folk song, one by Woody Guthrie)

Enter the opposition: "Dream On" by Aerosmith, a band that got its start in Massachusetts, and is still associated with Boston. State Rep. James Cantwell of Marshfield has introduced a bill to give "Dream On" the honors.

Just out of curiosity, we checked some other states, and found these well-known songs on the list:

Georgia: "Georgia on my Mind" as sung by Ray Charles; Ohio: "Hang on Sloopy," the state rock song, by the McCoys; and New Jersey: "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen, the unofficial youth anthem.

So, Milford Patch readers, what do you think? Which 1970s song is best for Massachusetts?

Brenda Wheelock February 27, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Totally "Roadrunner" for all the suburban Boston references. But, if there were a state band, my vote goes to The Real Kids.
Milford01757 February 27, 2013 at 01:32 AM
James Taylor, sweet baby James.

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