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The Pretenders — My City Was Gone
Album: Learning To Crawl
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Released: 1983
Length: 5:21
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I went back to Ohio but my city was gone
There was no train station; there was no downtown
South Howard had disappeared; all my favorite places
My city had been pulled down - reduced to parking spaces
Way to go, Ohio

I went back to Ohio but my family was gone
I stood on the back porch, there was nobody home
I was stunned and amazed
My childhood memories slowly swirled past like the wind through the trees
Way to go, Ohio

I went back to Ohio
But my pretty countryside had been paved down the middle by a government that had no pride
The farms of Ohio had been replaced by shopping malls
And muzak filled the air from Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls
Way to go, Ohio
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No Hi Oh!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRFN2L...
"A government that had no pride" ?  Check.  But she pulled up short: it looks like the whole experiment in self-government (still gives me a chuckle when I read that phrase) may have been an epic fail.  Glad to be out.  And glad to hear this tune again.
 h8rhater wrote:

Do you get "flown over" much?
 
I don't bristle at the "flyover" portrayal of the interior of the States, I just think it should be more inclusive and include the coasts, as well.  To be fair. 
 ppopp wrote:
I wish the same could be said for your songs. The Pretenders bore me to the point of wanting to replace my back-scrubber with a box jellyfish.
 
Go to Australia - plenty of box jellyfish there to help you with species improvement

Wow. The first two verses sure lend a different meaning in a post-Covid-19 world.
Hey haters:

ya gotta admit, Rush must have good taste.

 bethslave wrote:
Bill it's just not cool to criticize a man you disagree with politically for being overweight. This is the 'peace and love' of the Left?
 

 bethslave wrote:
Bill it's just not cool to criticize a man you disagree with politically for being overweight. This is the 'peace and love' of the Left?
 
Especially when there are so many, many, many more reasons to criticize that bloated, drug-addicted, hypocritical buffoon. 
 sfyi2001 wrote:


SO cool that Rush Limbaugh allowed the Pretenders to put his theme song on their record. {#Smile}Limbaugh used it without permission and Chrissie took him to
court and won a judgement against him. But Chrissie was cool
she took $1 in punitive damages but stipulated that the fee for
use would be $100,000 a year payable to PETA, a frequent object
of Limbaugh's derision...

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.

 

 

The Pretenders. The first band I ever saw in concert. Was maybe 13, so this would have been in the early '70s. At The Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. Chrissie in her black leather pants and top--so sexy. Great concert. Music has brought more joy into my life than anything else.
 ImaOldman wrote:

H8r, while I often agree with you, criticizing someone for illegal drug use seems a little extreme since probably 95% of RP's listening audience either does so regularly or did at some point in the lives. Just saying...
 
Perhaps, but it's unlikely many of them ever publicly declared on air and in print that illegal drug users should be imprisoned, as Limbaugh had many times.
 h8rhater wrote:

Yeah!, there are so many better reasons to criticize Rush than his gross obesity.  There's the racism.  Or, maybe, the misogyny.  Or the illegal drug use.  Or the laws broken in pursuing that drug habit.  Or the purpetual lies broadcast to millions.  Or the attacks on the disabled. 

Or... this is growing tiresome.
 
H8r, while I often agree with you, criticizing someone for illegal drug use seems a little extreme since probably 95% of RP's listening audience either does so regularly or did at some point in the lives. Just saying...
 unclehud wrote:
Damn, I love her voice.  Don't care if you guys are sick of hearing me swoon.
 
Swoon about Chrissie or other women too?
Rush ruined this song going to hit NEXT
 LowPhreak wrote:
Bill, thanks for telling the uninformed that Pretenders did not give Mr. Limpdick permission to use this tune. He just glommed it for his idiotic show.

That ought to settle it boys and girls. Now get over it!

 
Well, maybe not LowPhreak.  Rush has spoken publicly about this with much more detail than you provide with your comment.  Care to clue us in as to what you know about the situation other than, "yeah! what Bill says!" https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2011/05/13/origins_of_the_eib_theme_song/ 

RUSH LIMBAGH IS A BIG FAT IDIOT
THIS SONG ROCKS BUT MAKES NO SENSE
RUSH ALSO MAKES NO SENSE
SO MAYBE THAT MAKES SENSE 
 h8rhater wrote:

Yeah!, there are so many better reasons to criticize Rush than his gross obesity.  There's the racism.  Or, maybe, the misogyny.  Or the illegal drug use.  Or the laws broken in pursuing that drug habit.  Or the purpetual lies broadcast to millions.  Or the attacks on the disabled. 

Or... this is growing tiresome.

 
Wahhhh, Boohoo.
 djengs wrote:
  

You know this song was quite immortal well before that pompous turd started using it, right? If you don't listen to him, you can easily enjoy this song as it is meant to be.

 

Yep... ruined.  It's currently on mute..... I also downgraded it.  Sorry Pretenders. Maybe they don't have control of their music but I'm just being honest.  The song is ruined.  Don't want to hear it again.  
 (Banned) wrote:

Lately they've been playing with the speed.  It's kind of funny...

 
The speed thing is because they compress the content to squeeze in another minute of commercials.


 bethslave wrote:
Bill it's just not cool to criticize a man you disagree with politically for being overweight. This is the 'peace and love' of the Left?

 
Yeah!, there are so many better reasons to criticize Rush than his gross obesity.  There's the racism.  Or, maybe, the misogyny.  Or the illegal drug use.  Or the laws broken in pursuing that drug habit.  Or the purpetual lies broadcast to millions.  Or the attacks on the disabled. 

Or... this is growing tiresome.
 daigoro wrote:
Really? Now the DJs here have to get political? So sick of it. Don't you know one of the reasons people come to RP is to get away from that noise?

 
Do you get "flown over" much?
I loved this song before Limpballs took it over.  Since I don't listen to the dick ever, it's still CH's song, and for all time.  I mean, what's the point?  She's fantastic and he isn't.  Doesn't that just about cover it?
Bill it's just not cool to criticize a man you disagree with politically for being overweight. This is the 'peace and love' of the Left?
 daigoro wrote:
Really? Now the DJs here have to get political? So sick of it. Don't you know one of the reasons people come to RP is to get away from that noise?

 
Oh go fuck yourself.  And there aren't DJ's here; it is only Bill and he owns it.  Don't like it, go away.
She is always sexy and on top form.
 daigoro wrote:
Really? Now the DJs here have to get political? So sick of it. Don't you know one of the reasons people come to RP is to get away from that noise?

 
If the enormous douchebag Rush Limpballs hadn't glommed the Pretenders' song for his propaganda spew, no one here would have mentioned him.
Really? Now the DJs here have to get political? So sick of it. Don't you know one of the reasons people come to RP is to get away from that noise?
Urban decay.
Not yet gone, but still going . . .

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Not to the big fat guy in front of the microphone. Yes! But next time tell us how you really feel !!!
Damn, I love her voice.  Don't care if you guys are sick of hearing me swoon.
 Skydog wrote:
 Rush Limbaugh has to cut Chrissie and crew a check everytime he uses it for his "theme" song, 
and then Chrissie gives those royalties to PETA, I hope Rush has to personally sign the checks 

 
Lately they've been playing with the speed.  It's kind of funny...
 kingart wrote:
Is she singing of Seneca OH to Cuyahoga Falls OH — because (according to my Rand McNally road atlas) there IS no Seneca, OH. There is a SenacaVILLE, south of Cambridge, south of the I-70 (east-west) / I 77 (north-south)  junction. Cuyahoga Falls is north of Akron on I-77. So it's a straight drive north of for a few hours — but that leaves a lot of OH west to the border of IN and east to PA (where there is a Seneca near the booming metropolis of Oil City) that according to these lyrics may not have so many shopping malls. Chrissy has childhood memories of rust belts and working stiffs and blue collar dive bar coal town humpers. 

Anyway, so long as OH and a bunch of other American states that are still somewhere in the first half of the 20th century—preventing women, voting, health care, etc.—I won't be going to or through them anytime soon.
Just sayin', Chrissy, and I'm sure you agree with me. 

 
Duh!  There is a Seneca County (they are places too) in Ohio that also contains the town of Fort Seneca. 

That being said, the area that the song describes is likely from Seneca Avenue, in southern Akron OH, to Cuyahoga Falls (on the northern border of the city).  Akron being the town Chrissie (the real spelling for Ms. Hynde's first name) is from. Imagine that.  She actually is singing about her home town.

Maybe you should try using the internets instead of your dog-eared Rand McNally.  ...or maybe just get out of your Brooklyn bubble.  That might also help you in not stereotyping ALL of the people from a particular state.  "Just sayin'" (ugh).
Nostalgia... a 10 for me, but this is completely subjective
 Spiderwoman wrote:
Question: Did Rush ever acknowledge the irony of his using this song?

 
 Skydog wrote:

Rush Limbaugh has to cut Chrissie and crew a check everytime he uses it for his "theme" song, 
and then Chrissie gives those royalties to PETA, I hope Rush has to personally sign the checks 

  
Bill, thanks for telling the uninformed that Pretenders did not give Mr. Limpdick permission to use this tune. He just glommed it for his idiotic show.

That ought to settle it boys and girls. Now get over it!
Question: Did Rush ever acknowledge the irony of his using this song?
When this starts up, I reflexively start to change the station, before realizing that Rush (who I detest) won't be following it.  Other than that, a solid 8.
Bill, love the song but it's to soon,.....
 to many Rush thoughts 


SO cool that Rush Limbaugh allowed the Pretenders to put his theme song on their record. {#Smile}

 

 Spliff wrote:
Rush Limbaugh has ruined this song for me.

  
LawDude wrote:

He helped immortalize it.

  

You know this song was quite immortal well before that pompous turd started using it, right? If you don't listen to him, you can easily enjoy this song as it is meant to be.
I am pretty certain, that Trump will not use this song as one of his anthems at his rally. It would remind him of his failed casino in Atlantic City, NJ.{#Moon}
Rush Limbaugh ha ha ha 
 kingart wrote:
..... 

Anyway, so long as OH and a bunch of other American states that are still somewhere in the first half of the 20th century—preventing women, voting, health care, etc.—I won't be going to or through them anytime soon.
....
 
Preventing women from doing what?   Please name the states and reasons why you will stay away.  Your American co-citizens may hate you but those of us from afar are dying of curiosity.  
Is she singing of Seneca OH to Cuyahoga Falls OH — because (according to my Rand McNally road atlas) there IS no Seneca, OH. There is a SenacaVILLE, south of Cambridge, south of the I-70 (east-west) / I 77 (north-south)  junction. Cuyahoga Falls is north of Akron on I-77. So it's a straight drive north of for a few hours — but that leaves a lot of OH west to the border of IN and east to PA (where there is a Seneca near the booming metropolis of Oil City) that according to these lyrics may not have so many shopping malls. Chrissy has childhood memories of rust belts and working stiffs and blue collar dive bar coal town humpers. 

Anyway, so long as OH and a bunch of other American states that are still somewhere in the first half of the 20th century—preventing women, voting, health care, etc.—I won't be going to or through them anytime soon.
Just sayin', Chrissy, and I'm sure you agree with me. 
*Yawn*
I find myself tapping my foot to this = like = 8 for now 
 wintergaard wrote:
Love this song....can't stand the guy who uses it for a theme song.

 
Rush Limbaugh has to cut Chrissie and crew a check everytime he uses it for his "theme" song, 
and then Chrissie gives those royalties to PETA, I hope Rush has to personally sign the checks 
 Proclivities wrote: 
THANKS!  Seems like a "doable trip", as long as I don't have to listen to MUZAK the entire way.
 LawDude wrote:

He helped immortalize it.
 

 
Excellent and most true point!
Dang.  This song is well over 30 years old.  Still moves me.

Rush Limbaugh originally used it without permission, but eventually they reached a a financial agreement, and Chrissie's proceeds go to PETA.  She gave permission because Rush supported PETA against the EPA for some chemical testing issue.  Odd bedfellows.
My city looks like 3 ring circus.
 Spliff wrote:
Rush Limbaugh has ruined this song for me.

 
He helped immortalize it.
 
How sad! A classic (in both senses of the phrase){#Sunny}
 treatment_bound wrote:
Does anyone know how long it takes to drive from Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls?  Because it seems like I could have completed the trip by the time the song ended.

 
One hour, forty-five minutes.
Best bass line this side of Talking Heads.
Alongside Pat Benatar, Chrissie's voice, IMHO, is the quintessential female rock voice (though I tend to think CH's is the cooler of the two).
None of that affected raspiness that so many wannabes do, a la Joan Jett.
Might's well just keep it rockin from R.L. to Eric to here...{#Motor}
Love this tune!
 treatment_bound wrote:
Does anyone know how long it talkes to drive from Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls?  Because it seems like I could have completed the trip by the time the song ended.
 
From Seneca, SC, Google says it would take about 9 hours.  I'd listen to it for that long.  She's that good, man.
 ppopp wrote:
Even more boring than Graham Parker's Don't Ask Me Questions. Extraordinary.The Pretenders must've fallen asleep recording this one.

 
Are you nuts? This is a great tune. Chrissy gets the inflection just right, the guitar work is good, and of course a great tempo and bass line.


Really like this song and so much of her/their work.  Which really makes me happy to hear Stockholm, her latest, and find it so gotdam good.
 kps wrote:
Let's send this out to LeBron James

 
Too late, he's back.  

And the team ain't doing very well either. 
Even more boring than Graham Parker's Don't Ask Me Questions. Extraordinary.The Pretenders must've fallen asleep recording this one.
Does anyone know how long it takes to drive from Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls?  Because it seems like I could have completed the trip by the time the song ended.
 Spliff wrote:
Rush Limbaugh has ruined this song for me.
 
Why are you even listening to that bombastic, egotistical, anti-American doofus?  Listen to Chrissie!  Your quality of life will improve immeasurably.
 bakerboy wrote:
didn't like it when it came out and I still don't like it
 
I don't like green eggs and ham. I don't like them, Sam I Am.
Let's send this out to LeBron James
didn't like it when it came out and I still don't like it
Very nice!
 TheKing2 wrote:
No.

I'm unsure why the Pretenders are popular at all. Unelegant, repetitive, boring.  

 
Verily, "elegance" is quite important in rock 'n' roll.
 Spliff wrote:
Rush Limbaugh has ruined this song for me.

 
Totally. I hope they paid them a lot
I wish the same could be said for your songs. The Pretenders bore me to the point of wanting to replace my back-scrubber with a box jellyfish.
Awesome drumming and the BEST rock chick voice.
Play this every day, please, Mr G?
Rush Limbaugh has ruined this song for me.
Always! 
Love the guitar in this...

8/8/14: still great. Lovely ringing tone with bent notes and slide work...
 moodfood wrote:
Saw them do this in Frankfurt,1984.  They were shakin that Deutsche foundation!

 
Saw them in Cuyahoga Falls, many summers ago at Blossom.

Hometown girl does good ... music ...



Saw them do this in Frankfurt,1984.  They were shakin that Deutsche foundation!
 BikeCoachDave wrote:
Chrissie Hynde is the female Lou Reed. She could sing the phone directory and it would be made cool.
 
 
RIP Lou!
wintergaard wrote:
Love this song....can't stand the guy who uses it for a theme song.

 
He who will remain un-named.......
 Lazarus wrote:

marvelous song...  reminds me of this—

Pickett’s Charge on July 3, 1863

Photo

 

 
Myself knows this as the 1863 Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble assault, but let's not be pedantic about it shall we?
 stevendejong wrote:
 BKardon wrote:
{#Doh}
 
Okay, SHE. Can SHE stop saying UH and DAH after every line SHE sings?

"My family was gon-uhhh..."
"Stunned and amazeduuuuhhhh my childhood memoriezah!" 

 
Uhhhh... NO-ahhh.  It's part of the song performed as intended.  Quit your cryin'.
One of the best from a great band(s).
 kcar wrote:


Owner and proprietor of Sasha's dream bar...hey, it's a classy place! 

Donald Trump yelling 
"You leave that sarcasm and irony at the door, pal! Chrissy's a national treasure!"

 

Yo, what the hell is that freaky thing on that guy's head???
 BKardon wrote:
{#Doh}
 
Okay, SHE. Can SHE stop saying UH and DAH after every line SHE sings?

"My family was gon-uhhh..."
"Stunned and amazeduuuuhhhh my childhood memoriezah!" 
Good song, great band and lead singer. 'nuff said.
Love this song....can't stand the guy who uses it for a theme song.
 Sasha2001 wrote:


Now and then? I would fight you if I overheatd you say that in a bar. Even if you were being cheeky we'd throw down, because it would also be the sort of place where sarcasm and irony weren't welcome.
 

Owner and proprietor of Sasha's dream bar...hey, it's a classy place! 

Donald Trump yelling 
"You leave that sarcasm and irony at the door, pal! Chrissy's a national treasure!"
Hot chick set:

Shivaree (Ambrosia Parsley)
Aimee Mann
The Pretenders (Chrissie Hynde)
No.

I'm unsure why the Pretenders are popular at all. Unelegant, repetitive, boring.  
Chrissie Hynde is the female Lou Reed. She could sing the phone directory and it would be made cool.
 
What a great rhythm section... Fantastic bass player!
Great song which is often overlooked by radio.  Of course, trust RP to buck that trend.
No one sounds like Chrissie....

What a profound classic...  I gave this song a big 10 long ago...
 stevendejong wrote:
Can he not say "uh" or "dah" after every line? That would make this bearable.
 
{#Doh}
This is perfect, at this moment. The opening bass line pricks one's ears up.
 stevendejong wrote:
Can he not say "uh" or "dah" after every line? That would make this bearable.
 
"He" really?  Is this all that bothers you in your life I wonder? {#Lol}
 Steve_Fike wrote:

Um, I think "he" is a "she."
 
Ah. Uh. Dahhh! 
Can he not say "uh" or "dah" after every line? That would make this bearable.
It is a timely message, thank you. Perhaps not most of us do not understand what you were referring to, perhaps closer to half of us :). Recently read a message to an article about Palin's political aspirations, the writer either intentionally or unintentionally mispelled Limbaugh as Limbao, confusing a conservative with something else. :)
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Now and then? I would fight you if I overheatd you say that in a bar. Even if you were being cheeky we'd throw down, because it would also be the sort of place where sarcasm and irony weren't welcome.
 
I guess Bloomberg really has changed the things in NYC if there are no longer bars where sarcasm and irony welcomed.  Those traits were practically a requirement for entry into any club or tavern when I lived there.
30 years ago.. and still a 'TUNES' !
 Otomi wrote:
Now and then these guys come up with a really good song.
 
I think you mean most of the time.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Now and then? I would fight you if I overheatd you say that in a bar. Even if you were being cheeky we'd throw down, because it would also be the sort of place where sarcasm and irony weren't welcome.
 

I'm really glad I don't live in New York. May you find peace.
 Otomi wrote:
Now and then these guys come up with a really good song.
 



Now and then? I would fight you if I overheatd you say that in a bar. Even if you were being cheeky we'd throw down, because it would also be the sort of place where sarcasm and irony weren't welcome.
The bass line is absolutely sublime.

Now and then these guys come up with a really good song.
This song sounds much better without the politics.  Personally, I refuse to let any commercial or political influences hi-jack my rock and roll, especially stuff this good.  Once its gone you can't get it back.

``The US is so, so far off to the Right that anyone left of Mitt Romney is considered to be a leftist. You guys really do not live in the real world. Though you'll have to do so soon when China calls in all the markers it holds on you...``


An alternative view:
Ummm, China has a small problem, if it shakes the ratlle too violently, it will cause the U.S. dollar to leak value, thus diminishing it's own dollar holdings. China actually needs a strong U.S. by my reckoning anyway - until it has bought what it wants, stolen the rest and no longer has those immense dollar reserves.


Great bass line. Worthy enough to go fly casting. 

Rush Limbaugh, the leader of free drug world, exceptionally interesting pill popper and unbelievably a convert to the Mormon faith. And the gazillions can't wait for every word to leave his lips, where only the truth, even if it's highly disputed truthes flow out of his addled brain. Amazing. Only in America. God bless us, everyone.


 Curley24 wrote:
OK! What a wonderful song to introduce the greatest radio host ever on the greatest radio show ever, the Rush Limbaugh show! Great radio, great capitalist, great man.
 
{#Lol} And some say that Americans have no sense of irony.
9.

Makes me want to see what Ohio has to offer. 
OK! What a wonderful song to introduce the greatest radio host ever on the greatest radio show ever, the Rush Limbaugh show! Great radio, great capitalist, great man.
 stevendejong wrote:

It is fine if you feel your life should not include certain things, as long as you don't mind other people doing those things in the privacy of their own home or surroundings.

More generally, for inhabitants of the land of the free, right-wingers (I don't necessarily mean you) seem quite obsessed with pointing out what others should and should not do, and also seem very intent on pointing out the supremacy of their nation (even though this nation is not the #1 in anything except a few nasty things) and spreading their world view to people that did not ask for this. Also, please realize that, compared to the rest of the Western world, the US right wing is quite extremely right-wing. The Democrats would be the right wing in most of Western Europe. So yes, the views of the US right wing scare me.
 

Have you ever stopped to think that maybe all the hostility constantly going on in your country between two groups is all because of this fake dichotomy of 'Wings'? There is no left and right wing. There are only ideas. And people decided to form two teams, and one team took half the ideas, and the other picked the other half, and now everything in your political world is like a football game.

This whole concept of political wings bothered me as soon as they taught it to me in high school. They put Stalin on one end and Hitler on the other, and told us the idea was to find a point halfway between. Nonsense. Rethink it all. Stop teaching this bad way of conceptualizing things as black-and-white.
 stevendejong wrote:
Does he HAVE to say "ah" after every sentence? Nice song, but annoying once you notice that.
 
Um, I think "he" is a "she."
It's too bad this song now always reminds me of that dirtball-rat-s**thead, Limbaugh {#No}, because the guitar in this song is twangy and delicious!! {#Cowboy}