After falling down a Wikipedia wormhole today, I stumbled across an article titled "List of Songs About Seattle." It's an orphaned entry, which means it

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Songs About Seattle: The Postal Service's "This Place is A Prison"

After falling down a Wikipedia wormhole today, I stumbled across an article titled "List of Songs About Seattle." It's an orphaned entry, which means it doesn't originate from some bigger article about Seattle music. The list is just hanging out on Wikipeda, waiting to be found (and possibly disputed, since there aren't any sources or references listed). Most of them make sense because they mention Seattle outright--like "Baby, I'm an Anarchist" by Against Me! or "Viva! Seatac" by Robyn Hitchcock--but one sort of surprised me.

It never occurred to me that "This Place is A Prison" by the Postal Service is about Seattle. The song is an indictment of a toxic, hypocritical social scene ("This place is a prison/

And these people aren't your friends...Pretending there's glamor and candelabra/

When you're drinking by candlelight"), but the only suggestion that it's the Emerald CIty scene is this line: "And you may case the grounds from the Cascades to Puget Sound, but you are not permitted to leave." It does make sense, though, that if Ben GIbbard would write about any music scene, it would be the one he knows best.

What about you? Anyone else have a song about Seattle to add to Wikipedia's list?

 
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