Published: May 15, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Tunnel of Love - Dire Straits. Classic of the sub-genre.
James Koehl

Published: May 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

This was a great article! I have never heard "Cedar Point '76"...probably neither did anybody else ;+)
Marc Ricketts

Published: May 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM

I had the Tull album on cassette but can't recall the song mentioned, may have to find it. Since we're in the UK I would add Tunnel of Love by Dire Straits about Spanish City. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_City
Perhaps because of all the TV ads out of Santa Cruz I was expecting to see Under the Boardwalk on the list, too.
Derek Potter

Published: May 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I'm a Rush fan. Lakeside Park has always been one of my favorites. Neil Peart's words and the music paint a vivid picture of first a boy, then a teenager, then an adult.

"Midway hawkers calling try your luck with me
Merry go round wheezing same old melodies
A thousand ten cent wonders, who could ask for more
A pocket full of silver, the key to heavens door."

The guy really is a classics author trapped in a musicians body.

One honorable mention for the list...Coney Island Baby by Tom Waits, not to be confused with Lou Reed's song of the same name. It's not about a park, but about the girl he's at the park with. I've always liked this video with the song put with old Coney Island footage.