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Thu May 9, 2013
Ask Me Another

I Left My Heart In Boston

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 10:07 am

Jonathan Coulton is wicked stoked to pay tribute to Boston in the best way he knows how: by substituting the names of Boston neighborhoods into the lyrics of well-known songs about other cities. For example, if Elvis had spent more time in a certain Boston neighborhood, he might have written a song called "Viva Dorchester!" Can you name the original towns? Or do you prefer a "Roslindale State of Mind"?

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Well done. Let's welcome our next two contestants: Jason Huitt and Karin Travers.

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EISENBERG: Welcome to ASK ME ANOTHER.

JASON HUITT: Hi.

EISENBERG: Hi. I would like to learn about how nerdy you both are. Karin, I'm going to start with you. I know that you like to participate in mud runs and obstacle courses.

KARIN TRAVERS: I do.

EISENBERG: With your identical sister.

TRAVERS: My identical twin sister, my doppelganger.

EISENBERG: I'm going to give that a nerdy score of seven.

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EISENBERG: Jason, how nerdy are you? Do you have any nerdy hobbies?

HUITT: So I am part of the SCA, the Society for Creative Anachronisms. We sort of keep alive pre-1600s world culture, and that's everything from fighting to crafting to food to clothing.

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HUITT: Yes.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's a 20 out of 10.

TRAVERS: I give up.

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EISENBERG: That's a 20 out of 10 on the nerd scale. It's actually time for a music game. Jonathan, you seem to know a little something about Boston neighborhoods. Why don't you take this one away?

JONATHAN COULTON: This game features songs about the great city of Boston. For example, who can forget this Frank Sinatra classic?

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(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: My kind of town. Winchester is my kind of town.

EISENBERG: Okay, Jonathan, we all know that's Chicago. Chicago. My kind of town is Chicago.

COULTON: Yes, okay, so technically, these songs are not about Boston. But we are going to pretend that they are by inserting a Boston neighborhood or famous landmark into them. So contestants, all you have to do is ring in and give us the original location.

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: There's a thousand pretty women waiting out there. They're all living devil may care. I'm just a devil with love to spare. So viva Dorchester, viva Dorchester.

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(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Karin?

TRAVERS: That would be Las Vegas.

COULTON: That's correct.

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(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: Then I'm walking in Fenway, walking with my feet ten feet off a beat, walking in Fenway. Do I really feel the way I feel?

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COULTON: Karin?

TRAVERS: Memphis.

COULTON: Yes.

EISENBERG: Memphis.

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COULTON: All right, this one's going to be hard for me.

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: (Foreign language) Brighton style.

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(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

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COULTON: It's not my first language. I believe that was Jason who rung in.

HUITT: Gangnam.

COULTON: That's right, "Gangnam Style" by Psy.

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: Beacon Hill, that's where I want to be, living in Beacon Hill. Beacon Hill, rolling like a celebrity. Living in Beacon Hill.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jason?

HUITT: Beverly Hills.

COULTON: Beverly Hills is correct.

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(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: Seen all the movie stars in their fancy cars and their limousines. Been high in the rocky under the evergreen. But I know what I'm needing, don't want to waste more time. I'm in a Roslindale state of mind.

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(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: It was Karin who rang in there.

TRAVERS: I would say Roslindale, but my first thought was New York.

COULTON: That's right, New York state of mind. Billy Joel, that's right.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Karin, you did it. You are the winner of this round and you'll be moving on to the Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. Thank you so much, Jason. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.