A Short But Sweet List Of Songs That Mention Amarillo
We all know "Amarillo By Morning". We all know "Amarillo Sky." Most of us are familiar with "Is This The Way To Amarillo." But guess what? They're not the only songs that namedrop the Yellow City.
Can you think of any more off the top of your head?
Don't worry, here's a little nudge in the right direction.
Marty Robbins - "Running Gun"
Marty Robbins was the king of ballads about gunfighters, which is exactly what this song is about. In this gunfighter ballad, the main character runs into a bit of trouble when rides into Amarillo as the sun is going down.
Bob Dylan - "Brownsville Girl"
It's a shame that Bob Dylan didn't make it to Amarillo last year. A piece of me wonders if he would have played this one. The answer is more than likely no, but we can dream. In this one Amarillo gets named dropped along with the living dead and a lot of other interesting imagery.
Hank Snow - I've Been Everywhere
We get tossed in with a lot, and I mean a lot, of other places in this absolute classic. You may not be familiar with this version of it though. The version you're probably more familiar with would be the one recorded by none other than Johnny Cash.
Rob Zombie - Two Lane Blacktop
Yes, even the Master of the Macabre himself has given Amarillo a mention. The song itself is pretty short on actual lyrics, which I guess makes us all kind of lucky. In the song the question is asked "Where ya goin'?" The answer is, "Amarillo."
Billy Joe Shaver - Leaving Amarillo
Oof. This one stings a little bit if the Good Lord forgot to bless you with a sense of humor. If you hang around long enough to make it to the end of the song, you hear the dig he takes at Nashville and the not so nice mention that Lubbock gets. At least we aren't as bad as Lubbock according to Billy Joe.
Gorillaz - Amarillo
While we don't get a name drop in the song itself, the title of the song is still something worth bragging about. It's also interesting because the song was recorded here, which is how we got the pleasure of being the title of the song.