Thursday, February 11, 2010

The 4 Seasons sing Idaho

Are you old enough to remember The 4 Seasons?  Maybe Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons will ring a bell.  They had hits like Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Don't Cry, Candy Girl and Ain't That a Shame.

Like all groups, they had songs that weren't a hit.  And while one song should have been a hit here in the Gem State, turns out we didn't even like it that much.

Yes, that's an original 45 of the 4 Season not-so-hit song, Idaho.  But is was enough that the 3:05 minute song is included on the 2-CD set In Season, Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons Anthology.

It's not one of their most melodic tunes and opens with a weird horn part that sounds like it could be from Frank Zappa.  But, it is about Idaho.  Here's the lyrics.


Where I long to go
Thrilling checker games
Spelling bees, cherry trees

Idaho, lovely Idaho
Daisies on the grass
Grandma's stew
The cows and you

Idaho, lovely Idaho
Playing pick-up sticks
Santa Claus, apple sauce

Rain or sleet or snow
You'll be in my heart
I love you so, just
Thought you'd like to know

My Ida
Sweet as apple cider
How I love you so
My Idaho

The record sleeve has what must be a phony ad promo for Idaho.  It even shows a cruise ship as transportation.  (I know Lewiston is our inland port but I don't think that ship'll get you here.  Also is an offer to send for info and $1 to "try" Idaho.  Sorry, no mailing address to send it to.

And there's today's musical history lesson.

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