Songs for every destination in Twitter-land music hall

21:37, Jul 29 2012
Beck Eleven

Warren, a good friend and colleague, recently moved to Nelson with his family. Now and again we send emails, sometimes they come with real news but this week, I simply asked: "Do you ever find yourself singing Stoke Gets in Your Eyes?".

"No," he replied. "But I do air guitar while I sing 'Stoke on the Water, Rakaia in the sky'. Have you ever sung Mull Of Rakaia?"

"Not yet," I said. "But I'm fond of Kaiapoi-e."

It amused me so I told workmate Philip Matthews, who immediately came up with that 1990s song by Snap! featuring a new and far more local hook, 'I've Got Opawa'. Anyway, we put it on Twitter with the hashtag #songsfromthesouthisland.

Beyond all expectation it took off and became the country's top trend for about five minutes (which is ages in Twitter land). Anyway, so many clever clogs pitched in, and here are some of my favourites.

North of the South


Get Outta My Dreams, And Into My Takaka

Fraction Too Much Picton

Ave Maruia

If I had a Hanmer/Bang Bang Maxwell's Silver Hanmer


Back In Blackball

Arthurs Pass The Dutchie On The Left Hand Side

You Took The Words Right Outta My Greymouth

Life in the Haast Lane

Total Eclipse of the Haast

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Haast Club Band

Franz Josef and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat


Hawarden My Heart

Washdyke Pussycat (Oh-oh-oh-oh- oh)

Darfield Good (I knew that I would now).

(Hunka Hunka) Burnham Love

Stairway to Methven

Cos We're Living here in Allenton

Wuthering Hinds

Don't Stop Thinking About Timaru, don't stop, it'll soon be here . . .

South of the South

Eye of The Twizel/We're only making plans for Twizel/Once, Twizel, Three times a lady.

Morven on up

In Glenavy

Wake Me Up Before Otago

Up, Up and Away in my Beautiful Duntroon

Mornington has Broken

You picked a fine time to leave me Mosgiel

Take me to the April Sun in Clutha

The Milford Sound of Silence

Aramoana Marie

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hawea?

Take Me to the Riverton

Wyndham Beneath My Wings

Ticket to Clyde

Hazy shade of Winton

My Cardrona

Owaka doo Owaka day

Because the Nightcaps Belongs to Lovers

You're Gore-geous/Gore, What Is It Good For? (Absolutely Nothing)

Bluff The Magic Dragon/Can't Stop 'Til You Get to Bluff/Bluff will tear us apart. Again.

Christchurch suburbs

Smells Like Teen Spreydon

I See Redcliffs

I am a rock, I am an Ilam

Bohemian Rapaki

I'm Hornby! Hornby Hornby Hornby

Holding Out for a Harewood

Papanui was a Rolling Stone

Try a Lyttletondernes

The Boys of Sumner

Shine On You Crazy Diamond Harbour

Among the thousands of ideas and thoughts that filter through Twitter each day, this was something local and light that made us smile. Bad news be damned. Thank you everybody on Twitter, you really rocked my Island. Sorry I couldn't mention names but if you want to see more, or who wrote each jewel, join Twitter and search #songsfromthesouthisland. If the North Island want to take us on, they can have Po Keri-Keri-ana for free.

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