Songs for every destination in Twitter-land music hall
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
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
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
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
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hawea?
Take Me to the Riverton
Wyndham Beneath My Wings
Ticket to Clyde
Hazy shade of Winton
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.
Smells Like Teen Spreydon
I See Redcliffs
I am a rock, I am an Ilam
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.
Have you got a good one? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.