Massachusetts has a state bird: black-capped chickadee. A state dog: Boston terrier. A state fish: cod. A state beverage: cranberry juice. And even a state bean: navy bean. But the Bay State does not have an official rock song. Not yet, at least. But that could change if a bill about to be submitted by Dorchester Representative Marty Walsh is passed. Word is the Democratic lawmaker, acting on behalf of Joyce Linehan, a friend, constituent, and well-connected arts publicist in the city, is set to propose that the 1972 Modern Lovers classic “Roadrunner” be designated the official rock song of the Commonwealth. Why? Well, it’s a great song; Jonathan Richman, the band’s singer, was born in Natick (and drummer David Robinson lives in Rockport); and the lyrics of the oft-covered song evoke a unique sense of place, with references to Stop ’n’ Shop, the Turnpike, “128 when it’s dark outside,” and “suburban trees, suburban speed.” All in favor, say “Aye.” “Aye.”
Lawmaker looks to make ‘Roadrunner’ Mass. state song
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