Add some San Antonio songs to your bowl festivities

2010-12-29T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T16:11:22Z Add some San Antonio songs to your bowl festivitiesPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 29, 2010 12:00 am  • 

SAN ANTONIO - There's "God Bless Texas" and "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)" and "Yellow Rose of Texas."

Marty Robbins sang about El Paso, Glen Campbell about Galveston.

But what about San Antonio? We found five songs to fire you up before tonight's Alamo Bowl.

Plunk down $5 at the iTunes store, and enjoy:

"San Antonio Girl"

• Artist: Lyle Lovett (2001)

• Why: Julia Roberts' clever ex-husband runs through some of the most touristy parts of the city: "She said the Alamo/Was someplace we could go/Or to the Hemisfair/to ride the needle there."

"Deep in the Heart of Texas"

• Artist: Everyone from Perry Como to Gene Autry to Ray Charles (first in 1941)

• Why: Blame "Pee-wee's Big Adventure." To convince a friend via phone that he's in San Antonio, Pee-wee simply sings "The stars at night are big and bright …" and waits for locals to finish the sentence.

"San Antonio Stroll"

• Artist: Tanya Tucker (1975)

• Why: It's poppy, dated and nowhere near as authentic to the city as Tejano or other South Texas genres. But it was huge - Tucker's fifth No. 1 single.

"New San Antonio Rose"

• Artist: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (1938)

• Why: Texas Monthly ranked it the second-greatest Texas song ever. It's the most popular song written by the king of Western swing.

"China Grove"

• Artist: Doobie Brothers (1973)

• Why: China Grove is a real place - a suburb of San Antonio - but not, as the song hints, a Chinese enclave. The town is fewer than 2,000 people.

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