Around the World Playlist

We drew inspiration from a number of songs on our journey around the world. Some inspired the planning, some make us reflect back on the trip. The travel theme on some of them will be pretty obvious.

The playlist was mostly set in stone once we returned – all of the songs were released before we traveled so the list is a bit of a time capsule – something we still go back to as a way of reminiscing. The songs themselves may not exactly capture our journey but they may give a glimpse about our trip and what we were thinking about.

It is worth noting that no ABBA songs appear on this playlist despite the fact that ABBA songs were a constant occurrence on the trip – a fact that led us to determine that hearing a song by this Swedish quartet turned any given circumstance into a “Sanctioned Event”. You can make your own ABBA playlist, you don’t need my help.

Moonpools and Caterpillars
Listen or BuyOn a train headed east of here
Where I'll end up I'm not quite clear
Road To Nowhere
Talking Heads
Listen or BuyWell we know where we're going
But we don't know where we've been
Destination Anywhere
The Commitments
Listen or BuyDestination anywhere
East or west, I don't care
The Refreshments
Listen or BuyWell, give your ID card to the border guard
Yeah, your alias says you're Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Of the United Federation Of Planets
'Cause he won't speak English anyway
The Day We Caught The Train
Ocean Colour Scene
Listen or BuyYou and I should ride the tracks
And find ourselves just wading through tomorrow
You and I, when we're coming down
We're only getting back
And you know I feel no sorrow
See A Little Light
Bob Mould
Listen or BuyAs the years go by, they take their toll on you
Think of all the things we wanted to do
Camera One
Josh Joplin Group
It's funny how life turns out
The odds of faith in the face of doubt
Get Off This
Listen or BuyGet off this
Get on with it
If you wanna change the world
Shut your mouth and start this minute
It's All Been Done
Barenaked Ladies
Listen or BuyIt's all been done before
All Star
Smash Mouth
Listen or BuySo much to do, so much to see
So what's wrong with taking the back streets?
You'll never know if you don't go
Change Your Mind
Sister Hazel
Listen or BuyIf you want to be somebody else
Change your mind
Put the Message In the Box
World Party
Listen or BuySee the world in just one grain of sand
You better take a closer look
Don't let it slip right through your hand
Listen or BuyThink about direction
Wonder why you haven't before
Better Not Look Down
B.B. King
Listen or BuyBetter not look down
If you want to keep on flying
Put the hammer down
Keep it full speed ahead
A Change Would Do You Good
Sheryl Crow
Listen or Buy"Hello it's me, I'm not at home,
If you'd like to reach me, leave me alone"
These Are Days
10,000 Maniacs
Listen or BuyThese are days you'll remember
Never before and never since
I promise
Will the whole world be warm as this
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The Proclaimers
Listen or BuyDa da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da
Life Is A Highway
Tom Cochrane
Listen or BuyThere's a world outside every darkened door
Where blues won't haunt you anymore
Where the brave are free and lovers soar
Come ride with me to the distant shore
When I Come Around
Green Day
Listen or BuyNo time to search the world around
'Cause you know where I'll be found
When I come around
The Whole of the Moon
The Waterboys
Listen or BuyI spoke about wings - You just flew
I wondered, I guessed and I tried - You just knew
I sighed - But you swooned
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
Right Here Right Now
Jesus Jones
Listen or BuyRight here, right now
there is no other place I want to be
New York City
They Might Be Giants
Listen or Buy'Cause everyone's your friend in New York City
And everything looks beautiful when you're young and pretty
The streets are paved with diamonds and there's just so much to see
But the best thing about New York City is you and me
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Green Day
Listen or BuyFor what it's worth, it was worth all the while
It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right
I hope you had the time of your life
End Of The Line
The Traveling Wilburys
Listen or BuyWell it's all right
We're going to the end of the line

Links to the songs go to the Digital Music section of Amazon, where applicable. I hoped to get the music sample widget included but Amazon had other ideas.