Song of the Day #4,531: ‘If You Would Have Traveled on the 93 North Today’ – The Negro Problem

The award for most awkwardly long title this week goes to track two of The Negro Problem’s debut album, 1997’s Post Minstrel Syndrome.

This is a little throwaway poem/song offering up a snapshot of “93 North” and Main Street, which my Googling suggests might be in Concord, New Hampshire, though that doesn’t make much sense. It might also refer to US 93, which runs from Arizona to Canada, through Nevada, Idaho and Montana. That’s a lot closer to singer-songwriter Stew’s hometown of Los Angeles.

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Song of the Day #4,530: ‘From Afar’ – Vance Joy

‘From Afar’ was the debut single from Vance Joy’s 2014 album Dream Your Life Away. It’s a pining portrait of unrequited love that kicks into another gear during its yearning outro.

The song was eclipsed by the success of second single ‘Riptide,’ which became the longest-charting single in Joy’s home country of Australia and enjoyed worldwide success.

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