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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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The Slice

Top 11 reasons there aren’t great songs about Spokane

11. Underappreciated for our rich trove of crazy little women (who aren't all in Kansas City).

10. No offense, but a lot of the prettiest girls here are originally from somewhere else.

9. The hard "K" sound at the start of the second syllable poses a problem for lyricists. 

8. Historically tiny black population.

7. Our river isn't especially languid and bittersweet.

6. "Marmot Love" is waiting for you to write it.(Muskrats having had their day in the 1970s.)

5. Chuck Berry didn't have relatives here. (As in an uncle who would take a message and write it on the wall.)

4. "I've Got a Gal in Spokane" would not sound as good as "Kalamazoo." 

3. Too much creative writing energy devoted to naming new craft beers.

2. The essence of the Spokane experience is difficult to capture in a song.

1. This was not the center of the auto industry, so no one thought to write, "Last night I went to sleep in Spo-kane city."

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