Inspired by this post of my husband's & particularly Scott's and TOTWTYTR's comments thereon, a partial list of songs about Texas, which is to say whatever comes to mind in the next half an hour or so:
"Screw You, We're From Texas" --Ray Wylie Hubbard. This one gets my vote for unofficial state song. Like I said in reply to Scott's posting of this video, I cannot think of another song that better captures the outlook of your average native Texan. Rush Limbaugh said it well: When you're in Texas, you find that Texans just don't think about the outside world. And, c'mon, Ray Wylie Hubbard! (If Marie had been a boy, she would have been named Ray.)
"Songs About Texas"--Pat Green (plus a few others, in this version). Obviously, the title of this post. As is typical of pre-Nashville Pat Green, there are several versions of this song floating out there. This is a particularly good one.
"London Homesick Blues"--Gary P. Nunn/Jerry Jeff Walker. Nunn wrote the song, but Walker covered it. Both are on this link. Of course, looking at it you wouldn't think it's a song about Texas, but of course it is.
"What I Like About Texas"--Gary P. Nunn. This and the other are probably the ones he is best known for.
"Nowhere But Texas"--Steve Helms. A bit cliched, but still pretty good.
"Welcome to Texas"--Brian Burns. Same vein as "Screw You, We're From Texas", but a little more pointed. As in, have a nice vacation, and then get the hell out.
"I've Been Everywhere in Texas"--Brian Burns. The only version of this song that doesn't make me want to stab out my ear drums using fine-gauge knitting needles.
"Corpus Christi Bay"--Robert Earl Keen. Perhaps stretching it a bit, but it's as much about the location as anything else, so I'm including it. That, and it's my favorite REK song.
"Amarillo Highway"--Robert Earl Keen. Hey, it's REK. How can I not like it? (We're all going to politely pretend "Copenhagen" doesn't exist.)
"Comal County Blue"--Jason Boland & the Stragglers. More of a south Texas song than anything, but so, so good. Anything by Jason Boland is, really. For my money, no one in the red dirt scene has a better voice, and very few folks come close.
"Boogie Back to Texas"--Asleep at the Wheel. Probably the most famous song I'm going to bother putting here, bar one. The last concert I went to--an embarrassingly long time ago--was an Asleep at the Wheel concert in Norfolk, and for some strange reason they did not do this song. For extra WTF-ness, check out this clip.
"Galveston"--Glen Campbell. Totally mainstream, yes. But this is as much a love song about the city as a more run-of-the-mill love song, and that's why I have always loved it. (I adore Galveston itself, of course, though if I'm headed down to the coast I wanna go to Rockport.)
"Texas"--George Strait. Honestly not a song I have much affinity for--too new for me to have heard very often. But I'd never get laid again if I left King George off this list.
"Texas Cookin"--Guy Clark. This is one of those songs that everyone and his brother has covered down here--including King George (but he didn't release it as a single). I'm pretty sure Clark wrote it, which is why I'm going with his version. And this isn't a stretch at all--Texas is the food!
"Hill Country Here I Come"--Tommy Alverson. Definite ear worm potential. I think of this song every time we're on 281.
"Roadtrip"--Gary P. Nunn. Very similar song to the Tommy Alverson tune, but I have no doubt this one came first. What can I say, some the best parts of Texas are along US 281!
"They Call It The Hill Country"--Randy Rogers Band. Rounding out my trifecta of songs about the Hill Country. Probably the one I most identify with. Erik is used to me randomly frothing at the mouth about how the Hill Country has been raped and, well, leveled and paved.
"Dallas"--Joe Ely. I can't explain why I like this song so much. Reminds me of the trip I took up to Dallas Spring Break of my senior year of high school, to look at a school up there.
Hmm. Well, that was certainly more songs than I thought I'd come up with when I sat down to write this post. Funny how one song reminds you of another. My crappy memory for titles and artists made this a long post--I wasn't sure, for example, if "Roadtrip" was a) titled that and b) by Gary P like I thought it was.
You'll note that a few very famous songs aren't on here. Probably no one expected me to skip over "San Antonio Rose." Here's the thing, though--that song's not about San Antonio. It's a lost love song. Likewise, I kept looking for an excuse to include "Beaumont", 'cause I freaking love Hayes Carll, but I couldn't in good conscience.
Beyond that, I don't pretend that this is an exhaustive list. If I missed anything blindingly obvious, though, let me know in the comments section.