Thursday, September 08, 2005
"Send My Picture To Scranton, PA" by B.J. Thomas (1970)
In 1970, acclaimed songwriter Burt Bacharach put his own creative mark on Scranton when he wrote a song titled "Send My Picture To Scranton, PA." Bacharach's previous famous collaborations include Dusty Springfield's "Wishin' and Hopin'," The Carpenters' "Close To You" and numerous songs with Dionne Warwick ("Do You Know The Way to San Jose" and "I Say A Little Prayer" just being two).
When it came time to record "Send My Picture To Scranton, PA," Bacharach selected B.J. Thomas, most famous for the song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" (also written by Bacharach) from the 1969 film "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid" and "Hooked on a Feeling."
The lyrics to "Send My Picture To Scranton, PA" begin:
Send my picture to Scranton, PA
Write them and say
I'm the kid they used to laugh at
Send my picture along with the news
Of all the good things I've done
If you would like to read the rest of the lyrics, click here.
B.J. Thomas recorded "Send My Picture To Scranton, PA," in 1970; it was released on his album "Everybody's Out Of Town." Unfortunately, the album is out-of-print, but the song is available on a Burt Bacharach compilation titled "The Sound of Bacharach."