Track of the Day: ‘Lincoln Park Pirates’ by Steve Goodman

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A regular Notes contributor, Diane, adds to the most popular location in our series so far:

You posted “Lake Shore Drive” [and “Dennehy”], but a more representative song for the real Chicago is one by Steve Goodman about the “Lincoln Park Pirates,” which was really a sardonic take on a notorious towing company called Lincoln Park Pirates. (Goodman is also known for “City of New Orleans”—made famous by Arlo Guthrie—and for a Cubs song [“A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request”] that is on the minds of many this year.)  I believe his ashes were scattered at Wrigley Field after his untimely death. Oh, and the towing company still exists.

If any NOLA residents have a good memory of “City of New Orleans,” drop us a note.

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