Fictional Places in Songs

Can you guess these fictional places that appear in the lyrics of well-known songs?
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Last updated: January 20, 2020
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Clue
Place
You can check out anytime, but you can never leave
Hotel California
New Orleans house that's been the ruin of many a poor boy
House of the Rising Sun
Elton John said goodbye to this Oz thoroughfare
Yellow Brick Road
A little old place where we can get together. Tin roof, rusted.
Love Shack
Place on Lonely Street where Elvis dwelled
Heartbreak Hotel
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Paradise City
Donovan sang about this island that sank into the sea
Atlantis
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to …
Sesame Street
Where Fats Domino found his thrill
Blueberry Hill
Place to search for a lost shaker of salt
Margaritaville
Where Ringo would like to be, under the sea
Octopus's Garden
The Beach Boys got there fast and took it slow
Kokomo
Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea in a land called …
Honali
Town to keep me movin', keep me groovin' with some energy
Funky Town
Where Gollum stole Led Zeppelin's girl
Mordor
Wider than a mile, I'll be crossing you in style some day
Moon River
Where there's a lake of stew and of whiskey too
Big Rock Candy Mountain
You got trouble right here. Trouble that starts with "t" which rhymes with "p"
which stands for pool.
River City
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Level 81
Oct 8, 2015
It's also spelled Honah Lee or Honalee where Puff lived.
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Level ∞
Oct 8, 2015
Honalee would have worked and I added Honah Lee as an accepted answer.
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Level 72
Jan 21, 2020
Peter, Paul, and Mary say it’s Honalee…
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Level 83
Jan 21, 2020
Shawnalee? I was close...
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Level 79
Nov 30, 2015
hm... somehow I managed to misspell margarita...
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Level 58
Dec 1, 2015
Were you enjoying any of said drink whilst taking this, by chance?
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Level 58
Nov 30, 2015
Just to put this out there... There is definitely a heartbreak hotel. It's across the street from Elvis's house. I don't know if it counts as not being fictional because of that. Great quiz!
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Level 25
Nov 30, 2015
I always thought that Puff lived in "a land called Harmony". TIL
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Level 63
Nov 30, 2015
You don't need to remove it necessarily, but Kokomo is a real place: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokomo
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Level 72
Jan 21, 2020
Kokomo, Indiana is definitely not where The Beach Boys wanted to take ya :-)
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Level 83
Jul 7, 2020
Kokomo, Hawaii is probably better.

But apparently the Kokomo in the song is supposed to be in the Florida Keys.

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Level 64
Nov 30, 2015
Technically it was a poor girl ruined by the House of the Rising Sun -- the Animals just changed the lyric for some reason or other when they made their cover.
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Level 72
Jan 22, 2020
Probably because they were dudes and didn't want to do the folkie thing of just always using the original words. Dylan's version has "poor girl" in it.
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Level 67
Jul 7, 2020
You can't rightly blame The Animals for that. It was a folk song with a number of variations that had been published and recorded with both female and male lyrics numerous times decades before the Animals recorded it.
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Level 71
Nov 30, 2015
There really is a house in New Orleans called The Rising Sun. It began as a brothel.
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Level 78
Nov 30, 2015
Tin roof!
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Level 66
Dec 3, 2015
Rusted!
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Level 44
Dec 1, 2015
What about Imagination land in Imagination song? :D
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Level 58
Dec 1, 2015
Um...I'm really confused about Gollum stealing anyone's girl. And the location still being Mordor. I mean, I could have guessed Mordor based on Gollum alone, but since it was in a real, contemporary song, I just figured the place had to be some crazy random thing that I also never would have thought of. Obviously, no, I don't listen to much Led Zeppelin. Explain, please. :)
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Level 56
Dec 2, 2015
From the Zeppelin song "Ramble On" -- "Mine's a tale that can't be told, my freedom I hold dear. How years ago in days of old, when magic filled the air. T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair. But Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her, her, her....yeah. "
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Level 67
Jul 11, 2019
I think not realizing the books were around quite a long time before the movies made lotr mainstream tripped you up here.
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Level 49
Apr 14, 2016
Many of these fictional places became real places.
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Level 73
Nov 6, 2016
Typed Mordor as a joke, now I have to listen to that song
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Level 59
Mar 3, 2017
kokomo is real. it is Curacao
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Level 63
Jan 21, 2020
They sing about a fictional place off the Florida Keys. There's no Kokomo there.
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Level 73
Jul 7, 2020
@jajaco2017 So why isn't the song called Curaçao?
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Level 71
Mar 8, 2017
No Electric Avenue?
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Level 81
Jan 21, 2020
Oh great, I was fine with the darkest depths of Mordor stuck in my head and now it's going to be
Boy!....

Boy!...

Down in the streets there is violence...
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Level 49
Jul 8, 2020
Within a month of hearing this song for the first time I found Electric Avenue in Los Angeles. I chose to believe he was singing about this rather short street.
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Level 64
Jul 6, 2017
Two humble suggestions: Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Fascination Street
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Level 82
Jan 22, 2020
I believe the "Love Shack" was an actual place, really located where the song says it was outside of Athens, Ga., although it burned down before the song was written. However, David Bowie's Suffragette City doesn't actually exist, if you're looking for more such places.
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Level 78
Jan 26, 2020
As soon as I saw ___ Shack, I immediately typed Sugar before I read the clue. I know my age is showing but my brother played that Fireballs song all the time until I wanted to scream.
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Level 71
Jul 7, 2020
I think that Suffragette City and the River of Dreams would make for great additions to this quiz!
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Level 53
Jul 7, 2020
Cool to see Ringo mentioned in this quiz, considered today's his birthday.
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Level 79
Jul 7, 2020
River does not start with t or rhyme with pool.
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Level 63
Jul 7, 2020
Moral of the story is that more people need to watch O Brother Where art Thou? One of my all time favorites.
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Level 51
Jul 7, 2020
Not an easy one. Thanks!
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Level 78
Jul 7, 2020
I remember singing a verse or two of Big Rock Candy Mountain in music class in elementary school, but they must have rewritten the lyrics for kids because there was nothing about cigarette trees, alcohol springs or lakes of gin in our version. The first time I heard Burl Ives sing the real one I was very surprised at the lyrics. It is definitely not a children's song.
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Level 69
Jul 8, 2020
17/18. I got all but Sesame Street.