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Courtesy one of your better MP3 blogs, Songs: Illinois, comes a link to The Quavers' cover of "Dallas" -- which is not the Jimmie Dale Gilmore "Dallas," nor the Steely Dan "Dallas" (worth grabbing, as you're already here), nor the Alan Jackson "Dallas," nor the Jimmy Buffett "Dallas." No, this is the Silver Jews' "Dallas" off the band's 1996 album The Natural Bridge. And, yes, it's about our Dallas, because what line better sums up this city than:

How'd you turn a billion steers into buildings made of mirrors, and why am I drawn to you tonight?

Zacly. And if monochromatic shades of mope isn't your color, then there's always this cover from a mere 200 miles away: "Finally Found a Home" from Austin's Oh No! Oh My!. And, yes, it's the Huey Lewis and the News song. And, yes, it's summertime good. --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

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