Anchorage (song)

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Single by Michelle Shocked
from the album Short Sharp Shocked
LabelMercury Records
Songwriter(s)Michelle Shocked
Producer(s)Pete Anderson[1]

"Anchorage" is a song by Michelle Shocked released as a single from her 1988 album Short Sharp Shocked.

The song is about the narrator named Chel finally taking time out to write to an old friend, who has moved from Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, and her friend's reply. In her reply, her friend realizes she might have become a housewife "anchored down in Anchorage", although still dreaming about being a "skateboard punk rocker in New York".[2] She tells Chel that her husband Leroy "says send a picture, hello and to keep on rocking".[2]

Much of the song's lyrics were taken directly from a letter from JoAnn Kelli Bingham, a Comanche Indian and recently married friend who had recently moved to geographically remote Alaska. Her husband is Leroy Bingham, a Blackfeet Indian who worked for Cook Inlet Tribal Council.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles. The Great Indie Discography. 2003. Canongate Publishing ISBN 9781841953359
  2. ^ a b Lyrics and chords at

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