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10 of the best references to Omaha in movies, music and more – Omaha World

Omaha seems to have an outsized role in pop culture.

It seems to be, well, everywhere. Or at least, in more places than one might expect.

The city pops up in songs. It’s the basis for many movies. Numerous novels are set here.

The references to Omaha, somewhere in the middle of America, are plentiful. Here are some of our favorites.


“Omaha,” Counting Crows

Adam Duritz wrote “Omaha” long before the Counting Crows recorded it, but apparently none of his previous bands could get the feel quite right. He loved “Omaha” by Moby Grape as well as R.E.M.’s cover of it, and he loved the sound of the word.

“Turn the Page,” Bob Seger

Seger often found himself “On a long and lonesome highway, east of Omaha.” “We didn’t get much west of Omaha because we weren’t very big at the time,” Seger once told The World-Herald. “We were always east of Omaha!”

“Omaha Stylee,” 311

In this tune, the Omaha-bred rock band dishes about how it comes from a town where “the shows are more fun.” Though they moved to L.A. years ago, 311 has used this song as a concert opener to salute its hometown. “We’re proud of where we came from, and we know how we feel and we kinda want to write a song that there’s no doubt where this band is from,” drummer Chad Sexton once told The World-Herald.

“We’re an American Band,” Grand Funk Railroad

This classic rock tune about partying and being on the road references “four young chiquitas in Omaha/Waitin’ for the band to return from the show.” There’s nothing like a hotel party after the show.


“Hope Springs”

Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep play a long-married couple who have gone a very long time without much affection. They go for marriage counseling and, after it’s over, end up back in Omaha. The movie

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