Playlist: Have You Seen My Whiskey Canteen, Let’s Go Camping

by Riese and Laneia

Due to a bizarre coincidence, both of us are going to be “camping” this weekend. Laneia’s already gone, in fact, and has likely been foraging for fruits and berries and killing rabid boars in the wide open spaces of Arizona USA since early Wednesday morning. Riese will be traipsing about the wild waters of California for approximately 48 hours, beginning later today.

Obviously this means the entire team is planning a serious kegger for Saturday when the bosses are gone and Rachel’s in charge, but it also means that we need a playlist to commemorate this fine occasion.

Typically this list would be hippie-with-guitar-at-a-campfire-focused, but apparently there are no campfires allowed where Riese is going and she’s too upset about this to think about it, even if it is somehow related to preventing mass wildfires.

Is it a stereotype that lesbians like to camp? Yes. Is it a stereotype for a reason? Yes. Now, not all of us like bugs/dirt/the absence of indoor plumping — but statistically a lot of us do, whether it’s at Bonnaroo or The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival or a Journey to Dump Dana’s ashes in a magical waterfall.

In general we like nature, s’mores and being self-sufficient. Camping combines all of those things plus you have the opportunity to utilize ALL of the pockets in your cargo shorts.

Have You Seen My Whiskey Canteen? Playlist

Country Road – James Taylor
Touch Of Grey – Grateful Dead
Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks
Get Out The Map – Indigo Girls
Mountain Music – Alabama
On The Road Again – Willie Nelson
Fishin’ In The Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
She’s Only Happy In The Sun – Ben Harper
Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Eagles
Ladies Of The Canyon – Joni Mitchell
Climbing Mountains< – Meg Hutchinson
Red Dirt Girl – Emmylou Harris
Wagon Wheel Old Crow Medicine Show
Wild World – Cat Stevens
Rocky Mountain High – John Denver
We’re Going To Be Friends – White Stripes
California (Pt. II) – Mason Jennings
Aqueous Transmission – Incubus
Ramble On Rose– Grateful Dead
Father And Son– Cat Stevens
Hotel Yorba – White Stripes
Desperado – The Eagles

Add your own fireside tracks in the comments below.

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  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival. Mhmm.

    I may possibly be going camping in the next few weeks, so this appropriate.

  2. I feel like “She’s only happy in the sun” should be followed directly by “I’m only happy when it rains” by Garbage. :)

  3. Is Autostraddle on Spotify? That could be amazing, right? I love it when you guys make playlists.

    Downside? Apparently the Eagle’s catalog isn’t on there yet :( Still, here’s this:

  4. This + copious amounts of alcohol may just save my life considering I’m camping under a heat advisory with ~30-40 strais for a combined bachelor/bachelorette party weekend beginning this evening… I have no other words. The words are gone.

      • Definitely not. There’s only a covered cement slab… an army grade, barracks-style tent… and canoe/raft situations… It’ll be like True Life: I’m Entering the Wilderness. Where’s Bear Grylls? (Too many teevee references? Yes, that.)

  5. I like sprinkling a little of jack johnson, kris kristopherson, and the dodos (especially from beware of the maniacs) in my camp playlist. yours is solid so far, love it!

  6. I’m not sure where I can go camping in my new city, so maybe I’ll just make a fort in my living room and listen to music and make microwave smores. who wants to join?

  7. Is there an Autostraddle room on yet? Because if not, it needs to happen. STAT.

  8. This playlist is SO GOOD and so relevent to my interests right now. Wagon Wheel is my jam, I play it almost every time I pick up an instrument.

    I’m also camping this weekend! And then, in 9 DAYS (!!!!!), I’m heading to Michigan Womyn’s Fest! If there are any ‘straddlers going, we should meet up! I’m on the crew so I might be working super hard but that’s all the more reason to party extra extra hard!

      • Yes! Even a little cameo would have been awesome. Have you seen the ‘Pied Piper of Hutzovena’ documentary?

        • i haven’t but now i feel that i need to now. it’s on hulu and i guess i just found how to spend my saturday morning haha

  9. This is so timely for me. Next week I am going to be camping at a music festival and so far my to do list consists of: buy whiskey and canteen.

  10. I seriously have about 3/4 of these songs on my pre-existing camping playlist. By “camping,” I actually mean “road tripping without enough money to sleep in real beds so we sleep in the woods instead,” but that’s basically the same thing.

    Is there like, a lesbian collective unconscious or something?

    • Yes, there is. I think it might have taken up residence on this website.

      So is the “lesbian collective unconscious” the best kind of collective unconscious, or the best kind of lesbian collective? I can’t decide.

  11. definetly ccr. garth brooks ((yeah yeah i know but seriously its old school)). the doors. the eagles. and johnny cash.

    also smores made with reese’s peanut butter cups!!

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