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Story behind Effington

Posted by commonmary

I was wondering if anyone knew the back-story to Effington. Mostly concerning where he saw the town, or I guess the name of the town. Was it even in the states or was it in a different country?
Let me know your theory or factual analysis!


many years ago I played for an event in Effingham. It was NOT the time of my life. Smile

Effingham is a smaller town in Southern IL...surrounded by Amish country. I believe it's on I-57. I was at the concert at ISU (which is located in Normal, IL) when Ben first sang the song. My mom grew up near Effingham....we've made fun of the name for years...the tune is near and dear to my heart.