This Must Be The Place: Massachusetts”- Arlo Guthrie. Arlo Guthrie is a long time resident of Washington, Massachusetts which is located in Western Massachusetts. His song “Massachusetts” is on his great Amigo album which came out in 1976. I am not a huge Arlo fan- I haven’t heard every album of his but I can’t imagine that he has a better album than this one. “Massachusetts” is a lovely song he wrote to his state. The people of the state approved of it so much that in 1981 it was named the official folk song of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Clearly Arlo had the western part of the state in mind when the song was written. I have been through western Massachusetts a couple times and it is indeed a beautiful area.