Actually, Sacramento has an official song……it just doesn’t know it yet. But it will. If I have anything to say about it.
My resident music encyclopedia (aka “Ron”), introduced it to me as part of an email conversation amongst our friends.
It’s a pop tune from 1972 called “Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)” by Middle of the Road. It was a number one hit in four countries. It’s credited with being the reason Europe had such an affinity for Americans.
And nobody’s heard of it.
I want everyone in Sacramento to know this song. To sing this song. To be played at Rivercats games for everyone to sing along like how everyone sang along to “Sweet Home Alabama” in that movie …what was that movie called? You know, the one with Reese Witherspoon of “Don’t you know who I am?” fame? What WAS that movie? Oh nevermind, I’m sure it will come to me.
Anyway, they play the song and everyone just KNOWS it. The whole country actually knows that song. And I want the whole country to know “Sacramento (What a Wonderful Town)”. I mean, if an entire continent across the pond can know it, why on earth can’t one lousy little town (ABOUT WHICH THE SONG SINGS BY THE WAY) know it?
I know. We’re a city, but in 1972, we were just a town, apparently.
And Sacramento is trying to embrace rather than run away from our little nickname of “Cow Town”. Did you know that we are the Farm to Fork Capital of America? We even have a logo and a festival and a website and everything to prove it.
Speaking of which, the Farm to Fork Festival starts next week. With a cattle drive! Yee-haw! And food things. And wine things. And dinner on the Tower Bridge, which may or may not be going for some kind of Longest Dining Table record or something.
And they should play “Sacramento” for everyone to hear and learn and love and sing and adopt as our official song.
So anyway, why is this not our song? After all, it’s a tribute to Sacramento, and gosh, nobody ever sings about us. There are songs about Chicago, New York, San Francisco,… even frickin’ Lodi! Why on earth is “Sacramento” not in our collective vernacular?
We should be teaching it to school children. It should be played at River Cats games where everyone sings along because it’s as ubiquitous as “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.
It should be piped in at the State Fair, shopping malls and everywhere people are having fun, creating an insidiously subliminal association with it until it inevitably becomes our city’s official song.
And even if they refuse that song, they (whoever “they” are) should have a contest for someone to “write” the official song and have people vote on it.
I will even run this campaign to get Sacramento to adopt a song, only I don’t know how you go about doing that, so I’m forming an exploratory committee to see what it takes to bring this to the forefront and make it happen. We will call it the SOS Campaign Committee, or something like that. Because we need a song NOW! And because SOS stands for Sacramento’s Official Song. Cool, right?
If you think this is a good idea, leave a comment. If you want to join the SOS exploratory committee (because I can’t do all this by myself), leave a comment. Enough with the “we should, we should”. Let’s do this.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60WTVLMyGdI
And if you can’t get enough of them singing it on a train, here is one of them singing it on a boat:
And the standard, singing on stage version:
Here are the words to the first verse:
There’s something about the weather that everybody loves
They call it the Indian Spring of Sacramento
And when the sun is up in the sky
The wind is blowing by the riverside, most every day
You’re in Sacramento, a wonderful town
Sing, sing, sing, din-di-din
If you know what an “Indian Spring” or a “din-di-din” is, let me know.
And if you don’t like this song and prefer the idea of a contest, there is one more song out there about Sacramento. Have you heard the one by local discount jazz band, the FreeBadge Serenaders?
Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjbOtCjtiC0