“The Oakland Song” At The Alley Cat Bar Oakland 3325 Grand Avenue
ONN – The Alley Cat Bar In Oakland At 3325 Grand Avenue Has “The Oakland Song”
The Alley is the place where the late Rod Dibble taught me and a generation of patrons (The Alley Cat Bar and Restaurant at 3325 Grand Avenue in Oakland) to sing “The Oakland Song.”
The Oakland Song lyrics are these:
I am are sure that you’re aware
of famous cities everywhere
the ones they write about in song and verse
There are songs about Chicago, Paris, London, and St. Paul,
Buffalo, Miami, and for goodness sake Beaver Falls
But Tin Pan Alley did us wrong
because they never wrote a song
about the greatest city of them all
Now don’t go away, I hope you’ll stay
and hear this song I wrote today…
Oakland’s got the Tribune Tower
Oakland’s got Lake Merritt, too
She’s got Jack London Square
The Alley Cat is there!
The Kaiser Center sticks up everywhere.
Where did all the people go when ‘Frisco burned?
They all went to Oakland and never returned
Right outside the city limits
Scoots a freeway called the Nimitz
Of all the pretty cities, she’s the leader
And don’t forget the tube to Alameda…
She has pride,
Oh what a view
Oakland, we’re for you
Don’t mean Milpitas!
Oakland, we’re for you!
Now, the one version that Ben Fong-Torres features on his video of the original song was altered by Rod Dibble, who started singing it at The Alley back in 1962. I recall Rob saying the song was first created in the 1940s, and way before the Goodtime Washboard 3 got a hold of it and made their version of the song.
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