Monday, August 05, 2013

A tale of two anthems

In the news out west is this: AppealDemocrat.com: Since You Asked: They were singing about Yuba City in '85

The song was all about Yuba City's ranking in the 1985 Rand McNally Places Rated Almanac.  the one that surprisingly had Pittsburgh #1. Of course, they were not the only one's flummoxed by the rankings back then.  Some serious research even went into refuting Pittsburgh's top ranking. For more see this old post: Say it ain't Pittsburgh ever again..

We had our own anthems touting our first place ranking that year. See the WTAE version at bottom.  But here are the lyrics for Yuba City's defiant reply:

I’d rather live in Yuba City by 90 Proof Country (circa 1985)

We saw it on the news
Yuba City was the worst
And then they said that Pittsburgh somehow came in first
To wonder how it happened.
They didn’t come and ask us.
Seems like Rand McNally got their head up their Atlas

It Seems like Rand McNally got lost in all their facts
And they didn’t come to visit when they gave us the ax
They said they got statistics in making their defense
But when they wrote their book they should have some common sense

I’d rather live in Yuba City than in Pittsburgh, PA
I’d rather smell the peaches than the urban decay
I’d rather have the sunshine than a blizzard every day
I’d rather live in Yuba City than in Pittsburgh, PA

You can get rich with fiction, providing some tall tale
And some folks will do anything just to make a sell
But it takes the biggest moron on this planet earth.....
..to say that we’re the worst place and then say that it’s research

Now Pittsburgh is an OK town, if you like industrial waste
And the humid hot summers just turns that smog to paste
And if you get mugged and beaten up while waiting for your bus,
just read your Rand McNally and don’t go blaming us.

I’d rather live in Yuba City than in Pittsburgh, PA
I’d rather smell the peaches than the urban decay
I’d rather have the sunshine than a blizzard every day
I’d rather live in Yuba City than in Pittsburgh, PA
I’d rather live in Yuba City than in Pittsburgh, PA


WTAE's contemporaneous version: