Song Lyric Sunday: Sacramento Love

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, writers were challenged to dig up a song that reminded them of their roots, locating a tune that references their home town or city. “The California Kid” Urijah Faber, from his style to his attitude, embodies what “The Golden State” is all about, and his walkout song, “California Love” by 2Pac, pinpoints the part of Northern California I proudly represent, Sacramento, which is the city where Faber, the former WEC Champion and UFC Hall of Famer, is the unofficial mayor.

Lyrics to “California Love”:

California love!California knows how to party

California knows how to party

In the citaaay of L.A.

In the city of good ol’ Watts

In the city, the city of Compton

We keep it rockin! We keep it rockin!Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild west

A state that’s untouchable like Elliot Ness

The track hits ya eardrum like a slug to ya chest

Pack a vest for your Jimmy in the city of sex

We in that sunshine state with a bomb ass hemp beat

the state where ya never find a dance floor empty

And pimps be on a mission for them greens

lean mean money-makin-machines servin fiends

I been in the game for ten years makin rap tunes

ever since honeys was wearin sassoon

Now it’s ’95 and they clock me and watch me

Diamonds shinin lookin like I robbed Liberace

It’s all good, from Diego to tha Bay

Your city is tha bomb if your city makin pay

Throw up a finger if ya feel the same way

Dre puttin it down for

Californ-i-a

California knows how to party

(knows how to party)

California (West Coast) knows how to party

In the city of L.A.

In the city of good ol’ Watts

In the city, the city of Compton

We keep it rockin! We keep it rockin!Shake it shake it baby

Shake it shake it baby

Shake it shake it mama

Shake it Cali

Shake it shake it baby

Shake it shake it

Shake it shake it mama

Shake it Cali

Out on bail fresh outta jail, California dreamin

Soon as I stepped on the scene, I’m hearin hoochies screamin

Fiendin for money and alcohol

the life of a west side playa where cowards die and its all ball

Only in Cali where we riot not rally to live and die

In L.A. we wearin Chucks not Ballies (that’s right)

Dressed in Locs and khaki suits and ride is what we do

Flossin but have caution we collide with other crews

Famous cause we program worldwide

Let’em recognize from Long Beach to Rosecrans

Bumpin and grindin like a slow jam, it’s west side

So you know the row won’t bow down to no man

Say what you say

But give me that bomb beat from Dre

Let me serenade the streets of L.A.

From Oakland to Sacktown

The Bay Area and back down

Cali is where they put they mack down

Give me love!California knows how to party

California knows how to party

In the city of L.A.

In the city of good ol’ Watts

In the city, the city of Compton

We keep it rockin! We keep it rockin!Shake it shake it baby

Shake it shake it baby

Shake it shake it mama

Shake it Cali

Shake it shake it baby

Shake it shake it

Shake it shake it mama

Shake it CaliUh, yeah, uh, longbeach in tha house, uh yeah

Oaktown, Oakland definately in tha house hahaha

Frisko, Frisko

Hey, you know LA is up in this

Pasadena, where you at

yeah, Inglewood, Inglewood always up to no good

Even Hollywood tryin to get a piece baby

Sacramento, sacramento where ya at? yeahThrow it up y’all, throw it up, Throw it up

I can’t see ya

Let’s show these fools how we do this on that west side

Cause you and I know it’s tha best sideYeah, That’s right

west coast, west coast

uh, California Love

California Love

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Where ya at

Yeah

Prompted from Song Lyric Sunday at: https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2020/04/18/familiar-place/.

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