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April 5, 2011 > History: 'That Union City of Mine'

History: 'That Union City of Mine'

By Myrla Raymundo

Do you know that Union City has an official song?

On May 20, 1991, the song "That Union City of Mine" was unanimously adopted by the City Council of Union City as the official song for Union City.

Written and produced by Steve King Stewart and Byron Allred, the song was recorded in May and June 1991 at Music Annex, in Menlo Park, California. The song was mastered at Music Annex with engineering by Tom Carr.


Band members were:

Keyboards - Byron Allred
Guitar - Jessi Gresso
Bass - Ned Doherty
Drums - Roger Thompson
Back-up Vocals - Sweet Sensations
Horns arranged by Wayne Wallace
Lead Vocal - Steve King Steward


Here it is...


That Union City of Mine


Well, I'm the kind of guy that likes to roam around some
and baby I've been around
But now I'm in a town where no one's ever lonesome
and, oh, won't you look at what I've found

Why, there's rows and rows of gladiolus reaching up to the sky
With smiles on faces from so many places
Let me show you why
Meet me at the park near Union City station
Sunday, quarter to nine
We'll walk along the boulevard
And you will fall in love
With that Union City of Mine

And we'll be together in the sunny California weather
And maybe forever, I'll be holding your hand in mine
Come and have a look around, the people and the places
There's so much I'd like to see
Just ask anyone in town
Those old familiar place
Are waiting for you and for me

Best of all
Near the city hall
Is a park with a lazy lagoon
And in the summer I'm told
Hills of green turn to gold
Under a sky of blue

Now you can hear the breeze that brings on winter showers
Telling you things will be fine
The morning sun so bright
and o'er the bay at twilight
is that Union City of Mine

And we'll be together
in the sunny California weather
And maybe forever
I'll be holding your hand in mine

There are children hard at play
Most anywhere you wander
Music of their laughter fills the air
And here is where we'll stay from now to ever after
If you will only tell me that you care

And whether it's Whipple Road, Alvarado-Niles, Mission
Boulevard or Decoto Road
From the home on the hillside to the shoreline at bayside
You'll feel right at home

Now you can hear the breeze that brings on winter showers
Telling you things will be fine
The morning sun is so bright
and o'er the bay at twilight
in that Union City of Mine
Well, I'm the kind of guy who's finally found a home
in that Union City of Mine

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