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Time for UCLA football players to name that tune

August 08, 2012|By Chris Foster
  • The seal of the city of San Bernardino.
The seal of the city of San Bernardino.

New York City has Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York." Los Angeles has Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” Las Vegas has Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas,” unless you prefer the Dead Kennedys version.

San Bernardino, where UCLA is holding its training camp, is not left out. In fact, there are two songs. Christie, a 1960s group, titled “San Bernadino,” and Frank Zappa’s “San Ber’dino."

Bruins football players can pick their preferred version.

Is it the city’s official song, sung by Christie?

“But there's one place where I know the sun is shining endlessly; And it’s calling me across the sea; So I must get back to San Bernadino.”

Or is it Zappa's drastically different view of the city?

“Come on with me down to San Ber’dino; Just sixty miles, sixty miles down the San Ber'dino freeway; They got some dark green air an’ you can choke all day.”

Hint on who knows more about San Bernardino: Members of Christie were all from England. Zappa wrote his song after spending 10 days in the San Bernardino County jail.

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