Musician Marc C. Miller had long thought Portland needed a song – a la “New York, New York,” “Chicago is My Kind of Town,” or “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” – but he couldn’t come up with a focus until he saw Portland’s new statue (at the time) – Portlandia.
“I felt like writing about Portland through Portlandia’s eyes” (The Oregonian, 14-February-1987).
Old town, downtown, fountains and lights,
The Willamette reflecting our city at night
From bridges, nightspots in neighborhoods, too.
Together, we grow in love and respect for you.
Hours, days, weeks at a time,
Holiday weekends, time to unwind.
From winter’s reign through summer’s fall,
The lady of seasons belongs to us all.
Gazing upon the busy streets,
Reflecting the mountain’s history
Through her eyes,
She fills me with pride.
After a little lobbying and luck he got Mayor Bud Clark and the other members of the City Council to listen, and on May 3, 1989, with the adoption of resolution 34547, the song “Portlandia” was established as the official Portland City Song.