Album: not on an album (1967)
  • [Spoken]
    Tacoma has a very special greeting for its visitors
    but plans are to clean up the tide flats and do away with
    "the Aroma of Tacoma"
    We present this memory for future generations

    The Aroma of Tacoma takes your breath away
    You can tell it, you can smell it, when you're fourteen miles away
    From the great Olympic Mountains to the tide flats by the shore
    that aroma will be with us for now and ever more
    As you drive along the highway the scenery is sublime
    But the flowers smell like pulp mill - almost all the time
    The Aroma of Tacoma'll cure a head cold any day
    In fact we guarantee it to take your breath away

    And you know that halitosis is better than no breath at all!

    As you gather on your patio for a barbecue divine
    that aroma comes a-creepin' and you almost change you mind
    For no matter how good the meat would taste when you dig that gorgeous smell
    You'd think the beef was butchered when it really wasn't well
    Someday they'll find a used sign over that unwanted aroma
    And when they do I hope it'll be ten-thousand miles from Tacoma
    They can stuff it in a missile case and let the Green Berets
    use it on the Viet Cong to end the war that way
    Now if you be complainin', remember we're not alone
    There always is Seattle with a smell all of it's own
    Grand juries and court houses caused them lots of shame
    While all we've got is the smelter on which to lay the blame Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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