"California Drinking Song" is a spirit song from the University of California, Berkeley. The first appearances of this song are traced to 1939. Both the UC Men's Octet and the University of California Marching Band perform it as part of their repertoire. It is a blend of other songs, including The Goddamned Dutch.
In 1940, editor Richard Pryne of the Daily Bruin at UCLA acceded to a request by Earle R. Hedrick, provost of the school, to stop printing the words to the song in the student newspaper because a branch of the Women's Christian Temperance Union had complained about it.
- ^ Lyrics and history of the song
- ^ George L. Garrigues, Loud Bark and Curious Eyes (1997), Los Angeles, page 57