There’s a “DomaTacoma” Song From 1983 You’ve Got to Hear

“Driving down I-5, feeling kinda witty/Takin’ in the sunshine, lookin’ at the city” begin the lyrics of a Tacoma Dome song not nearly enough people are aware even exists.

Recently we bumped into the carnivalesque ditty on Instagram, thanks to a post by @tacomamusichistory. Just a few days prior they’d published a short article that reads in part:

This novelty song, The Doma Tacoma, was written by local musician Arel Thomas and performed by The Kicks, a short-lived early-1980’s band, in honor of the opening of the Tacoma Dome in 1983.

Take a listen to the jam found in the collection of the Tacoma Historical Society

As best we can hear them, the DomaTacoma lyrics read:

Driving down I-5, feeling kinda witty
Takin’ in the sunshine, lookin’ at the city
With my music on, and I come upon
A sight that’s somethin’ to see
Well it’s big and round like cakes on a griddle
Pretty blue dome it’s risin’ in the middle
And I rub my eyes, what a nice surprise
How proud the people must be

The doma Tacoma
(The doma Tacoma)
Where the rockstars, ??? stars, gonna-make-it-big stars play
The doma Tacoma
(The dome Tacoma)
Well it’s got a funny name but it’s gonna be famous some day
Listen to what I say

Well I got two tickets and I got my little baby, gonna take her down to the Dome, say maybe
For some rock and roll, or a country show, where they’re pickin’ and grinnin’ all night
And if you have some friends who wanna hold a convention
Wear their crazy hats and get wild not to mention
A rodeo, I’ll go ya’know, everything gonna be right at


{Chorus a few more times}

What’s the one word in the chorus, though? Is it “jock” stars?

There are captions available on the Youtube video…but apparently they’re Dutch. No idea why. I’ll save you the trouble of going to Google Translate and typing that bit in and just show you what I turned up:

I suppose if you’re going to put the stupid up for sale you may as well throw in that extra spray…

Seriously though, help us get the lyrics right? Let us know what you hear by leaving a comment below.

By the way, if you’re interested in more photos and history on the construction of our beloved icon, check out the article we did for the Tacoma Dome’s site.

Images courtesy of the Tacoma Dome/Sierra Hartman

  1. Jock stars. Music with Moscowitz used to play this all the time. Usually to accompany “I Saw Godzilla Eat Up Tukwila”.

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