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"Once Upon a Time in New York City" is a song that plays at the beginning of Oliver & Company. It is sung by Huey Lewis and music by Barry Mann and lyrics by Howard Ashman.

Lyrics

Now it's always once upon a time, in New York City
It's a big old, bad old, tough old town, it's true
But beginnings are contagious there
They're always setting stages there
They're always turning pages there for you

Ain't it great the way it all begins in New York City
Right away, you're making time, and making friends
No one cares where you were yesterday
If they pick you out, you're on your way
To a once upon a time that never ends

So Oliver, don't be shy
Get out there and go and try
Believing that you're the guy
They're dying to see...
Cause a dream's no crime
Not once upon a time
Once upon a time in New York City

If it's always once upon a time in New York City
Why does nightfall find you feeling so alone
How could any one stay starry-eyed
When it's raining cats and dogs outside
And the rain has said, "Now you're on your own"

So Oliver, don't be scared
Though yesterday no one cared
They're getting your place prepared
Where you want to be
Keep your dream alive
Dreaming is still how the strong survive
Once upon a time in New York City

Keep your dream alive
Dreaming is still how the strong survive
Once upon a time in New York City

Keep your dream alive
Dreaming is still how the strong survive
Once upon a time in New York City

And it's always once upon a time...in New York City...

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Media
Oliver & CompanySoundtrackDisney Read-AlongClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingVideo
Characters
OliverDodgerFaginTitoRitaFrancisEinsteinGeorgetteJenny FoxworthWinstonMr. and Mrs. FoxworthPenny (deleted) • Rufus (deleted) • Bill SykesRoscoe and DeSotoOliver's Old Kitten FriendsLouie the Hot Dog Man
Locations
New YorkKitten BoxFagin's BargeFoxworth ResidenceSykes' Warehouse
Transportation
Fagin's ScooterSykes' CadillacFoxworths' Limousine
Songs
Once Upon a Time in New York CityWhy Should I WorryStreets of GoldPerfect Isn't EasyGood Company