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sports references in song

Postby paddyinthepub » Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:42 am

Karen, your topic on Hometown Sports and Notables had me thinking of a few songs by a couple of favorites of mine that happen to bring sports or athletes into song. Originally thought of making mention of those songs and artists in your newly started thread only now I think it might deserve a thread all it's own. So, it's another look at how something as simple as sports have found their way into song via the artistry of singers and songwriters. Here's a few that come to mind right now:


"There's a football Hall of Famer in the phonebook"

From the song The Ballad of Jamie Bee by John Gorka....

and

"Life beyond the playground fence....serious as basketball"

From the song Where The Bottles Break also by John Gorka.....


I'm a huge fan of John Gorka and have seen him play live numerous times. He used to play The Ballad of Jamie Bee early on when it was brand spankin new though it's been forever since I've heard him do it. Great song!

John played the Mucky Duck in Houston the very night after the Houston Rockets had won the NBA Championship. Well, I thought the town had gone nuts enough the night before, when John got to the line in his song Where The Bottles Break that touches on the fact that Life beyond the playground fence is serious as basketball....HOLY COW, the folks in the audience erupted in applause so loud it was almost earth shaking. :shock:

Circa 1994 ~ 1995

Hard to recall since we won back to back NBA Championships. :D
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Postby KarenZ » Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:51 am

Paddy.....the obvious one, of course:

"She's winding up like Satchel Page" -- Ellis Paul

Now THAT would be a pitch! ;)

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Postby paddyinthepub » Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:45 pm

Looks like John Gorka is ahead 3 to 1 in the bottom of the first folks:

"Pittsburgh has the Steelers and the Pirates and the Thieves"

From Grand Larceny by John Gorka.

John's car was apparently broken in to while playing a gig there.

He was none too happy and sought revenge in song.

And a great song at that.
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Postby paddyinthepub » Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:41 am

I'm kicking off from centerfield
Bulbs
Van Morrison
Veedon Fleece
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Postby care » Mon Sep 04, 2006 6:53 pm

RIGHT FIELD by Peter Paul and Mary

one of my all time favorites. when Noel Paul sings that i giggle and the four year old inside of me comes out strong.

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Postby paddyinthepub » Wed Sep 13, 2006 8:48 am

....put me in coach
...i'm ready to play, today
...look at me, gonna be
...centerfield


John Fogerty....solo...once lead singer for Creedence Clearwater Revival.
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Postby paddyinthepub » Mon Sep 25, 2006 7:35 am

The opening pages of Ellis' book "Notes From The Road" has Ellis "trying" to surf in the waters off the coast of California. Too funny. I've tried to surf before, didn't work for me either.

let's go surfin now
everybody's learnin how
come on a safari with me

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