Today’s post comes from Barbara in Rivertown
Until this week, the last time I watched the World Series was October of 2006, with my dad during his last month on the planet. Dad had lived his whole life in Iowa. Before the Twins started up in 1961, and since Iowa had no major league team, he’d adopted the St. Louis Cardinals. Lo and behold, they made it to the World Series!
The hospice nurses gave him a Cardinals cap and some strings of red, white, and gold beads; he and Mom would put on the beads, I’d wear the hat, and we spent several cozy evenings in front of the tube, cheering the Cardinals on. Although the Cardinals were not at all favored to win, they managed to pull it out game after game. (It really did seem like they won the Series for my dad.) I don’t recall a great theme song, and although there seem to be some recent songs composed about the Cardinals, the only music I’ve been able to find from the 2006 era is a Budweiser theme Here Comes the King.
Fast forward ten years. I don’t think I would have cared much who won the World Series this year if it weren’t for Steve Goodman’s love for the Cubs. Not only did he give us “The Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request”
that we would hear on The Late Great Morning Show, at each spring’s baseball opener. Turns out he also wrote the song they now sing in the stands – “G0 CUBS GO!” Check out this tribute to Steve Goodman from NBC’s Mike Leonard in September, 2008:
The lyrics to the chorus are:
Go Cubs Go
Go Cubs Go
Hey, Chicago, what do you say
The Cubs are gonna win today
A 10/31/16 article about Goodman in the Jewish Journal, by Gabe Friedman explains: “Goodman’s two Cubs songs were closely linked to each other. Dallas Green, who became the team’s general manager in the early 1980s, was said to have hated “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” with a passion. It was rumored that Goodman made “Go Cubs Go,” which was commissioned by the local radio station WGN, as saccharine as possible as a light jab at Green. The song’s simple chorus caught on, and the tune is now played at Wrigley Field after every Cubs win there.”
There are other songs composed for the Cubs in the past few years. Here’s “All the Way” (Eddie Vedder Cubs song w Ernie Banks)-Live-Wrigley Field, Chicago,IL-7/19/13…
…and the Cubs Victory Song “By the Lakeside” by Katie Day:
Then there’s “(Bye Bye) Curse of 45” – Chicago Cubs 2016 Parody Song with Lyrics – Michele McGuire
Bye bye, curse of 45
Drive a goat on up to Wrigley and we’ll let it inside
These good old boys are gonna give it a try
Singin’ “This’ll be the year the curse dies…”
I may be biased, but I deem them perhaps not as catchy as Goodman’s.
What music do you remember that’s related to a competition or sport (even if it’s from high school)?