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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Eddie Vedder: "Someday We'll Go All The Way"

Napa, you may want to avert your eyes of this post. And for that matter, if I have posted this here before, I apologize (although I did a few searches and couldn't find anything).

So those things aside, I see that ol' Eddie Vedder has a new song he recently played at a concert in Chicago--"Someday We'll Go All The Way." You can download it here (right click, save link as). The lyrics are below.

This might be one of the coolest things I have seen in a while; it is not too often that you get a legitimately awesome artist to write songs about your favorite team (or any team, for that matter). As for the song itself, it sounds like an old folk protest song--a perfect tone for a defiant Cub fan. Favorite line: "And when the day comes for that last winning run, and I'm crying and covered with beer."

Preach on, Eddie. Preach on.

**UPDATE** Awesome news, from Pearl Jam's website:

"At the request of Ernie Banks, Eddie threw together a song for the Cubs ("All the Way"). He got a pretty good live version of it at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago this August. It's now being played on Chicago radio and at the Bleacher Bars around Wrigleyville. We have decided to make the song available for download - you can get it here in the next few days. There's a chance we'll also make available some hard copy CDs and we're looking into souvenir 45 singles, as well. Check back here for the latest.
Go, Cubs, go!"

Yeah, don't let them say that it's just a game.
Well, I've seen other teams and it is never the same.
When you go to Chicago, you're blessed and you're healed, The first time you walk into Wrigley Field.
Heroes with pinstripes and heroes in blue, Give us the chance to feel like heroes do.
Whether we'll win and if we should lose, we know Someday we'll go all the way.
Yeah, someday we'll go all the way.

We are one with the Cubs, with the Cubs we're in love.
Hold our heads tall as the underdogs.
We are not fair-weather, but foul-weather fans.
Like brothers in arms, in the suites and the stands.
There's magic in the Ivy and the old scoreboard.
The same one I stared at as a kid keeping score.
In a world full of greed, we could never want more.
Someday we'll go all the way.
Yeah, someday we'll go all the way.

Here's to the men and the legends we've known.
Giving us faith and giving us hope.
United we stand and united we'll fall
Down to our knees the day we win it all.
Yeah Ernie Banks said, "oh, let's play two".
I think he meant two hundred years.
Playing at Wrigley, our diamond, our jewel.
The home of our joy and our fears.
Keeping traditions, and wishes anew,
The place where our grandfathers' fathers they grew.
The spitual feeling if I ever knew.
And when the day comes for that last winning run, and I'm crying and covered with beer.
I look to the sky and know I was right today.
Someday we'll go all the way.
Yeah, someday we'll go all the way.

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Very very cool G.A.

-The Oily-Bohunk
So what's it like to root for the Red Sox, anyway?

I can't wait for the romantic comedy built around these tortured Cubs fans and their very clean hats.
Disgruntled +1, adam.
You know what else Eddie Vedder Likes? Historian Howard Zinn. Look him up. Vedder also wrote a song about him called 'Down'. Look that up too.
Gross, just gross.

But the fact that its the cubs aside, those lyrics are aweful. I believe they were written by an eight-year-old in Iowa for a class project on on poetry writing.

"Heroes with pinstripes and heroes in blue, Give us the chance to feel like heroes do"...I mean come on, honestly. This from the same guy who brought an injured Iraq war vet out on stage during shows last year. I think he called him a hero too. Cubs player, injured vet...totally on the same level.
Wow, we're talking about a song about baseball written and performed by one of the great musical acts of our generation--not his politics.

If I based liking music and movies on politics, I wouldn't like music and movies.

As the great scholars of The Offspring said, "You've got to keep them separated."
Napa, Cub players *are* heros. Did you see that Soto home run last night?

Not only are they winning games, they're saving democracy, solving the financial market crisis, and providing free, clean energy to us all.
My comment was more just about how bad the lyrics are.

But since you mentioned it. When it comes to eddie there isn't much separation, between his music and his politics there never has been. It becomes nearly impossible to analyze one without the other because he has always flaunted both equally. His songs are packed with his views on religion, politics and social issues. Remove those ideals and his/their music loses a lot of its relevance.

That said, this song is about baseball and fun and I hope lots of dudes in wrigleyville drink lots of $8 beers to honor this masterpiece.

Meanwhile I'll be at the Cell, hoping that someone isn't outside taking a hacksaw to my catalytic converter again.
I think you both should go read some Howard Zinn.
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There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don't know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game.

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