The Ballad of the Chicago Cubs

by Luke Redfield

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THE BALLAD OF THE CHICAGO CUBS
By Luke Redfield (Amer. folk musician, b. 1983)

’Twas just up in Ohio
On a cosmic rainy night
In a century-old tunnel
You can only pray you’ll see the light
Led by ol’ Joe Maddon
(And the ghost of Ernie Banks)
Sometimes you make things happen
Sometimes you just say thanks

CHORUS:
In the early hours of the morning
In the early hours of the day
Goodbye, billy goat,
For the curse has passed away
Now grandpa and his father
Can rest easy at last
The years have no number—
The Cubs are World Champs

On that Little League diamond
I remember when I was 10
Wearin’ Ryne Sandberg’s jersey
Oh, and wishin’ I were him
In that old pickup truck
On the AM radio
Listenin’ to the Cubs with my dad—
Where does time go?
(CHORUS)

Now, it only takes one run
To avenge every loss
Look at what you’ve done—
Touch ‘em all, David Ross
For every one who makes it
There’ll be ten that never do
Grandpa George, Aunt Louise
North Side, this one’s for you

In the early hours of the morning
In the early hours of the day
Goodbye, billy goat,
I could hear Harry Caray say
Now grandpa and his father
Can rest easy at last
The years have no number—
The Cubs are World Champs

At Wrigley in the 40s
You were wearing’ your blue dress
Faith will be rewarded—
Time will put it to the test
Come on, Billy Williams
Come on, Mark Grace
Come on, Rogers Hornsby
All, come and have a taste
(CHORUS)

’Twas just up in Ohio
On a cosmic, rainy night
In a century-old tunnel
You can only pray you’ll see the light
Led by ol’ Joe Maddon
(And the ghost of Ernie Banks)
Sometimes you make things happen
Sometimes you just say thanks
Sometimes you just say thanks

Sometimes you just say thanks

Written November 3, 2016
Published March 14, 2017

In the honor and memory of every Chicago Cubs player, coach, broadcaster, and fan throughout the ages. North Side, this one's for you!

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released March 21, 2017
Luke Redfield: guitar, vocals
Gary Calhoun James: bass, organ, vocals, percussion
Jeremy Ylvisaker: guitar

Written by Luke Redfield
Produced + Mixed by Gary Calhoun James
Mastered by Nick Moon

Recorded at Bell Tree in Austin, TX

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