A Lyrical Look at Cubs HistoryEddie Vedder has received some positive press for his new Chicago Cubs song, "All the Way." According to the story, Mr. Cub himself, Ernie Banks, personally requested the Pearl Jam front man to pen a song in tribute of the Cubs and their quest for a World Series championship. His song is good. I'm not racing over to iTunes to download the song, but it works. It does play a trifle bit like an Irish ballad. When I first heard it, I started looking for me pint of Guinness and ye olde Lucky Charms guy.
Still, it's difficult not to have a new Cubs song rank high among the list. Most of the true Cubs songs are a bit weak. For instance we have "Hey Hey Holy Mackeral," "Cubbies are Rockin'," "Men in Blue," and so on. Some are trendy and were written for a specific season. My favorite is still one written by a local musician.
Steve Goodman is probably best known for writing "The City of New Orleans" for Arlo Guthrie. He also wrote a number of songs with local appeal. Most Cubs fans probably are not aware that he wrote "Go Cubs, Go!" Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of that song. It's more of a WGN commercial than a Cubs song. My favorite Cubs song is "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request." Admittedly, it pokes fun at the Cubs and their fans. The song was written in 1983, so the last Cubs National League pennant was in 1945.
If you haven't heard the song before, enjoy. If you have, I hope it still makes you laugh.