Do They Still Play the Blues in Chicago?

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Practice for next day's Air Show

 

Do They Still Play the Blues in Chicago?

 

A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request

By Steve Goodman

 

Here’s a live acoustic version by Steve Goodman.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xBxZGQ1dJk

 

By the shores of old Lake Michigan
Where the "hawk wind" blows so cold
An old Cub fan lay dying
In his
midnight hour that tolled.

21 wonderful Windy City TravBuddies


All around his bed, his friends had all gathered
They knew his time was short
Upon his head they put this bright blue cap
From his all-time favorite sport.
He told them, "Its late and its getting dark in here"
And I know its time to go
But before I leave the line-up
Boys, there's just one thing I'd like to know.”

 

“Do they still play the blues in Chicago
When baseball season rolls around
When the snow melts away,
Do the Cubbies still play
In their ivy-covered burial ground?
When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
But now they only bring fatigue
To the home of the brave
The land of the free
And the doormat of the National League.”

 

He told his friends, "You know the law of averages says:
Anything will happen that can
But the last time the Cubs won a National League pennant
Was the year we dropped the bomb on Japan.
The Cubs made me a criminal
Sent me down a wayward path
They stole my youth from me
I'd forsake my teachers
To go sit in the bleachers
In flagrant truancy

and then one thing led to another
and soon I'd discovered alcohol, gambling, dope
football, hockey, lacrosse, tennis
But what do you expect,
When you raise up a young boy's hopes
And then just crush 'em like so many paper beer cups.

Year after year after year
after year, after year, after year, after year, after year
'Til those hopes are just so much popcorn
for the pigeons beneath the 'L' tracks to eat.”


He said, "You know I'll never see Wrigley Field, anymore before my eternal rest
So if you have your pencils and your score cards ready,
Then I'll read you my last request.”
He said, "Give me a double header funeral in Wrigley Field
On some sunny weekend day (no lights)
Have the organ play the "National Anthem"
and then a little 'na, na, na, na, hey hey, hey, Goodbye'
Make six bullpen pitchers, carry my coffin
And six ground keepers clear my path
Have the umpires bark me out at every base
In all their holy wrath.”


”It’s a beautiful day for a funeral, Hey Ernie lets play two!
Somebody go get Jack Brickhouse to come back,
and conduct just one more interview.

Lola & I enjoy River & Lake cruise

Have the Cubbies run right out into the middle of the field,
Have Keith Moreland drop a routine fly.
Give everybody two bags of peanuts and a frosty malt
And I'll be ready to die.”

 

“Then build a big fire on home plate out of your Louisville Sluggers baseball bats,
And toss my coffin in
And let my ashes blow in a beautiful snow
From the prevailing 30 mile an hour southwest wind.
And as my last remains go flying over the left-field wall
I’ll bid the bleacher bums adieu
And I will come to my final resting place, out on
Waveland Avenue.”

 

The dying man's friends told him to cut it out
They said, “Stop it that's an awful shame.”
He whispered, "Don't cry, we'll meet by and by near the Heavenly Hall of Fame
He said, "I've got season's tickets to watch the Angels now,
So its just what I'm going to do.”
He said, "But you the living, you're stuck here with the Cubs,
So its me that feels sorry for you!"

And he said, "Play that lonesome losers tune,
That's the one I like the best."
And he closed his eyes, and slipped away
What we got is the Dying Cub Fan's Last Request.
And here it is:

 

“Do they still play the blues in Chicago
When baseball season rolls around
When the snow melts away,
Do the Cubbies still play
In their ivy-covered burial ground?
When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
But now they only bring fatigue
To the home of the brave
The land of the free
And the doormat of the National League.”

 

 

Super Bowl Shuffle

Written by B.

Fabulous & fun Flatwater Restaurant
Daniels, L. Barry, R. Meyer & M. Owens

Performed by the 1985 Chicago Bears

 

Here’s the video made by the Chicago Bears just before their 1985 Super Bowl victory:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev6AAgZGaPs

 

By the shores of old Lake Michigan

 

Chorus

We are the Bears Shufflin' Crew.

Shufflin' on down, doin' it for you.

We're so bad we know we're good.

Blowin' your mind like we knew we would.

You know we're just struttin' for fun.

Struttin' our stuff for everyone.

We're not here to start not trouble.

Michigan & Wacker - boat location

We're just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.

 

Walter Payton

Well, they call me Sweetness,

And I like to dance.

Runnin' the ball is like makin' romance.

We've had the goal since training camp

To give Chicago a Super Bowl Champ.

And we're not doin' this

Because we're greedy.

The Bears are doin' it to feed the needy.

We didn't come here to look for trouble,

We just came here to do

The Super Bowl Shuffle.

 

Willie Gault

This is Speedy Willie, and I'm world class.

I like runnin', but I love to get the pass.

I practice all day and dance all night,

I got to get ready for the Sunday fight.

Keith presented farthest away shirt

Now, I'm as smooth as a chocolate swirl,

I dance a little funky, so watch me girl.

There's not one here that does it like me,

My Super Bowl Shuffle will set you free.

 

Mike Singletary

I'm Samurai Mike, I stop'em cold.

Part of the defense, big and bold,

I've been jammin' for quite a while,

Doin' what's right and settin' the style,

Give me a chance, I'll rock you good,

Nobody messin' in my neighborhood.

I didn't come here lookin' for trouble,

I just came to do The Super Bowl Shuffle

 

Chorus

We are the Bears Shufflin' Crew.

Shufflin' on down, doin' it for you.

We're so bad we know we're good.

Take steps to First Lady boat fleet

Blowin' your mind like we knew we would.

You know we're just struttin' for fun.

Struttin' our stuff for everyone.

We're not here to start not trouble.

We're just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.

 

Jim McMahon

I'm the punky QB, known as McMahon.

When I hit the turf, I've got no plan.

I just throw my body all over the field.

I can't dance, but I can throw the pill.

I motivate the cats, I like to tease.

I play so cool, I aim to please.

That's why you all got here on the double

To catch me doin' the Super Bowl Shuffle.

 

Otis Wilson

I'm mama's boy Otis, one of a kind.

The ladies all love me

For my body and my mind.

Bill, Jeremy & Lena give thumbs up

I'm slick on the floor as I can be

But ain't no sucker gonna get past me.

Some guys are jealous

Of my style and class,

That's why some end up on their -,

I didn't come here lookin' for trouble,

I just get down to The Super Bowl Shuffle.

 

Steve Fuller

They say Jimbo is our man.

If Jimmy can't do it, I sure can.

This is Steve, and it's no wonder

I run like lightnin', pass like thunder.

So bring on Atlanta, bring on Dallas,

This is for Mike and Papa Bear Halas.

I'm not here to feather his ruffle,

I just came here to do

The Super Bowl Shuffle.

Architecture cruise not available..

 

Mike Richardson

I'm L.A. Mike, and I play it cool.

They don't sneak by me 'cause I'm no fool.

I fly on the field and get on down.

Everybody knows I don't mess around.

I can break'em, shake'em,

Any time of day.

I like to steal it and make 'em pay,

So please don't cry to beat my hustle

'Cause I'm just here to do

The Super Bowl Shuffle.

 

Chorus

We are the Bears Shufflin' Crew.

Shufflin' on down, doin' it for you.

We're so bad we know we're good.

Blowin' your mind like we knew we would.

You know we're just struttin' for fun.

Struttin' our stuff for everyone.

Courtnie, Lola & Stephanie

We're not here to start not trouble.

We're just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.

 

Richard Dent

The sackman's comin', I'm your man, Dent.

If the quarterback's slow,

He's gonna get bent.

We stop the run, we stop the pass,

I like to dump guys on their -.

We love to play for the world's best fans,

You better start makin'

Your Super Bowl plans.

But don't get ready or go to any trouble

Unless you practice

The Super Bowl Shuffle.

 

Gary Fencik

It's Gary here, and I'm Mr. Clean.

They call me "hit man,"

Don't know what they mean.

..So Lola & I take River/Lake combo

They throw it long and watch me run,

I'm on my man, one-on-one.

Buddy's guys cover it down to the bone,

That's why they call us the 46 zone.

Come on everybody let's scream and yell,

We're goin' to do the Shuffle,

Then ring your bell.

 

William Perry

You're lookin' at the Fridge,

I'm the rookie.

I may be large, but I'm no dumb cookie.

You've seen me hit, you've seen me run,

When I kick and pass, we'll have more fun.

I can dance, you will see,

The others, they all learn from me.

I don't come here lookin' for trouble,

I just came here to do

The Super Bowl Shuffle.

 

Chorus

We are the Bears Shufflin' Crew.

Shufflin' on down, doin' it for you.

We're so bad we know we're good.

Blowin' your mind like we knew we would.

You know we're just struttin' for fun.

Struttin' our stuff for everyone.

We're not here to start not trouble.

We're just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.

festerwretch says:
I used to sing the Super Bowl Shuffle all the time as a kid! :D
Posted on: Sep 16, 2009
world-traveller123 says:
Looks like lots of fun. I love chicago myself.
Posted on: Sep 15, 2009
marksreynolds says:
That was a great time! Thanks for the memories :)
Posted on: Sep 15, 2009
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Elle gets Mark & Mark sandwich

 

Chicago - Baby, Don’t You Want To Go

 

Chicago has had so many fabulous songs written about it. I’ve decided to include four of my favorites in this blog: two classics on this page and two sports tunes on the next.


Sweet Home Chicago

Song credited to Robert Johnson

 

Here’s the Blues Brothers version from their 1980 film with John Beluchi (Joliet Jake) and Dan Akroyd (Elwood):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9hdiUuSgIc

 

Come on!
Oh baby, don't you want to go.
Come on!
Oh baby, don't you want to go
Back to that same old place
Sweet home, Chicago.

Come on!
Baby, don't you want to go.
Hidehey!
Baby, don't you want to go
Back to that same old place
Oh, sweet home, Chicago.



Well, one and one is two.
Six and two is eight.
Come on baby, don't ya make me late.
Hidehey!
Baby, don't you want to go
Back to that same old place
Sweet home, Chicago.

Come on!
Baby, don't you want to go.

Come on!
Baby, don't you want to go
Back to that same old place
Sweet home, Chicago.

Six and three is nine.
Nine and nine is eighteen.
Look there brother baby and see what I've seen.
Hidehey!
Baby, don't you want to go
Back to that same old place
Sweet home, Chicago.

Oh, come on!
Baby don't you want to go.
Come on!
Baby don't you want to go
Back to that same old place
Sweet home, Chicago,

 

 

My Kind of Town

By Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Kahn

 

Here’s Frank Sinatra’s version from the 1964 movie, Robin and the 7 Hoods:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bIVjxis4W0

 

Now this could only happen to a guy like me
And only happen in a town like this.
So may I say to each of you most gratefully
As I throw each one of you a kiss:

This is my kind of town.
Chicago is my kind of town.
Chicago is my kind of people, too;
People who smile at you.

And each time I roam
Chicago is calling me home.
Chicago is one town why I just grin like a clown;
It's my kind of town.

My kind of town.
Chicago is my kind of town.
Chicago is my kind of razzmatazz
And it has all that jazz.

And each time I leave
Chicago is tugging my sleeve.
Chicago is the Wrigley Building,
Chicago is the Union Stockyards,
Chicago is one town that won't let you down;
It's my kind of town.

Practice for next days Air Show
Practice for next day's Air Show
21 wonderful Windy City TravBuddies
21 wonderful Windy City TravBuddies
Lola & I enjoy River & Lake cruise
Lola & I enjoy River & Lake cruise
Fabulous & fun Flatwater Restaurant
Fabulous & fun Flatwater Restaurant
Michigan & Wacker - boat location
Michigan & Wacker - boat location
Keith presented farthest away shirt
Keith presented farthest away shirt
Take steps to First Lady boat fleet
Take steps to First Lady boat fleet
Bill, Jeremy & Lena give thumbs up
Bill, Jeremy & Lena give thumbs up
Architecture cruise not available..
Architecture cruise not available..
Courtnie, Lola & Stephanie
Courtnie, Lola & Stephanie
..So Lola & I take River/Lake combo
..So Lola & I take River/Lake combo
Elle gets Mark & Mark sandwich
Elle gets Mark & Mark sandwich
Mark with Floridas Maria & Joanne
Mark with Florida's Maria & Joanne
All having a terrific TB time
All having a terrific TB time
gianina007 - a woman of danger
gianina007 - a woman of danger
I kiss Lena as her hubby Mark grins
I kiss Lena as her hubby Mark grins
Maria & Lola-late night party gals
Maria & Lola-late night party gals
We gather at Flatwater restaurant
We gather at Flatwater restaurant
Jim & Joy from Milwaukee
Jim & Joy from Milwaukee
Flatwater - tonights meetup locale
Flatwater - tonight's meetup locale
Mark was a marvelous TravBuddy host
Mark was a marvelous TravBuddy host
Flatwater restaurant-great location
Flatwater restaurant-great location
T-Shirt given to Keith from Hawaii
T-Shirt given to Keith from Hawaii
Keith soaks in the moment :-D
Keith soaks in the moment :-D
Stephanie & I chat about the Cubs
Stephanie & I chat about the Cubs
Maria & Jo plan next TravBuddy trip
Maria & Jo plan next TravBuddy trip
Sun-Times building & raised bridge
Sun-Times building & raised bridge
2 Wisconsin guys - Cory & Jim
2 Wisconsin guys - Cory & Jim
Everyone enjoys beautiful evening
Everyone enjoys beautiful evening
Jeremy says, Ah, I might have one
Jeremy says, "Ah, I might have one"
Mike (mmarc2000) from Chicago
Mike (mmarc2000) from Chicago
Gianina came from Hastings, England
Gianina came from Hastings, England
Grins abound at TravBuddy meetups
Grins abound at TravBuddy meetups
One of several water taxis
One of several water taxis
Mark & Keith mug for camera
Mark & Keith mug for camera
Risotto - Italian rice dish
Risotto - Italian rice dish
Jeremy & Lena toast TBers everwhere
Jeremy & Lena toast TBers everwhere
John Hancock building in center
John Hancock building in center
Mark & his daughter, Courtnie
Mark & his daughter, Courtnie
After Flatwater, went to Sullivans
After Flatwater, went to Sullivan's
Mark, Me, Vivian & Elle
Mark, Me, Vivian & Elle
Gianina & Bill - double trouble :-D
Gianina & Bill - double trouble :-D
Cory, Jo, Maria, Brian & Keith
Cory, Jo, Maria, Brian & Keith
Lola needs drink to put up with me
Lola needs drink to put up with me
TravBuddies share a laugh
TravBuddies share a laugh
Joy & Lola
Joy & Lola
Me & Gianina visit about England
Me & Gianina visit about England
Elle & Vivian
Elle & Vivian
Me-Maria-Lola-Cory-Bill @ Irish Bar
Me-Maria-Lola-Cory-Bill @ Irish Bar
Brian, Maria & Joanne
Brian, Maria & Joanne
Maria, Cory & Bill
Maria, Cory & Bill
Jeremy gives TB meetup Thumbs Up
Jeremy gives TB meetup "Thumbs Up"
First Lady readies for next cruise
First Lady readies for next cruise
Lucky to catch air show rehearsal
Lucky to catch air show rehearsal
Planes practice full routines
Planes practice full routines
Chicago River lock opens for us
Chicago River lock opens for us
Enter Lake Michigan
Enter Lake Michigan
Chicago afternoon skyline
Chicago afternoon skyline
Navy Pier
Navy Pier
Navy Pier
Navy Pier
Lake Point Tower
Lake Point Tower
After cruise, stroll Chicago shops
After cruise, stroll Chicago shops
Lola often has a cheerful smile
Lola often has a cheerful smile
Lola takes me to Potbelly
Lola takes me to Potbelly
Well-known for their sandwiches
Well-known for their sandwiches
Potbelly Sandwich Works menu
Potbelly Sandwich Works menu
Our sandwich, ordered by Lola
Our sandwich, ordered by Lola
She grins before I take bigger half
She grins before I take bigger half
Bye, Potbelly-its been delicious!
Bye, Potbelly-it's been delicious!
Two block walk to hotel
Two block walk to hotel
Hotel-2 blocks from Millennium Park
Hotel-2 blocks from Millennium Park
Rare US city with public transport
Rare US city with public transport
Return to hotel, tonight - TB fun
Return to hotel, tonight - TB fun
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