Friday, May 29, 2009

Country Fried

Okay, so I've been making fun of this song they play at Fenway since at least 2005, but I don't think I've ever done a full post about it. I'm talking about the god-awful country song about "having the time of my life at Fenway." You've heard it, they play it before every game. I'm not talking about that other god-awful coountry-ish song called "Play Ball," which is played right after the lucky kid says "play ball" way too close to the mic minutes before first pitch. The lyrics to that one, and the song itself, can be found here.

The one I'm talking about seems to have been written by a fellow who not only has never been to Fenway Park, but has never even heard from a friend what goes on there, or seen a game on TV taking place there. I went to search it by its lyrics, but it's nowhere to be found online. So I'm gonna have to do this from memory. Listen to these lines:

The main chorus is "I'm doin' all right, doin' okay, havin' the time of my life at Fenway, where the heroes play and the legends live, I'm lovin' it all, havin' a ball again." Okay, that works, but it also works anywhere. (Note that I just mean the lyrics "work." The music itself is offensively modern-country.)

But then we've got "somebody in the upper deck just started doin' the wave." First of all, we don't call our upper levels "the upper deck." In fact, there were hardly any seats up there at all until recently. You wouldn't just casually mention the "upper deck" if you had any knowledge of Fenway Park. Second, yes, The Wave never left Fenway, but it is almost consistently started in the bleachers. Waves don't get started in the pavilion/emc levels.

"the color red is everywhere"

No it's not. I remember when Kevin Millar got here saying something about how he can't wait to "see all that red," and right around that time, new ownership did try to put more red into the Red Sox, with more red merchandise, the red alternate jersey, and red underclothes. But the most common colors we've seen on the field have been white, gray, and blue (the hat) for our entire lives. People in the crowd are usually wearing a blue hat, with either a red, white, blue, or gray shirt or jersey. And when it rains, you get the classic yellow raincoats. And in April or October, usually a dark-colored coat. We just don't do that college thing of all wearing the same color. And the walls and field are green. So basically, the color red is closer to "nowhere" than "everywhere" inside Fenway Park. (Obviously there is also a lot of brick, but those are red just because bricks are red. And the field box seats are red, but you can't see the seats when people are in them.)

"we've got this whole place rollin', just like a crimson tide"

See, he thinks it's college. The Alabama Crimson Tide fans wear red, just like my college team's fans, the legendary "Sea of Red" you see at Nebraska games. Either that or this dude is from Alabama and threw in "crimson tide" as a nod to his state, and the type of people who would like a shitty song like this.

"we wave our rally towels"

That's the clincher. If you weren't buying my theory until then, now you know--this man has never sniffed Fenway Park. We couldn't possibly wave "our" rally towels because we don't own and have never even been offered "rally towels," and even if we were offered them, we wouldn't buy them. (As evidenced by the failed "sox supporters" from around the time the Homer Hankie was popular, which were socks on a stick.)

"got baseball, beer, and rock 'n' roll, what else could anyone need?"

Maybe some actual rock 'n' roll, as opposed to the decidedly country sound of this song! Back when we first heard this song, Pat and I had this idea that it may have been written/performed by Kevin Millar's brother, who I think was a country singer or something. It would make sense on several levels: 1. It's a country song. 2. No one seems to have heard of it outside of Fenway Park. 3. He thinks everybody at Fenway wears red like Millar, and knows nothing about Fenway, also like Millar until he got to Boston. So maybe Kevin said, "Dude, just use the normal baseball cliches--the upper deck, rally towels, but uh, I think they all wear red so just mention that and you're gold."

So, I hesitate to ask, but does anyone know the title/artist or any other info about this travesty?

Wish I could help with the artist, but fortunately I have not heard this song.

There's another country song they play in Pawtucket that goes "swing batter batter swing".

If I had countless millions, I'd start a rock n roll baseball league.

Terrific post, by the way!

I totally know Swing Batta Batta Swing Batta Batta Swing Batta Batta Swing. I feel like I've seen that one in tv commercials, and Fenway must play it because I'm way too familiar with it.

By the way, the lyrics I put in this post are only the ones I remember--I'll have to take notes next time to get the rest.
This song has moved into "Hate-It-So-Much-That-I-Now-Love-It" territory, as has "Play Ball!"

I just focus on the "doin' all right, doin' OK" part and pretend the rest isn't happening, though the Rally Towels reference is always good for a pre-game chuckle.

The lame modern country vibe of both these songs is so out-of-place, it's kind of weird and uncomfortable, which I count as a positive!

Long live Millar's brother! I'm lovin' it all, havin' a ball a-gin!
The song mentioned above in the comments is "Swing" by Trace Adkins - and they have played it at Fenway a few times this season. Can't place the song from the post, though.

And sadly, rally towels were given out at least once at Fenway - annoying yellow ones were handed out for Game 1 of the World Series in 2007. However, Sox fans were bright enough not to use them.
I cringe every time I hear the upper deck/rally towels song. It's brutal!

I also hate the line from the "Play Ball" song: "Whatever the inning, Whoever is winning, It’s all the same." NO IT ISN'T! (Oh, the Red Sox lost? Well that's OK, I was havin' a ball waving my rally towel in the upper deck, so that's close enough, right?)

Both those songs drive me nuts every time I'm lovin' it (almost) all, havin' a ball at Fenway.
Both those songs have no place at Fenway. I can't really remember the one you're describing, but "Play Ball" being featured as though it's some Fenway tradition has always irked me, I'm glad other people hate it too. We should have sea shanties or something...
The guy who wrote "Take Me Out The Ballgame" had never been to a baseball game. I hope this new song does not become as popular!
"Play Ball" by J. Bristol
So I always thought that the song you are talking about must have been a country song that was rewritten for some reason to be about Fenway Park. As Doin' Alright and Doin' Ok are not really all that enthusiastic and ballpark-y.

I assumed it originally probably went "I'm doin' alright, doin' ok, I'm having the time of my life, SINCE YOU WENT AWAY."

It seems like the logical place for the lyrics to go. But maybe you are on to something with the Millar's brother. Maybe this was a break up song he wrote that he changed the lyrics to make it about the ballpark?

Who knows.

All I know is I work at Fenway Park and hear it everyday and wish it would stop.
Ahhhh, another interesting theory.

And like you, I heard the damn thing just today...

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