#SLS ~ Full Contact

Thanks to Jim Adams, for hosting Song Lyric Sunday. Have you looked at Jim’s site yet? There’s always good stuff there, and also the rules for #SLS and upcoming prompts. Have an idea for a prompt? Let Jim know he’ll add it in.

This week we have – Sports songs

I was at a complete loss. I could think of a bunch of songs that get played at sporting events, but a song about sports? I had a few ideas but decided to do a search. I found a song about my favorite sport by an artist I’ve used before. The artist is Warren Zevon, and the song is Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)

Ice hockey is my all time favorite, and my favorite team is Detroit Red Wings (#LGRW). Every year I would treat myself by getting tickets to see the Wings play the Ducks up in Anaheim. It’s the closest NHL team to where I live. I’d stay overnight in the hotel across from the arena and just have fun. Younger went with me cuz Daughter didn’t feel comfortable being so far away from Ben overnight. Anaheim is about ninety miles north of San Diego.

I stopped going because the tickets, the hotel and the miscellaneous was costing $750.00+ and I just can’t justify the expense. Okay, enough about me… on to the song.

Songfacts tells us “The lyrics for this song were written by Mitch Albom, a sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press and bestselling author (Tuesdays with MorrieThe Five People You Meet in Heaven), and a longtime friend of Zevon.” The music was written by Warren Zevon, so they share writing credit.

The song is from the 2002 album My Ride Is Here which was viewed by many as a comeback album for Zevon. He’d been active since his peak years in the 70s, but hadn’t had much success. Sadly, Zevon was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and passed on September 7, 2003.

The person yelling “Hit somebody!” in the chorus is another friend of Zevon, David Letterman.

He was born in Big Beaver by the borderline
He started playing hockey by the time he was nine
His dad took the hose and froze the back yard
And Little Buddy dreamed he was Rocket Richard
He grew up big and he grew up tough
He saw himself scoring for the Wings or Canucks
But he wasn’t that good with a puck

Buddy’s real talent was beating people up
His heart wasn’t in it but the crowd ate it up
Through pee-wee’s and juniors, midgets and mites
He must have racked up more than six hundred fights
A scout from the flames came down from Saskatoon
Said, “There’s always room on our team for a goon
Son, we’ve always got room for a goon”

There were Swedes to the left of him
Russians to the right
A Czech at the blue line looking for a fight
Brains over brawn-that might work for you
But what’s a Canadian farm boy to do
What else can a farm boy from Canada to do
But what’s a Canadian farm boy to do
What else can a farm boy from Canada to do

Hit somebody! was what the crowd roared
When Buddy the goon came over the boards
“Coach,” he’d say, “I wanna score goals”
The coach said, “Buddy, remember your role
The fast guys get paid, they shoot, they score
Protect them, Buddy, that’s what you’re here for

Protection is what you’re here for
Protection-it’s the stars that score
Protection-kick somebody’s ass
Protection-don’t put the biscuit in the basket just
Hit some, Buddy! it rang in his ears
Blood on the ice ran down through the years
The king of the goons with a box for a throne
A thousand stitches and broken bones
He never lost a fight on his icy patrol
But deep inside, Buddy only dreamed of a goal
He just wanted one damn goal

There were Swedes at the the blue line
Finns at the red
A Russian with a stick heading straight for his head
Brains over brawn-that might work for you
But what’s a Canadian farm boy to do
What else can a farm boy from Canada to do
But what’s a Canadian farm boy to do
What else can a farm boy from Canada to do

In his final season, on his final night
Buddy and a Finn goon were pegged for a fight
Thirty seconds left, the puck took a roll
And suddenly Buddy had a shot on goal

The goalie committed, Buddy picked his spot
Twenty years of waiting went into that shot
The fans jumped up, the Finn jumped too
And coldcocked Buddy on his follow through
The big man crumbled but he felt all right
‘Cause the last thing he saw
was the flashing red light
He saw that heavenly light

There were Swedes to the left of him
Russians to the right
A Czech at the blue line looking for a fight
Take care of your teeth-that might work for you
But what’s a Canadian farm boy to do
What else can a farm boy from Canada to do
But what’s a Canadian farm boy to do
What else can a farm boy from Canada to do


Are you a hockey fan? Do you have a sport song that would be perfect? Let me know in comments, or join the #SLS party and create your own post.

(I’m still on semi-hiatus. Life at the Casa has been more Cuckoo than usual. Ben is on break until August 30th, and his sleep problems are worse. At least one night in five he doesn’t sleep at all. AT. ALL. I’m lurking around WP, reading here and there, commenting occasionally. I don’t know when I’ll be back back, but I’ll be here every Sunday.

Also, Daughter worked a COVID unit Saturday night… it’s bad out there. Stay safe my WP dudes!)





19 thoughts on “#SLS ~ Full Contact

  1. Good choice! The one that always comes to my mind is one of Bob’s favorites. Can’t say I would have thought of this song if it hasn’t played A LOT in our house during baseball seasons – Centerfield by John Fogerty.

    I’m sorry about Ben. Declan had a rough night last too but at least he is asleep now. Actually, everyone else in the house is – lazy bums. I can’t imagine doing this every night and having a completely sleepless night. Ugh. I’m sorry. I said this chant in the shower this morning – say it with me – “One more week. One more week. One more week!” Yay!! We got this!!

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    1. I saw that song when I did the search, and I kinda know it. I know the chorus anyway๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m not a baseball fan๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ so the song didn’t appeal. Someone did use it… can’t remember who๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      Yes!! One more week… one more week…
      and the Hella Mega concert on the 29th, because of course it is๐Ÿคช but Younger can handle bath and bedtime๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Yep!! The expense is ridiculous. I always got the best seats I could get and with fees and everything they were like $250 each, plus the hotel room was around $200, and yep drinks and munchies…
      I save my money for concerts… which are also ridiculously expensive๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

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    1. I honestly don’t know how he keeps going, going, going with zero sleep. I got 5.5 hours last night, so that’s good. That’s about as much as I can expect๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

      How’s your sleep been? I need to catch up with your posts. Hella Mega on the 29th, I can’t wait… and GLYSB return on 30th… woot woot!!๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

      Hugs are always wonderful ๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ’Œ

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  2. Wow, I had no idea Warren Zevon died so long ago. If I was going to guess, I’d say five years ago. Time flies I guess. The only song I could think of is Centerfield by John Fogarty and I absolutely abhor that song, so I’m out of the game this week (see, a sports analogy).

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    1. I’m not a big fan of that song either.
      I’m surprised I didn’t see anyone use Beach Boys “Surfin USA” or “Surfin Safari”… maybe people don’t think about surfing as a sport? It was just in the Olympics though๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  3. I love hockey! I got to see the Stars play Buffalo on my birthday once. Way cool! Iโ€™ve never heard this one. Itโ€™s great! Itโ€™s sooo expensive to go to live sporting events these days. I wish it was more manageable for real people to do because it really is a fun memory to make. Hugs! ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•โ˜€๏ธ

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    1. Hockey is so much fun to see in person. We have a minor league team here and we went with the girls a couple times, we got free nosebleed seats from someone. Even minor league tickets aren’t cheap.

      Did the Stars win for your birthday? Were there any good fights?๐Ÿ˜‚

      You’re right about making great memories. It used to be more affordable it seems๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ We went to a couple Padres games when I was a kid, and it had to be cheaper cuz my mother didn’t have much money. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’•

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      1. They did win! In overtime! It was very exciting and I enjoyed seeing Ryan Miller play goal keeper for the other side too! Heโ€™s an amazing player. It was jsut fun to be there.
        I have a couple of nice memories like that too. I wish more kids did today. ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฆ‹

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