Sunday, November 26, 2006

Another Country Heard From

Doc, Elizabeth and I were trying to determine what our Funeral Mix would be and I jokingly played Centerfield, by John Fogerty. Put me in coach (God) I'm ready to play! Why wouldn't one be totally psyched to meet God and join the good fight when one dies. But the more I listened to the lyrics, the more I realized that this song could be the call to arms for young Christians everywhere. For those about to go to Africa as missionaries, this song would provide a very nice bon voyage. I've cracked the code; my comments are in italics...

Well, beat the drum and hold the phone - the sun came out today! I saw the light and accepted JC as my lord and savior
We're born again, there's new grass on the field. What's to add, here, really.
A-roundin' third, and headed for home, it's a brown-eyed handsome man; That brown-eyed handsome man? Jesus.
Anyone can understand the way I feel. Isn't this what all evangelicals believe?

Oh, put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today; I'm ready to serve the Lord
Put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine, watchin' it from the bench; I hung out at the 7/11 drinking slurpies and wishing I was cool
You know I took some lumps when the Mighty Casey struck out. Not sure what this means, one of God's many mysteries.
So Say Hey Willie, tell Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio; Hey Thomas, tell John and Mark
Don't say "it ain't so", you know the time is now. Believe.

Oh, put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

Yeah!
Yeah! I got it, I got it! Halleluia

Got a beat-up glove, a homemade bat, and brand-new pair of shoes; I've got a new Bible
You know I think it's time to give this game a ride. Onward Christian Soldiers!
Just to hit the ball and touch 'em all - a moment in the sun; Touch them all...spread the Word
(pop) It's gone and you can tell that one goodbye! Scored another soul!

Oh, put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.
Oh, put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

Yeah! Yeah, indeed.

5 comments:

  1. wow. and all this time I thought this song was about fucking. I gotta stop reading Doc's Tijuana Bibles so much.

    Oh, and regardless of meaning, i've never found this song meaningful-- strike it from MY funeral playlist, thankee.

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  2. reread.

    You know I took some lumps when the Mighty Casey struck out. Not sure what this means, one of God's many mysteries.

    Well, He moves in REALLY mysterious ways, don't he? I wonner if'n I could make a GT outta this...??

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  3. It proves that anything can be twisted into some kind of religious commentary. Good job! We need a copy of that picture for the Lodge.

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  4. what picture? I've got a lil' X in a box... Typical for my day, though. Feeling particularly Eeyorish today after Solenbum woke up at 3 and is still awake at 12:15.

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  5. OK, saw the picture. MAN that is FUCKED UP!!

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