Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Music: Belle & Sebastian's "Piazza, New York Catcher"

Scottish popsters Belle & Sebastian delve into the subject of sport more often than one might think, and the results are usually quite good. This Mets-inspired number is one of my favorite B&S sports tracks despite its association with my least favorite Belle & Sebastian album, Dear Catastrophe Waitress, and my least favorite movie of the last two decades, Juno.

I know the Mets have many great pop songs associated with them, but with the help of some great lyrics, this one has got to be up near the top. Here are a couple of the better verses:

San Francisco’s calling us, the Giants and Mets will play
Piazza, New York catcher, are you straight or are you gay?
We hung about the stadium, we’ve got no place to stay
We hung about the Tenderloin and tenderly you tell
About the saddest ending of a book you ever had to read
The statue’s crying too and well he may

The catcher hits for .318 and catches every day
The pitcher puts religion first and rests on holidays
He goes into cathedrals and lies prostrate on the floor
He knows the drink affects his speed he’s praying for
a doorway
Back into the life he wants and the confession of the bench
Life outside the diamond is a wrench

Listen to a live version of the song here.

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