The Greg Lucas Challenge

Greg Lucas Texas Baseball Hall of Fame 1994

Greg Lucas
Texas Baseball Hall of Fame
1994

 

A couple of hours ago this Sunday afternoon, The Pecan Park Eagle received the following challenge from friend, fellow SABR member,  and Texas Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster, Greg Lucas:

“Here is your next project. – The thing is…not only do you have to write current lyrics that fit, but you have to sing them as well. Attached is the instrumental background for “Houston Loves The Astros” (It turned out to be an instrumental version of ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’) with none of the specific lyrics from the ’60s or ’70s when it was written.  So go to it.  I am expecting a masterpiece!” – Greg Lucas.

Well, forget the masterpiece accolade. The challenge was another matter. I enjoy these. I just don’t do them unless my playful heart and the company of certain muses gather within me at the same time. I also never do them maliciously. I just believe that satire and parody are two of our twin weapons in the never-ending battle against ego inflation or taking ourselves, or anything we do in life, quite so seriously.

Here are my two versions of the parody. Version #1 is the one that came straight out of the chute. Version #2 is simply a slightly more positive arrangement of thoughts and words. If you prefer either, or either over the other, please let me know which version you like. My choice is the first one. And remember, both versions are written for use to the tune of “Deep in The Heart of Texas.”

As for singing it too, I don’t do “You Tube”.

As for the “sublimation” of this exchange between two friends on a lots-of-time-on-our-hands Sunday afternoon, chalk my side of it up to watching too many Bowery Boys movies on weekends. As Slip Mahoney might put it, such a condition often leads me into protrusions of subject matter that really don’t. … Matter, that is.

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Version #1 Houston Loves The Astros (The One I stand behind)

By Bill McCurdy

 

No flag in sight

That is our plight

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

We’re called the – HOUSTON ASTROS!

 

We can’t soar high

On humble pie

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

Just being – HOUSTON ASTROS!

 

From Dome’s Day Boom

To Downtown Gloom

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

We’ve been the – HOUSTON ASTROS!

 

Remindful of

No bat! – No glove!

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

We are the – HOUSTON ASTROS!

 

To know just why

We sob and sigh

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

Come see the – HOUSTON ASTROS!

 

No rabbit’s rush

No big crowd push

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

To buy an – ASTROS TICKET!

 

If we should sail

Our ship and fail

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

Just grab your nose – and PICK IT!

 

It’s still base ball

We’re your town’s all

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

Love us – your HOUSTON ASTROS!

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Version #2 Houston Loves The Astros (Mildly More Positive)

By Bill McCurdy

Our stars all fight

To your delight

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

We’re called the – HOUSTON ASTROS!

 

We soar so high

‘Cross Texas’ sky

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

Just being – HOUSTON ASTROS!

 

From Dome’s Day Boom

To Tal’s Hill Room

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

We’ve been the – HOUSTON ASTROS!

 

Remindful of

With bat! – And glove!

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

We are the – HOUSTON ASTROS!

 

To know just why

Our joy piles high

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

Come see the – HOUSTON ASTROS!

 

The rabbits rush

The big crowds push

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

To buy an – ASTROS TICKET!

 

When our ships sail

And sometimes fail

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

Just grab your nose – and PICK IT!

 

We’re real base ball

We’re your town’s all

CLAP – CLAP – CLAP- CLAP

Love us – your HOUSTON ASTROS!

 

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eagle-0range
Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

https://bill37mccurdy.com/

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