Tad Richards' odyssey through the catalog of Prestige Records:an unofficial and idiosyncratic history of jazz in the 50s and 60s. With occasional digressions.
Dear Tad: I LOVE IT! You've captured the Spirit of '55!Jeff Minde
PS: Can you post the complete lyrics?Jeff Minde
Here you go....I was courting a woman just about my ageTruth is, she was a divorceeAfter just one date, I knew we shared the same levelOf cultural literacy.She liked long walks and art films and Mozart for breakfastAnd she knew what keepin' fit meantThere was just one trouble with this West Side angelA deep-seated fear of commitment.So one night after a Castelli openingI asked if she'd be my brideI said "What would it take to win your hand?"And this is what she replied:"Bring the Dodgers back to BrooklynIf you want me to be your wifeI want Erskine pitching and Campy catchingAnd Carl Furillo in right,I want to see Duke Snider hit one moreInto Bedford Avenue,When they yell 'Play ball!' at Ebbets Field,That's the day I'll marry you."We saw eye to eye on most everything,Me and that divorcee,We liked Walt Kelly and KurosawaAnd Billie Holliday.We knew if they'd 'a listened to OppenheimerThings wouldn't 'a turned out so badly.They should have pardoned the Rosenbergs!They should have elected Adlai!But every time I tried to turn the conversationTo questions of the heart,She was all cooked into this baseball dreamAnd it was tearin' us apart."Bring the Dodgers back to BrooklynAnd never more I'll strayI want to see a Reese to RobinsonTo Hodges double play.I want to see Jackie stealin' homeAnd Preacher Roe juicin' that ball.Bring the Dodgers back to Brooklyn,Or I won't marry you at all."They say baseball's the greatest obsession of all,And it sure seems that way,I told her I'd buy her a box at the Met,She said. 'I hate it out at Shea.'I told her I'd sign a pre-nuptial agreementBut she didn't want to mergeI tried again at the Harmonic ConvergenceBut she didn't want to converge.I swore I'd never give up the chaseBut I knew the time had comeWhen they were playin' Philip Glass at the Symphony SpaceAnd I heard her start to hum,"Bring the Dodgers back to BrooklynI want to see Cal Abrams run,Give me one more chance to see Billy LoesLose a ground ball in the sun.Now you may think I'm just another crazyBrooklyn Dodger fan,But I'll see the Dodgers back in Brooklyn,Before I'll trust another man."
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