dying cub fan’s last request: steve goodman

Wrigley Field during a thunder storm.
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This Sunday, September 20th, is the 25th anniversary of prolific songwriter Steve Goodman‘s death. He was only 36 when he succumbed to leukemia.

He was the author of one of my favorite songs sung by Arlo Guthrie, “City of New Orléans.” He also penned “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” that contained these genius lyrics about a boy’s childhood spent at Wrigley Field:

one thing led to another
and soon I’d discovered alcohol, gambling, dope
football, hockey, lacrosse, tennis
But what do you expect,
When you raise up a young boy’s hopes
And then just crush ’em like so many paper beer cups.

Year after year after year
after year, after year, after year, after year, after year
‘Til those hopes are just so much popcorn
for the pigeons beneath the ‘L’ tracks to eat

Enjoy the song in its entirety here:


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