Baseball

by Paper Ceilings

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All songs written and performed by Jesse Ceilings

Narration and jingles performed by Rob Severson
(googolplexia.com)

Additional vocals by Chelsi Webster and Grace Smith
(www.facebook.com/whskyjanetor)

Recorded May - July 2015 at dvd.home in Columbia, MO and PPHQ in St. Louis, MO

Release shows w/ Furlough Noir

8/19/15 - Columbia, MO @ dvd.home
8/20/15 - St. Louis, MO @ Nubb Town

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released 20 August 2015

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Sometimes short and sometimes goofy pop songs from Columbia, Missouri.

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Track Name: Phenomenal Smith
phenomenal smith thought himself to be an ace
he said even if i had no fielders
i would still win every game

so behind his back
his teammates held a meeting
they said we've had enough of this
tomorrow he'll take a beating

and so the grays made 14 errors the next day
and phenomenal smith lost the game in a phenomenal way

some fines were handed down
to make things look alright
but brooklyn released phenomenal smith
in the middle of his prime

phenomenal smith thought himself to be an ace
if your name was phenomenal, i guess you'd probably think the same
Track Name: Michael Jordan
michael jordan got tired of being a star
caught a flight to sarasota
to try something bizarre

traded in his nike sneakers
for a glove and a bat
hit the cages every day
and soon he found himself in a barons cap

he went straight down to birmingham
to play right field every night
got off to a rocky start
but soon his swing started to feel alright

mj
a chicago bull in aa
mj
riding the bus just for a chance to play
mj
gonna make it to the major leagues one day
mj

sell out crowds in every single town
from knoxville to mobile
the southern league was turned upside down

he batted just .202
barely outpaced mendoza
but he added 50 points to that
when he played fall ball in arizona

but then there came the players strike
spring training of 95
didn't wanna be a replacement player
so he headed back to the united center

mj
a chicago bull in aa
mj
riding the bus just for a chance to play
mj
gonna make it to the major leagues one day
mj

michael jordan got tired of being a star
caught a flight to sarasota
to try something bizarre
Track Name: Eddie Basinski
eddie's dodger teammates made fun of him
he wore coke bottle glasses and he played the violin
leo durocher thought that it was all a ruse
he said bring your violin tomorrow, i wanna hear some tunes

eddie made him a wager, said i can really play you know
i bet ya a thousand bucks that you'll enjoy the show
leo thought it over and said you've got yourself a deal
sweeter sounds were rarely heard in the confines of ebbets field

he played a waltz by strauss
among some other songs
leo emptied his wallet
and reluctantly admitted he was wrong

well he really dug berlin and all of tin pan alley
but he didn't last in brooklyn under walter o malley

so he joined the pcl
and there he fit right in
on sunday doubleheaders
he'd still play that violin

sometimes he'd hit a homer
sometimes he would strike out
but he always played the violin
and he always went all out

eddie basinski
loved to play the fiddle
and he loved to turn the double play
on a hard hit grounder up the middle
Track Name: Satchel Paige
satchel paige
the greatest of all time
the infielders are sitting down
cause they know he'll strike out the side

he can paint the corner
and he can make ya chase
and once you time his fastball
well he'll just hesitate

strike one, strike two, strike three
mowing them all down
strike one, strike two, strike three
barnstormin' through your town

satchel paige
the greatest of all time
even at age 42
he's gonna go all nine

he can throw a screwball
and he can throw an eephus
when satchel paige is on the hill
no one can ever beat us

strike one, strike two, strike three
mowing them all down
strike one, strike two, strike three
barnstormin' through your town

satchel paige
the greatest of all time
the infielders are sitting down
cause they know he'll strike out the side
Track Name: Rick Ankiel
rick ankiel had it all
95 on the black, cut and miss at the breaking ball
rick ankiel had it all
rick ankiel, he would fall

rick ankiel forgot how to throw a strike
couldn't find the plate, no matter how hard he tried
matheny wasn't there to catch cause he sliced his hand with a hunting knife
and duncan did his best of course but he too was stupefied

rick ankiel had it all
rick ankiel went back to rookie ball

on the mound, he was still wild
but when he swung the bat, sometimes the baseball went a mile
rick ankiel began to reconsider
maybe i'm not a pitcher, maybe i am a hitter

later on in memphis, they could not get him out
when he swung the bat, it made this terrifying sound
everyone took notice, word got around
front page of the papers, guess who's back in town


rick ankiel stepped to the plate
in the bottom of the 7th with two away
albert loomed on deck so he knew he'd see a strike
rick ankiel sent the ball into the night

rick ankiel had it all
a hanger at the belt, it barely cleared the wall
rick ankiel had it all
rick ankiel took a curtain call
Track Name: Charlie Root
poor old charlie root
remembered for one lone pitch to babe ruth
poor old charlie root
served up a homer in 32

babe pointed to center
or so the tale goes
what really happened
nobody quite knows

babe smashed the curve
over the wall
but was the shot really called?

it haunted poor charlie
all the way to his grave
when no one believes you
well what can you say?

oh deep in my heart
i know what is true
said poor old charlie root

poor old charlie root
remembered for one lone pitch to babe ruth
poor old charlie root
served up a homer in 32

he won two hundred
in his long career
pitched for the cubbies
for sixteen good years

he'd be a hero
in most other stories
but charlie root
was deprived of his glory


give your life to a game
and what do you get?
remembered for something that never happened

give your life to a game
yeah what do you get?
remembered for one single pitch


poor old charlie root
served up a homer in 32
Track Name: Ray Oyler
hey ray oyler
here's an apartment and a brand new car
i know you bat .135
but to me you're still a star

heard it on the radio
and i called in right away
got my season tickets
now it's almost opening day

here in seattle
we're just happy to have a team
this summer at the ballpark
is like some kinda dream

and i know
we'll probably lose a hundred games
but ray oyler in seattle
everybody chants your name

hey ray oyler
here's an apartment and a brand new car
i know you bat .135
but to me you're still a star

and ray oyler
i know that it can be tough
just wait for a fastball
and lay off the breaking stuff

and every time you dig in
well i'll still stand and clap
but i wonder if you've considered
maybe trying a different bat?

here in seattle
we're just happy to have a team
every day at the ballpark
is like some kinda dream

and in the end
we lost close to a hundred games
but ray oyler in seattle
everybody chants your name

here in seattle
we don't even have a team
that summer at the ballpark
was just some kinda dream

and i guess it's true
that nothing gold can stay
cause ray oyler went to oakland
and the pilots flew away
Track Name: Home Run Baker
his name was john franklin "home run" baker
around the turn of the century, he was quite the player
the original home run king in all of the majors
not even walter johnson wanted to face home run baker

but home run baker didn't hit too many homers
though i don't mean to say that this was any kinda misnomer
cause in the dead ball era 12 long balls was a quite a lot
well home run baker and the a's couldn't be stopped

the philadelphia infield cost one hundred thousand bucks
some say that infield was the best that there ever was
four pennants in five years with home run baker
but the a's sold him to the yanks, said baker see ya later

oh home run baker didn't hit too many homers
though i don't mean to say that this was any kinda misnomer
cause in the dead ball era 12 long balls was quite a few
couldn't wait to get to the bronx to see what he could do

but in new york, baker felt so out of place
"what's with this rabbit ball?" he asked, this is a different game
and murderer's row just five or so years away
pretty soon nobody even knew his name

cause home run baker didn't hit too many homers
though i don't mean to say that this was any kinda misnomer
cause in the dead ball era 12 long balls was pretty fine
but not even home run baker could turn back time
Track Name: Royce Clayton
when i was six years old, royce clayton you were my favorite
an everyday shortstop and then you got traded

when i was six years old, royce clayton you were my favorite
all the way down to texas, you got traded

i remember hearing the news
i couldn't believe it was true
i remember hearing the news
walt jocketty what did you do?

seventeen years later
it still stings a little bit
everything is sacred
when you're just a little kid

baseball's not a business, not a game
it's more than that
it's hot dogs and rookie cards and the bill of royce clayton's cap

seventeen years later
it still stings a little bit
everything is sacred
when you're just a little kid

baseball's not a business, not a game
it's more than that
it's extra innings in the upper deck and the crack of royce clayton's bat

i remember hearing the news
i couldn't believe it was true
i remember hearing the news
walt jocketty what did you do?