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Subject: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tu
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 22 May 07 - 07:16 PM

Yes, Clay Eals' book--STEVE GOODMAN--FACING THE MUSIC is now a huge reality.

And this You Tube video is just wonderful! How and when it was made is talked about in this nearly 800 page book.

Clay did a grand job me thinks!!

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 May 07 - 07:24 PM

HERE IT IS! Great video, Art, thanks!


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 May 07 - 07:27 PM

The blurb which is included:

On September 20, 1984, Goodman died at University of Washington Hospital in Seattle, Washington , the leukemia from which he had anointed himself with the tongue-in-cheek nickname "Cool Hand Leuk" (others included "Chicago Shorty" and "The Little Prince") finally taking his life. He was only 36. Eleven days later, the Chicago Cubs, the baseball team Goodman rooted for and wrote two songs about, played their first playoff game since 1945. Goodman's ashes are buried under home plate at Wrigley Field.


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 May 07 - 08:33 PM

A great video, Art. Hard to imagine such courage and humor in a man so young.


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: Big Mick
Date: 22 May 07 - 09:00 PM

That is absolutely priceless, Art. It must tug at you to watch it.

Loved it,

Mick


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: Ron Davies
Date: 22 May 07 - 09:16 PM

Just wonderful! Words can't describe. The video is just priceless--even has the guys walking on (it must be Wrigley Field).

We are so lucky he left us so much--music and memories.




And that book sounds fantastic too. Is it for sale yet? Hope we'll be able to get it through Camsco.


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 23 May 07 - 02:55 PM

Kat, Thanks for that link. You be a grand person!!

YES, the book is available by mail-order, and Dick might have it at Camsco pretty soon I suspect. I do know Amazon has it. And Elderly Instruments and many other retail outlets---especially in Chicago. But I'm scooting back and forth doing laundry this afternoon so I gotta be on a roll (as it were)... Back later. Google the title or Clay Eals and the info should be readily available. I'm a few hundred p-ages in and it's a;most like having Steve and those times back again. Exhilarating---and a little spooky.

Art


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: GUEST,Art again
Date: 23 May 07 - 02:59 PM

And that iIS Wrigly Field in the video. The Cu8bs didn't want to have it shot inside--figured there was enough negativity surrounding the team. So the video was shot from a small set of seats a neighbor had set up on his roof, a vantage point that overlooks left field---on Waveland Avenue.

Art


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 May 07 - 03:02 PM

Anything for you, Artdarlin'.:-)

You'd never know the set wasn't right there in the stands!


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: GUEST
Date: 24 May 07 - 10:56 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: Splott Man
Date: 24 May 07 - 11:58 AM

Wow! That's just tremendous.


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 24 May 07 - 12:36 PM

Great video, even for someone like me who wouldn't know his home plate from his elbow. Thanks Art!


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: Ron Davies
Date: 27 May 07 - 10:28 AM

Refresh--hope more can hear this.


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 27 May 07 - 03:07 PM

Stevie's ashes were clandestinely snuck into Wrigley field and scattered. The tale is told in Clay's book. Just a marvelous piece of work. (I just hit page 600.)

Clay, again, congratulations!

Art


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: DADGBE
Date: 27 May 07 - 04:06 PM

Like you Art, I can't put the book down. What a walk through bittersweet memories!

Best,
Ray Frank


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 May 07 - 04:30 PM

Art, I thought you mean what pages you were on as in written about and I was wondering why it took a few hundred pages to get to your part! Now, I see you are reading it, too.*smile*

(If ya aren't in it, ya should be!)

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: 10r
Date: 20 Mar 10 - 02:42 AM

As a long suffering Cub Fan, and native of the north side of Chicago, and one starting to play guitar again (after many years), I've been struggling with the openning of a Dying Cub Fan's Last Request. Does anyone have the notes/tabs. I can read music, so that's not a problem. Just thought this group might have it.
Thanks, Gary


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 21 Mar 10 - 02:23 AM

I sure wish I could have had a beer with Steve in the stands as the Cardinals and the Cubs battled it out. Watching the video, he just seems like a guy who knew how to enjoy life.


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: BlueJay
Date: 21 Mar 10 - 05:36 AM

LEJ--Saw Steve at Red Rocks, one of the John McCuen Rocky Mtn. Opry gigs in the early '80's. Before singing "You Never Called Me By my Name", he requested a hat from the audience. Some guy threw a hat that was about five sizes too big, but Steve played the song, with the hat covering half of his face. And with that smile.

Rates as a major highlight of my life. Right up there with coming to your house.

Thanks
BlueJay


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 03:08 AM

I've missed you old buddy. That's been ten years ago now.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DYING CUB FAN'S LAST REQUEST (S Goodman)
From: open mike
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 10:45 AM

we HE the DYING cubs fan?
here are the lyrics....
na na na na hey hey hey good bye, Steve!
thanks for all the great songs..

By the shore's of old Lake Michigan
Where the "hawk wind" blows so cold
An old Cub fan lay dying
In his midnight hour that tolled
Round his bed, his friends had all gathered
They knew his time was short
And on his head they put this bright blue cap
From his all-time favorite sport
He told them, "Its late and its getting dark in here"
And I know its time to go
But before I leave the line-up
Boys, there's just one thing I'd like to know

Do they still play the blues in Chicago
When baseball season rolls around
When the snow melts away,
Do the Cubbies still play
In their ivy-covered burial ground
When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
But now they only bring fatigue
To the home of the brave
The land of the free
And the doormat of the National League

Told his friends "You know the law of averages says:
Anything will happen that can"
That's what it says
"But the last time the Cubs won a National League pennant
Was the year we dropped the bomb on Japan"
The Cubs made me a criminal
Sent me down a wayward path
They stole my youth from me
(that's the truth)
I'd forsake my teachers
To go sit in the bleachers
In flagrant truancy

and then 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
He said, "You know I'll never see Wrigley Field,
anymore before my eternal rest
So if you have your pencils and your score cards ready,
and I'll read you my last request
He said, "Give me a double header funeral in Wrigley Field
On some sunny weekend day (no lights)
Have the organ play the "National Anthem"
and then a little 'na, na, na, na, hey hey, hey, Goodbye'
Make six bullpen pitchers, carry my coffin
and six ground keepers clear my path
Have the umpires bark me out at every base
In all their holy wrath
Its a beautiful day for a funeral, Hey Ernie lets play two!
Somebody go get Jack Brickhouse to come back,
and conduct just one more interview
Have the Cubbies run right out into the middle of the field,
Have Keith Moreland drop a routine fly
Give everybody two bags of peanuts and a frosty malt
And I'll be ready to die

Build a big fire on home plate out of your Louisville Sluggers baseball bats,
And toss my coffin in
Let my ashes blow in a beautiful snow
From the prevailing 30 mile an hour southwest wind
When my last remains go flying over the left-field wall
Will bid the bleacher bums adieu
And I will come to my final resting place, out on Waveland Avenue

The dying man's friends told him to cut it out
They said stop it that's an awful shame
He whispered, "Don't Cry, we'll meet by and by
near the Heavenly Hall of Fame
He said, "I've got season's tickets to watch the Angels now,
So its just what I'm going to do
He said, "but you the living, you're stuck here with the Cubs,
So its me that feels sorry for you!"

And he said, "Ahh Play, play that lonesome losers tune,
That's the one I like the best"
And he closed his eyes, and slipped away
What we got is the Dying Cub Fan's Last Request
And here it is

Do they still play the blues in Chicago
When baseball season rolls around
When the snow melts away,
Do the Cubbies still play
In their ivy-covered burial ground
When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
But now they only bring fatigue
To the home of the brave
The land of the free
And the doormat of the National League


here is some background on the song, the man, the team...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHM4myMjVu0&feature=related
(goodman claimed no autobiographical connection, re:
he died sept 20 1984, 4 days before the Cubs beat thier
39 year streak by going into post season play.
His song may have magically boosted the team!
I guess the "W" flags stand for Wrigley field?
any connection to the chewing gum?


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 11:26 AM

to reiterate, for the one who re-opened this thread:

From: 10r - PM
Date: 20 Mar 10 - 02:42 AM

As a long suffering Cub Fan, and native of the north side of Chicago, and one starting to play guitar again (after many years), I've been struggling with the openning of a Dying Cub Fan's Last Request. Does anyone have the notes/tabs. I can read music, so that's not a problem. Just thought this group might have it.
Thanks, Gary


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: Art Thieme
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 01:26 PM

As I've always figured, there is certainly a lot to be said for learning how to play by ear. It makes figuring out these 3 and 4/5 chord songs out pretty easy. -- I have calluses on my earlobes from playing by ear!! ;-) If I could still play, I'd figure it for you...but


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: open mike
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 09:49 PM

it looks like he does it in "C" so those chords (up the fretboard) must be variations of C F and G...good luck/./
if you watch the video you may see all of the fingering...
looks like there is a clear view...


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: DYING CUB FAN'S LAST REQUEST
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 01:59 AM

DYING CUB FAN'S LAST REQUEST
(Steve Goodman)
Chords by Gaz

EADGBE
F#o is xxx421x
(i.e. its an F with the bass not raised a semitone)

C G7 C
By the shores of old Lake Michigan
F F#o C
Where the hawk wind blows so cold
F F#o C C/A
An old Cub fan lay dying
D7 G7
In his midnight hour that tolled
[as above]
'Round his bed, his friends had all gathered
They knew his time was short
And on his head the put this bright blue cap
>From his all-time favorite sport
He told them "it's late and its getting dark in here"
And I know its time to go
But before I leave the line-up
There's just one thing I'd like to know

(Chorus, sung)
C C7
Do they still play the blues in Chicago
F C
When baseball season rolls around
F
When the snow melts away,
C
Do the Cubbies still play
D7 G7
In their ivy covered burial ground?
C C7
When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
F C
But now they only bring fatigue
F
To the home of the brave
C
The land of the free
D7 G7 C
And the doormat of the National League

(talking blues)
Told his friends "You know the law of averages says:
Anything will happen that can."
That's what it says.
"But the year the Cubs last won a national league pennant
Was the year we dropped the bomb on Japan"
The Cubs made me a criminal
Sent me down a wayward path
They stole my youth from me (that's the truth)
I'd forsake my teacher's
To go sit in the bleachers
In flagrant truancy

And then one thing led to another
Soon I'd discovered alcohol, gambling, dope
Football, hockey, lacrosse, tennis
But what do you expect,
When you raise up a young boys hope
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 pigeons beneath the "EL" track to eat
He said "You know I'll never see Wrigley Field,
Anymore before my eternal rest
So if you have your pencils and your score cards ready,
And I'll read you my last request
Give me a double header funeral in Wrigley Field
On some sunny weekend day (no lights)
Have the organ play the National Anthem
And then a little "na, na, na, hey hey, hey, Goodbye"
Make six bull pen pitchers, carry my coffin
And six ground keepers clear my path
Have the umpires bark me out at every base
In all their holy wrath
Its a beautiful day for a funeral,
Hey Ernie lets play two!
Somebody go get Jack Brickhouse to come back,
And conduct just one more interview
Have the Cubbies run right out into the middle of the field,
Have Kieth Moreland drop a routine fly
Give everybody two bags of peanuts and a frosty malt
And I'll be ready to die

Build a big fire on home plate
Out of your 'Louisville Sluggers' baseball bats,
And toss my coffin in
Let my ashes blow in the beautiful snow
From the prevailing 30 mile an hour south west wind
When my last remains go flying over the left field wall
Will bid the bleacher bums adieu
I will come to my final resting place, out on Waveland Avenue

The dying man's friends told him to cut it out
They said stop it that's an awful shame
He whispered, "Don't Cry, we'll meet by and by
Near the Heavenly Hall of Fame
He said I've got season's tickets
To watch the Angels now,
So its just what I'm going to do
He said but you the living, you're stuck here with the Cubs,
So its me that feels sorry for you!

And he said "Ahh Play, play that lonesome losers tune,
The one I like the best
And he closed his eyes, and slipped away
What we got is the Dying Cub fan's last request

(Chorus, big finish, sung)
Do they still play the blues in Chicago
When baseball season rolls around
When the snow melts away,
Do the Cubbies still play
In their ivy covered burial ground?
When I was a boy they were my pride and joy
But now they only bring fatigue
To the home of the brave
The land of the free
And the doormat of the National League


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: 10r
Date: 28 Mar 10 - 01:21 AM

Thanks folks. I've pretty much got the chords, I
was specifically looking for the riff he uses in the
lead in. If anyone's got it, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks again.


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Subject: RE: S.Goodman--Dying Cub Fan's L.Req--You Tube
From: evansakes
Date: 28 Mar 10 - 05:20 AM

That's a pretty complex guitar intro but it's all flat picked so made up of single notes (albeit fast arpeggios at times). If you can't work it out by watching the video and using your ears I think (with all due respect) you'll be struggling like hell to actually play the darn thing! :-)

Rather than ask someone to do a time-consuming and difficult tablature notation why don't you simply buy a flatpicking DVD with someone like Doc Watson? You'd soon get the hang of it....and they'd play various similar intros slowed down with a thorough explanation (and accompanying tab)


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Subject: RE: YouTube: Steve Goodman: Dying Cub Fan's Last Req..
From: voyager
Date: 03 Oct 18 - 02:07 PM

One of life's very sad tunes (unless your a Colorado Rockies fan).
Thanks again to Mr. Goodman for capturing the losing spirit of Wrigley Field baseball fans.

voyager


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Subject: RE: YouTube: Steve Goodman: Dying Cub Fan's Last Req..
From: GUEST,akenaton
Date: 03 Oct 18 - 02:11 PM

I found Mr Goodman many years ago, A great writer and singer....and a magnificent performer. Someone who did not achieve the fame which he so richly deserved.
"The girl I Love" on you tube is my personal favourite.


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Subject: RE: YouTube: Steve Goodman: Dying Cub Fan's Last Req..
From: gillymor
Date: 03 Oct 18 - 03:53 PM

An urban legend has it that Steve's ashes, or at least some of them, are buried under home plate at Wrigley Field. His urn must have been spinning last night after the Cubs lost their 2nd elimination game in as many nights while scoring only 2 runs total for both games.


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Subject: RE: YouTube: Steve Goodman: Dying Cub Fan's Last Req..
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Oct 18 - 11:14 AM

I spent many a day at Wrigley field back in the 40s and 50s. The baseball season is now over. I lived on the South side back in the 30s and got to see a few Sox games free. Some deal with the Chicago Park people. All we had to do was pay our three cent streetcar fare.


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Subject: RE: YouTube: Steve Goodman: Dying Cub Fan's Last Req..
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 02:00 PM

Check out the mandolin on Goodman's Take Me Out To The Ball Game.


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Subject: RE: YouTube: Steve Goodman: Dying Cub Fan's Last Req..
From: gillymor
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 02:12 PM

That is the great Jethro Burns of Homer and Jethro fame.


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