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Song for Roger Maris is an unreleased song by the Mountain Goats.

LyricsEdit

When the power of God shows up in your swing
And the people start to notice and you can't do anything about it
And they all come out to see you
And they start to crowd around
Let me tell you brother, you can feel it coming down
And I got an angel watching over me
A monkey on my back
The devil at my heels
Reporters breathing down my neck

Yeah, my father always to me to finish what you start
My wife's about to leave me and it's going to break my heart
And I no longer have my youth
I no longer have my looks
I got a goddamn one-way ticket to the goddamn history books
And I got an angel watching over me
A monkey on my back
The devil at my heels
Reporters breathing down my neck

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "Does everybody know—raise hands if you know who Roger Maris was...Roger Maris hit sixty-one home runs in...in '61. So that was the home run record for a single-season...Roger Maris hit sixty-one homers, breaking the record previously held by another Yankee—another cursed Yankee—named Babe Ruth. Okay, so he breaks this record, but, you'd think when a man breaks a long-standing record there'd be great celebration, but he got death threats. 'You will not break the Babe's record. You won't do that'. So, his hair turned gray during the season. He lost most of his friends; he never recovered from making this run at this thing, which wasn't like he went out there trying to break it, he was just a good swinger. Well, that's a damn shame. So this is called 'Song for Roger Maris'." -- 2001-04-21 - The Olde Club, Swarthmore, PA

Things Referenced in this SongEdit

  • Roger Maris was a former major-league baseball player.

Live Shows this Song Was Played atEdit

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