Song of the Day #572: ‘Baseball and Beatles’ – Mark Elliott

Note: Today’s SOTD comes courtesy of guest blogger Amy, who recently took a family trip to Music City:

When we recently went to Nashville, we knew the one definite stop on our agenda was to visit the Bluebird Café. We didn’t know any of the artists playing the only night we would be able to attend, but that was okay. The point of our visit was to be in a place that housed some great singer/songwriters before they were “discovered” (such as Taylor Swift), as well as the working musician who plied his trade from town to town, in venues just like this one.

While I did a cursory search of the names of the artists we would be seeing, I didn’t investigate much further than that. So it was a very pleasant surprise when Mark Elliott wound up being such a funny and talented musician that I walked away that evening with two of his albums (and the notion that he would be a perfect fit for my cousin, Heather).

The one I’m featuring today is “Baseball & Beatles,” and I chose it because the story he told before singing it, about how his friend was able to bond with his teenage daughter over these two subjects, was one with which Dana and I could readily relate. While our teenage daughter is not one to slam the door in anger, she does tend to disappear behind it for hours on end. The fact that we share musical tastes is wonderful. She has always been more than excited to listen to our Counting Crows and Beatles albums, and she genuinely appreciates our willingness to listen to her Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley albums with open ears.

The result is that we always have something great to talk about. The way Elliott incorporates ‘All You Need is Love’ and ‘Give Peace a Chance’ into these lyrics delights me every single time I hear it. And, indeed, I agree that the language that binds us together, whatever that language might be, is worth celebrating.

Well, she thought it was cool
That when I was in school
The Beatles were happening
The amazing Mets, too
I had me a mop top and a new 6 string Rick
And a foul ball I caught off a Tom Seaver pitch

Well she was a tomboy
My own little pride and joy
She’d sing in her room
With the the Liverpool boys
We’d eat TV dinners
Wearing ball caps and cleats
And yell at those umpires ’til she fell asleep

And it’s the crack of the bat
And the slap of the leather
The drums and guitars
Open ‘Come Together’
These are the things that bind us forever
The language we always could use
Baseball and Beatles, too

Well her teen years rolled in like a tornado wind
There were boyfriends with their fast cars
And their late night weekends
She’d yell out “I hate you Dad” and I’d hear her door slam
And I’d sing “all you need is love, babe” and “give peace a chance”

And it’s the crack of the bat
And the slap of the leather
The drums and guitars
Open ‘Come Together’
These are the things that bind us forever
The language we always could use
Baseball and Beatles, too

Now we’ll never agree on Pete Rose
But we both blame Yoko

And it’s the crack of the bat
And the slap of the leather
The drums and guitars
Hopin’ come together

These are the things that bind us forever
The language we always could use
Baseball and Beatles, too

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #572: ‘Baseball and Beatles’ – Mark Elliott

  1. Dana says:

    Very nice guest blogging:) And now that Amy has become Facebook friends with Mark Elliott, perhaps she will share this link with him.

    It was, indeed, a pleasure to sit at the Bluebird and experience the music of unknown, but talented, musicians. And as nice as Elliott’s live performance was, both in the performance we saw and in the clip above, I think the recorded version of the song is perhaps even more enjoyable as it is nicely produced. Perhaps Amy could send it to Clay to upload?

  2. peg says:

    This is an excellent guest blog, and I love the lyrics to the song–very sweet!

  3. Maddie says:

    I loved Mark Elliot, and this song was my favorite of that night in Bluebird cafe. :) I dont think I vanish behind my door for very long. :P Just to be on the computer, and you guys can always come in. But fine keep trying to make me sound like the normal, hating her parents teenager. :P

  4. Clay says:

    Just look at the teenage venom pouring out in that comment! ;-)

    This is a very sweet song. I’ll be happy to post the recorded version if you get it to me. I think the live one does the job quite nicely as well.

    It would be cool if Elliott found his way to the blog. Unless I’ve had some unexpected visitors over the years, that would make him the second featured artist to read his own SOTD entry (the first, of course, being Dana).

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