April 2nd, 2008

WNL

WNL-VIII: "Cleveland, even now I can remember..."

Tonight's lyrical installment isn't very deep. In fact, ol' Randy Newman manages to repeat words -- and whole sentences -- throughout this song from his 1972 album, Sail Away. In fact, he uses the word "river" nine times in less than three minutes. But the song, "Burn On," is deserving of this week's spot if for no other reason than because it is opening week of baseball season. "Burn On" was the opening theme to the movie Major League.

The majors started playing a few days ago and the minor leagues open tomorrow. Opening day lets us know that the long winter will soon be behind us. It marks a change in the seasons. The daffodils bloom. The dogwoods blossom. Players take the field. According to Annie Savoy, Walt Whitman once said, "I see great things in baseball. It's our game -- the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us."
There's a red moon rising on the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

There's a red moon rising on the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

There's an oil barge winding down the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

There's an oil barge winding down the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

Cleveland, city of light, city of magic
Cleveland, city of light, you're calling me
Cleveland, even now I can remember
'Cause the Cuyahoga River goes smokin' through my dreams

Burn on big river, burn on
Burn on big river, burn on

Now the Lord can make you tumble
And the Lord can make you turn
And the Lord can make you overflow
But the Lord can't make you burn

Burn on big river, burn on
Burn on big river, burn on

Burn On
Randy Newman