Song Lyric Sunday – (My boy’s gonna play in) The Big League

Big League
Tom Cochrane and Red Rider

I chose this song for Song Lyric Sunday because its story touched the hearts of many Canadian parents in 1988 when it was released.  In 2018, thirty years later, it saw a resurgence when tragedy struck and the story became a reality for the parents of boys on a Saskatchewan hockey team.

So many little boys in Canada (including mine back in the day) dream of playing hockey in the major league. And no matter the playing level of their sons, thousands of parents keep the dream alive.  They are up at the crack of dawn on winter weekends to drive to chilly hockey arenas. Week after week, they watch while their sons (and today daughters) hit the ice, while warming their hands holding endless cups of hot coffee. They drive through blizzards to watch them play in tournaments in other cities.  And they do it for love of their kids and the game.

But the song is more than about the game. It’s about loss and the end of the dream because of a tragic accident . In April 2018 , a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a Saskatchewan junior league team, was struck by a semi-trailer truck. Sixteen people on the bus were killed, including 14 players, the head coach and the team’s athletic therapist. Thirteen others were injured.  All of Canada mourned and showed their sympathy by leaving hockey sticks outside their doors.  And the song became an anthem again to the game and the kids that lost their lives for the love of it.

LYRICS:   Big Leagues
Tom Cochrane and Red Rider
When he was a kid, he’d be up at five
Take shots till eight, make the thing drive
Out after school, back on ice
That was his life, he was gonna play in the big league
The big league
Not many ways out of this cold northern town
You work in the mill and get laid in the ground
If you’re gonna jump it will be with the game
Real fast and tough is the only clear lane to the big league
My boy’s gonna play in the big league
My boy’s gonna turn some heads
My boy’s gonna play in the big league
My boy’s gonna knock ’em dead
The big league
All the right moves when he turned eighteen
Scholarship and school on a big u.s. team
Out with his girl near Lake Mcclean
Hit a truck doing seventy in the wrong lane
To the big league
My boy’s gonna play in the big league
My boy’s gonna turn some heads
My boy’s gonna play in the big league
My boy’s gonna knock ’em dead
Never can tell what might come down
Never can tell how much you get
Just don’t know, no you never can tell
Sometimes at night I can hear the ice crack
It sounds like thunder and it rips through my back
Sometimes in the morning I still hear the sound
Ice meets metal…
“can’t you drive me down to the big league?”
My boy’s gonna play in the big league
My boy’s gonna turn some heads
My boy’s gonna play in the big league
My boy’s gonna knock ’em dead
Never can tell what might come down
Never can tell when you might check out
Just don’t know, no you never can tell
So do right to others like you do to yourself
In the big league
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Thomas William Cochrane
Big League lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

 Jim Adams hosts Song Lyric Sunday.  His theme for was:

Look for songs that are written or sung by someone named Tom/Dick/Harry or a song that includes one of these names in the lyrics

10 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – (My boy’s gonna play in) The Big League

  1. I heard about the Humboldt Broncos bus crash tragedy on the news, but I was not aware of this song. It is very nice and a great choice for today. I grew up in Milwaukee and we played hockey all the time in the winter. I should listen to more Tom Cochrane music, as I really enjoyed this.

    Like

  2. I’d never heard of the Broncos’ tragedy. So heartbreaking. The song gave me chills just thinking about it. Lost my sister-in-law and her teenage granddaughter in 1998 in a bus accident during a class ski trip. It’s something that stays with you.

    Like

    • Thank you for reading and for your feedback. I am sorry for your family’s tragedy. Long before the Broncos accident, I thought about an accident every time I put my kids on a bus for a field trip, camp, etc. But we can’t let fear stop us from living. Thanks again.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s