On Songs Morphing Back and Forth

First, a random housekeeping note.

The hajj in 2010 is scheduled for November 14th to 17th. In case you were planning on visiting Mecca in 2010, that’s the time you should go.

The real reason for this post? The Chicago Cubs.

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam wrote a new song about the Cubs — “Go All The Way.” (It’s available through Pearl Jam’s online store, or through the Chicago Cubs’ official website.) I found a pretty lousy bootleg of it — shitty sound quality from a live performance — and then I bought the single download for ninety-nine cents. It is, as Len Kasper said on yesterday’s game on WGN, a memorable and catchy song.

The problem I have, though? Everytime I start to hum it or try and think it, “Go All The Way” morphs into John Lennon’s “The Luck of the Irish.”

Every. Single. Time.

They’re similar. They have similar chord structures and progressions. The melodies are completely different, but they’re also similar enough that one morphs into the other.

It’s a bit annoying. For me, anyway.

“The Luck of the Irish,” for those unfamiliar with the song, was one of Lennon’s agitprop songs of the early 1970’s. Not a great song to start with, and it’s made worse by Yoko Ono’s vocal.

As for “Go All The Way,” it’s a song about the love of the fans of the Cubs for the long-suffering team. That someday, the Cubs will “go all the way” and win the World Series.

It is catchy and it is memorable, and even though I never really got into Pearl Jam, I quite like what Eddie Vedder did for the Cubs. :cubs:

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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