First, he and his mates took on evil Ticketmaster and its excessive surcharges. With that cause drawn to a disappointing conclusion, Pearl Jam ace Eddie Vedder puts his formidable voice behind another impossible dream — the 100-year-old crusade to secure a World Series championship for his beloved baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.
Last year, Vedder, a Chicago-area native and Wrigley Field frequenter who often keeps score, produced a Cubs neo-anthem at the behest of Ernie Banks. (Mr. Cub is into grunge?)
Anyway, "All the Way" has been getting airplay on Chicago radio and in Wrigleyville bars in recent days with the Cubs just moments from clinching their second NL Central crown in as many seasons. The next logical step in the music biz is to turn it into a single.
We are one with the Cubs, with the Cubs we're in love
We hold our heads tall as the underdogs
We are not fair-weather, but foul-weather fans
We are brother in arms in the streets and the stands
There's magic in the ivy and the old scoreboard
The same one I stared at as a kid keeping score
In a world full of green we could never want more
And someday we'll go all the way
Hey, someday we'll go all the way
It sounds a little like "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan, which really doesn't connote the same kind of happy feeling as "Go, Cubs, Go." But it's Vedder. You're going to get a little melancholy in your Seventh Inning Stretch.
BONUS: Mouthpiece Sports has already worked up a video for the song: