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Song Parodies -> "Those Were The (1957) Braves"

Original Song Title:

"Those Were The Days"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Those Were The (1957) Braves"

Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

My first recollection of a Major Sporting Event was the 1957 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Milwaukee Braves. I was 7 years old and lived in Connecticut, so I followed the Yankees, but the Braves caught my fancy that year. They won a thrilling Series in 7 games, Lou Burdette pitched 3 complete games, winning each (including games #5 and #7, both shutouts). Hank Aaron hit 3 Home Runs, batted .393 and drove in 7 rbi's ( I looked these up but I remembered he had a great series). I somehow have remembered almost all of the Braves players (all the starters, their 3 starting pitchers, top reliever and the first few players off the bench).
"Fore they moved down to Atlanta the Braves played in Milwaukee
Nineteen-Fifty-Seven in the World Series
Those were the Braves

Took the Yanks in seven games and brought home the crown
Made all of the plays; Aaron knocked the ball to hell
As did Ed Matthews
Those were the Braves, yes they were, they made the plays
They were not fazed; won it in seven and took home the crown
They won

They were ablaze, yes they were, Yankees looked dazed
Fans were amazed, yeah they were, cheered for the Braves
Burdette's three complete games; the whole team fielded well
All gave superb efforts and the mighty Yankees fell
Shocked fans everywhere

They were the Braves, yes they were, they came to play
They were unfazed; beat Yanks in seven and brought home the crown
Well done

They were ablaze, yes they were, they made the plays
They were the Braves, yeah, for sure, those were the Braves
Those were the Braves

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David Chrenko - February 20, 2004 - Report this comment
At first, I tried singing this to Mary Hopkins' "Those Were The Days" - that sure didn't work. Cream's works. A very Spic & Spahn parody. Three strikes'll get you 5.
Michael - February 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Why didnt u try the all in the family theme song
Paul Wooten - February 20, 2004 - Report this comment
From on hard core baseball fanatic to another, good job bringing that series back to life. Do one now that uses the CUCKOOS NEST scene where Nicholson does his "Koufax's curve is snappin' off like a motherf**ker!" spiel after Nrse Ratched turns off the T.V. during the series(WAS IT 63?) 555
Paul Robinson - February 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks all! Paul W - Ooohhh! I'd have to give that some thought.
Mari D - February 21, 2004 - Report this comment
Cream did this song?
Michael Pacholek - February 21, 2004 - Report this comment
And the Braves led the Yanks three games to one in '58. Milwaukee hasn't won a World Series since. The Curse of Selig? Or are the pathetic Brewers just trying to balance out those 12 Packer titles?
Paul Robinson - February 21, 2004 - Report this comment
Mari D - Yeah, I remembered most of how it "sounded" but never had been able to figure out exactly what they were saying except for the "Those were the days...." etc. parts. So I had to look up the original lyrics. THEN I had a helluva time finding the music so I could make sure they matched up. I even went to a record store and thought of buying an album (would have, but the only one they had available that had this song on it was a "Remastered" special edition of about 9 or 10 songs for about $24...took a Pasadena on that deal). Finally heard it and finished the song. Michael P - Yeah, really lame, stupid management coupled with revenue problems and generally mediocre, uninspired General Management decisions might have something to do with it also. Or it could just be a curse thing...Anyway, I moved to L.A. in 1959 and, lo and behold the Dodgers came back after a pathetic 1st season in L.A. in 1958 and stunned everyone by winning the World Series (just for me, I thought, since I had just moved there). Maury Wills came from nowhere (10 rather ordinary Minor Leagues seasons) to spark that team and revolutionize the offensive game by bringing speed back into baseball as a serious scoring weapon. So I renounced all my past allegiances, forgot Hank (rf) and Eddie (3b) , Lou (rhp) and Warren (lhp) , Schoendienst (2b)and Logan (ss), Adcock (1b), Covington(lf) , Bruton (cf) , the catching Del's; Crandall & Rice, reserves Felix Mantilla (inf) , Andy Pafko (of) , Bob Hazle(of) , Frank Torre (1b-of) (Joe's older brother), Bob Buhl (rhp), Don McMahon (rhp -short relief), Gene Conley (rhp and also NBA player with the Boston Celtics), Juan Pizarro (lhp), Manager Fred Haney and the other couple guys on the team also. Yup, forgot all about those guys, don't remember them at all...Of course, now I can hardly tell you who's on what team in baseball anymore. Read about it a little in the papers but don't follow it very closely anymore. But I was nuts about the game back then, even lived next door to a real Big-league player when my family moved into a house in Baldwin Hills in 1959; Billy Consolo, one of the 1st "Bonus Baby" players, who signed with the Red Sox in 1951 out of Seton Hall, (via Dorsey High in L.A.) He ended up playing with just about every team in the majors for a least a little while. Anyway, he even played catch with me a couple times. Talk about Hog heaven for a 9-year old. Whew! Shit I'm old now...

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