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Original Song Title:

"El Paso"

Original Performer:

Marty Robbins

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

Guy DiRito

The Lyrics

Source for the story of the 58 year hex on the Cubs The Billy Goat Tavern is actually the Greek restaurant that is portrayed in the old Saturday Night Live skit with Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, coke, coke,Chip, Chip, back in the late 70s. The owner put a hex on the Cubs 58 years ago when they would not let the goat into Wrigley Field during the 1945 World Series.Hope you enjoy the parody. I made up the goat's name.
Out in that midwest city of Chicago,
Batters are hitting as pitchers do hurl.
Game time still finds them out in the arena,
The organ still plays 'cause the Cubs on a roll.

There's this old hex hanging like a subpeona.
Since Bill Sianis cast that old spell.
Ev-ery year the fans see the hope fadin',
Fifty eight years they don't drink from the well.

It was a wild young Greek did them in,
Because his goat they offend.
Bill was declaring, his uniform wearing,
Old goat Athena attend with her glove.

But alas, the Cubs did not want no beasts of burden invadin',
Not even if a Cubs uniform wore.
No entry to fans when they walk on all four feet,
That's when Bill Sianis went and declared war.

I don't know how much of hexes is science,
But that old Billy wound up and pitched one.
Ever since that day the Cubs ain't had a prayer,
They always come up just short of a run.

Out near the back gate of Wrigleys he scanned,
That's where the evil was eyed.
He cast a good one, because his goat they shun,
For fifty eight years all hope has been fried.

They've been past every year in that midwestern town of Chicago,
Ran out of gas, help them please Texaco.

Now in Chicago each season is hopeless,
Series hopes gone just like a major theft.
Year after year series hopes keep on fadin',
They see each season end with early death.

They're rattled bad now since Bill stole their show,
Losing in every ball park.
Beg, steal or borrow, can't fool it, can't break free,
They should have let in that old goat with her cart.
Now at last here they are, end of season comes fast to Chicago,
There's only a few more games yet to go.
Both wills run strong, will they get their just reward,
Or will old Bill and his voodoo bring whoa?

In for a fight that goes back to those Greek boys,
Can these old Cubs even up that old score?
Doubting and brooding, they just have to scratch free,
Maybe they'll win the world series in four.

They've got the Marlins snapping at their heel,
Maybe they should go and confide,
That old guy Billy, he still got 'em rattled,
It's just so eerie, how his spell denied.

But that goat named Athena was wronged, will they rise to the callin',
It's just a theory, a spell can't arrest.
Old Greeks and spells you just don't want to trifle,
That spell may rule it and thus end their quest.

They may go nowhere, arena sits empty,
That there old Greek got them fit to be tied.
Fabled by old country charms that deny score,
They may just miss 'cause Athena got nigh.

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Pacing: 4.5
How Funny: 4.3
Overall Rating: 4.3

Total Votes: 15

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Adagio - October 12, 2003 - Report this comment
Very good parody and gave tons of info. too. Good job, Guy!
Michael Pacholek - October 12, 2003 - Report this comment
Not ba-a-a-ad. Although Billy Sianis (1894-1970) was already 51 years old in '45, so he wasn't a "young Greek." Now, if you'll excuse me, I've gotta go make Red Sox fans tell me, "That really gets my goat."
Mr. Horse - October 12, 2003 - Report this comment
Even though im not a football freak (no im a hockeydude, ok) I really thought this parody rocked... Good one Guy! (as usual)
Justin - October 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Very good parody Guy, I like this one very much, almost as much as the Boston one...hehe
Grant Swindle - October 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Great one Guy!
Guy DiRito - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
Cubs lose it 8 to 6. Done in by a fan who grabbed a ball in play that turned events toward their loss. That goat is going to win again. Series is 3 wins each. Any takers on the Cubs pulling this one off?
... - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
No, they lost 8 to 3.
Guy DiRito - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
So sue me 'Three Dot Qualm'. It was way late and this is what I heard reported on TV at the time. Will you parody police ever give us a break? We'd think you'd take the hint when CG removed the decades portion from the parody author's page and changed original artist to who performed the version of this parody.
Ellipsis - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
Hey, my name ain't Three Dot Qualm.
Ellipsis - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
By the way, I'm sorry Guy. I didn't realize you heard an incorrect score reported. You must live on the East coast cuz' I live on the West coast.

One other thing: I'm not the parody police. I wasn't commenting on the parody; I was responding to your earlier comment.

Once again, I apoliogize.
Guy DiRito - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
OK - Your 'Encryptness' - It wasn't so much the correction that I found irratating but more the terseness with which it was delivered. I still don't like parody police action whether it be for comments or parodies. So please when you have to correct someone try being a bit less terse. The bottom line of the comment was that the Cubs lost and yes I did get the score wrong.

So, any takers on the Cubs in game seven?
John Jenkins - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
It seems like the Dusty Baker-managed Cubs might be doing in this year's NLCS what the Dusty Baker-managed Giants did in last year's World Series (blow leads to lose games 6 and 7)... but I do like Kerry Wood and the Cubs in game seven. BTW, good parody - I liked the way you replaced New Mexico with Texaco.
... - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
I was trying not to be terse.

In response to your most recent comment, Go Cubs!
Guy DiRito - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
Second inning. Tie game Marlins 3, Cubs 3. 'Dot Com' you're on. Say we wager for one virtual goat burger?
Michael Pacholek - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
They're gonna milk that goat for all it's worth. For it's root, root, root for the Cub...bies... if they don't win it's... the same.
Guy DiRito - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
Top of the 8th Fla 9 Chi 6. Cubs have to score at least four runs in two more at bats to see the World Series. That is one evil goat.
Guy DiRito - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
Top of the 9th. Marlins 9 Cubs 6. Will the goat get her way?
Guy DiRito - October 15, 2003 - Report this comment
FINAL. The Cubs WIN!!!

J/K. The goat wins again. Marlins 9 Cubs 6.

Well there's always next year.
Wild Man - October 21, 2003 - Report this comment
My kind of State, Florida Is..................Nice work Guy.
Tim Hall - February 28, 2004 - Report this comment
The Cubs WILL be back....the Marlins will not. Maddux can give the Cubs a couple of good years.
Guy - February 28, 2004 - Report this comment
Yeah, I root for the Cubbies every year. Not my favorite team but I'd like to see them go once. That Greek planted the evil eye on them and that psychology seems to be the factor in their continual short comings.
Mari D - February 28, 2004 - Report this comment
This one is different! I like it. I'm not a big baseball fan but always root for the Cubbies because my family is from Chicago. So who's going to write the parody about the BALL?
scott carlson - April 04, 2004 - Report this comment
want to play the Chicag cubs fight song
Green Bloodied Hound Dogs - July 10, 2004 - Report this comment
I Love It.
Know 1 can hear you dream - February 26, 2005 - Report this comment
Boy, do I feel left out on the innings of this sport. Also, I didn't know the word subpeona and it took me a while to figure out you probably mean subpoena (which I also didn't know). But hey, being here to learn more English is one of the reasons I'm on AmIright in the first place. :-)
Charlie Decker - March 01, 2005 - Report this comment
(Sports Comp) Fantastic job. I absolutely love the OS, and you did it justice. 5s.
Jeff Reuben - March 01, 2005 - Report this comment
(Sports) But at least they got rid of Sosa!
Rex - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Hey, this parody isn't ba-a-a-a-a-ad.
Agrimorfee - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
(SPORTS) This parody gets my goat! :)
Ethan Mawyer - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
(Sports) Like i said with johnny D's entry... this was a great job on a tough song but it would've been even better if the same attention to humor could've been paid as there was attention to detail. But not bad at all. 544
John Jenkins - March 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Another fun parody to re-examine, particularly the "eyed/fried" verse. Now that the curse of Bambino has been destroyed, how much longer will the billy goat curse last?
Scathe - March 03, 2005 - Report this comment
(SPORTS) The likelyhood of a goat cursing a baseball team is less than 0.01%. 10% if you're high. Nice work exposing superstitions, Guy.
Claude Prez - March 03, 2005 - Report this comment
This is the year baby!!! No really!!! Great job Guy.
Kimba T. Dogg - March 03, 2005 - Report this comment
(Sports) - Brings back memories of the black cat at Shea Stadium in '69. This was very enjoyable.
Johnny D - March 03, 2005 - Report this comment
(Sports) Wow... first The Bambino... then Athena The Goat... Who says the human imagination ain't creative! Favorite line: "Or will old Bill and his voodoo bring whoa?" Guy, this parody is another example of how when you write a parody, you "go do that voodoo that YOU do so weeeelllll....!!!"
Stuart McArthur - March 04, 2005 - Report this comment
(sports) all another language to me and DKTOS, I'm sorry, but nice pacing
Loosekanen (Mike Armstrong) - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
I hope it is a curse. I hope it lasts forever. I can't stand the Cubs at all. White Sox in '05 baby! oh, and nice parody guy. :)
Guy - November 03, 2016 - Report this comment
I wrote this 13 years ago and I am so very well pleased that the evil eye of Billy whose pet goat Athena that conspired in the "curse" has finally been "put down". I never gave up hope that I would see this so called "curse" undone.

So, my MLB team is the Pirates. After high school I learned computer programming and shared an apartment with 3 other students that was 3 blocks from the old Pirate's ballpark known as Forbes field. We would sell the two parking spots in front of the apartment and with that cash buy one bleacher seat and bring a lunch sized paper bag to drop the ticket stub until we all got in for the price of one cheap seat. This was back when Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell and others greats played for Pittsburgh. Enough on that.

The game of the century was last night. I cheer for Chicago's Northside and the Cubs. The "curse" is finally over 13 years after this parody was written. I never gave up on them. Best ball game since the 1960 series when the Pirates beat the Yanks in the 10th inning when Pittsburgh's 2nd baseman Bill Mazeroski hit a solo HR to win the 7TH game of that series; final score was 10 to 9.

The last time the Cubs won the series Taft was POTUS, Thomas Alva Edison was 61 years old, Samuel Clements (Mark Twain) was 72 years of age and there had not yet been a World War let alone over 70 years since the end of WWII.

How right Yogi Berra was when he said "It ain't over 'til it's over". I knew I'd revisit this parody with a comment when the Cubs finally climbed out of the deep dark hole; I just never figured it would be 13 years coming. My hat is off the Cubs. WELL DONE!
Billy S. - November 03, 2016 - Report this comment
Cheeborgay, cheeborgay, coke, coke, chip, chip.

Goatborgay, goatborgay, coke, coke, chip, chip.

They finally got my goat. =:-(
Zeke Zaleski (4-ever Cubs fan) - November 05, 2016 - Report this comment
Yeah how about those Cubbies? I've been trying now for two days to determine what the reference to cheeborgay, coke and chip in a previous comment was about. I scoured the WWW to learn that Billy Sianis, the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, just around the corner from the Cub's ballpark, owned the goat that made Sianis curse the team.

The late John Bulishi and others of SNL did skits on this Greek restaurant and used "cheeborgay, coke and chip" and "No Pepsi, COKE!" This was the SNL satire of the Sianis restaurant which may still be in operation today run by another Sianis a great grand child of Billy.

Maybe I'd have known this but it is a bit before my time.

Another curse bites the dust and my mystery solved.

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