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Lorde Singing About The Royals and The Top 5 Baseball Songs Ever

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Even though Lorde’s excellent smash hit “Royals” isn’t actually about the Kansas City Royals, or baseball, she was apparently inspired to write the song after seeing a player on the cover of National Geographic signing baseballs. According to an interview she did with VH1, she claimed:

“I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs,” Lorde told us when we sat down with her recently. “He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’” Lorde was so taken by the image and the word that she penned the song around that idea. ”It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

It wasn’t just a photo of a baseball player, though. Lorde is also a massive history buff and her love of the real life royals of the past also played a part in creating the song.

“Obviously I’ve had this fascination with aristocracy my whole life.” She adds, “Like, the kings and queens of 500 years ago…they’re like rock stars. If there was a TMZ 500 years ago, it would be about like Henry VIII and Marie Antoinette and all those people.”

Of course that player wasn’t just any player, it was George Brett. And here is the image. And here is the song.

Regardless, it got me thinking. What are the best songs either about or inspired by baseball?

5. Todd Snider – America’s Favorite Pastime

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5. Todd Snider – America’s Favorite Pastime
When baseball fans tell their children about great moments in the history of the game, they may mention Babe Ruth calling his home run; maybe Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off home run; or better yet, Kirk Gibson hitting a walk-off home run against the best closer in baseball while being injured.

What they probably won’t tell their kids about is the time Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter while high on LSD.

Yet Todd Snider wrote a song about that very day. The title of the track may be a tad ironic, but he sings the song with such a beautiful sincerity:

when he finally mowed the last man down
he was high as he had ever been
laughing to the sound of the world going around
completely unaware of the win
and while the papers would say he was scattered that day
he was pretty as a pitcher could be
the day dock ellis of the pittsburg pirates
threw a no hitter on lsd

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One Response to “Lorde Singing About The Royals and The Top 5 Baseball Songs Ever”

  1. Diane1611 says:

    What about “Centerfield” by John Fogarty? :( That’s my favorite song about baseball. Here’s a video: http://youtu.be/04KQydlJ-qc

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