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Friday, January 23, 2009

LYRICS to 'The 12th Man' by Dusty Drake

I'm getting a ton of hits from people typing queries about this song into Google. (Hi, yinz.) Everyone seems to want the lyrics. As a public service to the Nation, I've done a transcription.

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The 12th Man
sung by Dusty Drake
words by Steve Yurjevich and Dusty Drake, music by Kevin Fowler
©2008/09 - presumably owned by the guys named above


The Lord loves the Steeler fans
He sent Big Ben to the promised land
He stands so tall behind the offensive line
Any guy that throws like that well he's a good friend of mine

We're baptized in beer and here to testify
Willie Parker's wearin' wings, just look at him fly
And Jeff Reed is on the Master's plan

'Cause you know the Lord loves the Steeler fans

Well I ain't a preachin' man but I need you to listen
There's a couple things that the whole league's missin'
A solid running game and a big strong D
That's the only sure way to get a victory

I know the truth hurts but it needs to be said
Hines Ward can catch a pass and take it upside your head
So don't yinz worry, goin' to Super Bowl heaven
They're gonna get a Six and then we'll shoot for Number Seven

'Cause

The Lord loves the Steeler fans
He sent Troy Polamalu to the promised land
He plays behind the best defensive line
Any man that hits like that well he's a good friend of mine

We're baptized in beer and here to testify
Every quarterback better run for dear life
Or Harrison and Woodley gonna hit you again
'Cause you know the Lord loves the Steeler fans

Now if you hate on the Steelers you're livin' your life all wrong
Lightning's gonna strike you down before too long
If you're looking for a savior and your team needs delivered
We can cleanse you in the waters of the mighty Three Rivers

The Steeler history's clear, just look at their past
They hit you in the mouth and knock you right on your --well--
We bleed Black and Gold with Keisel, Smith, and Hampton,
They eat up running backs like a big Primanti sandwich

And

The Lord loves the Steeler fans
Nobody travels better all across this land
No cheerleaders, we've got the Terrible Towel
Myron Cope would sure be proud

We're all baptized in beer and here to testify
Our city's made of steel and American pride
Everybody knows that we got the 12th man
'Cause the Lord loves the Steeler fans

Yeah

The Lord loves the Steeler fans
Nobody travels better all across this land
No cheerleaders, we've got the Terrible Towel
Myron Cope would sure be proud

We're all baptized in beer and here to testify
Our city's made of steel and American pride
Everybody knows that we got the 12th man
'Cause the Lord loves the Steeler fans

Yeah

The Lord loves
You know He does!
The Lord loves the Steeler fans

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And since I was totally unfamiliar with the original song that this one is based on ("The Lord Loves A Drinkin' Man", by Kevin Fowler), I went and found the original lyrics and a video of Mark Chesnutt performing it. Then I saw that Kevin Fowler had done a version of his own. Well, sports fans, I may know nothing about country music, but to this pair of ears, Dusty's raucous and rowdy up-tempo version beats both Chesnutt's and Fowler's all the way to Honkytonk Hell and back again. For that matter, so does Dusty himself, but that's a different topic.

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