"Big League" as written by and Thomas William Cochrane....
When he was a kid, he'd be up at five
Take shots till eight, make the thing drive
Out after school, back on ice
That was his life, he was gonna play in the big league
The big league

Not many ways out of this cold northern town
You work in the mill and get laid in the ground
If you're gonna jump it will be with the game
Real fast and tough is the only clear lane to the big league

My boy's gonna play in the big league
My boy's gonna turn some heads
My boy's gonna play in the big league
My boy's gonna knock 'em dead
The big league

All the right moves when he turned eighteen
Scholarship and school on a big u.s. team
Out with his girl near Lake Mcclean
Hit a truck doing seventy in the wrong lane
To the big league

My boy's gonna play in the big league
My boy's gonna turn some heads
My boy's gonna play in the big league
My boy's gonna knock 'em dead

Never can tell what might come down
Never can tell how much you get
Just don't know, no you never can tell

Sometimes at night I can hear the ice crack
It sounds like thunder and it rips through my back
Sometimes in the morning I still hear the sound
Ice meets metal...
"can't you drive me down to the big league?"

My boy's gonna play in the big league
My boy's gonna turn some heads
My boy's gonna play in the big league
My boy's gonna knock 'em dead

Never can tell what might come down
Never can tell when you might check out
Just don't know, no you never can tell
So do right to others like you do to yourself
In the big league


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"Big League" as written by Thomas William Cochrane

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    General CommentThe Canadian Dream!! We're the only country in the world where parents would rather their kid was a fourth line grinder than a succesful brain surgeon.
    jmo78on July 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat tune about a kid who had it all going for him. The kid was headed for the NHL but got in a car accident while with his gf and died.
    roth89on June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBig League is a song about George Pelawa. On the day of a concert, Tom was approached by a man who mention that his son was a big fan of Tom's music. When Tom asked if this man's son would be at the concert that night the fellow told him that his son had recently been killed in a car accident. Pelawa had been killed by a sleepy semi truck driver whose vechile had veered into the wrong lane of trafic. After hearing the story of Pelawa, Tom was inspired and wrote a the song Big League about the 1986 first round draft choice of the Calgary Flames who was playing hockey on a big US team (North Dakota) on a scholarship.

    The song also has a eerie similarity to the tragic passing of Vancouver Canuck Luc Bourdon. As a result, Cochrane played Big League at Bourdon's memorial before the season opener of the Canuck's 08/09 season.

    "Never can tell when you might check out, Just don't know, no you never can tell, So do right to others like you do to yourself"
    jcavemanon December 30, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI take away a lot more than "a song about hockey" or "a song about a kid who played hockey, but died before he could make it to the NHL".

    To me, this is a song about mortality, and making the best of your time in this world. I lost two friends in one week earlier this year, and during that week, I was listening to this song on my way home from work. The last verse really resonated with me:

    "Never can tell what might come down
    Never can tell when you might check out
    Just don't know, no you never can tell
    So do right to others like you do to yourself"

    You really don't know when you might "check out". Fate could deal you a bad hand, and you could be gone in an instant. Do your best to live your life in a way that you'd like to be remembered.
    truenorth1968on March 13, 2015   Link

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