say it ain't so,jo please, say it ain't so
thats not what I want to hear Joe
ain't I got a right to know
say it ain't so, jo please, say it ain't so
i'm sure they're telling us lies jo
please tell us it ain't so

they told us our hero has played his trump card
he doesn't know how to go on
we're clinging to his charm and determined smile
but the good old days are gone,

the image and the empire may be falling apart
the money has goten scarce
one mans word held the country together
but the truth is getting fierce

say it ain't so,joe please, say it ain't so
we pinned our hopes on you joe
and they're ruining our show

Lyrics submitted by natasha_pellino

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  • +1
    Song MeaningI believe this hauntingly powerful song is about Shoeless Joe Jackson who played for the White Sox. He was a tremendously talented outfielder who was supposedly involved in the "Black Sox" scandal in the 1919 World Series when several of the White Sox were indited for throwing a game.

    Outside of the courthouse where the trial was being held a young boy came up to Joe and infamously said "Say it ain't so Joe." Shoeless Joe reportedly just turned away without uttering a word.

    Roger Daltrey did an outstanding cover of this song in 1977 on his solo "One of the Boys" album. Check it out.
    kevdog716on March 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSuch a powerful song - adorable - especially to anyone who has known a Jo - as I memorably have
    nagromnaion October 01, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningThe title comes from a quote uttered in Shoeless Joe's direction, but I believe it was inspired by a lot of people's reaction to Watergate revelations. I also remember learning it was not *about* a single event, but any hero with clay feet. (Hmm... although, Googling keywords doesn't seem to support this)
    Anguson October 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm not too sure but is this a song of a man (named Jo) who's expected to be great but disappoints in his final chance. Brings to mind a sports hero who's had an amazing career but comes up short in the final game and his stardom fades.
    silverprodon January 15, 2006   Link
  • -2
    General Commentjust wanted to say "told us that the hero had played his trump card" is actually "told us that our hero, at plate he struck out"

    "leader had played his trump card" is sung towards the end of the song.
    jajajaSUCKAon August 15, 2007   Link

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