Baseball related songs: “Mickey Mantle by Waters

In Baseball related songs, we pay attention to “Mickey Mantle” performed by the band Waters.
Mickey Mantle is a song from the debut album “Out in the Light” of the band. It is the final song on the album that contains ten songs. Even though the name of the former Yankee star is mentioned, the song does not seem to be a real baseball song.

The band Waters was established in Oslo in November 2011. Frontman Van Pierszalowski started the band after his previous band Port ‘O Brian had split up. Van Pierszalowski and the other four band members Brian DaMert (guitar), Greg Sellin (bass), Andrew Wales (drums) and Sara DaMert (keys) recorded the album “Out in the Light” in Dallas and it was released by TBD records.

Waters has a rather unique sound but can be compared with Radical Face, know for its song “Welcome Home, Son.”

It is hard to tell what the song “Mickey Mantle” is about as the lyrics are rather mystic. Reading them, one may draw the conclusion it is about a guy with personal/mental problems, perhaps a homeless person. Especially the phrase “I could keep my nose on the ground” means keeping your head down which may refer to a person with low self-esteem. But then again, the phrase “I was just a foolish fan” may refer to the game of baseball itself.

The phrase “I was feeling Mickey Mantle, wasted” will likely refer to the physical state Mickey Mantle was in. At a rather young age, he twisted his knee, a physical inconvenience Mantle was bothered by his entire career. At times he was limping off the field. The phrase can also refer to Mantle’s heavy drinking. Despite his alcohol abuse, Mantle got a new liver in the early nineties, which eventually did not keep him from passing away in 1995.

The lyrics of the song are as follows:

Never thought to light a candle
Never thought I had to gamble
I was feeling Mickey Mantle, wasted
Driving up the 1, I’m frantic
Turn into an old romantic
I was sleeping in the attic, waiting

Can’t nobody ever see?
Don’t make a mess of me
I ain’t too old to give a shit
I could turn a train around
I could take your country down
I ain’t too young to regret

Forever, forever, forever,
I ain’t too young
Forever, forever,
I ain’t too young
Forever, forever,
I ain’t too young

I was in New York, living
Waiting in the cold Thanksgiving
Hoping I could ever dare to embrace it
I could play a part uptown,
I could keep my nose on the ground
Never thought I’d ever care just to face it

I could never understand
I was just a foolish fan,
Taken to the edge just to see
Who said your mother was right?
Who said your friends were just fine?
Who could tell you that I was free?

Forever, forever, forever,
I ain’t too young.
Forever, forever,
I ain’t too young
Forever, forever,
I ain’t too young
Forever, forever,
I ain’t too young

I was in New York, living
Waiting in the cold Thanksgiving
Hoping I could ever dare to embrace it

 

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