A Swing and a Belt (Tom Cheek Tribute)

by RationaL

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28 consecutive seasons. 4,306 consecutive games. 2 World Series Championships. And a life-time of memories.

In honour of the greatest Toronto Blue Jay of all-time, Canada's "Voice of Summer", and the newest inductee into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, Mr. Tom. Cheek.

Award-winning Canadian hip-hop artist RationaL, presents: "A Swing and a Belt". Titled after Tom Cheek's legendary call of the greatest moment in Canadian sports history - Joe Carter's World Series-winning walk-off home run versus the Philadelphia Phillies in 1993.

REST IN PEACE.

lyrics

VERSE 1:

I was 8 years old, my birthday present?
A baseball glove and my first Jays fitted
I felt like Robbie, my fingers to the sky
I can still hear the call: "a swing and there's a drive!"
Big league dreams for a kid to cherish
One team, one color, brought a country together
I'll never forget it: "Winfield wants noise!"
Who knew feeling 'blue' could bring so much joy?
Devo on patrol looking like Willie Mays
Bob Davidson blew it, we knew it’s a triple play
Guzman the jheri curl, Gruber the mullet
Bring ‘The Terminator’ in and soon we knew it was over
The flashbacks, memories, they making me smile
Tom Cheek painting pictures through your radio dial…
"There's a bunted ball! Timlin! To Carter!
And the Blue Jays win it! THE BLUE JAYS WIN IT!
THE BLUE JAYS ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!!"

CHORUS:

Take a look into the sky
Close my eyes and I can see it
Spread our wings and we take flight
Give you something to believe in
It's our time, tonight's the night
Got a whole country dreaming
Never forget, the first time I heard it myself
I'll never forget that: "SWING AND A BELT!"

VERSE 2:

The start of '93, echoed through all of Canada
Put the banner up: DEFENDING WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!
Fantasy roster, seven All-Stars
I swear this team was sent from the heavens above
Second to none, Dad and I, we watched it all
Those bats on fire like a Beeston cigar
W.A.M.C.O., that acronym everyone ought-a-know
White, Alomar, Molitor, Carter and Johnny O
.400 flirting, hotter than a smoked-out soufflé
Even Americans singing: "OK, Blue Jays!"
Who could forget about Tony and Rickey?
Cito had the team buzzing through the whole dang city
Stand on Mr. Gillick, he never was standing Pat
Borders framing border-line pitches behind the mask
Remember, while those two trophies sit on the shelf
REST IN PEACE TOM CHEEK: "A SWING AND A BELT!"

CHORUS:

Take a look into the sky
Close my eyes and I can see it
Spread our wings and we take flight
Give you something to believe in
It's our time, tonight's the night
Got a whole country dreaming
Never forget, the first time I heard it myself
I'll never forget that: "SWING AND A BELT!!"

VERSE 3:

The dawn of a brand new day
At the home of #1 Blue Jays Way
'I Love This Team', keep believing til our dreams come true
30-million-plus strong and we bleed blood blue
We stuck thru it and we still holding on
The memories sustain us even though you're gone
28 years with a mic in his hand
1430 and 590 The Fan
The times that we had, he spoke and brought 'em to life
SkyDome, 50,000, every single night
Now, each spring hopes eternal through the summer and fall
Together just like Joe, we'll be "TOUCHING 'EM ALL!"
I can still hear the roar, what a joyous thunder
Baritone in my stereo, that "Voice of Summer"
Playing in my loudspeaker
Heavens got an angel in the outfield...

BRIDGE:

"Tom Cheek" (repeated)...
"He was the "Voice of Summer"
"For Nearly 28 straight years"
"From April 7, 1977 to June 2, 2004"
"4, 306... 4,306"
"4, 306 consecutive regular season"
"Tom Cheek" (repeated)...
"The late Tom Cheek is a legend"
"Cheek will soon take his place in the Hall of Fame"
"TOM CHEEK IS OFF TO COOPERSTOWN"

CHORUS:

Take a look into the sky
Close my eyes and I can see it
Spread our wings and we take flight
Give you something to believe in
It's our time, tonight's the night
Got a whole country dreaming
Never forget, the first time I heard it myself
I'll never forget that: "SWING AND A BELT!!"

credits

released 23 July 2013
SPECIAL THANKS:

Mr. and Mrs. Tom & Shirley Cheek:
The memories live on!

Mr. Paul Beeston:
For bringing us Canada's only MLB team and back-to-back championships!

Mr. Rob Jack and Mr. Anthony Partipilo with the Blue Jays:
Thank-you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to hear about "A Swing and a Belt".

Mr. Dean Bender and Mr. Bill Templeton at Sportsnet Creative:
Thank-you for your support and for believing in of the importance "A Swing and a Belt" to our new generation of Blue Jays fans!

To Scott Carson, Richard Griffin, Dirk Hayhurst, Bob Elliott, Mike Wilner, Jeff Blair, Tim Micalef, April Whitzman and everyone else who came alongside me, supported me and believed in this project as soon as they heard it!

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• Written by RationaL (Ear RationaL Music)
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• Produced by Imperial (Illect Recordings)
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• Mixed by Imperial (Illect Recordings) and Alex Hough (Big Red Rabbit Records)
• Mastered by Matt Coulson

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