Song Lyric Sunday: “Hey Hey, Holy Mackerel”

So today’s prompts are "greet, hey, howdy," and I decided to go with something a little off the wall. Off the left field wall, because it’s a baseball song.

In 1969, the Chicago Cubs had one hell of a year. They led the newly-formed National League Eastern Division from the start of the season, and the longer the season went on, the more it looked like they were going to run away with it. Great for Cub fans, of which I am not one: I followed the crosstown White Sox, who managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory most of the time. It was cold comfort for us when the Cubs went from 9 games ahead on August 16 to falling out of first place on September 10 and ending the season 8 games behind the New York Mets.

Anyway, they looked really good in June, which is approximately when the Cubs’ fight song, "Hey Hey, Holy Mackerel," came out. The first lines of the song were the exclamations uttered by the Cubs’ announcers, Jack Brickhouse ("Hey Hey!"), Vince Lloyd ("Holy Mackerel!"), and Lou Boudreau ("No doubt about it!"), when a member of the Cubs hit a home run. The song was written by I. C. Haag with music by John Frigo and was sung by the Len Dresslar Singers.

The lyrics, as well as several MP3’s of the song, are on Critter Bob’s webpage.

Hey hey! Holy Mackerel!
No doubt about it,
The Cubs are on their way. (Hey hey!)
The Cubs are gonna hit today,
They’re gonna pitch today,
They’re gonna field today.
Come what may the Cubs are gonna win today.

Hey hey! Holy Mackerel!
No doubt about it,
The Cubs are on their way.
They got the hustle.
They got the bustle.
The Chicago Cubs have come to play.
The Chicago Cubs are on their way.

It took the Cubs 47 more years before they won a World Series.

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for June 13, 2021.

16 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “Hey Hey, Holy Mackerel”

  1. Thanks for the earworm. 🙂 Someone gave me the whole “Cub Power” album that year. I only remember this song, and “Pennant Feeling”, their riff on the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”. I actually heard Pennant Feeling before the original, making for a slightly indignant seven-year-old who thought those guys on the radio had stolen the Cubs’ song.


  2. Oh, what a cheery song that was probably not played later on in the season. Why am I think of The Blue Jays right now??


    1. They kept playing it that season and for all the seasons thereafter, no matter how bad things got. Sounds silly, but that’s what they did.


  3. You could have saved this one for August 22, 2021 where the theme is going to be Sports songs, but I am sure that you will come up with something else for that John.


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