The Sporting Life (4:39)

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I fell on the playing field, the work of an errant heel
The din of the crowd and the loud commotion
Went deafening silence and stopped emotion
The season was almost done, we managed it 12 to 1

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  • diab0licalminds

    definitely feel the moz vibes on this track. cutest song ever.

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • zevers

    @deborahramos, that's exactly what i'm feeling right now

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • deborahramos

    SIGH. Listening to this after not hearing it for so long feels like coming home.

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • jakulik

    the Great Gatsby...

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • sumidiotdude

    My favorite song by them

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • HendrixFan42

    great song

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • CatalystDM

    oh fine, you're right, this track and every other track that's just a little bit sad is clearly a Morissey rip

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Pewpewlazers

    The Morissey influence is sooo evident on this track.

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • tfitoby

    Lust for the Sporting Life?

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • sc0tt10

    ah well here comes Johnny Yen again with the liquor and drugs and the flesh machine..... This song is pretty much a cheerful Lust For Life.

    19 Mar 2011 Reply
  • davemon

    John Hughes should come back from the dead and make a movie based on this song.

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • cowey

    god, i haven't heard this in years. i think i missed it.

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • phetuspolice

    I have vividly imagined, many times before, a proper music video for this song. It's a battle scene inside of a Macy's store; a bunch of foes trying to take on one slim bad-ass. In the end, they're all running out of the store into the parking lot, bloody, limping away, while our protagonist is strutting out the door doing jazz steps

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
  • rzchzzl

    ahh wow this reminds me of the Great Gatsby too... weird

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song. And yes, drums sounds a bit Iggy Pop's Lust For Life :D

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    it's funny how people find every Decemberist songs some other bands songs... Just look at every shoutboxes for their songs.

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • adamzZz

    Lust for Life :D

    16 Aug 2009 Reply
  • yomanhiphopper

    The "beat" or melody or whatever is really fucking unoriginal...still a good song though :P

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • midk

    holy shit! that DOES sound like "this charming man"..

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • revtim01

    francescafranka is so right.

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
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