hit somebody (the hockey song) lyrics – warren zevon

he was born in big beaver by the borderline
he started playing hockey by the time he was nine
his dad took the hose and froze the back yard
and little buddy dreamed he was rocket richard

he grew up big and he grew up tough
he saw himself scoring for the wings or canucks
but he wasn’t that good with a puck

buddy’s real talent was beating people up
his heart wasn’t in it but the crowd ate it up
through pee-wee’s and juniors and midgets and mites
he must have racked up more than three hundred fights

till a scout from the flames came down from saskatoon
said, “there’s always room on our team for a goon
son, we’ve always got room for a goon”

there were swedes to the left of him, russians to the right
a czech at the blue line looking for a fight
brains over brawn–that might work for you

but what’s a canadian farm boy to do? (hit somebody)
what else can a farm boy from canada do? (hit somebody)
but what’s a canadian farm boy to do? (hit somebody)
what else can a farm boy from canada do?

hit somebody! was what the crowd roared
when buddy the goon came over the boards
“coach,” he’d say, “i wanna score goals”
the coach said, “buddy, remember your role
the fast guys get paid, they shoot and they score
protect them, buddy, that’s what you’re here for

protection is what you’re here for
protection, it’s the stars who score
protection, go and kick somebody’s *ss
protection, don’t put the biscuit in the basket just

hit some, buddy, it rang in his ears
blood on the ice ran down through the years
the king of the goons with a box for a throne
a thousand st*tches and broken bones

he never lost a fight on his icy patrol
but deep inside, buddy only dreamed of a goal
he just wanted one d*mn goal

there were swedes at the the blue line, finns at the red
a russian with a stick heading straight for his head
brains over brawn, that might work for you

but what’s a canadian farm boy to do? (hit somebody)
what else can a farm boy from canada do? (hit somebody)
but what’s a canadian farm boy to do? (hit somebody)
what else can a farm boy from canada do?

in his final season, on his final night
buddy and a finn goon were pegged for a fight
thirty seconds left, the puck took a roll
and suddenly buddy had a shot on goal

the goalie committed, buddy picked his spot
twenty years of waiting went into that shot
the fans jumped up and the finn jumped too
and coldc*cked buddy on his followthrough

the big man crumbled but he felt all right
’cause the last thing he saw was the flashing red light
he saw that heavenly light

there were swedes to the left of him, russians to the right
a czech at the blue line looking for a fight
take care of your teeth, that might work for you

but what’s a canadian farm boy to do? (hit somebody)
what else can a farm boy from canada do? (hit somebody)
what’s a canadian farm boy to do? (hit somebody)
what else can a farm boy from canada do? (hit somebody)
but what’s a canadian farm boy to do? (hit somebody)
what else can a farm boy from canada do?

/ warren zevon lyrics