“Last Game of The Season (Blind Man In The Bleachers)” – David Geddes (1975)

He’s just the blind man in the bleachers
To the local home town fans
And he sits beneath the speakers
Way back in the stands
And he listens to the play by play
He’s just waiting for one name
He wants to hear his son get in the game

But the boy’s not just a hero
He’s strictly second team
Though he runs each night for touchdowns
In his daddy’s sweetest dreams
He’s gonna be a star someday
Though you might never tell
But the blind man in the bleachers knows he will

It’s the last game of the season is a Friday night at home
And no one knows the reason but the blind man didn’t come
And his boy looks kinda nervous
Sometimes turns around and stares
Just as though’ he sees the old man sittin’ there

The local boys are tryin’ but they slowly lose their will
Another player’s down and out
He’s carried from the field
At halftime in the locker room
The kid goes off alone
And no one sees him talkin’ on the phone

And the game’s already started
When he gets back to the team
And half the crowd can hear his coach yell
“Where the hell you been?”
“Just gettin’ ready for the second half,”
Is all he’ll say
“Cause now you’re gonna let me in to play.”

Without another word, he turns and runs into the game
And through the silence on the field
Loudspeakers call his name
It’ll make the local papers
How the team came from behind
When they saw him playin’ out his heart to win

And when the game was over
The coach asked him to tell
What was it he was thinkin’ of
That made him play so well
“You knew my dad was blind,” he said
“Tonight he passed away”
“It’s the first time that my father’s seen me play

 

It’s the last game of the season is a Friday night at home
And no one knows the reason but the blind man didn’t come

 

 

“Last Game of The Season (Blind Man In The Bleachers)” is an ode about a second-rate athlete and his blind father who has just passed away. The lyrics of the song make it a shoo-in for the funeral service of a blind father whose son is a ball player. The song says that everyone in town know about the blind father who always sits in the bleachers beneath the speakers. This father’s fervent wish is to hear the name of his son broadcasted in the PA as one of the team’s players. It seems that his son has never been one of the main players of his team and was never even used in any game. Therefore, the father has never heard the name of his son announced in all the games that the team has played. But in his dreams, his son is the star player.

 

But during the final game of the season, most of the main players of the team were down and out. The blind man’s son seems to be their only hope. At last, his name was announced and was heard on the speakers. However, the old man was not there. It turned out that he just passed away and was never able to watch the game. His son did well and was able to help his team win. But the blind father was never there to witness his son when he became the team’s star player.  There are more songs like these at www.songmeanings.net.

 

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