Giants Signature Song

The Giants are looking for a signature song to play after “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in the seventh inning. The Red Sox have “Sweet Caroline.” The Dodgers have “Don’t Stop Believing,” much to the annoyance of Steve Perry of Journey. He’s a huge Giants fan and would like nothing better than for the Giants to appropriate the song for themselves.

The team wants the fans to vote.

Here are the candidates so far:

Lights – Journey

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Good Vibrations – Beach Boys

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On – Jerry Lee Lewis

I Feel Good – James Brown

I asked some of the Giants players for their suggestions.

Manny Burriss tossed out “Luck Be a Lady” by Sinatra, figuring it went well with the post-game’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Tony Bennett.

Joe Martinez suggested “Hanging Around” by Counting Crows and “Hitchin’ a Ride” by Green Day. Tim Lincecum, who said he needed to think about it some more, offered up as a first thought “Hey Baby” by Bruce Channel from the soundtrack of “Dirty Dancing.”

Your suggestions? And your criteria for the perfect seventh-inning song?

Before the game, the Consulate General of Colombia in San Francisco visited with countryman Edgar Renteria by the Giants dugout. Jose Miguel Castiblanco Munoz has been in San Francisco two years but had never attended a game at AT&T Park. But Renteria is one of the biggest sports stars in Colombia, he said. “I really wanted to meet him,” Munoz said.

38 Comments

I like “I Feel Good” or steal “Don’t Stop Believing!”

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Gotta vote for Lights

It’s gotta be “Lights”. Easy to sing along to, and has special significance to the city of San Francisco. No brainer.

It’s gotta be “Lights”. Easy to sing along to, and has special significance to the city of San Francisco. No brainer.

You really should consider the following songs before you start a vote:

Van Halen – Right now
Bachman Turner Overdrive – You ain’t seen nothing yet
Boston – Don’t look back
Gun’s N’ Roses – Welcome to the jungle
Tom Cochran – Life is a highway
John Fogerty – Centerfield

Too bad the dodgers stole “Don’t stop believing”.

But “To be alive again” by Journey may also fit well in a ballpark – and it’s great to sing along.

Lights!! They used to play it right before every game on KNBR, and I used to listen to almost every single game. I don’t know if they still do that since I usually watch the games on TV now or at the ballpark… But anyway, I love that song because every time I hear it I always associate it with the Giants already. And it’s even better that Steve Perry is a huge Giants fan!

I vote for “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. It’s upbeat and the crowd can really get into it. Don’t Stop Believing would be great, but is 100% off-limits because the Dodgers stole it. “Lights” is a classic San Fran song, but way too mellow. “When the lights go down in the City” sounds like the end is near. We’re in prime Rally mode/or Close the door with a lead mode in the 7th inning – The song needs to get the crowd JACKED up. 40,000 people screaming “OOOOHHH, We’re Half Way there . . OOOOOOHHHH WAH LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER” would do just the trick & would be way cooler than anything else. Everyone and their mother knows the song too. Teenagers through 50 year old. “Lights” might lose the younger demographic.

I vote for “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. It’s upbeat and the crowd can really get into it. Don’t Stop Believing would be great, but is 100% off-limits because the Dodgers stole it. “Lights” is a classic San Fran song, but way too mellow. “When the lights go down in the City” sounds like the end is near. We’re in prime Rally mode/or Close the door with a lead mode in the 7th inning – The song needs to get the crowd JACKED up. 40,000 people screaming “OOOOHHH, We’re Half Way there . . OOOOOOHHHH WAH LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER” would do just the trick & would be way cooler than anything else. Everyone and their mother knows the song too. Teenagers through 50 year old. “Lights” might lose the younger demographic.

I like Lights and would love Don’t Stop Believing except that the Dodgers have been using it, though the benefit would be that taking on that song would publicize more widely that Perry is a big Giants fan, not a Dodgers fan, and perhaps the Giants could derive some inspirational boost hearing that song played in LA and knowing that Perry supports the Giants wholeheartedly.

How about another Giants fan: Huey Lewis and the News? I think Workin’ for a Livin’ is a pretty jamming song and kind of “in your face” too. Heart of Rock N’ Roll is pretty good too and mentions SF in it. Do You Believe in Love is nice too.

Another with local ties, though not sure if Giants fan, is Steve Miller (from East Bay so could be A’s). Fly Like an Eagle is pretty good. Jet Airliner is pretty funky and a good tune too, good beat. Rockin’ Me is pretty good too.

Others with local ties include Jefferson Airplane/Starship and Neil Young, but I’m not familiar enough to suggest any good songs, though there was that Starship song on Rock and I think SF, the title of which escapes me.

Yes it is pretty sad that the Dodgers took Dont stop believing, considering it is by a band formed in San Francisco, as for Lights, it was written about San Francisco while Journey was down in LA and Perry was missing San Fran. But please lets not forget the Stones, I love Sympathy for the Devil, It is one of the best songs, but was also used in numerous movies placed in or about San Francisco. Green days, time of your life. I believe that going with a Northern California group, of even a San Francisco group is important, but we must keep in mind that we have to play to the audience. Now what about Janis Joplin, Primus, or we could even steal a LA based band like Linkin Park. or What about Metallica? Also a new song for Brian Wilson, Eve 6 :Closing time. Actually being that the 7th is last inning to get alcohol, that would be a good one, or even chumbawamba, tubthumping. ” I get knocked but I get up again, your never gonna keep me down”

I think “Lights” or “Brown eyed Girl” for sure

Anyway You Want It by Journey

Back in Black by AC/DC

Well, ‘Lights’ does seem logical because it is about our GREAT city, but…A number of years ago, some aspiring engineer mixed Starships’We built this city on Rock and Roll,’ with taped highlights during the season. It became a musical highlight reel and I loved listening to it. Does anyone besides me remember that?

Lot of great osngs out there that would fit the bill…

I love the idea and want to pick a song with some local ties. My first thought was Huey Lewis and the News, but after looking at their singles, nothing stood out for this purpose.

I started thinking about the Grateful Dead and came up with “Dancin in the Streets”. Its fun, upbeat, and (obviously) promotes dancing. Perfect choice.

Hey guys, (Joan) next to baseball – music is the next best thing in life – it can have give us energy, or relax us a bit. After reading the blog – I dashed to my CD’s to find just the right song: “LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE” by the Judds – it has harmony and it’s just perfect! My second pick is “RAISE YOUR HANDS” by Bon Jovi. I really hope that someone has a copy of “LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE” I had it on Three Wooden Crosses -CD . In Feb I had a chance to visit Fan Fest and I was blown away at the sight of the Golden Gate Bridge as I arrived on the subway to A.T.&T. It was beautiful. S O M E B O D Y PLEASE FIND A COPY AND PASS IT AROUND. “RAISE YOUR HANDS ” is pretty good too !!!!

Gotta be ‘Living on a Prayer’, no question about it.

Hmmm… I changed my mind. After reading baveson’s comment, I definitely agree, Lights is too mellow… an upbeat song would be much better! We’ve already had “Living on a Prayer” played at a few Giants games (last year I think) and I remember a lot of people got into it, singing along. But then again, I also think that it should have some San Francisco ties. Maybe we should just steal Don’t Stop Believing from the Dodgers. I love that song!
Lauren
http://sfgiantsgirl.mlblogs.com

I have to say that trying to steal a song from the Dodgers is a bad idea, and just makes us look unoriginal, which completely misrepresents SF. I do however get wanting to use a Bay Area artist, though I still like ‘Living on a Prayer’. There is a serious panoply to choose from, so this could be more difficult than most people think. Classic Rock: Creedence, Joplin, Grateful Dead, Journey, Santana, etc. Modern Rock: Metallica, Primus, Counting Crows, etc. Certainly we can’t forget about all the punk and hip-hop that comes out of the bay: Green Day, AFI, E-40, DJ Shadow, etc., the list is epic. And what about Jazz and Funk: Sly and the Family Stone, Tower of Power, Charlie Hunter, and so on. It’s almost too much, almost. If we can’t choose a song we all know, we could always get the people at Mills College music department to compose us something truly original, if not a little hard to sing along with.

How about “If your going to San Francisco”? Great tune, catchy and everyone knows the words, perfect for the city

After further review:

“Living on a prayer” is NOT a good idea – the theme of the song doesn’t fit. The Giants want to be / will be a winning ballclub without the help of desperate prayers.

I still like “To be alive again” by Journey – listen to it and decide for yourselves.

Another idea:
If the Dodge-Ballers use Journey, the Giants could steal a song from a guy from LA – I’m thinking about Jackson Browne, one of the best musicians / singers / songwriters who ever walked the face of this earth and definitely the best southern california has ever produced. I had the chance to see him perform live on stage ladt weeek here in germany – at age 60 he’s still the greatest.

“Running on empty” obviously would not be a good idea during stretch time (only if it’s a 14th inning stretch), but how about “For America”? (I was made for America [...] it’s in my blood and in my bones”).

After further review:

“Living on a prayer” is NOT a good idea – the theme of the song doesn’t fit. The Giants want to be / will be a winning ballclub without the help of desperate prayers.

I still like “To be alive again” by Journey – listen to it and decide for yourselves.

Another idea:
If the Dodge-Ballers use Journey, the Giants could steal a song from a guy from LA – I’m thinking about Jackson Browne, one of the best musicians / singers / songwriters who ever walked the face of this earth and definitely the best southern california has ever produced. I had the chance to see him perform live on stage last week here in germany – at age 60 he’s still the greatest.

“Running on empty” obviously would not be a good idea during stretch time (only if it’s a 14th inning stretch), but how about “For America”? (I was made for America [...] it’s in my blood and in my bones”).

Sorry for the double posting, not patient enough. The MLBLOGS-Network is very slow.
I forgot something:
The San Francisco Hippie song does NOT belong in a ballpark (” [...] be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”). Ridiculous.

This might be a shot in the dark, but my idea is Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf. I always think of the Giants when I hear that song.

Sly & the Family Stone- “Hot Fun in the Summertime”. Great SF funk music, they lived down the street from my family in the 60’s!

Hey Guys I’m back – well I took a serious listen to THE JUDDS – and I guess that was a bad choice for a ball game. Anyways how about “GET THE PARTY STARTED” by PINK! ! ! “GET THE PARTY STARTED” “GET THE PARTY STARTED” ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Does anyone else use this song during their game?
Good Luck Guys –

OOOOhhhh – I get it now ! It’s a guys game so its got to be a GUY song (?) Right – All I got is “RAISE YOUR HANDS” by Bon Jovi – hey this was fun and a bit harder than I first thought – once again Good Luck Guys!

I like the idea of Journey’s “To Be Alive Again” so that we don’t have to steal from the Dodgers, but we still get a nice upbeat song, and get to use Journey which has Bay Area roots. I never heard the song before just now when I looked it up on YouTube, but I like it.
Lauren
http://sfgiantsgirl.mlblogs.com

If you could get this guy to come to every game, then I think Livin’ On a Prayer would be your best bet :)

Twins Limey

OT: just found out that Conor Gillaspie had a batting cage in his room in the basement. It would be cool to learn more about Conor and that set-up, and perhaps get a picture or two of that. I just get a kick that someone would do that in his bedroom, gotta love someone like that on your team.

Lights! Hands down!

I vote for Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”

Feels Like the First Time ( Foreigner )

It should be ‘Good Times Bad Times’ by Led Zeppelin. It has a GREAT intro, it’s really catchy, fun to sing along with, the chorus is “good times, bad times, you know i’ve had my share,” which works perfectly with any game situation, and it’s fairly short so it would fit well in between innings. It’s Perfect.

Journey: ESCAPE
Journey: KEEP ON RUNNIN’
Journey: LIGHTS
Journey: ANYWAY YOU WANT IT
Journey: SEPARATE WAYS
Journey: BE GOOD TO YOURSELF
Journey: WHY CAN’T THIS NIGHT GO ON FOREVER
Journey: STONE IN LOVE
Journey: CHAIN REACTION
Journey: EDGE OF THE BLADE
Steve Perry: YOU BETTER WAIT
Steve Perry: CAPTURED BY THE MOMENT

I have been an avid Giants fan for years, but I have also been trying for years to get the EXACT SAME recording of Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” that is played after every Giants home victory. (Mr. Bennett obviously has recorded this song many different times.) Nobody seems to be able to give me the information so I can acquire a recording of this beautiful piece of music and Giants lore to enjoy for myself at home or anytime. CAN YOU HELP ME????? What is the recording company/recording number/method of ordering?

Thank you! John

I have been an avid Giants fan for years, but I have also been trying for years to get the EXACT SAME recording of Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” that is played after every Giants home victory. (Mr. Bennett obviously has recorded this song many different times.) Nobody seems to be able to give me the information so I can acquire a recording of this beautiful piece of music and Giants lore to enjoy for myself at home or anytime. CAN YOU HELP ME????? What is the recording company/recording number/method of ordering?

Thank you! stronghabitation@juno.com

I know that this is almost a 2 year post, but I find it great that the Giants fans adopted BOTH Lights and Don’t Stop Believing for the 2010 playoff run…I see nothing wrong with having both songs from now on! Oh and I DO remember hearing the crowd singing both Lights and Living on a Prayer while I watched Game 2 from outside AT&T Park…gave me chills!

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