THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON (A 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 just not a hero, he's strictly second team
Though he runs each night for touchdowns in his father's sweetest
He's gonna be a star some day, though you might never tell
But the blind man in the bleachers knows he will
And 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
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' his heart out 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!"
*** Also recorded by Kenny Starr (1975) and Loyal Garner under the
title "The Blind Man In The Bleachers"