This is the first of many entries by The Tragically Hip. Shocker.
If there’s a goal that everyone remembers it was back in ol’ 72
We all squeezed the stick and we all pulled the trigger
And all I remember was sitting beside you
You said you didn’t give a fuck about hockey
And I never saw someone say that before
You held my hand and we walked home the long way
You were loosening my grip on Bobby Orr
I may not get the entire story right, because I wasn’t born yet and I’m not a hockey historian, but in the 1972 Canada Cup Bobby Orr was unable to play due to injuries. Paul Henderson scored the game winning goal in each of the last three games against the Soviet Union — the last in the final seconds of the final game, for what is considered one of the most famous goals in hockey history.
Paul Henderson ‘loosened’ the nation’s grip on Bobby Orr, the greatest player of his era (and my personal fav), and in the song the protagonist’s childhood obsession with Orr and/or hockey is being loosened by this blaspheming girl.
Related useless fact: I have a signed Paul Henderson hockey stick — I think it’s the only signed hockey memorabilia I own. Oops, I take that back — I have a hockey-stick shaped paint brush signed by John LeClair. No joke. I’m not sure that he knew what he was signing…
UPDATE: replacement video; it’s live and not as crisp as the other…