Best Hockey Songs of All Time #3: Lonely End of the Rink

Some say this song is about Gordon (lead singer, The Tragically Hip) and his brother the goalie (“I had the dream of having no room” to shoot and score…); I read somewhere else that it was about two people stuck in a relationship, feeling abandoned (“like, if you need me you’re on your own”). That makes me think the song is best not over-analyzed; just appreciated for capturing the spirit of the game.

Here’s the lead singer, talking about how shots from 95 feet can fool you, as an intro to the song:

I hear your voice ‘cross a frozen lake
a voice from the end of a leaf
saying, ‘you won’t die of a thousand fakes
or be beaten by the sweetest of dekes’

Seriously, “beaten by the sweetest of dekes”?! You will never hear a hockey reference like that in a rock/pop song, not in a thousand years.

Oh to join the rush
as the season builds
Jump into the rush
as the seasons build

Of course, a goalie can’t join the rush — they’re stuck at the lonely end of the rink. Unless he’s talking about the rush of the playoffs. GO Caps GO!

Full lyrics.

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2 responses to “Best Hockey Songs of All Time #3: Lonely End of the Rink

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  2. Karen

    Gordon? I swear I thought his name was Boris.

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