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The Midwest Home Grown Band: Music

The One Up Song

(The Midwest Home Grown Band)
August 17, 2014
Eric Einhorn

I wrote this song at a songwriter's retreat. I received an assignment from the director and by the time I finished, the subject of the story brought Cousin Jimmy to mind, so I dedicated it to him and for everyone who has ever been one-upped!

My cousin Jimmy- he’s always one up- God knows he loves bringin’ me down

All my life so it seems- he’s been squashing my dreams, there’s no winning when Jimmy’s around

Cousin Jimmy and I had to face off- at the spelling bee finals one year

Fierce gladiators- we were only third graders- the desire to win quite sincere

Man, I sure studied hard - just to make it that far- bad memories hauntin’ me still

When all was said and done- cousin Jimmy had won- guess there’s no “s”- in the word- imbecile

 

So let’s drink one- for my cousin Jimmy- Jimmy’s a hell of a guy

I could never defeat him- God I just got to beat him- just once Lord- just once ‘fore I die

 

I was a freshman outfielder- at Lakeland High School -when asked up to varsity team

That same day don’t you know- cousin Jimmy did throw- the first perfect game the coach ever seen

That’s how my life was, growing up with my cuz,- he bested me best as he could

In his shadow I stayed, where I dreamed and I prayed- for the day that I’d get Jimmy good

I set focus on college- and applied to a few- and then one day it came in the mail

I got accepted how great- off to Michigan State- cousin Jim got a full ride to Yale

 

So let’s drink one for my cousin Jimmy- Jimmy’s a hell of a guy

I could never defeat him, God I just got to beat him- just once Lord, just once ‘fore I die

 

After college I decided- that I’d move back home- and I heard cousin Jim did the same

I’ve opened a practice- accounting and taxes- he’s a millionaire lawyer called James

(Esquire I believe)

Now I hear through the grapevine- that James is to wed- my middle school sweetheart named Mary

She’s easy on the eyes- and bakes great apple pies- oh, but nothing compared to her cherry!

 

So let’s drink one for my cousin Jimmy- Jimmy’s a hell of a guy

I could never defeat him, God I just got to beat him- just once Lord, just once ‘fore I die

 

Let’s hear it for my cousin Jimmy (Hooray)– Jimmy’s a hell of a guy (Hip hip horray)

I could never defeat him, God I just got to beat him- just once Lord, just once ‘fore I die