Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Lyrics to the Masters Theme Song You Never Knew Existed

You know the Masters theme song, right? That's the instrumental music that plays at the start of every Masters TV broadcast on CBS. That song has a name - Augusta (surprise, surprise) - and it was composed by Dave Loggins. But the TV version every golf fan knows doesn't have any words:

The opening strains of that music send a tingle through many a golfer. Lots of golfers have even used the music in their weddings. But, c'mon now, let's be honest: If this music wasn't so closely associated with The Masters, would you ever listen to it? Of course not! It's awful! It's what you'd hear in an elevator. An elevator whose music was programmed by somebody with very bad taste.

There's only one way to make the song worse. And that's add some overwrought lyrics about golf, lyrics that sing of Augusta National as a holy shrine and include callouts to great golfers. Silly, silly lyrics.

It turns out that Loggins has just such lyrics ready. Yes, the Masters theme song (Augusta) does have lyrics, and Loggins himself has performed the song singing those lyrics. Here, in all it's cringe-worthy glory, it is:

Wow. That's bad. (If you disagree, we are no longer friends.)

Here are the Augusta lyrics spelled out:

Well, it’s springtime in the valley
On Magnolia Lane
It’s the Augusta National
And the master of the game

Who’ll wear that green coat
On Sunday afternoon
Who’ll walk that 18th fairway
Singin’ this tune

Oh, Augusta
Your dogwoods and pines
They play on my mind like a song
Oh, Augusta
It’s you that I love
It’s you that I miss when I’m gone

Well, it’s Watson and Byron Nelson
And Demaret, and Player, and Snead
And it’s Amen Corner
It’s Hogan’s perfect swing
It’s Sarazen’s double eagle
At the fifteenth In '35
And the spirit of Clifford Roberts
That keeps it alive

Oh, Augusta
Your dogwoods and pines
They play on my mind like a song
Oh, Augusta
It’s you that I love
It’s you that I miss when I’m gone

It’s the legions of Arnie’s Army
And the Golden Bear’s throne
The wooden-shafted legend of Bobby Jones

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