The Hitter

by Mark Erelli



written by Mark Erelli (Hillbilly Pilgrim Music/ASCAP)

Mark Erelli - vocal, acoustic guitar
Dave Brophy - drums
Zachariah Hickman - upright bass, organ
Sam Kassirer - piano
Charlie Rose - pedal steel

Produced by Zachariah Hickman
Recorded at Dimension Sound Studios by Dan Cardinal
Mixed by Dan Knobler at Goosehead Palace, Franklin TN
Mastered by Dave McNair at Dave McNair Mastering
Artwork & design by Mark Erelli


Even though it’s been forever
some things bring me right back
The feel of oiled leather
The smell of fresh cut grass
A perfect sun is shining
on a perfect Saturday
That’s my kid out on the diamond
getting ready to play

He’s been working hard all season
just trying to get a piece
The obsession’s only deepened
it’s all he eats and breathes and sleeps
Most nights when I get home
he’s waiting out in our backyard
And he begs me ‘Daddy, just one more pitch’
even though it’s getting dark

Life’s a little like a baseball game
It ain’t the score, it’s how you’re playing
You win some, you lose some
That’s a fact
No matter where you go or what you do
I’ll always be proud of you
Whenever you strike out I’ve got your back
But you’ll never forget the sound of the ball off that bat

We’ve talked about the butterflies
that he gets when he’s on deck
Now he’s staring in the pitcher’s eyes
and I’m praying he connects
He might foul a few into the stands
before his time is up
To me he looks just like a hitter
who could use a little luck


Two down, the bottom of the fifth
and a runner on second base
I slapped his back and bumped his fist
as he walked up to the plate
Then I held my breath, the pitcher threw
and it all seemed so unreal
To see a ball so white in a sky so blue
on its way to centerfield


And I’ll never forget the sound of the ball off that bat


released June 14, 2019


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Mark Erelli Boston, Massachusetts

Mark Erelli completed a masters in evolutionary biology just after his self-titled debut was released in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, and has 7 records to his name, including collections of western swing, lullabies and songs of stirring social conscience. In recent years, he has gained notoriety as a mulit-instrumentalist sideman with artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter. ... more


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