Champion of the World

by @jtsteam

Liner Notes

People you meet in bars can have all sorts of interesting stories to tell. Not this chap though, because I made him up.

More #baritone #ukulele #folk for the #fuc.

I had to check. Apparently Rock Paper Scissors tournaments are real things... https://wrpsa.com/rock-paper-scissors-tournaments/

Lyrics

I'd like you to meet a friend of mine
And listen to his tales
As he sits at the barroom table
Nursing his golden ale

Recounting how he'd take on the best
And travel far and wide
He's lived an extraordinary life

You wouldn't think it to look at him now
But when he was in his prime he was
The Rock Paper Scissors Champion of the World
In Nineteen seventy nine

He was unseeded that year
Thought he was out of the hunt
His rock had become predictable
His scissors always blunt

But he fought his way to the final
And when it was time to decide
The paper he threw was inspired

And when the top players came up against him
They felt he was reading their mind, he was
The Rock Paper Scissors Champion of the World
In Nineteen seventy nine

Reliving his former glories
With a wistful look in his eyes
Don't play him for money
He'll take the prize

And you wouldn't think it to look at him now
But when he was in his prime he was
The Rock Paper Scissors Champion of the World
In Nineteen seventy nine, he was
The Rock Paper Scissors Champion of the World
In Nineteen seventy nine



There's just something about the happy sound of uke that goes with The Rock Paper Scissors Champion of the World. I love the seriousness of the lyrics, like a sporting commentator giving a blow-by-blow description and dissertation. Harmonica is a nice touch. A downright sweet song, for all the humour/pathos.

@kristi

This is a delight! I had no idea such a tournament existed! I like how this is written from the friend perspective. Very endearing. I enjoyed the melody and vocal and music!

Terrific! I'm a big fan of unusual / bizarre sports, so was well aware that rock scissors papers tournaments are real, and the folksy ease of the music and pure joy in your voice make this an utter charmer. "The paper he threw was inspired" - just brilliant!

solid storytelling gives this obscure subject an involving narrative. the music is very pretty and your words and voice bring this imaginary person to life.

They should try playing rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock. :P Fun uke tune! I like that harmonica solo. I was actually unaware that this game was a really big deal. That is very interesting. You made a great story song out of it. Cool!