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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    #ThemeSongTuesday: An Ode to The Boss

    We don't cover a lot of folk music in this space. After all, we don't hear a lot folk music in wrestling to begin with.

    But in case you missed it, indie folk group the Mountain Goats released a song yesterday dedicated to four-time RAW Women's Champion Sasha Banks. Actually, it wasn't even just a song dedicated to her. It was for her and about her. Before we break this down, why don't you listen to the song in its entirety first? You're welcome.

    Now, some context on the song.

    In 2015, the Mountain Goats released a pro wrestling-themed concept album called Beat The Champ. And not long before its release, their frontman, John Darnielle went to an independent wrestling show, after having fallen out of the fandom for quite a while. Around this time, Sasha Banks was still on NXT and tweeted Darnielle, asking him to write a song about her.

    To be fair to him, he didn't no-sell her and said he'd get to it at the end of their tour. Said tour didn't really take three years to end, but life happens, so the Mountain Goats only really got around to this song recently. Better late than never, right?

    As for the song itself, you're not going to hear it as an entrance theme anytime soon because it's so chill that it belongs more on the playlist of an easy listening radio station like 96.3 Easy Rock or 97.9 Home Radio. But what it lacks in swag, it makes up for in heart.

    See, John Darnielle and the rest of the Mountain Goats really made an effort to get to know Sasha's story to do the song justice. In the first verse alone, the line "But on Thursday night there's matches on TV," is a reference to SmackDown, particularly when it aired on Thursdays, sometime in the early-to-mid-2000's. There's also a Chris Jericho namedrop, which is kinda weird, since for much of SmackDown's run during that time, Jericho was on RAW. Maybe the Mountain Goats could've given Eddie Guerrero a shoutout instead, since he's Sasha Banks' favorite wrestler anyway.

    That said, I really love the second verse because it really told the story of Sasha's struggles, as well as how she and her family had to move around a lot when they weren't well-off. It was impressive that Darnielle was able to concisely put together the image of a young Mercedes KV being persistent and persevering enough to make sure she could provide for her loved ones.

    Head up to camp in Boston
    Come up through the independents
    Those who would stand between me and my final destination get torched inside the fire of my transcendence

    They can tell I'm coming up by the expression on my face
    I'm gonna make a lot of money
    Everyone I love is going to have their own safe place

    The most poignant part of the song is in the first verse, where Sasha's brother—who she talks about about frequently in her podcast guestings—and their relationship is highlighted. You can really tell how much she loves her brother and how he'd become a source of inspiration and strength for her. 

    Whether or not you like folk music, "Song For Sasha Banks" is worth a listen just because it isn't every day that a group outside the wrestling community produces, writes, and records a song about a wrestler—let alone one of the biggest names in the WWE today. 

    What do you think about "Song For Sasha Banks?" Is there another wrestler who you want to be written about in the form of a song? Let us know below!

    Header image from WWE, the Mountain Goats photo from uvmbored.com


    Stan Sy (@_StanSy) is the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio DJ on Wave 89.1, an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of The Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXTLucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his CuriousCat account.
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