Roberto Luongo has put up some pretty strong emotional walls around himself, which is understandable given how his off-season went completely off the rails when Mike Gillis traded Cory Schneider at the draft. The only thing we heard from Luongo was that he “needed some time,” which is a red flag in most relationships.
Of course the relationship was strained. We had spent a year insulting him, mistreating him, and seeing a younger goaltender on the side. It was only this last season that Canucks fans seemed to realize what they were about to be missing, as his stint as Cory Schneider’s backup seemed to rekindle the love affair Vancouver had with Luongo. Suddenly, we were all filled with regret, but there seemed to be nothing we could do about it. Luongo was gone and he was never coming back.
Schneider’s trade meant that we had a chance, however, and we needed one last grand gesture to show Luongo how we really feel. Like John Cusack in Say Anything, we turned to the power of music. Unlike John Cusack, we wrote our own dang song, because really, put some effort in, Cusack.
Harrison and his frequent collaborator, Bryan Binnema (remember Poonerman?), wrote a big ball of cheese called “Big Old Goal” in the style of “We Are the World.”
We got together one fine evening in Vancouver to record the song. Bryan’s magic hands laid down the piano tracks, I added acoustic, electric, and bass guitars, and Harrison sang the bejeezus out of the song. I had to add some bejeezus back in while mixing.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there while the video was being filmed, but a wide array of Canucks fans and bloggers came together to sing their hearts out, letting Luongo know how much he means to them.
This even brought together Pass it to Bulis and our mortal frenemies at Legion of Blog, as both Jordan Bowman and Wyatt “The Stanchion” Arndt joined the Big Old Choir. Also there to lend their voices to the Big Old Choir were Alix Wright of Canucks Hockey Blog, Aidan Brand of Smug Nation, Steve May, Don Falconer, Christopher Reynolds, and James Wood of Knock on Wood Studios, who graciously lent us the studio space to film this video. He’s the one with the majestic flowing hair.
Oh, and Ryan Mance was also there, though he’s not technically a Canucks fan, which is probably why he showed up in a Florida Panthers jersey. While we feared that might give Luongo some mixed messages, we’re all about inclusivity here at Pass it to Bulis.
We also had a surprise guest star show up near the end of the video. If you haven’t watched it yet, don’t scroll down unless you want the surprise to be ruined.
Yep, Luongo himself, who seemed to enjoy being serenaded. Stick-tap to Thomas Drance for the gif.
Need lyrics to this monstrosity? We’ve got lyrics:
This whole ordeal has gone completely out of hand
Slipped from our control just like grains of Florida sand
Cory Schneider’s gone now and Lu we need you back
Without you it’s a one-two punch of Ericsson and Lack
We wrote you a simple song
We know that we did you wrong
We booed you, we mistreated you, we rioted
Save us like you save the pucks
Come back, we are all Canucks
It’s a big old goal and we need you inside it
You wanted out — understandable, it was
But there was no escaping from the cap recapture clause
Mike Gillis tried to trade you, it didn’t go so well
Instead the place you find yourself is sucky contract Hell
We know that mentally you’re gone
And coming back might feel so wrong
When you can’t find the strength to carry on
Just find the strength to carry on
Need an mp3? Sure, why not: download it here.Tags: Roberto Luongo, The YouTubes