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    I just watched a really weird black comedy starring Christina Ricci titled "Pumpkin," which centers around a guy participating in a Special Olympics-type competition. The soundtrack included an equally weird song titled "The Stars of Track & Field" by Belle & Sebastian. Lyrics here: http://www.lyricsdir.com/b/belle-and-se ... -field.php

    B&S must have a fetish for our sport. They also have a song titled "The Loneliness of a Middle-Distance Runner" (no, not "Long Distance"). Lyrics here: http://www.poplyrics.net/waiguo/bellesebastian/059.htm
    "Run fast and keep turning left."

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    I believe the lead singer/songwriter was a middle-distance runner in Scotland in his day. Great band. If you wanna check them out, "Boy With the Arab Strap" is a good intro album.

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    • #3
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      'Run, Lola, Run' Now there's a great running film/score!

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      • #4
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        >Great band. If you wanna check them out, "Boy
        >With the Arab Strap" is a good intro album.

        ...especially Sleep the Clock Around.

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        • #5
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          Percy Ceruttys book has a few songs printed in the back that his 'boys' used to sing while they were training.
          Things like..

          "I'm runnin to please ma lord, ma lord"
          "I'm runnin to please ma lord."

          Can't really imagine anyone singing while training let alone the best miler in the world, possibly ever?
          Can't see El G, breaking into song, maybe he does.
          Maybe that is what american MD is doing wrong.

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          • #6
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            Manfred Mann's "Runner" is a great song for, well, runners.

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            • #7
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              I am with tafnut here. That Lola sure could run. An easy, uncomplicated stride,good knee lift, maybe a bit stiff across the shoulders. That girl sure understood even pace. Her sense of pacing was absolutely stunning. Yes, the score was intersting but I was more impressed by the way she kept her form througout the entire movie. Talk about deja-vue all over again. Well, see the movie!

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              • #8
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                An Aussie band that have toured with Belle and Sebstain also have a tune called "Little Athletics" (this is what track and field is called for 5-15 year olds in Australia).

                Lyrics are here: http://www.candlerecords.com.au/candle/ ... &albumID=4

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                • #9
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                  Since Mike Roth doesn't seem to have picked up on this, I'll point out that this thread is ignoring the best events in our sport--the walks! There are all sorts of great songs with walking in their titles, starting with "You'll Never Walk Alone," "I'll Walk Alone," "Walk Right In" and lots of others.

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                  • #10
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                    Don't forget field events !

                    'Jump' by Pointer Sisters
                    another one called 'Jump' by Criss Cross (sp?)
                    'Jump Around' by Cypress Hill

                    and 'Trying to THROW Your Arms Around the World' by U2
                    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                    • #11
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                      Hey, what about me?

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                      • #12
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                        You forgot the late Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line".

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                        • #13
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                          For Linford Christie and Jon Drummond:
                          "I Fought the Law and the Law Won"

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                          • #14
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                            Triple Jump: the Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash"

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                            • #15
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                              >'Trying to THROW Your Arms Around the World' by
                              >U2

                              And for the runners by U2-Where the Streets Have No Name:

                              I want to run
                              I want to hide
                              I want to tear down the walls
                              That hold me inside
                              I want to reach out
                              And touch the flame
                              Where the streets have no name

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