Here’s my weekly pick for the Detroit Lions Song of the Game for Week 14’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Song of the Game: “Peace of Mind” by Boston
“Peace of Mind” is a song conflicted. It feels like such a powerful, emphatic song—as do most songs that feature rangy vocals from the late Boston frontman Brad Delp—but the lyrics are tentative. The song isn’t exactly an enigma or lyrical masterpiece. It’s simply about having an extremely common identity crisis and searching for answers when the world doesn’t have any for you.
Forgive me if I sound like a drunken college kid, but this song feels like it’s about me and all Lions fans. We are just looking for one damn sign that we can relax. We want to be fully behind this team, but even the wins sometime feel like losses. All we want is to have our peace of mind. But the Lions just barely beat the Chicago Bears and now Matthew Stafford is injured:
Now if you’re feelin’ kinda low ‘bout the dues you’ve been paying
Future’s coming much too slow
We’ve seen the Lions at the top of the NFC North standings for awhile now. They’ve busted their tails just to get to 9-4, and all we want is the playoffs to be here so we can stop worrying about making the postseason and just be there. This team has given us plenty of reasons to believe in them, but they’ve given us just as many to doubt them.
But then Matthew Stafford comes in at the chorus and tries to reassure us. He’s got us:
I understand about indecision
But I don’t care if I get behind
You have every reason to doubt this team, Stafford calmly tells the fans. But he doesn’t give a damn if he falls behind or loses your confidence. He’ll lead the team to another game-winning drive, even if he just threw a pick-six and half of his finger is falling off.
But, Take a look ahead, you worriedly tell Stafford, pointing to the Lions’ impossibly hard schedule in the final three games of the season.
Stafford just looks at you, grabs his guitar:
.@DetroitOnLion As requested (also, as an easter egg, the bass is the same kind that Mike Porcaro played with Toto) pic.twitter.com/kOAUyeEnkl— John Whitaker (@Wyvol_) December 11, 2016
...and belts out:
Here’s our updated playlist for the season: