Bullets Fever, Happens to Me Every Year, Bullets Fever, and this Year’s the One…

Somehow I started thinking about Nils Lofgren’s classic song “Bullets Fever,” which told the story of the Washington Bullets 1978 NBA championship.  I remember writing down all the words in pencil at the time, and I kept it for years and years.  I found it recently but it was all moldy so I had to throw it out.  (Poor Nils.  30 years in the E Street band playing alongside Bruce Springsteen and some of the songs he’s most known for are “Bullets Fever and the classic “Jhoon Rhee” commercial - jhoon-rhee-nobody-bothers-me-nobody-bothers-me-either.  Of course Nils is known as one of the best musicians in the band).

That year, 1978, was the first year I was a sports fan.  The Bullets won the NBA title.  Still waiting to get back there.  I’ve written in previous blogs that the Wizards should go back to their old name of the Bullets.  Of course, after the Gilbert Arenas fiasco, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

About 15 years ago I was working as a traffic reporter.  There was this one station that wanted a female reporter to sing a different song every day before the traffic report. Actually, now I remember – it was WTEM, the sportsradio station and the show was the Tony Kornheiser show. I filled in for her one day and sang Bullets Fever.  That was the first and last time I sang on the radio.

Anyway, here are the words.  You can find the tune somewhere on the internet.  (Sorry, I can’t figure out how to space the text properly in WordPress.)

Bullets Fever!  Happens to me every year

Bullets Fever.  And this year’s the one

Bullets Fever. Got the Doctor and the Iceman

Bullets Fever.  Seattle was stunned

You’ve gotta be a fan from old DC

To know what the Bullets mean to me

To see them get up and go all the way

For me Bullets Fever is here to stay

Bullets Fever!  Happens to me every year

Bullets Fever.  And this year’s the one

Bullets Fever. Got the Doctor and the Iceman

Bullets Fever.  Seattle was stunned

C.J. and Larry, Greg, Joe and Mitch

Ran the Bomb Squad into a ditch

C.J. Tom and Larry are fast as light

Kevin, Bobby and Elvin they shoot out of sight

Aint it beautiful how Bobby D plays so great

With the Big E!

(inaudible) …we blew the Sonics out

Now all the world knows what our team’s about

Bullets Fever!  Happens to me every year

Bullets Fever.  And this year’s the one

Bullets Fever. Got the Doctor and the Iceman

Bullets Fever.  Seattle was stunned

With all his heart Wes fought the west

Now every Bullet wears a champion’s ring

They’ve got our town screaming and stompin’

They turn it into a family thing

Come on coach Motta

King of basketball chess

Come on now fans support them every test

Bullets Fever!  Happens to me every year

Bullets Fever.  And this year’s the one

Bullets Fever. Beat the best in the world

Bullets Fever.  Now we’re number one!

Bullets Fever.  Come on Bobby D

Bullets Fever.  Put in a swish for me

Bullets Fever.  Let’s see that turnaround, Mr. Hayes

Bullets Fever.  See your play is amazing

Bullets Fever.  Hey Dick and Bernie, we’re pulling for you

Bullets Fever.  Dreams come true

Number one, number one…

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One Response to “Bullets Fever, Happens to Me Every Year, Bullets Fever, and this Year’s the One…”

  1. Truth About It » The Best Day in Washington Pro Basketball History: June 7th, 1978—Game 7 Road Conquest Says:

    […] a pit-stop at RFK and the team got an honorary key to the city. I loved these classic photos of the District of Columbia full of “Bullets Fever” found online. […]

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