The downfall of Joe Paterno at Penn State and his subsequent death were the final chapter in what was a life otherwise filled with greatness. In the wake that tumultuous fall and winter, we’re all charged with sorting out fact from fiction, right from wrong, and how deification affects our judgment.
Luckily, the self-fashioned “Boogie Woogie King of Rock n’ Roll,” Joey Welz, has sorted out all of these issues for us in the form of a folksy tribute song.
The lyrics slice the complicated situation into black and white.
Here they are:
The evil that was told to him he hardly understood
He reported it to his superiors like he knew he should
What happened after that he really never knew
You don't tell your superiors what to do
Years later it all came back that he was given the blame
for not doing something more, and he was put to shame
Instead of going out with honor that his good name had earned
For years of service and giving, his image they tried to burn
How could he be wrong, when he tried to do what was right?
God judged him with mercy. Now he lives in God's delight (All right!)
The records may state that cancer tore his body apart
But through it all he remained stalwart, and he died of a broken heart
No trustees can destroy all that for years he created
Not just winning teams, but young men who graduatedd
Yeah, he was the people's coach, and the people will not stand
for the slandering of one of the best coaches in the land.
Rest in peace, Joe Paterno. Your good name is still intact
Nothing can destroy your image. We won't let it, that's a fact
He was the people's coach, and the people will not stand
for the slandering of one of the best coaches in the land