The Matt Cain Song

Talent shows at summer camp usually consist of a collection of campers and counselors performing a handful of skits you’ve probably seen dozens of times before and whatever songs are playing non-stop on the radio. When they include originality it’s usually an original song someone on staff wrote chock full of inside “you had to be there” jokes that don’t sit well with outsiders.

But Marc Codega, a longtime staff member at Walton’s Grizzly Lodge Summer Camp in California, decided to break with that convention by writing an original song about Matt Cain, the San Francisco Giants pitcher who Marc not so secretly wants to be his best friend.

The song is kind of your typical by the campfire acoustic storytelling song with lots of words fit between strummed chords on the guitar, but the premise of the song is just odd enough to make it stand out. The premise: Cain’s contract extension ensures the Mayans were wrong about the world ending in 2012 so we all have him to thank for saving us from our pending doom.

Nice work, Marc.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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