August 24, 2006

I feel bad for Pluto



Last night after the Padres swept The Dodgers in a crazy temperamental game with ejections and fights in the stands, I was sitting in the empty ballpark watching the cleaners clean, and I looked up at the stars. I was flashing back to my youth and playing baseball on a dirt lot with friends as the sun would slowly set. I remember it getting darker and darker and us straining to see a pop fly and arguing and grass stains and dirty knees and finally calling it quits. I also recall walking home with ball and glove and the smell of food cooking on the stove and my Mom telling me to wash up before dinner. The various meals always tasted so good. My Mom is an amazing cook and she always had something good prepared. I was a lucky kid. Thanks Mom.

Then I thought of poor Pluto this morning when I woke up and it made me feel sad for that demoted planet. They stripped away its planetary status. Pluto got demoted. Stripped raw and naked before our very eyes. Now our solar system is just 8. And then there were 8. Poor poor Pluto. I wrote you a song to let you know that I sometimes feel like you.

Listen here!!

Sometimes I feel like Pluto
Kicked out of the solar system
Iím on a corner leaning
On a lamppost itís 2 am
No cabs and Iíve got the bends
The other 8 are no longer friends

Sometimes I feel like Pluto
Kicked out of the club
Iím in a cafť eating
All alone and Iím feeling dumb
No place to call my home
Just floating like a piece of foam

Iím no longer a planet
Donít really understand it
Donít think that I can handle it today
Iím no longer a planet
Donít really understand it
Donít think that I can handle it today

Itís just Charon and Ceres and UB
And please donít forget about me
I used to be the favorite of Disney
Iím no longer a planet
Donít really understand it
Donít think that I can handle it today

Sometimes I feel like Pluto
Kicked out of the solar system

Bye for now,


Posted by steve at August 24, 2006 5:00 PM


that song rules! poor pluto...

Posted by: Loki at August 24, 2006 6:17 PM

captain polio-
congrats on the pads blowout! so are you dispensing the ridicule you would have received or are you more respectful? :)

tucsonans will *love* this tune.
that's not a request, but rather a bona fide "fact."
i have to agree with Loki...with whom i expect to share numerous cocktails in 2 weeks, eh?! :)
it's great!

bravo mi amigo and thanks for feeding my compulsive tendencies.... :)

p.s. there's a certain cinnamon mexican that is anxious to meet you. inquire within

Posted by: mamacita at August 24, 2006 6:54 PM

mr. holtz-

that really is beautiful songcraft. you know, sometimes i feel like pluto too. maybe we all do at times. sometimes, ialso feel like the incredible hulk. not today though, it's definitely more like pluto.

as for that sweep...congratulations. i want the dodgers to win the west, but we will see. i think jim leyland will have his tigers more prepared for the post season than any other team plus they have the best pitching staff of any contender. do you watch that show contender? actually, i already know you do. i'm willing to bet the world series will be the mets vs. the tigers. no prediction on the winner...i hope they play all 7 and they all go into extra innings so the season never ends. what would happen if they had to play all through the off season? is that in the rulebook somewhere or would bud selig make up his own rule like he does for everything else. barry bonds is a druggy cheater.

you mom is a very nice lady.

i miss you more than hot toasted almonds,

Posted by: mitchell f. cumsteen at August 24, 2006 7:15 PM

Your reminiscing made me reminisce (sp?)... and I thought alot, too. I, too had many late night eye-straining ball games that led to arguing and a good momma meal. Late games were the best. I remember a coupla daytime games that went awry. One included an argument that ended with my childhood friend & me not talking for a whole summer. The other led to me hitting some dick in the head with my orange 28 Easton! P.S.-Now the 'dick' is a cop a couple of towns over. Oopsie!

Posted by: jamie the cat guy at August 24, 2006 7:43 PM

hide you'reself away from society
there's no need to gain notariety
that's just what they want you to think
so hide in the kitchen up under the sink
and avoid contact with anyone
you can't stand the weather and you're scared of the sun
besides outside would probably kill you
there's so many dangerous things to run into
you might catch a virus or deadly disease
or bears could chase you through a swarm of killer bees
stumble upon midget zombies on crack
and end up as cannibal elvis's snack
you're better off staying inside all alone
I also don't think you should answer the phone
who knows who'd be calling to trick and decieve
they'll probably try to convince you to leave
but you'll never fall for their clever deception
you've mastrered the art of pshychic perception
oh one more thing you should never sleep
or slave hunting aliens may sell you off cheap
you'll be ok if my words you abide
or better off yet commit suicide
nothing can get you if you're already dead
If I were you I'd shoot myself in the head

Posted by: Kevin Bowman at August 24, 2006 11:19 PM

Is it okay for me to say that I love you? Cuz I do.

Posted by: tussy at August 25, 2006 4:28 AM

It's still a planet to me...I'm not repainting my son's room.

Posted by: Lisa at August 25, 2006 5:52 AM

aw daner, i love you too. i truly and endlessly do.

ow wait, were you talking to lou holtz?

sorry...i do still love you though. it's okay, you don't have to say it back if you aren't ready. i'm right here waiting for you....wherever you go whatever you do...


Posted by: mitchell f. cumsteen at August 25, 2006 8:14 AM

Planet Schmlanet. Why are we so hung up on labels?

Pluto will always be a planet to me. Cause my 3rd grade science teach told me so. Mrs. D was not a liar.

It's funny how things can change. I wonder when they'll figure out that Sean's really not a boy.

Posted by: carence at August 25, 2006 8:15 AM

oh snap!

Carence, we have never met, but anyone that digs on Sean like that is my hero.

Thank you.

Posted by: Robert Hope at August 25, 2006 8:23 AM

Hey Bob. You must have a lot of heros.

Posted by: carence at August 25, 2006 8:37 AM

you're all wrong about sean. year in and year out, he makes both my nice and my naughty list (the good one). and he's really quite the man. take it from me. I see all.

nice song, mr. poltz. and nobody's telling me pluto's not a planet. mainly because scientists don't talk to me. I don't jive with their whole logic thing. idiots.

Posted by: s. claus at August 25, 2006 8:50 AM

Mr Poltz,
All I can say is your bigger than pluto in San Diego, you are amazing, don't forget it!!!! As far as the Padres I brought all my kids to the game on wednesday, wow!!! That was fun, even though the Dodger coach and pitcher were thrown out, it was fun!!! we kicked their butts, God I love Baseball!!!

Posted by: cheers at August 25, 2006 8:51 PM

uh oh. Looks like Cummy's off his meds. Can I have em?

Posted by: Rev. Spankalot at August 25, 2006 9:27 PM

Um...if Sean's not a boy, then that makes all that stuff we did together (gulp) hetero! I need a shower!

Posted by: Jamie the cat guy at August 25, 2006 10:38 PM

Why can't they ever get rid of that smelly planet Uranus instead of picking on poor old Pluto?

Posted by: Greg at August 26, 2006 7:12 PM

holy plethora of poltz posts, batman!
i love the pluto song! poor little pluto. perhaps there's still time to get this one on your new cd that's coming out in a couple weeks... snicker snicker, almond joy almond joy.
love the billyharveyesque sounds in snowmaps too.
i want to meet your sister. and yes, i do want to know the songs you played on coup d'etat.

Posted by: karen lee at August 27, 2006 1:11 PM

pluto is an awesome song

Posted by: gerrick at August 28, 2006 8:27 PM

I thought Pluto was a dog????

Posted by: Springer at August 29, 2006 9:53 AM

funny how a floating piece of foam can transform into a rocket under the right conditions. there aren't any real planets silly, nasa is a just front for intergallactic drug dealing. pluto schmuto, i prefer goofy.

Posted by: ash at August 29, 2006 11:59 AM

i *heart* ash

Posted by: dawnmarie at August 29, 2006 12:32 PM

Pluto.....poor Pluto....a deep soulful planet but completely misunderstood!
Pluto....just looking for a plutonic friend know?
warm conversation...
some tea...some honey
a slice of pie.....
It seems those BIG planets had other things in know...all those expectations and grandious ideas...that just must be their schtick!
Banished by the Bigs... I feel for Pluto....

Posted by: sheloveshoney at August 29, 2006 2:52 PM

Nice! I think some of ur best songs... are the sentimental ones... U really been surfin.... ?? cool! Well, i'll take Pluto over the anvil song... ;-) Going to try and catch the Belly up show this saturday!

Posted by: Mark at August 30, 2006 12:54 AM

I'm just getting a chance to listen to this, and I've gotta say... it's really fucking good. I expect to hear this the next time I see you, sir.

Posted by: Frag at September 1, 2006 10:29 AM

Great Song steve :] alright pluto!!! :]

p.s. come back to oz soon :(

Posted by: Justin at September 3, 2006 12:40 AM

tour thee well, i don't think pluto cares, just keeps spinning round.

Posted by: llynskyn at September 3, 2006 4:12 AM

Hi Steven, Your aunt syl and uncle bud wish you were here. Hav e a great road trip. love, bud and syl

Posted by: sylv ia and bud at September 8, 2006 7:33 AM

Hi Steven, Your aunt syl and uncle bud wish you were here. Hav e a great road trip. love, bud and syl

Posted by: sylv ia and bud at September 8, 2006 7:34 AM

I love the song!!! But I'm glad that poser Pluto out.

Know yo role, plutes, KNOW YO ROLE!

Posted by: Dhruva at September 10, 2006 8:30 PM

I heard this song on Jeff and Jef when you played on it live. I fell in love with it, even though it was meant to be almost funny :). And can someone get rid of these spam comments? grr.

Anyways, keep writing! I love your work!

<---hehehe, dodgers fan living in hostile San Diego :P too bad both teams lost in the first round :(.

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