The Musical Heroine Of Moneyball

The Musical Heroine Of Moneyball

Last week, I finally watched Moneyball. Man, that is one good movie! I genuinely wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. Everything about it surprised me, from Brad Pitt’s careworn, layered performance to Activision CEO Bobby Kotick’s capable performance as Oakland Athletics’ owner Stephen Schott.

But one of my favourite parts of the entire movie was when Billy Bean (Pitt)'s daughter sings him a song she's written, accompanying herself on the guitar in a music shop. It's a lovely moment, her little voice floating over this pop melody and chord progression and giving it life. Pitt's reaction is priceless -- it's a moment of humanity.

I had the song stuck in my head all day yesterday, and mentioned it on Twitter. The friendly Adam Austin-Andrew pointed me towards the real version of the song, which is performed by a singer named Lenka, of whom I'd never heard.

So, I thought I would share it with you all here. Want to play it? It's easy. It revolves around four basic chords on the guitar: C major, G major, A minor and F major. Then it sits on G for a couple bars at the end of each chorus.


  • I thought the song bit in the movie was the cheesiest thing put to film in the last ten years. Basically ruined the film for me because I was suddenly struck by how superfluous everything in the movie that wasn’t baseball was.

  • I agree with you that the movie was pretty good. It surprised me too. Pitt was as good as I’ve seen him act.

    However, the song. The original by Lenka has it’s charm but that little girl, breaking voice thing as it’s done in the movie is so past it’s use by date it’s not funny anymore. It’s been done to death. It’s pretentious. It’s corn.

  • I was furious when I saw Kotick’s smiling ugly mug on a massive screen right in front of me if I had known he were in the movie I sure as shit wouldn’t have seen it.

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