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Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Interesting Stuff Original Lyrics

Everyone's Favorite Baseball Song

Jack Norworth (b. 1879, d. 1959), who wrote the lyrics to baseball's anthem in 1908, knew the game but never saw a major league game until 34 years later!

Norworth, who also wrote "Shine On Harvest Moon", is quoted in "Three Men on Third" (Carl Sifakis; New York: Prentice Hall, 1994) regarding his long absence from the park. He said, "So what? Harry Williams wrote 'In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree' and I am sure he never saw a blade of grass. If he ever got three blocks off 26th Street in Manhattan, it was a great occasion."

His composer was Albert Von Tilzer (b, Mar. 29, 1878, Indianapolis, IN d, Oct. 1, 1956, Los Angeles, CA) , who himself never saw a major league game until 1928. Tilzer was the younger brother of Harry Von Tilzer who wrote the music for "I Want a Girl."

The Music
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
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The Songs
The songs in this book which are sung to the tune of
"
Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

  1. Ball Game
  2. Take Me Out For a Good Ball

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Nelly Kelly loved baseball games,
Knew the players, knew all their names.
You could see her there ev'ry day,
Shout "Hurray!"
When they'd play.

Her boyfriend, by the name of Joe, said,
"To Coney Island dear, let's go!"
Then Nelly started to fret and pout,
And to him I heard her shout:

"TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME, 
TAKE ME OUT WITH THE CROWD! 
BUY ME SOME PEANUTS AND CRACKER JACK, 
I DON'T CARE IF I EVER GET BACK!
LET ME ROOT, ROOT, ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM, 
IF THEY DON'T WIN IT'S A SHAME; 
FOR IT'S ONE, TWO, THREE STRIKES, YOU'RE OUT 
AT THE OLD BALL GAME!"

Nelly Kelly was sure some fan, 
She would root just like any man.
Told the umpire he was wrong

All along, good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Nelly Kelly knew what to do.
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the gang sing this song:

"TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME, 
TAKE ME OUT WITH THE CROWD! 
BUY ME SOME PEANUTS AND CRACKER JACK, 
I DON'T CARE IF I EVER GET BACK!
LET ME ROOT, ROOT, ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM, 
IF THEY DON'T WIN, IT'S A SHAME; 
FOR IT'S ONE, TWO, THREE STRIKES, YOU'RE OUT! 
AT THE OLD BALL GAME!" 

Katie Casey was baseball mad, 
Had the fever and had it bad.
Just to root for the home town crew,
Ev'ry sound Katie blew. 

On a Saturday, her young beau,
Called to see if she'd like to go,
To see a show, but Miss Katie said:
"No, I'll tell you what you can do...

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME, 
TAKE ME OUT WITH THE CROWD! 
BUY ME SOME PEANUTS AND CRACKER JACK, 
I DON'T CARE IF I EVER GET BACK!
LET ME ROOT, ROOT, ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM, 
IF THEY DON'T WIN IT'S A SHAME; 
FOR IT'S ONE, TWO, THREE STRIKES, YOU'RE OUT! 
AT THE OLD BALL GAME!"