Take Me Out to the Ball Game

October 18, 2006 at 5:09 pm Leave a comment

This American favorite is great fun for any time.  The words to the song were originally written in 1908 by Jack Norworth while riding a New York City subway train.  Put to music by songwriter Albert Von Tilzer, the song was an instant success.  Almost 100 years later, it is still one of the most sung songs in the United States.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game is traditionally sung at Major League Baseball games during the “seventh inning stretch,” and is always a great fan favorite for young and old alike.  The fans attending the ball game are usually encouraged to sing along.

Take me out to the ball game
Take me out with the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks
I don’t care if I never 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

There are two sets of verses that were written for the song, although only the chorus is generally known and sung now.  For the verses and more about the song’s history, visit the song’s entry on Wikipedia.


Entry filed under: Traditional Songs.

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