Jack Norworth

It wasn’t the first baseball song, but it’s the only one that matters. Originally written in 1908 in about fifteen minutes, Norworth wrote a second version in 1927 with different lyrics but the same chorus.

The 1908 version:

Katie Casey was base ball mad.
Had the fever and had it bad;
Just to root for the home town crew,
Ev'ry sou Katie blew.
On a Saturday, her young beau
Called to see if she'd like to go,
To see a show but Miss Kate 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 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."

Katie Casey saw all the games,
Knew the players by their first names;
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Katie Casey 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 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."

The tune and modern traditional words in ASCII music notation:


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              Take  me out to the   crowds! --------------------    Buy me some pea-nuts and
                                                                                            

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              shame, ----- for it's    one!     Two!    Three strikes yer  out  in  the 
                                                                                            
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              old       ball       game! ----------------------                      

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