Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Sheet Music & Lyrics

Take Me Out To The Ball Game, composed in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, is also known as the baseball anthem, albeit unofficial.

Ironically, the composers had never attended a baseball game before the song. As a matter of fact, it would be 20 years before Norworth (lyrics) and Von Tilzer (music), saw their first Major League Baseball game.

The lyricist Norworth was inspired by a sign he saw on the subway, announcing "Baseball Today!". The words tell a story about a girl who accepts an invitation for a date, as long as they go out to the ball game. Von Tilzer set the story to music.

Norworth has two versions of the lyrics (1908 and 1927), but the chorus of this classic, which is sung during the seventh inning stretch at nearly every ball park in the country, remained unchanged.

Here Are Your Sheet Music & Lyrics

Take Me Out To The Ball Game - Sheet Music (in PDF)
Take Me Out To The Ball Game - Lyrics (1908 version) (in PDF)
Take Me Out To The Ball Game - Lyrics (1927 version) (in PDF)




Take Me Out To The Ball Game


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."



Take Me Out To The Ball Game


1927 Version


Nelly Kelly love baseball games,
Knew the players, knew all their names,
You could see her there ev'ry day,
Shout "Hurray," when they'd play.
Her boy friend by the name of Joe
Said, "To Coney Isle, 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 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."

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 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."




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