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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME

THE ORIGINAL VERSES

Katie Casey was baseball 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 Katie said "No,
I'll tell you what you can do:"

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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:

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Nelly Kelly loved Base Ball games
Knew the players, knew all their names,
You could see her there every 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:

Refrain

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 its a shame,
For it's one, two, three strikes,
You're out at the old Ball game.

Written by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer in 1908

BIOGRAPHIES

JACK NORWORTH (1879-1959), was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father was an organ builder and choirmaster. He left home to join a minstrel show, and soon became a popular song and dance man, headlining Vaudeville stages for twenty years. From 1907 to 1913 he and his wife, Nora Bayes, performed together on Broadway and in Vaudeville. Audiences loved their popular number, "Shine On Harvest Moon." He also wrote songs for the Ziegfeld Follies and counted amongst his friends W.C. Fields. It has been said that Jack Norworth, who had never been to a major league baseball game, wrote the lyrics to "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during a short ride on the New York City subway system in 1908.
ALBERT VON TILZER (1878-1956), was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. A self-taught pianist, he moved to New York in 1900, where he worked in Vaudeville and in the music publishing business. He also wrote songs for Broadway, and he contributed to several Hollywood films, including "Birth of a Nation" in 1930, "Here Comes The Band" in 1935 and "Rawhide" in 1938. He, who also had never been to a major league baseball game, wrote the music for "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" in 1908.

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