August 2015 Song of the Month

Take Me Out To The Ball Game
by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer (1908)
Now in public domain





CLICK HERE for the printable lyrics. (PDF)
CLICK HERE for the sheet music  (PDF)
DOWNLOAD as an MP3  (How to do it)

This is another one of those songs we take for granted children know, but in fact, itís disappearing from their song vocabulary. This is the first year I have found more children donít know this song than do. Why does it matter? Because the benefits of singing are too great to be ignored. But we can only sing together if we know the same songs. This would be a good time to send you over to my other website, There you can learn more about the benefits of singing, get great free ideas for song extenders and printable books, and learn about my early learning pilot project!
If your children or the children in your care donít know this iconic American song, please download and sing it with them so they can sing it with their children years from now! There are several wonderful picture books based on this song, like the one pictured here. They are widely available at libraries, so check one out and have some fun!

Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Just 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.

Fun facts you may not know about this song:
Jack Norworth, who wrote the lyrics, didnít play baseball and had never attended a game. But he know a song about baseball would be a hit, and it was!
This song originally had several verses about Kate Casey, whose date wanted to take her to a show. She asked to go to a baseball game instead.

Get additional verses and learn more HERE