“Katie Casey was baseball mad…”

Everybody knows Take Me Out To The Ballgame. Most of us can probably sing it backwards. But do you know all of the lyrics? This song is about a girl. You know that any song about a girl who loves baseball is going to show up on this blog. This one just happens to be one of the most famous songs ever written about any sport. The following lyrics were penned by Jack Norworth in 1908.

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 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 [Chorus]

*As per Wikipedia, The term “sou”, now obscure, was at the time common slang for a low-denomination coin. Carly Simon’s version, produced for Ken Burns’ 1994 documentary on baseball, reads “Ev’ry cent / Katie spent”.

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4 thoughts on ““Katie Casey was baseball mad…”

  1. When I was growing up in the ’50s we sang “I don’t care if I NEVER get back.” It wasn’t till I saw Ken Burns’s documentary that I heard “ever.”

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