TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME
Live 13 Jun 1973 version
[Spoken intro:] There I was, in right field. There was a make-up game. It was a
nice sunny morning... I had just rolled out of bed... I was standing out there thinking, "I hope
nothing comes to me." No sooner did I saw that, than whssh, ooh! Here it came, highest ball I've
ever seen in my life. It was scary. So I started running for it... Got underneath that devil...
Down it came, glanced off my glove, and hit me in the head. Very embarrassing. I made believe I
was knocked out and they carried me off the field. I'm wearing earphones up there, so take!
Me out to the ballgame (you can all sing, you know all the words)
Take me out to the crowd
Go buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks
I don't care if I never get back
So we root (root) root root for the home team (home team)
If they don't win it's a shame (it sucks!)
'Cause it's one
Three strikes you're out at the old ball game
Page last updated: 26 Feb 2012
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME is a song originally written in 1908 by Jack
Norworth and set to music by Albert Von Tilzer. See the
original version for more details.
A version of TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME parodying Bruce Springsteen was
recorded and released by Bruce Springstone. See
Bruce Springstone's version for more
13 Jun 1973 Performance
The above lyrics are for the live 13 Jun 1973 performance of TAKE ME OUT TO THE
BALL GAME at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, NY, during the Greetings
From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played only a snippet of
This was a double bill show, with Bruce Springsteen and his band opening for
headliners Chicago. This was their 10th of 12 consecutive shows opening for Chicago. A poor
quality audience recording of this performance is in circulation.
Promotional ad for the 13 Jun 1973 show at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY
[Taken from Brucebase]
Other versions of TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME were also officially released:
The live 07 Sep 2003 version of TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME was officially released on the
Live In Barcelona home video in 2003. Audio of the song plays during the "Night Of The
Living Boss" bonus feature on the DVD.
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME is known to have been performed at least once
during the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour. Very little is known about the 1972 and
1973 shows, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates.
to display/hide detailed known Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour performances list]
- 13 Jun 1973 at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY
After disappearing from Springsteen's repertoire for three decades, TAKE ME OUT
TO THE BALL GAME was performed 3 times during the 120-date-long The Rising Tour. The song
was played as an instrumental opener. The first of the three performances featured Danny
Frederici, Nils Lofgren, and Roy Bittan on organ, while the remaining two featured Danny Frederici
alone on organ. Audio for the live 07 Sep 2003 performance of TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME at
Fenway Park in Boston, MA, was included on the Live In Barcelona DVD in 2003.
to display/hide detailed The Rising Tour performances list]
- 06 Aug 2003 at PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
- 06 Sep 2003 at Fenway Park, Boston, MA
- 07 Sep 2003 at Fenway Park, Boston, MA
List of available versions of TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME on this website:
Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics