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Lyr Req: The Greatest (from Kenny Rogers)

Ajaleigh 07 May 99 - 12:45 AM
Ajaleigh 09 May 99 - 11:05 PM
GUEST 22 Jun 06 - 11:07 AM
Jim Dixon 14 Jul 06 - 12:39 AM
GUEST,josh 15 Apr 09 - 10:29 PM
GUEST,chris 24 Sep 09 - 10:13 PM
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Subject: Baseball Song??
From: Ajaleigh
Date: 07 May 99 - 12:45 AM

I heard this song a couple days ago and was curious about it and I'd like to have the lyrics, so I was wondering if anybody knew the words or the artist...here are a couple of the lines I can remember:

A little boy, With his ball and bat... and the ball went up and he swung the bat 'round...and the ball hit the ground... and the ball went up as high as the moon and ....and that was strike three... His mom called for dinner(approx.) and he says I'm the greatest pitcher there ever was...even I didn't know I could pitch like that...


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Subject: RE: Baseball Song??
From: Ajaleigh
Date: 09 May 99 - 11:05 PM

it's a country song, too, but i wasn't sure where else to look or people I could ask...


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Subject: RE: Baseball Song??
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 11:07 AM

The song is called "The Greatest" and it's by Kenny Rogers.

lyrics: http://www.coquet-shack.com/country_lyrics_NOPR/Rogers_Kenny/The_Greatest_2207.php


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GREATEST (from Kenny Rogers)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Jul 06 - 12:39 AM

Might as well have the lyrics here. It's a fine example of that genre Jokes turned into songs. Lyrics copied from The Baseball Almanac:

THE GREATEST
Don Schlitz

Little boy in a baseball hat,
Stands in the field with his ball and bat,
Says, "I am the greatest player of them all,"
Puts his bat on his shoulder, and he tosses up his ball.

And the ball goes up and the ball comes down,
Swings his bat all the way around.
The world's so still you can hear the sound.
The baseball falls to the ground.

Now the little boy doesn't say a word,
Picks up his ball. He is undeterred,
Says, "I am the greatest there has ever been,"
And he grits his teeth and he tries it again.

And the ball goes up and the ball comes down,
Swings his bat all the way around.
The world's so still you can hear the sound.
The baseball falls to the ground.

He makes no excuses. He shows no fears.
He just closes his eyes and listens to the cheers.

Little boy, he adjusts his hat,
Picks up his ball, stares at his bat,
Says, "I am the greatest." The game is on the line,
And he gives his all one last time.

And the ball goes up like the moon so bright,
Swings his bat with all his might,
And the world's so still as still can be,
And the baseball falls, and that's strike three.

Now it's suppertime and his mama calls.
Little boy starts home with his bat and ball,
Says, "I am the greatest. That is a fact,
But even I didn't know I could pitch like that."

[Recorded by Kenny Rogers on "She Rides Wild Horses, 1999 (plus several later albums), and by Don Schlitz on "Live at the Bluebird Café," 2001.]


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Subject: RE: Baseball Song??
From: GUEST,josh
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 10:29 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aBFwqdehJQ&feature=channel_page


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Subject: RE: Baseball Song??
From: GUEST,chris
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 10:13 PM

i thinks it's a cubs song...chorus goes something like " we like our beer cold, relish on our hot dogs and mustard on our pretzels'
any ideas about the song title?


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Subject: RE: Baseball Song??
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 11:34 PM

Hmmmm. I'm intrigued, Chris - but I don't know your song.
However, I hope you'll take a look at Steve Goodman's Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request (click).
Here's a video (click). Oh, and don't forget Steve's Go Cubs, Go!. And there's a WGN Version.

-Joe, formerly of Racine, Wisconsin-


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