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"Baseball Afternoon" Song

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In the Shoutbox, Mark and I were discussing some of our favourite baseball songs. I mentioned that one of my favourites was a song I learned when I was in Grade 6. Unforutnately, I only remember part of it.

It's unlikely but if you remember it, fill the rest in...

Starts off slowly...

Warm and lazy summertime

Warm and lazy me

Sitting in the shade of an old maple tree

Don't wake me up, just leave me be

I just want to lie here and dream you see...

Loud voice (the teacher)

STOP DREAMING AND WAKE UP 'CAUSE...

Normal "happy" pace the rest of the song

It's baseball afternoon my friend!

Get your bat, get you're ball and say you'll be right over

No time to sleep because we're gonna be the winners

Slide home baby, and I'll be your friend.

It's baseball afternoon my friend!

Low pitch, high pitch, knuckleball, and splitter

...

The rest I don't remember.

However I do remember a few other details. The music book the song was in was Musicanada 6, which included "Mango Walk", and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

If it helps, here's the lyrics to "Mango Walk." (Keep in mind, this song was sung by me in a very bad Jamaican accent.)

My mother did a-tell me that you go mango walk,

You go mango walk, you go mango walk,

My mother did a-tell me that you go mango walk

And steal all the number 'leven.

Now tell me, Joe, do tell me for true,

Do tell me for true, do tell me,

That you don't go to no mango walk

And steal all the number 'leven.

I tell you, Sue, I tell you for true,

I tell you for true, I tell you

That I don't go to no mango walk

And steal all the number 'leven.

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Here's some further info, garnered via the use of some elite Google-Fu.

It's, obviously, called "Baseball Afternoon". It's on an album named "Canada Is...Music", which contained a student textbook, a teacher's guidebook and a set of CDs, used in Canada and had different editions for different grades. "Baseball Afternoon" was on the Grades 5-6 edition. Amazon has a copy of the 1995 edition here.

I found this on another page, too.

(CAN) Canada Is...Music is designed specifically for teachers in Canada. It consists of a student textbook, a teacher's guidebook and a set of CDs. This resource contains over 150 songs to enjoy and to help teach the elements of music. The units of study integrate music with other areas of the curriculum through various techniques including poetry, drama activities, movement suggestions and recipes. The new Grades 5-6 program is divided into units that include "Making Musical Instruments," "Medieval Studies" and "Exploring Themes and Variations." The program provides a comprehensive study of the orchestra and its instruments with specific listening selections. The recordings on the CDs include all the songs with separate accompaniment tracks. The teacher's guide has step-by-step lesson plans and strategies including assessment ideas. The listening materials and activities in this resource will help take children beyond the classroom to the world of music. New editions of other grades in this series are still in the pre-publication stage. Suggested Use: Grade 5; Dance; Drama; Music Other Use: Arts Education: Grades 6 to 9"

So, now we just need a copy of the song.

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Resurrecting a very old post because I managed to find the full set of lyrics.

But first, a little preamble.

The day after I posted this topic, I checked to see if the Toronto Public Library had the book. It did! So I ordered it to be delivered to my local branch, once the person who currently was borrowing it returned it. (Due Date: April 30th, 2010.) I would receive an e-mail once the book was delivered to its destination location.

Well, April 30th came and passed. No e-mail. I checked to see if the library had my correct e-mail, and it did.

The rest of the year went on with no mention of the book in my e-mail's inbox. The book's status never changed on the library's page, it remained "On hold."

I had practically forgotten about this when yesterday at 10:45 pm, I received an e-mail saying the book was waiting for me at branch.

Needless to say, I signed it out today. Here are the lyrics…


Baseball Afternoon

Words and music by John Harrison

Warm and lazy summertime

Warm and lazy me

Sitting in the shade of an old maple tree

Don't wake me up, just leave me be

I just want to lie here and dream you see...

Loud voice (the teacher)

STOP DREAMING AND WAKE UP 'CAUSE...

Normal "happy" pace the rest of the song

It's baseball afternoon my friend!

Get your bat, get you're glove and say you'll be right over

We'll pick a team and yell a lot; you can be the pitcher

Slide home baby, and I'll be your friend.

It's baseball afternoon my friend!

High pitch, low pitch, knuckleball, and spinner

No time to sleep because we're goin' to be the winners

Slide home baby, and I'll be your friend.

It's baseball afternoon my friend!

Strikes and walks and hits to be a winner.

Catch that fly ball, steal a base and then,

Slide home baby, slide home baby, slide home baby, and I'll be your friend.

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There's a baseball-related poem underneath it I thought I'd share.

The Base Stealer

By: Robert Francis

Poised between going on and back, pulled

Both ways taught like a tightrope-walker

Fingertips pointing the opposites

Now bouncing tiptoe like a dropped ball

Or a kid skipping rope, come on, come on,

Running a scattering of steps sidewise

How he teeters, skitters, tingles, teases,

Taunts them, hovers like an ecstatic bird,

He only flirting, crowd him, crowd him,

Delicate, delicate, delicate, delicate–now!

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