I’d never thought of Take Me Out to the Ball Game as a storytime song, but colleagues of mine have convinced me otherwise. As only the chorus is well known, that’s all I’ve included here. Song credits belong to Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer from 1908.
I learned These are the Toes of My Baby way back in library school, and have sung it at many happy baby and toddler storytimes. It’s tickly and playful, and makes everyone smile. Jbrary has it too, if you’d like a little inspiration. Take Me out of the Bathtub is from one of Alan Katz’ books of humorous piggyback songs. The complete song is longer than I would use at storytime so this is just the first verse, but you can listen to it all here.
These chords are slightly simplified from the Bytown Ukulele songbook. You can also play in A or C, or ignore the 7s if you prefer standard chords.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
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
A7 D7 G
At the old ball game
These are the Toes of My Baby
These are the toes of my baby
These are the toes of my guy/gal/child*
These are their feet and their tiny knees
I can’t help it, I’ll give them a squeeze
And they've got two arms just for hugging
And hands that clap and wave
But it’s their eyes, ears, nose and their chin
A7 D7 G
That really draws me in
*vary pronouns as appropriate, male, female, or neutral
Take Me Out of the Bathtub!
Take me out of the bathtub
Take me out of the suds
I've been here soaking since half past two
I feel so sudsy and wrinkle-y too
Oh, I washed all over my body
My head, my toes, in between
I used one, two, three bars of soap
A7 D7 G
Take me out... I'm clean!
Other Variations Include
Take Me Out to the Barnyard by Judy Hall
Take Me Out to the Ocean