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At The Great Ball Game
Inspired by the book The Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story by Joseph Bruchac
Song by Sam Jones

This song is available on Sam Jones' Songs About Popular Children’s Books-Animals 1.


(to the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”)

Here’s an Indian folktale
A bird and animal war
They all got into an argument
They couldn’t settle their disagreement about who was better than who
The Birds or the Animals
Animals with their teeth or the Birds with their wings
What a quarrel they had

Crane said to have a ball game
The side to score the first goal
Would settle the war as the winning team
And give the losers a penalty
So they all went down to the field
Where they got into teams
The one team with their wings and the other with teeth
At the great ball game

Bat had no team to play on
Bear said Bat was a bird
And it wouldn’t be fair because Bat had wings
The Birds jeered that Bat was too little a thing
Then the Bear said they would accept Bat
If he would just wait his turn
Then the goalposts were set and the playing began
At the great ball game

The Birds had all the advantage
They flew high with the ball
The Animals guarded their goal real well
But Bear couldn’t see so he stumbled and fell
That’s when Crane flew off with the ball
The Birds were going to win
But when Bat stole the ball then the Animals won
At the great ball game

The Birds accepted the penalty that Bat said they had to do
So they went away for half of each year
They hung their heads and they cried a few tears
Now that’s the end of the story that happened a long time ago
When the Bat and the Animals won
At the great ball game


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Many thanks to Sam Jones for permission to publish these lyrics.
© Sam Jones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

The Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story © Joseph Bruchac. All rights reserved.


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