Back to Baseball

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“Back to Baseball” tells the true story of a boy who grows up in 1950’s Brooklyn. He finds & loses his 1st love, then experiences reflection, renewal and redemption. The song ends happily – unless you’re a Dodger fan.

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When I was a little kid, we lived in Brooklyn

I was a Dodger fan. They were my heroes.

They’d often win the pennant, then lose the world series to the Yankees.

I still get cranky – when I get around pin stripes.

But in ’55, they came alive – got the big win.

Kicked Yankee butts and we all went nuts – in Brooklyn.

But in two short years the cheers turned to tears as the news came down.

Dem Bums were leaving town.

We’d love to stay here – but we just can’t make it pay here. So I’m sorry to inform ya –

We’re goin’ to where it’s sunny – gonna make more money – in southern California

I’ll never love another team – said the broken hearted boy.

You’ll only gain big league pain – where there should be fun and joy.


Short instrumental bridge


Well, the years go by and somehow I become a grown up

Then a whole hunk of life happened – wound up in San Francisco.

There I met my wife – we built our life – no more wishin’

We had us a good old time – but something was missing.



Well the missing link, comes I think, from when we were small.

In the background, we’d often hear the sounds of baseball.

The crack of the bat – the roar of the crowd – the play by play

still resonates today.


We’re comin’ back – comin’ back to baseball

We’re back on track – getting’ on back to baseball

Yeah, we’re comin’ back – comin’ back to baseball

We’re friends again – that good old game of baseball


Now the Giants are the home team – made them our own team

They’re the ones we root for.

We go to games – call the umpire names – we holler and we hoot for.


And our biggest rivals are the Dodgers – so ironic yet so nice.

The burned me bad when I was a lad

But now I get to hate them twice.


Crowd chants – “Beat LA, Beat LA, Beat LA........ “

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from New Road, released April 1, 2017
Music, lyrics, vocals, guitar and other instruments by Alan Babbitt

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