Sunday, December 06, 2015

Hear Frank Sinatra Sing Joe Raposo’s Ode to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ebbets Field: “There Used to be a Ballpark” (with a Beautiful Photoessay)

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

DJ and Sinatrologist Jonathan Schwartz used to play recordings of live performances of Sinatra singing this song, after which, the man would say, “Thank you, Joseph.”

Words and Music by Joe Raposo

And there used to be a ballpark,
Where the field was warm and green,
And the people played their crazy game,
With a joy I'd never seen.

And the air was such a wonder,
From the hot-dogs and the beer,
Yes, there used to be a ballpark, right here.

And there used to be rock candy,
And a great big 4th of July,
With the fireworks exploding,
All across the summer sky.

And the people watched in wonder,
How they'd laugh, and how they'd cheer!
And there used to be a ballpark right here.

Now the children try to find it,
And they can't believe their eyes,
'Cause the old team just isn't playing,
And the new team hardly tries.

And the sky has got so cloudy,
When it used to be so clear,
And the summer went so quickly this year,
Yes, there used to be a ballpark right here.

Posted on April 19, 2013, by Rusty Brewer.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

All the people CBS trotted out on the 100th Sinatra birthday special--from Adam Levine to Lady Gaga to John Legend showed only one thing:How little talent there is out there right now compared to Frank Sinatra.When 90 year old Tony Bennett outsings them says a lot about how little actual talent exists today.It wasn t entertaining watching that show---it was irritating,almost like watching karaoke night somewhere in anytown USA on a Saturday night.U2 I thought was passable,but the tribute to Frank was actually in showing how much he towered over the "entertainers" we have today.They couldn t set up his microphone stand for him.