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Song Parodies -> "Play That Funky Baseball (White Sox)"

Original Song Title:

"Play That Funky Music (White Boy)"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Wild Cherry

Parody Song Title:

"Play That Funky Baseball (White Sox)"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

A Chicago baseball team has won a Pennant. That had not happened in my lifetime and probably not yours. Ironic that I chose this original song, since it was the White Sox who helped kill disco with "Disco Demolition Night" (a.k.a. Disco Sucks Night) at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night
Hey!
Hit it now!
Hey!

Yeah, once I was a baseball player
playin' in a real old ballpark.
I never had no problems, yeah
hittin' home runs in the dark.

And every game around me, yeah
got to ending with a loss.
And I decided quickly
yes I did
to make Ozzie Guillen my boss.

And we were swingin' and hittin'
and wieldin' gloves for fieldin'
and just when I hit it
somebody turned around and shouted
Play that funky baseball, White Sox!
Play that funky baseball, right!
Play that funky baseball, White Sox!
Lay down that sac bunt
and play that funky baseball 'til you die!
'Til you die!
Oh, 'til you die!

Well, I tried to understand this.
Not like my days with the Yanks.
We used to win but not anymore.
We cried all the way to the banks.

So Indians we kept on beatin'.
Beatin' Red Sox at Fenway.
I said, "The catcher only trapped it!"
With this trick, yeah, we got away!

And we were swingin' and hittin'
and wieldin' gloves for fieldin'
and just when I hit it
somebody turned around and shouted
Play that funky baseball, White Sox!
Play that funky baseball, right!
Play that funky baseball, White Sox!
Lay down that sac bunt
and play that funky baseball 'til you die!
'Til you die!
Oh, 'til you die!

Come on!
Play some electric funky baseball!

Hey, wait a minute!
Now, first, it wasn't easy
changin' silly Cub fans' minds.
But feel this South Side ballpark shakin'.
We left a dreary past behind.

Oh, and now it's so much better.
(It's so much better!)
We're winning games in every way.
But I'll never lose that feelin'.
(No I won't!)
Of how we won the Pennant that day!

And we were swingin' and hittin'
and wieldin' gloves for fieldin'
and just when I hit it
somebody turned around and shouted
Play that funky baseball, White Sox!
Play that funky baseball, right!
Play that funky baseball, White Sox!
Lay down that sac bunt
and play that funky baseball 'til you die!
'Til you die!
Oh, 'til you die!

They shouted
Play that funky baseball!
(Play that funky baseball!)
Play that funky baseball!
(Got to keep on playin' funky baseball!)
Play that funky baseball!
(Playyyyyyyy that funky baseball!)
Play that funky baseball!
(Sox are flyin' higher!)

Play that funky baseball, White Sox!
Play that funky baseball, right!
Play that funky baseball, White Sox!
Play that funky baseball, right!
Play that funky baseball, White Sox!
Play that funky baseball, right!
Play that funky baseball, White Sox!
Play that funky baseball, right!
(repeat 'til fade)
The last time a Chicago baseball won a Pennant? September 22, 1959. Ike was in the White House. Elvis was in the Army. The Number 1 song in America was "Sleep Walk" by Santo & Johnny. "Bonanza" had just premiered. "The Twilight Zone" was about to. Mark Russell and Tom Lehrer had just entered the song-parody business, Allan Sherman had not, and Weird Al Yankovic was a month away from being born.

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Johnny D - October 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Ha! The SOX are in the World Series! HA!
AFW - October 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Have to give ya' fives for a good job, here...even tho' I'm not in your ballpark...being sort of an Indians fan
Serafina - October 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Great parody. Even though I don't follow sports a great deal, I do like baseball and am proud to see the White Sox in the World Series. I wasn't alive when they last made it (I'm 30 now) but I think they're overdue for a pennant. Anyway, here's a perfect score. ;)
alvin rhodes - October 18, 2005 - Report this comment
you write the best baseball parodies on the block...5s plus
Paul Robinson - October 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Michael, One good thing about being old (I guess)...I WAS around the last time the White Sox won the Pennant! 1959...and as it happens it was the first year I lived in Los Angeles, CA...and the DODGERS won the NL Pennant that year (in a 1 game play-off with the MILWAUKEE(!!) BRAVES...I THINK it might have even been an extra-inning game...not sure about that)...But, anyway...they went on to beat the Chisox in 6 Games...A World Series title in my first year here! Boy, so I was an instant and long-time Dodger fan...Hey, this was SO far back that SANDY KOUFAX was just an "under .500 pitcher" that year...guy who had a blazing fastball...but could not throw strikes consistently...FTW, he pitched once in the '59 series...was brilliant, but lost , 1-0...Anyway, sad to say, time and ownership changes and other factors have finally cured me, although I still check out standings and stuff now and then...but I don't follow any sports too much anymore, not like I used to...OH...Good parody...5's ~ ~ ~
Rick C - October 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Funky :-) 555
Rex - October 18, 2005 - Report this comment
White Sox = WS = Win Series. Coincidence? Well...yea.

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