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Peter, Paul & Mary RIGHT FIELD Lyrics

Last updated: 08/20/2009 11:00:00 AM

Saturday summers, when I was a kid
We'd run to the schoolyard and here's what we did
We'd pick out the captains and we'd choose up the teams
It was always a measure of my self esteem
Cuz the fastest, the strongest, played shortstop and first
The last ones they picked were the worst
I never needed to ask, it was sealed,
I just took up my place in right field.

Right field, it's easy, you know.
You can be awkward and you can be slow
That's why I'm here in right field
Just watching the dandelions grow

Playing right field can be lonely and dull
Little Leagues never have lefties that pull
I'd dream of the day they'd hit one my way
They never did, but still I would pray
That I'd make a fantastic catch on the run
And not lose the ball in the sun
And then I'd awake from this long reverie
And pray that the ball never came out to me
Here in...


Off in the distance, the game's dragging on,
There's strikes on the batter, some runners are on.
I don't know the inning, I've forgotten the score.
The whole team is yelling and I don't know what for.
Then suddenly everyone's looking at me
My mind has been wandering; what could it be?
They point at the sky and I look up above
And a baseball falls into my glove!

Here in right field, it's important you know.
You gotta know how to catch, you gotta know how to throw,
That's why I'm here in right field, just watching the dandelions grow!

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good childhood memories | Reviewer: jim konistis | 8/20/09

I was a professional soccer player from my school days,back in the early 80's.Soccer was my life,6 days a week.I first heard this song at a Christian concert in Sydney,at a place called the Hordern Pavillion where i worked as an usher,from 1982-1991.This song showed me how to be humble,patient,and above all,blessed me with the ability to try and help others to fulfill their sporting dreams,regardless their ability.
That night i remember just standing in the aisle and just balling my eyes out,at the mere thought of this poor kid being "exiled" to the outfield because he was "no good".I made it my personal endeavour that i would never judge a person on his "inability" but try and focus on what they did well.Thank you for posting the lyrics as it has brought back alot of good memories.God Bless.

Right Field | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/13/04

I first discovered the song in 5th grade when participated in the children's musical "Sermon on the Mound" by Celeste Clydesdale. I loved the song.