Song Lyric Sunday – Baby Please Don’t Go

Jim Adams has prompted us with Did, Didn’t, Do, Don’t, Does and Doesn’t for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. I started looking and came up with at least 20 songs in the first 10 minutes so I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with today.

I have chosen an old song, “Baby Please Don’t Go”, that several bands have recorded over the years but my personal favorite was by the 60’s band Them with the great Van Morrison. I hope you enjoy this old video. Look how young Van was!!

“Baby Please Don’t Go” was one of the earliest songs recorded by Them, fronted by a 19-year-old Van Morrison. Their rendition of the song was derived from a version recorded by John Lee Hooker in 1949 as “Don’t Go Baby”. Hooker’s song later appeared on a 1959 album, Highway of Blues, which Van Morrison heard and felt was “something really unique and different” with “more soul” than he had previously heard. 

Them recorded “Baby, Please Don’t Go” for Decca Records in October 1964. Besides Morrison, there is conflicting information about who participated in the session. In addition to the group’s original members (guitarist Billy Harrison, bassist Alan Henderson, drummer Ronnie Millings, and keyboard player Eric Wrixon), others have been suggested: Pat McAuley on keyboards, Bobby Graham on a second drum kit, Jimmy Page on second guitar, and Peter Bardens on keyboards. As Page biographer George Case notes, “There is a dispute over whether it is Page’s piercing blues line that defines the song, if he only played a run Harrison had already devised, or if Page only backed up Harrison himself”.  Morrison has acknowledged Page’s participation in the early sessions: “He played rhythm guitar on one thing and doubled a bass riff on the other” and Morrison biographer Johnny Rogan notes that Page “doubled the distinctive riff already worked out by Billy Harrison”.

“Baby, Please Don’t Go” was released as Them’s second single on November 6, 1964. With the B-side, “Gloria”, it became their first hit, reaching number ten on the UK Singles Chart in February 1965. The single was released in the US in 1965, but only “Gloria” became a hit the following year. The song was not included on Them’s original British or American albums (The Angry Young Them and Them Again), however, it has appeared on several compilation albums, such as The Story of Them Featuring Van Morrison and The Best of Van Morrison. When it was reissued in 1991 as a single in the UK, it reached number 65 in the chart. Van Morrison also accompanied John Lee Hooker during a 1992 performance, where Hooker sings and plays “Baby, Please Don’t Go” on guitar while sitting on a dock, with harmonica backing by Morrison; it was released on the 2004 Come See About Me Hooker DVD.

Lyrics
Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go down to New Orleans
You know I love you, so, baby, please don't go

Baby, your mind done gone
Well, your mind done gone
Well, your mind done gone, left the county farm
You had the shackles on; baby, please don't go

Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog to get you way down here
I'll make you walk alone; baby, please don't go, hey

Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go down to New Orleans
You know I love you, so, baby, please don't go

Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog to get you way down here
Make you walk alone; baby, please don't go

Know how I feel right now?
My baby leavin' on that midnight train, and I'm cryin'
Baby, please don't go
Oh, baby, please don't go

Baby, please don't go down to New Orleans
You know I love you, so, baby, please don't go yeah
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog

Before I be your dog to get you way down here
I make you walk alone; baby, please don't go, yeah
All right

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Joe Williams

  37 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Baby Please Don’t Go

  1. November 17, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Great choice! The video was fun to watch. This is a style we don’t hear much these days.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 17, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Yes you’re right about that Maggie. Sometimes it’s fun t9 be stuck in the 60s 🤣

  2. November 17, 2019 at 1:19 am

    What a wonderful find, Christine. Yes, Van the Man looks like a mere kid! Good jumpin song.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 17, 2019 at 9:26 am

      I’ve always loved that song, especially the Stones version, but finding this one was so much fun. 🥰

      • November 17, 2019 at 2:28 pm

        🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        November 17, 2019 at 11:51 pm

        Yes, I have great memories of the Stones doing it too🙂

  3. November 17, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Absolutely brilliant song, I loved Them and it was a group of great talent 💜

    • Christine Bolton
      November 17, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Willow! I thought I saw you in that video! Was it Top of the Pops, maybe? 🙂

      • November 17, 2019 at 11:42 am

        Lol it could of been I think I was about 14yrs then 💜

      • Christine Bolton
        November 17, 2019 at 1:27 pm

        I saw someone in that video who looked like me at that time. Same haircut and dress 🤣

      • November 17, 2019 at 1:37 pm

        Perhaps it was you 💜💜

  4. November 17, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Nice choice! Heard Hooker’s version countless times… since my dad was a big fan. 😀 And Van at 19? WOW!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 17, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Felicia. I thought it was fun to see him so young. Yes JLK version was wonderful 😊. Have a great Sunday!

      • November 17, 2019 at 11:50 am

        You too, Christine! 😊

  5. November 17, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Christine:

    he really didn’t want the person to go to New Orleans.

    And what a sweet one 19-year-old Van was.

    Indestructible and incorruptible – so it seemed.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 17, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Ha, yes! You could say he’s indestructible as he’s still performing and making quality albums ☺️ Thanks for listening/reading 💕

  6. November 17, 2019 at 6:21 am

    When I saw the title “Please Don’t Go” I thought KWS.
    Loved listening to this and amazing to see Morrison so young!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 17, 2019 at 9:13 am

      I’m so glad you liked it. In his 70s and still making albums. He sounds just the same. I love him 🙂❤️!

  7. fireblossom32
    November 17, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Oh YEAH! I adore the 60’s garage band sound. “Mystic Eyes” was another Them song that I really like. I like John Lee Hooker’s version of this that you mentioned. Interesting side note about Jimmy Page. Great stuff!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 17, 2019 at 9:09 am

      The Stones also had a great version of this song 😊 Thanks for reading/listening 👍

  8. November 17, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Christine thanks for adding this absolutely perfect song for today. I am starting off my day with this cooker and like you said, I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 17, 2019 at 9:29 am

      My pleasure Jim! This was a fun prompt and I was spoilt for choice. Happy you enjoyed this oldie. Van is still amazing – I’m a big fan of his 🙂👍

  9. November 17, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I was 9, and I remember this! I don’t remember Van Morrison though, but certainly remember ‘Them’.

  10. November 17, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Groovy man groovy 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      November 17, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      Yes! Groovy LOL 🤣

  11. November 17, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    This is a blues classic. Muddy Waters used to open his shows with it. Good pick!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 17, 2019 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks John. You know I found a youtube with Muddy Waters and the Stones performing it. It was really good 🙂

      • November 18, 2019 at 10:37 am

        I think that was done at Buddy Guy’s Legends, which used to be Theresa’s Basement. Buddy inherited the club from Theresa and really fixed it up. It used to be kind of a dive in a bad neighborhood; now it’s a nice place in a bad neighborhood that’s getting a little better because of Buddy Guy.

      • Christine Bolton
        November 18, 2019 at 11:07 pm

        Yes I went there about 15 years ago now and saw Ronni and The Ronettes. That was kind of fun as was a big Motown fan years ago (still am!) Its terrible the way Phil Spector treated her when they were married.

      • November 19, 2019 at 12:35 pm

        I don’t have a lot of respect for Phil Spector. Certainly not as a producer: he took the soundtrack for “Let It Be” and did serious damage to it. There’s a version called “Let It Be – Naked” that removes Phil’s Wall-O-Sound, and it makes it easier to listen to. Phil’s also a kind of sleazebag and, as you say, mistreated Ronnie.

      • Christine Bolton
        November 19, 2019 at 2:05 pm

        Yes a total creep. Is he still in jail, I wonder?

      • November 19, 2019 at 3:26 pm

        He’s serving 19 to life. As far as I can tell, he’s still there.

      • Christine Bolton
        November 19, 2019 at 11:17 pm

        Good!

  12. November 17, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Love it! Makes your body want to move! Great pick for this week!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 17, 2019 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks Lisa! 🙂

  13. aisasami
    November 18, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Nice choice! I think I heard this before. It’s a great classic rock n’ roll song! Reminds me of the Beatles a bit!

  14. November 26, 2019 at 8:07 am

    A TRUE CLASSIC, CHINA

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