Song Lyric Sunday — The Book of Love

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams once again looks to Melanie of Sparks From a Combustible Mind to give us our theme, which is songs featuring the words Amaze, Astonish, Curious, Shock, Surprise, or Wonder.

But in Jim’s prompt post last night, I was amazed, astonished, shocked, and surprised to find that Jim had omitted the word “Wonder” from the list of theme words, which he had included last week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt when he wrote:

The upcoming prompts will be:

June 19, 2022 – Amaze, Astonish, Curious, Shock, Surprise, Wonder suggested by Melanie aka Sparky

Well, based upon that, I had glommed on to the missing word “wonder,” and already started composing my response to this week’s Song Lyric Sunday by writing about the song “The Book of Love.” Hmm. I am kind of curious about what happened to “wonder.” But not to be deterred at the last minute, I’m sticking with my original song choice, which when you hear it, I’m sure you will agree, is full of wonder.

“The Book of Love” was a rock and roll / doo-wop song, originally by recorded by The Monotones. It was written by three members of the group, Warren Davis, George Malone and Charles Patrick. “The Book of Love” was originally released in December 1957 and reissued in February 1958 on a different label. The song peaked at number 5 on the Billboard pop chart and number 3 on the R&B chart.

Lead singer Charles Patrick explained the inspiration for the song. He was in a store looking at sheet music for a different song called “Book Of Love” when he heard a Pepsodent toothpaste commercial with the line “you’ll wonder where the yellow went/when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.” He got the idea to combine the title with the melody from the jingle, turning “You’ll wonder where the yellow went” into “I wonder, wonder, wonder who, who wrote the book of love.” He worked it up into a song with Davis and Malone.

The drum that comes in on the first line of each verse (while the line is sung a cappella) was not planned. When they were recording the song, a kid outside the studio threw a ball that hit a window just as they finished singing the “mmbadoo-ooh, who” line. They liked the way it sounded, so they decided to put a drum hit in that spot.

The Monotones considered this song a goof and had no plans to record it, but it got a great reaction when they performed it. When they got word that a rival group was going to rip it off, they decided they had to record the song. After singing it for different record companies, they found a taker in Argo Records, which recorded and distributed it. The song was the only hit for The Monotones.

Here are the lyrics for “The Book of Love.”

I wonder, wonder who, who-oo-ooh, who
(Who wrote the book of love)
Tell me, tell me, tell me
Oh, who wrote the Book Of Love
I've got to know the answer
Was it someone from above
(I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

I love you darlin'
Baby, you know I do
But I've got to see this book of love
Find out why it's true
(I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)
(Chapter one says to love her)
(You love her with all your heart)
(Chapter two you tell her you're)
(Never, never, never, never, never gonna part)
(In chapter three remember the meaning of romance)
(In chapter four you break up)
(But you give her just one more chance)
(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, wWho)
(Who wrote the book of love)

Baby, baby, baby
I love you, yes I do
Well it says so in this book of love
Ours is the one that's true
(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the book of love)
(Chapter one says to love her)
(You love her with all your heart)
(Chapter two you tell her you're)
(Never, never, never, never, never gonna part)
(In chapter three remember the meaning of romance)
(In chapter four you break up)
(But you give her just one more chance)
(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, Who)
(Who wrote the book of love)

Baby, baby, baby
I love you, yes I do
Well it says so in this book of love
Ours is the one that's true
(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the book of love)
I wonder who (yeah)
Who wrote the Book Of Love

9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — The Book of Love

  1. Nope, Not Pam June 19, 2022 / 3:40 am

    It’s still well known now 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  2. newepicauthor June 19, 2022 / 5:34 am

    My bad Fandango, I just put wonder back in. I wonder if that kid who threw the ball outside of the recording ever realized what a big part he played in this song. Again, I am sorry about my omission, and I appreciate you catching it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ghostmmnc June 19, 2022 / 12:47 pm

    Great song! I’ve always liked it. So many good songs back then. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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