Thursday Inspiration — I Got You Babe

For this week’s Thursday inspiration, Jim Adams asked us to “respond to this challenge by either by using the prompt word ‘baby,’ or going with the above picture [what an adorable baby, by the way], or by means of the song ‘Red House’, or by going with another song by Jimi Hendrix, or anything else that you think fits.”

Since Jim’s challenges, including this one, are often musical in nature, I decided to feature “I Got You Babe” from Sonny & Cher. This was Sonny & Cher’s breakout hit. Written by Sonny Bono, the song was the first single taken from their debut studio album, Look at Us. In August 1965, the single spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, it sold more than one million copies, and was certified Gold.

According to Songfacts, Sonny Bono was an up-and-coming record producer when he got Cher a job with Phil Spector as a session singer. They started dating and moved in to their manager’s house, where Bono would write songs on a piano in the garage. He came up with “I Got You Babe” and wrote the lyrics on a piece of cardboard.

Cher didn’t like it at first. She recalled to Billboard magazine: “Sonny woke me up in the middle of the night to come in where the piano was, in the living room, and sing it. And I didn’t like it and just said, ‘Okay, I’ll sing it and then I’m going back to bed.’” Sonny later changed the key in the bridge to fit her voice and she loved it.

Interesting tidbit: Bob Dylan’s use of the word “Babe” in his 1964 song “It Ain’t Me Babe” gave Sonny the idea to use it in this song.

Her: they say we're young and we don't know we won't find out until we grow
Him: well I don't know if all that's true 'cause you got me, and baby I got you

Him: babe
Both: I got you babe I got you babe
Her: they say our love won't pay the rent before it's earned, our money's all been spent
Him: I guess that's so, we don't have a pot but at least I'm sure of all the things we got

Him: babe
Both: I got you babe I got you babe

Him: I got flowers in the spring I got you to wear my ring
Her: and when I'm sad, you're a clown and if I get scared, you're always around
Her: so let them say your hair's too long 'cause I don't care, with you I can't go wrong
Him: then put your little hand in mine there ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb

Him: babe
Both: I got you babe I got you babe

Him: I got you to hold my hand
Her: I got you to understand
Him: I got you to walk with me
Her: I got you to talk with me
Him: igot you to kiss goodnight
Her: I got you to hold me tight
Him: I got you, I won't let go
Her: I got you to love me so

Both: I got you babe I got you babe I got you babe I got you babe I got you babe

8 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration — I Got You Babe

  1. newepicauthor June 23, 2022 / 3:50 pm

    Sonny & Cher made a really cute couple, but she had more talent than he did. Nice choice Fandango and it was good to hear this again.

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    • Fandango June 23, 2022 / 8:47 pm

      She had more talent as a singer. He was more of a song writer.

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      • Marleen July 6, 2022 / 4:22 am

        The Sonny and Cher Show was fun.

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  2. Nope, Not Pam June 23, 2022 / 6:38 pm

    Great song, I remember the UB40 version better

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