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Baby Won't You Please Come Home

    (Charles Warfield, Clarence Williams)

Photograph of Bessie Smith.

Transcribed from vocals by Bessie Smith, recorded April 11, 1923.
From Bessie Smith: 1923; The Chronological Classics 761.

I've got the blues,
I feel so lonely;
I'd give the world
If I could only
Make you understand;
It truly would be grand.
I'm gonna telephone my baby,
Ask him won't you please come home.
Oh, when you gone
I'm worried all day long.

Baby, won't you please come home?
Baby, won't you please come home?
I have tried in vain
Nevermore to call your name.
When you left you broke my heart,
That will never make us part.
Every hour in the day you will hear me say,
Baby, won't you please come home?
I mean, baby, won't you please come home?

Baby, won't you please come home?
'Cause your mama's all alone.
I have tried in vain
Nevermore to call your name;
When you left you broke my heart;
That will never make us part;
Landlord's gettin' worse, I gotta move May the first.
Baby, won't you please come home?
I need money.
Baby, won't you please come home?


Baby, Won't You Please Come Home

    (Charles Warfield, Clarence Williams)

Transcribed from Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, recorded July 2, 1935.
From Cab Calloway and His Orchestra 1934-1937; The Chronogical Classics 554.

Baby, won't you please come home,Photograph of Cab Calloway
'Cause you've left your daddy all alone,
I have tried in vain,
Never no more to call your name.

Since you left, you broke your daddy's heart;
That will never make us part,
Every hour in the day,
You can hear me say,
"Oh, baby, baby, please come on home!
Come on home to your daddy, will you, darling, please!"

Since you left, you broke your daddy's heart;
That will never make us part,
Every hour in the day,
You can hear me say,
"Oh, baby, won't you please come home to your loving daddy,
Oh, baby won't you please come home!"


Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?

Transcribed from vocals by George Thomas with McKinney's Cotton Pickers, recorded July 28, 1930;
From McKinney's Cotton Pickers, 1929-1930, The Chronological Classics, 625.

Photo of Don Redman

Baby, won't you please come home,
You know you left; your daddy's all alone,
I have tried in vain
Never no more to call your name.

When you left, it broke your daddy's heart,
That will never make us part,
For every hour of the day
You can hear me say,
"Baby, won't you please come home!
Daddy needs Mama!
Baby, won't you hurry home!"

Baby, won't you please come on home, home,
You know you left your daddy all alone,
I have tried in vain
Never no more to call your name.

When you left, it broke your daddy's heart, heart,
That will never make us part,
Never to make us part
For every hour in the day
You can hear your daddy say,
"Ah, baby, won't you please come on home!
Daddy needs Mama!
Baby, won't you please come home!"


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Published 2/4/99.
Updated 6/19/01.


 
 

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