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March 21, 2012

Sonny & Cher - Baby Don't Go (1964)

Originally signed with Reprise Records under the name Caesar and Cleo, this couple (Salvatore “Sonny” Bono and Cherilyn “Cher” Sarkisian) had trouble releasing a hit song. In 1964, Sonny decided that they should change their name to Sonny & Cher and they again signed with Reprise Records, who unknowingly signed the pair with whom they already had a contract. The couple soon found the stardom they were seeking by releasing their signature song, “I Got You Babe”. They continued to have success with their songs, and a television variety program, before divorcing in 1975. There’s a lot more history regarding this duo than this small paragraph would have you believe!

Lacking paper to write on, Sonny wrote this song in the middle of the night on a piece of cardboard that came from inside of a shirt. Originally released in September 1964, it was a regional success for the couple. After the success of “I Got You Babe,” Reprise Records re-released the single (in 1965) and it became another big hit.

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Sonny & Cher - Baby Don't Go (1964)

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Lyrics:

(Baby don't go)
(Pretty baby, please don't go)

I never had a mother
I hardly knew my dad
I've been in town for eighteen years
You're the only boy I've had
I can't stay
Maybe I'll be back someday

(Baby don't go)
(Pretty baby, please don't go)
(I love you so)
(Pretty baby, please don't go)

I never had no money
I bought at the second-hand store
The way this old town laughs at me
I just can't take it no more
I can't stay
I'm gonna be a lady someday

(Baby don't go)
(Pretty baby, please don't go)
(I love you so)
(Pretty baby, please don't go)

When I get to the city
My tears will all be dry
My eyes will look so pretty
No one's gonna know I cried
Yes I'm goin' away
Maybe I'll be back someday

(Baby don't go)
Maybe I'll be back someday
(Baby don't go)
Maybe I'll be back someday…

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