I Held My Baby Last Night

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"I Held My Baby Last Night" is a song by Elmore James originally released in 1952. It was covered by Dave Gahan and Soulsavers and is the fourth track on Imposter.

Lyrics

(from Fleetwood Mac's version)

I held my baby last night
Until everything was alright
Held my baby last night
Until everything was alright
She woke up early in the morning
All she wanna do was fuss and fight
She said, "Baby, baby, baby
Now baby please come back to me
Yes, now baby please come back to me"
She said, "Baby, baby, baby
Now baby please come back to me
You know I love you baby
And you know your love is free"
Well it's past ten in the morning
And baby, everything is going all wrong
Yes, it's past ten in the morning
And baby, everything is going all wrong
You know I've been with you so long baby
But now you took me away from home


My Take

The original 1952 version of this was a little harder to find as the majority of the recordings out there come from the 1959 re-recording. But I had to find and listen to the original, first. And man, it is so full of soul! This is just pure, unadulterated old-school blues. The words and music are so fluid, and by that, I mean that the music is so spontaneous and free-flowing and the words themselves change ever so slightly from one performance to another, as they should in blues music. (For instance, Elmore's version has "daddy, daddy, daddy" in the second part instead of "baby, baby, baby"). I feel like this was the spirit that Dave was influenced by and tried to capture in many of his songs, especially on Paper Monsters. Anyway, the next version that I had to listen to was the one by Fleetwood Mac. And it's a great version, too. This should be another one that Dave would've had a ton of fun with. All I can say is, I sure hope there is a saxophone, too, on his version!

Be sure to check back here for my review on Dave's version!



Music Video

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