Baby It's You

The Shirelles

About Baby It's You

"Baby It's You" is a song written by Burt Bacharach (music), Luther Dixon (credited as Barney Williams), and Mack David (lyrics). It was recorded by the Shirelles and the Beatles, and became hits for both. The highest-charting version of "Baby It's You" was by the band Smith, who took the song to number five on the US charts in 1969.


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It's not the way you smile that touched my heart
It's not the way you kiss that tears my apart
But how many many many nights roll by
I sit alone at home and cry over you
What can I do
I can't help myself
'Cause baby it's you
Baby it's you
You should hear what they say about you (Cheat, cheat)
They say, they say you never never ever been true (Cheat, cheat)
Wo ho, it doesn't matter what they say
I know I'm gonna love you any old way
What can I do, when it's true
Don't want nobody, nobody
'Cause baby it's you
Baby it's you
Wo ho how many many many nights roll by
I sit alone at home and cry over you
What can I do
Can't help myself, 
'Cause baby, it's you 
Baby, it's you
Don't leave me alone 
Come on home

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The Shirelles

The Shirelles were an African American girl group that achieved popularity in the early 1960s. They consisted of schoolmates Shirley Owens (later Shirley Alston-Reeves), Doris Coley (later Doris Kenner-Jackson), Addie "Micki" Harris (later Addie Harris McPherson), and Beverly Lee. They have been described as either the first African-American girl group to top the Billboard Hot 100, or the first girl group overall, with the song "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". more »

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Written by: Burt Bacharach, Mack David, Barney Williams

Lyrics © SOROKA MUSIC LTD., BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Royalty Network

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10 facts about this song

"Baby It's You" is a song written by Burt Bacharach, Luther Dixon, and Mack David. It was originally recorded by The Shirelles in 1961.
The Shirelles' Version
The version of "Baby It's You" by The Shirelles was a hit for the group in 1961, reaching no. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Beatles' Version
The Beatles recorded a cover of "Baby It's You" for their first studio album "Please Please Me" in 1963. The song later appeared on their American debut album "Introducing…The Beatles" and was the only Burt Bacharach composition the Beatles ever recorded.
Smith's Version
The American rock band Smith released a cover version of the song in 1969 which peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.
Burt Bacharach's Contribution
Burt Bacharach is known for his hit songs that feature complex melodies and unusual chord progressions, and "Baby It's You" definitely shows his style.
Song's Impact
Over the years, the song has become a pop standard, covered by many artists in different genres from reggae to punk, demonstrating its timeless appeal.
Recognized by Industry
The original version by The Shirelles was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002, recognizing its significance to the history of music.
Movie Feature
It was featured in Quentin Tarantino's film "Death Proof" in 2007, further cementing its popularity.
Cover Versions
Other cover versions of "Baby It's You" have been performed by a wide array of artists, including Elvis Costello, The Carpenters, and Adele.
Luther Dixon, one of the song's co-writers, was actually credited under the pseudonym Barney Williams in the original release. This was a common practice for Dixon, who also co-wrote songs under the names Johnny Warrington and John Davenport.

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