♫ I Got You Babe ♫

Yesterday, our friend Ellen said she was surprised that I hadn’t played a Sonny and Cher song, for it was the 21st birthday of Sonny’s (Salvatore Phillip Bono) death.  Unlike Ellen, who is truly a walking encyclopedia when it comes to music, I don’t carry these details about in my head, so I didn’t know.  But, I promised to play one tonight.

I Got You Babe was written by Sonny Bono and at first Cher did not like it …

“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, ‘OK, I’ll sing it and then I’m going back to bed.'”

Depending on what side of the fence you stand, this is either a beautiful love song or pure schmaltz. To Sonny Bono, it was sincere – an earnest declaration of commitment and support …

“The lyrics of my songs are very important to me. I never write anything until that very moment when I feel the emotion conveyed in the words I write. I know what it is like to be kicked around because you dress differently. I know what it is like to see the girl you love hurt because a hotel refuses you admission because of your dress. I know what it is like to have that one person stand by you. There are a lot of other people who have experienced these things and I’m trying to put our feelings into words for everyone.”

Sonny went on to enter politics and served as the Mayor of Palm Springs, California, from 1988 – 1992.  He then made a bid for the U.S. Senate in 1992, but failed to win the Republican nomination and the seat ended up going to Democrat Barbara Boxer.  However two years later, in 1994, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served until his death due to a collision with a tree in a skiing accident on January 5th, 1998.

Bono remains the only member of Congress to have scored a number-one pop single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I Got You Babe
Sonny & Cher

They say we’re young and we don’t know
We won’t find out until we grow
Well I don’t know if all that’s true
‘Cause you got me, and baby I got you

Babe
I got you babe
I got you babe

They say our love won’t pay the rent
Before it’s earned, our money’s all been spent
I guess that’s so, we don’t have a plot
But at least I’m sure of all the things we got

Babe
I got you babe
I got you babe

I got flowers in the spring
I got you to wear my ring
And when I’m sad, you’re a clown
And if I get scared, you’re always around

Don’t let them say your hair’s too long
‘Cause I don’t care, with you I can’t go wrong
Then put your little hand in mine
There ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb

Babe
I got you babe
I got you babe

I got you to hold my hand
I got you to understand
I got you to walk with me
I got you to talk with me
I got you to kiss goodnight
I got you to hold me tight
I got you, I won’t let go
I got you to love me so

I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe

Songwriters: Sonny Bono
I Got You Babe lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

18 thoughts on “♫ I Got You Babe ♫

  1. Jill, did you catch the Kennedy Center Awards show just after Christmas? They honored Cher among the list of honorees. I was moved by three things. The country group Little Big Town used their four voices to do a unique take on three of her songs. Cyndi Lauper and Adam Levine closed the show with “I’ve got you Babe.” But, what stole the show was Adam Levine doing a slower version of Cher’s “Believe” actually making Cher tear up and utter “wow,” when he hit a huge high note.

    If you have not seen it, Google “Adam Levine and Believe at Kennedy awards.”

    Keith

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  2. Listening to their growing love affair through the songs that they sang, they were the darlings of hippies everywhere. My first girlfriend and I lved through the records of the time. What is it about first love that sets the bar for every love that comes after it? Yet very few are the couples that can make it last. Eighteen months she and I were together, and I could not understand why it did not last. But we were growing up, the world was changing around us, and we were changing in that world. Innocence, and loving without limits were a big part of it. Why did it have to end? The first heartbreak was the worst thing ever…

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    • Unlike you, my first boyfriend wasn’t all that memorable I guess, since the only things I remember from that brief romance were that he bought me cigarettes (I was 13) and taught me how to kiss. Despite the song, Sonny divorced Cher and was married a total of four times. Sigh. Is there really such a thing even as a true and ever-lasting love? People are dynamic, not static, and they tend to grow apart more often than not, it seems. I’m always truly amazed when I see people celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary!

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      • To use my sister as a bad example, she swore to love honour, and obey, and 50+ years later she does exactly that, having gone to hell and back many times. She should have left him after 6 months, but her vows meant more to her than her happiness.
        Sorry to hear about your first relationship was not your first great love. Any idea who was?

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        • I’ve seen marriages like that, too, and it’s sad. I’d rather be alone than in that sort of marriage, a loveless one. To answer your question … It is still a work-in-process I suppose.

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  3. This was “Our Song” back in the golden days of 1965. You could not possibly have chosen a better song! In my ancient cedar hope chest lies a box that contains an album wrapped in tissue paper and a high school football jersey, both given to me by the boy that held my heart. The album is “Look At Us”, Sonny and Cher’s first album that includes this song. During my first year of Nursing School, I counted the minutes until the bell blared ending the enforced study hours, running down two flights of stairs with a pocketful of coins, to stand in the long line of girls, sipping a 10 cent bottle of Coke from a machine and waiting my turn for the chance to make a call at one of the two pay phones in the dorm. If I listen hard enough, I can still hear him ever so softly singing the words in my ear as I held onto the receiver and slid coins into the slot trying and failing not to cry. Our letters to each other after he went to Viet Nam always ended with our written words, I Got You Babe…until the fatal day when there could be no more letters. This song will forever bring me to tears, both happy and sad, for what was and what might have been. Sonny Bono gave me the gift of a song that I will treasure to my last breath. Thank-you!

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    • And your story brought a tear to my eye, as well. You had told me a bit about that before, and it is so very sad, and yet at least you have those wonderful memories. I’m so glad I picked the right song! Hugs, my friend!

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    • Since your marriage literally lasted “until death do you part”, you obviously succeeded! Better, in fact, than Sonny Bono who ultimately divorced Cher and remarried two more times, for a total of four marriages! You’re a good man, David Prosser.
      Cwtch

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