♫ Bring It On Home To Me ♫

It’s been a while since I played some Sam Cooke, hasn’t it?  Well, tonight I am in the mood for something Sam-Cooke-ish, so …

This song, written by Cooke, was released on May 8, 1962  as the ‘B-side’ to Having a Party.  The song was initially offered to fellow singer Dee Clark, who turned it down.  It is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Bring it on Home has been recorded by numerous artists in a variety of styles.  Lou Rawls, who sang the background call-and-response on Cooke’s version, recorded his own in 1970.  The Animals made it a UK hit 1965, Eddie Floyd’s version went to US #17 in 1968, and Mickey Gilley had a #1 Country Hit with the song in 1976.  It has also been featured in a number of television series and movies … none of which I have ever seen … go figure.

I will offer up two versions tonight … my preference, always, is the Sam Cooke version, but I am also playing The Animals version for a couple of reasons.  One, a number of you hail from the UK where this one was the more well-received, and two, I know that our friend rawgod is a fan of Eric Burdon and the Animals.

Bring It On Home to Me
Sam Cooke

If you ever change your mind
About leaving, leaving me behind
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me
Yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah)

I know I laughed when you left
But now I know I only hurt myself
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me
Yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah)

I’ll give you jewelry and money too
That ain’t all, that ain’t all I’ll do for you
Oh, if bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me
Yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah)

You know I’ll always be your slave
‘Till I’m buried, buried in my grave
Oh, honey bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me
Yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah)

One more thing
I tried to treat you right
But you stayed out, stayed out at night
But I forgive you, bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me
Yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah)
Yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah)
Yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah)
Yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah)

Songwriters: Sam Cooke
Bring It On Home to Me lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc

10 thoughts on “♫ Bring It On Home To Me ♫

  1. What could be better than Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls together? Forgive me here, but not The Animals on this song!! However, just as soon as I saw this song, my mind immediately went to a more recent version by Playing For Change…remember them?! No offense to the marvelous Sam and Lou, but PFC is fantabulous! I admit that I had not previously heard the version by The Animals and thought I’d give them a chance. To my surprise after that video ended one of the videos offered is none other than the Playing For Change version. I was going to tell you to do yourself a favor and find them on YouTube or something…now you don’t have too, lucky YOU!! Thank-you! Oh, the 21st of September is little more than two weeks away!

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    • I had no idea that the PFC version came up next after The Animals! (Don’t tell, but I didn’t listen all the way through The Animals version, just under a minute). Yes, I well remember Playing For Change! I wasn’t aware they had done this one, or I would have listened, and if properly impressed, would have played it as a 3rd version! And yes, I do remember the 21st of September, though it is 2.5 weeks, and I do also remember the significance of that date, for I have been informed by a darling friend! 😊

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