♫ Baby Come Back ♫

To the best of my recollection … and granted, that is faulty these days … I have never played a song by this group, Player, before here on my music posts.

Released in late 1977 as the lead single from their 1977 self-titled debut album, this was the breakthrough single for the band, gaining them mainstream success, hitting number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number ten on the R&B charts in 1978. Their biggest hit single, this song was written and performed by Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley, the founders of Player.

Beckett is from Liverpool, England (home of The Beatles), but moved to Los Angeles to join a band called Skyband, which broke up after one album. By the time he formed Player with Crowley, his wife had left him and returned to England. Crowley was also going through a breakup, so they channeled their feeling into the song. Beckett sang lead on the track.

Baby Come Back earned Player a record deal. After Peter Beckett and J. C. Crowley, who were both singer-guitarists, wrote the song, they added bass player Ronn Moss and pitched it to producers. The production team of Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter heard its hit potential straight away and took it to RSO Records, which signed the band. Adding drummer John Friesen to the lineup, they recorded their debut album before they ever played live together.

Player is almost exclusively known for this song, but their follow-up single, This Time I’m in It for Love, made a respectable showing, going to #10 in the U.S. The group had a few more minor hits before breaking up in 1982. After the demise of Player, Beckett joined Australia’s Little River Band, who included Baby Got Back on a live album. Beckett also wrote Twist Of Fate for Olivia Newton-John and After All This Time for Kenny Rogers.  There’s some interesting history of the band and its members here if you care to take a gander, though I cannot vouch for the veracity of it.

Baby Come Back
Player

Spending all my nights, all my money going out on the town
Doing anything just to get you off of my mind, yeah
But when the morning comes, I’m right back where I started again
And tryna forget you is just a waste of time

Baby come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in everything about you
Baby come back, yeah, you can blame it all on me
‘Cause I was wrong, and I just can’t live without you

All day long, wearing a mask of false bravado (false bravado)
Tryna keep up a smile that hides a tear (hides a tear)
But as the sun goes down, I get that empty feeling again
How I wish to God that you were here

Baby come back, yeah, any kind of fool could see
There was something in everything about you
Baby come back, you can blame it all on me
I was wrong, and I just can’t live without you, no

Now that I put it all together, ooh
Give me the chance to make you see (make you see, baby)
Have you used up all the love in your heart? (Oh)
Nothing left for me? Ain’t there nothing left for me?

Baby come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in everything about you
Baby come back, you can blame it all on me
‘Cause I was wrong, and I just can’t live without you

Baby I was wrong, and I just can’t live

Baby come back

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: John Crowley / Peter Beckett
Baby Come Back lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management, Bluewater Music Corp., Crowleyhouse Music