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Subject: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: GUEST,VastaVido
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 01:15 PM

I'm looking for the original lyrics (1928, Gus Kahn) to this song as performed by the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra in the 1980s. All the lyrics on the Web (Nina Simone, Cindi Lauper, Natalie Cole etc., even Frank Sinatra) seem to be more recent if not bastardized (I mean, in 1928 nobody was singing about Liz Taylor! let alone Brad Pitt).

Haruo's Wife


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: Little Robyn
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 03:44 PM

There's a singing group where I work who are working on a jazzy sort of round/catch/canon thing with those words.
One group of singers start:
Baby just, baby just, baby just cares for,
Baby just, baby just, baby just cares for,
Baby just, baby just, baby just cares for,
Baby cares for only me

The deep voices sing:
My baby cares for,
My baby cares for,
My baby cares for,
My baby cares for only me.

The middle range has:
My babe I sigh for,
My pretty baby I'd die for,
Cos my baby loves nobody but me,
I'm so lucky.

I can't remember the 4th part but it ends with:
me-e oo-aa

Is that the one?
It just goes round and round until you're screaming to get off!
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: SINSULL
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 03:52 PM

Is this it?

Original lyrics

My baby don't care for shows
My baby don't care for clothes
My baby just cares for me
My baby don't care for cars and races
My baby don't care for high-tone places

Liz taylor is not his style
And even lana turner's smile
Is somethin' he can't see

My baby don't care who knows it
My baby just cares for me

My baby don't care for shows
And he don't even care for clothes
My baby just cares for me

My baby don't care for cars and races
My baby don't care for
He don't care for high-tone places

I wonder what's wrong with baby
My baby just cares for
Just says his prayers for
My baby just cares for me


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Subject: ADD: My Baby Just Cares for Me (Gus Kahn)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 04:01 PM

I don't know about the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra lyrics, but this should be a very accurate source for the original original Gus Kahn lyrics. So, Mary, where did YOU get your original original lyrics?

MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME
(Gus Kahn, music by Walter Donaldson)

VERSE
I'm so happy since the day
I fell in love in a great big way
And the big surprise is someone loves me, too.
Guess it's hard for you to see
Just what anyone can see in me,
But it simply goes to prove what love can do.

REFRAIN I
My baby don't care for shows,
My baby don't care for clothes,
My baby just cares for me!
My baby don't care for furs and laces.
My baby don't care for high-toned places.
My baby don't care for rings,
Or other expensive things,
She's sensible as can be.
My baby don't care who knows it,
My baby just cares for me!

REFRAIN 2
My baby's no Gilbert fan,
Ron Colman is not her man,
My baby just cares for me!
My baby don't care for Lawrence Tibbetts [Tibbett]
She'd rather have me around to kibbitz.
Bud Rogers is not her style,
And even Chevalier's smile
Is something that she can't see.
I wonder what's wrong with baby?
My baby just cares for me!


copyright 1930, Warner Brothers

Source: Reading Lyrics, by Robert Gottlieb and Robert Kimball, 2000


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: VastaVido
Date: 28 Apr 05 - 03:29 AM

thanks Joe! Thats what I was looking for!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Apr 05 - 11:28 PM

From a site that had Nina Simone's version followed by the original lyrics attributed to Gus Kahn. A copy and paste. Go figure.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: VastaVido
Date: 29 Apr 05 - 04:07 AM

How anybody could think (or claim) that the original 1928-30 lyrics could refer to Liz Taylor like that is Mystery.

Haruo
posting under his wife's cookie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Apr 05 - 02:24 PM

You can hear a recording of MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME at The Red Hot Jazz Archive, performed by Isham Jones and His Orchestra, recorded September 12, 1930. The vocalist sings only Refrain 1, as posted by Joe Offer above.

I think it was common in those days for the recorded version of a song to omit many of the lyrics that appeared in the printed version. First, they had to make it all fit on one side of a 78-rpm record, which limited them to about 2 1/2 minutes. Second, the big bands of that era gave greater emphasis to the instrumental performance. The vocalist got second billing after the bandleader, and the vocal part often didn't start until the middle of the recording. Sometimes that left time for only one chorus to be sung.

I don't know, but I suppose all the verses and choruses were sung when the band performed live or on the radio. Anyone know for sure?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: VastaVido
Date: 01 May 05 - 02:08 AM

Thanks everybody for responding so quickly!   I first heard the song performed on a New Year's Eve party televised by the PBS station out of San Francisco CA back in the early 80's--The Art Deco Society and the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra did a TV show that I video taped, and enjoyed the whole program and the music so much I nearly wore out the tape. I took it to a cousin's house for a weekend visit when an aunt who had taken nurses training in St. Louis in the late 20's was visiting. She could barely walk at the time, but got up and danced the Charleston and the Black Bottom with my cousin and me (She taught us the Black Bottom that nite!!) and told us funny stories about the trouble she and the man who became my Uncle Glenn got into with her nasty old head nurse at the time--they stayed out AFTER CURFEW!!!--but she was the first nurse at that hospital to be allowed to keep her job after she got married------how times have changed!

Pavlina of Vasta Vido


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: GUEST,krysa
Date: 26 Oct 05 - 06:37 PM

Little Robyn,
those lyrics you write,who sings it originally
Cuz i have to learn it for school...and i want to hear it..
Up till now the only song i've come across with 'my baby cares for me' is the song of nina symone..But i'm not looking fot that one,i'm looking for the one you wrote..
can you help me?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: Little Robyn
Date: 27 Oct 05 - 02:33 PM

Hi Krysa. I'll see if I can find out.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: GUEST,Krysa
Date: 27 Oct 05 - 04:49 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: Little Robyn
Date: 28 Oct 05 - 04:30 PM

I have the song sheet in front of me and it's called "Everybody loves my baby". It was learnt by my friend when she was a student in Holland and there's no other identification on it. The teacher could have found it anywhere!
I tried to Google it and came up with Doris Day but that's not it.
The closest one looks like the Boswell Sisters (and if there were four of them, that would fit very well).
The words need four singers and when we do it, first one starts and then the second comes in, then third, then fourth until everybody's going!!!
The words I remembered aren't quite right - here's the way we do it from our song sheet:

First singer (deep voice):

Baby cares for,
My baby cares for,
My baby cares for,
My baby cares for only me.

Second singer (higher voice):

Baby just, baby just, baby just cares for,
Baby just, baby just, baby just cares for,
Baby just, baby just, baby just cares for,
Me-e ooh-ah

Third singer (also high voice):

My babe I sigh for,
My pretty baby I die for,
'Cause my babe don't love nobody but me,
I"m so lucky.

Fourth singer (soloist?)

Everybody loves my baby,
Baby cares for only me.


At the bottom of the page there's another little bit of music that says "Begeleiding" and has
Baby just, baby just, baby just cares for, 4x

When it's all going it sounds a bit like the Andrews sisters jazzy 1930s music.

Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: Little Robyn
Date: 28 Oct 05 - 04:33 PM

I've just found the Boswell Sisters and a bit of their song but I don't think that's it after all! Unless that's the way they finish it?

Everybody loves my baby

Robyn


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: My Baby Just Cares for Me (Gus Kahn)
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Oct 05 - 02:54 PM

Hey


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: My Baby Just Cares for Me (Gus Kahn)
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Oct 05 - 03:07 PM

Thanks for your helppp...
i also looked on google and i didnt really find something
guess i'll have to ask my music teacher again..
and i live in surinam...thats a colony of holland..
haha...anyways
mucho thanks for helping me..
bye


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: My Baby Just Cares for Me (Gus Kahn)
From: GUEST,krysa
Date: 31 Oct 05 - 03:09 PM

sorry
the last reply was mine...
and uhm...we arent a colony...we were a colony.
i'm just quite busy so my head isn't really good now..
bye


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: My Baby Just Cares for Me (Gus Kahn)
From: Chris in Wheaton
Date: 01 Nov 05 - 10:30 AM

Isham Jones played regularly at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago thru the '20's. He and Gus wrote I'll See You in My Dreams over the phone - at least according to the biopic with Danny Thomas as Gus. My mother said she used to see Isham at dances and his band was one of her favorites. The Edgewater Beach Hotel was quite a place - it's still standing, but not much to it now.
Chris in Wheaton


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: My Baby Just Cares for Me (Gus Kahn)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Nov 05 - 02:53 AM

Now you're buggin' me, Chris. What was the name of that biopic. I swear I saw it.
Oh, here is is - I'll See You In My Dreams (1951). Doris Day played Kahn's wife, Grace LeBoy Kahn. I feel better now. Google is a great replacement for a failing memory.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: Haruo
Date: 01 Mar 07 - 02:48 AM

Weird - I have a tracer on this thread because my wife (Vastavido) is interested in the song, and when it was refreshed today and came to the top of the heap, the tracer list on my Personal page says

Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me 10 28 Feb 07 - 03:40 AM

where "10" is the number of messages in the thread, but the thread (see above) obviously has twice that many posts. This is a glitchy feature I haven't noticed before...

Haruo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: GUEST,german_dream
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 05:23 PM

the original i've learned at school is from jack palmer and spencer williams .. i asked my music teacher ;)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 07:30 PM

This thread started out being about MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME, which was written by Gus Kahn (words) and Walter Donaldson (music) in 1930.

Then Little Robyn confused it with a different song: EVERYBODY LOVES MY BABY (BUT MY BABY DON'T LOVE NOBODY BUT ME), which was written by Jack Palmer and Spencer Williams in 1924.

I started a separate thread about that song: Lyr Add: Everybody Loves My Baby, but apparently the confusion continues.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 12:41 PM

Jim, you're right.

To get back to the original song, the one that says:

My baby don't care for shows,
My baby don't care for clothes,
My baby just cares for me!

Isn't anybody else bothered by the total self-absorbtion of this silly song? The singer offers his baby nothing, admires nothing about her, just wants to be cared for. (Read: taken care of.) And not to spend any money on her.

It reminds me of the young wife in 'Citizen Kane' finally crying 'I get it! You don't love me. You just want ME to love YOU!'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Baby Just Cares for Me
From: GUEST,Jip
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 10:32 AM

That's not true, little Robyn confused it with another song called "everybody loves my baby", but definitely not from Jack Palmer and Specer Williams.
So that other page is wrong.

And now I still don't know what the chords of that song are..

Besides, you can do it with more people when you sing every harmony of every singer.

So does anyone know what the chords of that song are? :3

Bye.


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Subject: RE: ADD: My Baby Just Cares for Me (Kahn, Donaldson)
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 01:12 PM

The Chords from the Baby Cares For by Little Robyn are as follows: Em, then Em with a D bass, then Em with a C bass and then B(7), so to put it clearly:
Em - Em/D - Em/C - B(7)

And I also learned it in school in Holland, so maybe it's Dutch?


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