#85 Hey Baby

#85 Hey Baby – JJ Cale

The opening track from ‘Troubadour’, ‘Hey Baby’ is a masterpiece amongst … (you see where I’m going with this). The album itself is one of the all-time best and one of the master from Tulsa’s best (which is saying something). Recorded in 1976, it was released in the US and with a slightly different track-list, in the UK (perversely Cocaine – which is perhaps the most well-known track, largely due to the cover by Clapton – is my least favourite track on the album, but then again I’ve never really liked the drug that much either). I don’t really
understand why music reviewers are so fond of saying that “Cale’s songs never really grip you on first listen … blah, blah”: I was hooked on the first listen and have never tired of listening to JJ Cale in general and his early albums in particular  (Troubadour and Naturally especially). To JJ Cale’s eternal credit he got it right first time and DIDN’T change it … more of the same brand of excellence. They do say that the trouble with getting things right first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was (I think it was Einstein) – but in this case,I don’t that it was that difficult. For him he’s just doing what comes … naturally.

Lyrics

Hey baby, it`s your time now
Hey baby, you made it somehow
Don`t let nobody come and bring you down
Hey baby, you`ve got `em on the run
You know, you`ve got `em on the run
I know you, you have just begun
When you came into my life
My love, I thought I would die
There`s never been nobody like you
You take away these blues
Hey baby, you`re looking real good
You know, you`re looking real good
You make the day a song like I knew you would
When you came into my life Lord, I thought I would die
I never met nobody like you
For telling my troubles to

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