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“[Cher] They say we’re young and we don’t know
we won’t find out until we grow
[Sonny] Well I don’t know if all that’s true
cause you got me, and baby I got you

[Sonny] Babe
[Both] I got you babe I got you babe

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

[Sonny] Babe
[Both] I got you babe I got you babe

[Sonny] I got flowers in the spring
I got you to wear my ring
[Cher] And when I’m sad, you’re a clown
And if I get scared, you’re always around
[Cher] So let them say your hair’s too long
Cause I don’t care, with you I can’t go wrong
[Sonny] Then put your little hand in mine
There ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb

[Sonny] Babe
[Both] I got you babe I got you babe

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

[Both] I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe”.

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Sonny & Cher, I got you babe – 3:12
(Sonny Bono)
Album: Look at us (1965)
Singolo: “I got you babe / It’s gonna rain” (1965)

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Cover.

1. UB40 (feat. Chrissie Hynde) – I got you babe (1985, testo)

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Citazioni.

I Got You Babe is a song written by Sonny Bono. It was the first single taken from the debut studio album Look at Us, of the American pop music duo Sonny & Cher. In August 1965, their single spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States where it sold more than 1 million copies and was certified Gold. It also reached number 1 in the United Kingdom and Canada. In 1985, a cover version of “I Got You Babe” by British reggae/pop band UB40 featuring American singer Chrissie Hynde, peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart and reached number 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. A 1993 version by Cher with Beavis and Butt-Head bubbled under the Hot 100 chart.
Sonny Bono, a songwriter and record producer for Phil Spector, wrote the lyrics to and composed the music of the song for himself and his then-wife, Cher, late at night in their basement. Session drummer Hal Blaine played drums for the song with other members of The Wrecking Crew supplying instrumental support. “I Got You Babe” became the duo’s biggest single, their signature song, and a defining recording of the early hippie countercultural movement. AllMusic critic William Ruhmann praised the song: “Recalling Dylan’s bitter 1964 song “It Ain’t Me Babe” (soon to be a folk-rock hit for the Turtles), Bono wrote his own opposite sentiment: “I Got You Babe“. Where Dylan was lyrically complex, Bono was simple: His lyric began with the ominous youth-versus-grownups theme of “they” who set up barriers to romance, but soon gave way to a dialogue of teenage romantic platitudes. Where Dylan was musically simple, however, Bono, without fully rebuilding Spector’s Wall of Sound, was more structurally ambitious, following the song’s standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus form with an ascending coda that built to a climax, then started building again before the fadeout, all in only a little over three minutes. Set to waltz time, the tune retained a light feel despite the sometimes busy instrumentation, led by a prominent oboe. These effects are purposely part of the instrumental arrangement by African-American musician Harold Battiste. The alternating vocals alternate between the two singers and if neither were interesting singers, their plodding, matter-of-fact performances gave the song a common-man appeal.
Bruce Eder highlighted the song on their 1965 Look at Us album. In the United States, the song has sold more than 1 million copies in 1965 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. As of November 2011, Billboard reported the digital sales of “I Got You Babe” to be 372,000 in the US. In 2011, the song was named as one of the greatest duets of all times by both Billboard and Rolling Stone magazine. It was also listed at #444 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004. In early 2017 the song has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Sonny and Cher last performed the song together during an impromptu reunion on NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman on November 13, 1987. Cher performed the song with R.E.M. on February 14, 2002, at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. It was her first performance of the song without Sonny. During Cher‘s 2014 Dressed to Kill Tour using left behind vocals and a projection of videos of Sonny, Cher performed the song live with Sonny (dead) for the first time since 1987.
I Got You Babe has been frequently featured in film and television, including Sonny and Cher‘s own The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. The song made a bit of a comeback when it was used repeatedly as Phil Connors‘ alarm clock wake-up music in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. On re-release, the single re-charted in the UK, reaching number 66. Other films have used the song including Good Times which stars Sonny & Cher, Buster, Look Who’s Talking Too, Just Visiting, Me Without You, Riding in Cars with Boys, and Jack and Jill“.

(Wikipedia, voce I Got You Babe/em>)

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