Please Please Me album artworkWritten by: David-Williams-Bacharach
Recorded: 11 February 1963
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Released: 22 March 1963 (UK), 22 July 1963 (US)

John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass
George Harrison: backing vocals, lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums
George Martin: celesta

Available on:
Please Please Me
Live At The BBC

Baby It's You was the 10th song recorded during The Beatles' marathon 11 February 1963 session, in which they recorded the bulk of their debut album Please Please Me.

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The song was originally recorded by The Shirelles, whose Boys was also covered for the album. The music was written by Burt Bacharach, with lyrics by Luther Dixon (credited as Barney Williams, who also produced the original) and Mack David.

Baby It's You was part of The Beatles' live set from 1961 to 1963. They used The Shirelles' vocal arrangement for their version, which was recorded in just three takes with John Lennon taking lead.

The strain in Lennon's voice is evident as he reaches for the high notes on the line "Don't want nobody, nobody". Thankfully there was just one more song to record that night - the album's thrilling closer Twist And Shout.

A version of Baby It's You, recorded for the radio programme Pop Go The Beatles, was recorded on 1 June 1963. It was later released on the Live At The BBC album in 1994, and as a single the following year. The b-sides of the single - versions of I'll Follow The Sun, Devil In Her Heart and Boys - are, unusually, unavailable on any other Beatles CD.

Lyrics

Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la

It's not the way you smile that touched my heart (sha la la la la)
It's not the way you kiss that tears me apart

Uh-oh
Many, many, many nights go by
I sit alone at home and I cry over you
What can I do?
I can't help myself, 'cause baby it's you
Baby, it's you

You should hear what they say about you: cheat, cheat
They say, they say you never never never ever been true (cheat, cheat)

Uh-oh
It doesn't matter what they say
I know I'm gonna love you any old way
What can I do? And it's true
Don't want nobody, nobody, 'cause baby it's you
Baby it's you

Uh-oh
It doesn't matter what they say
I know I'm gonna love you any old way
What can I do, when it's true?
Don't want nobody, nobody, 'cause baby it's you
Baby it's you
Don't leave me all alone
Come on home...