[Baby loves that way] Yes, she does, yes, she does [Baby loves that way] Oh, I love my baby [Baby loves that way] Ooh, I gotta take her [Baby loves that way] Yep, I love her Baby likes to go outside, so I let her Wants to fool with other guys, so I let her Wants to be bad, so I let her be bad But fooling around, it will make me sad She fools around with other boys and treat me like an unwanted toy [Baby loves that way] Oh, I love my baby [Baby loves that way] Ooh, she does too much to me [Baby loves that way] And I can't think too much of her [Baby loves that way] Gotta take her, gotta take her Gonna better leave her alone, put you down son Treating her real fine, thus I'm home being a loner Jeanny's my babe and that's alright, yeah She treats me good, each and every night She fools around with other boys and treat me like an unwanted toy [Baby loves that way] I love my baby [Baby loves that way] Ooh, she's too much [Baby loves that way] Yes she does, yes she does [Baby loves that way] [Baby loves that way] I love my baby [Baby loves that way] Yeah, she's too much, yeah yeah [Baby loves that way] Ooh, I think she can live with me [Baby loves that way] Love her, love her, love her Baby likes to go outside, so I let her Wants to fool with other guys, so I let her Wants to be bad, so I let her be bad But fooling around, it will make me sad She clings around with all the boys, who treat her like unwanted toys [Baby loves that way] Obviously this is the end [Baby loves that way] Gotta take her [Baby loves that way] Ooh yeah [Baby loves that way] Can't do enough [Baby loves that way]
‘Baby Loves That Way’ was released on 20 August 1965 as the B-side of the single ‘You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving’, the first single to come out by his then-band The Lower Third. The song was recorded during the same session when the singles A-side was recorded some time during July that year. The single was not immediately released after the recordings due to some disagreements between Bowie and producer Shel Talmy.
While the A-side is a direct homage to The Who and The Kinks, the B-side is rather leaning towards the harmonious melodies of the Herman’s Hermits. The band’s lead singer Peter Noone would later on, in 1971, be helpful to launch Bowie’s career when he covered ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ and landed a high charting success with his cover.
The song starts off with variations on D and bursts into a repeating question-and-answer game between the backing vocals’ “Baby loves that way” and David’s solo parts where he tells the story about his flirtatious girl seeking the attention of other boys. Legend has it that, among others, both Shel Talmy and Leslie Conn provided the backing vocals for the “monastic chanting, perhaps the earliest intimation of a Buddhist motif in David’s music”, as Nicholas Pegg (author of the wonderful The Complete David Bowie) suggests. According to Cann’s similarly great Any Day Now it is known that David had an idea for the backing vocals to sound like monks’ chants, however the idea was apparently dismissed. Feel free to comment on this issue! What’s your take on this?
The lyrics of this song foresee David’s sex life in the years to come as he apparently comes to terms with his girl teasing and flirting (and doing what else) with other boys when she is going out on her own. David and Angie had worked out something similarly in their complicated relationships that started just a couple of years after the release of this single.
I think ‘Baby Loves That Way’ is superior to the single’s A-side because it simply sounds more harmonious and more ’rounded’ in a way. And in my opinion it ranks among the best he has brought up until late 1965 (though it’s been only three singles until then). It easily ranks above the ‘Liza Jane’ single and is about as good as ‘I Pity The Fool’.
Like he did with many of his early songs David Bowie re-recorded ‘Baby Loves That Way’ in 2000 for his planned (but not officially released) album Toy in a new extended version which comes across very harmonious, calmed and way slower than the original version. The new version of 4’32” features Bowie with completely non-typical vocals: somewhat boring, calm and dominated by the longer instrumental part of the song. Here is how the extended version sounds:
- Vinyl You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving (A-Side) / Baby Loves That Way (B-Side) 8/1965
- Vinyl The Manish Boys / Davy Jones & The Lower 3rd EP 1979
- CD Early On (1964-1966) 1991
- Vinyl Bowie 1965! EP 2013
- Toy Sessions unreleased
- CD Slow Burn EP 2002 (Japan)
- CD Everyone Says ‘Hi’ EP 2002 (UK)
- CD Everyone Says ‘Hi’ EP 2002 (Austria)
- Davy Jones (vocal, harmonica)
- Denis Taylor (guitar, vocal)
- Graham Rivens (bass)
- Phil Lancaster (drums)
- Nicky Hopkins (piano)
- Shel Talmy, Les Conn (backing vocal)
- Glyn Johns (backing vocal)
- Produced by Shel Talmy