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She's My Baby

Album This song officially appears on the Wings At The Speed Of Sound Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1976
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“She’s My Baby” is a song credited to Paul and Linda McCartney that was first released by Wings on their 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound. It is a love song sung by Paul directed at Linda. Critical opinion of the song has ranged from a description as Paul McCartney’s “sweetest, daftest love song” to a suggestion that it deserves an “honor for sheer awfulness.” In 1998, after Linda’s death, Paul McCartney rearranged the song for string quartet to be played at memorial concerts for his late wife. This version was included on the 1999 album Working Classical.

“She’s My Baby” is a love song inspired by Linda. Paul McCartney sings the lead vocal. In each of the verses, the song describes characteristics of the singer’s “baby.” Some of these have been criticized as being trite; for example, the woman is described as gravy to be mopped up by the singer:

The verses are in the key of C major. The bridge begins in the key of F major, which is the subdominant key to the verses, and ends on a dominant seventh chord on G major, which is the dominant of C, facilitating the transition back to the verse. Like the hit singles from Wings at the Speed of Sound, “Let ‘Em In” and “Silly Love Songs,” the bass guitar is prominent in the mix. This was done intentionally to make the song more danceable. Paul McCartney has stated that “That is the bass in your face. And that was really because we were making a dance record.”

Critical reaction to “She’s My Baby” has been very mixed. The Rough Guide to the Beatles author Chris Ingham calls “She’s My Baby” McCartney’s “sweetest, daftest love song.” Chip Madiger and Mark Easter lament that on Wings at the Speed of Sound “She’s My Baby” is crossfaded with the following song on the album, “Beware My Love.” This limited radio play of a song they consider one of the best on the album, albeit “lightweight and jaunty.” Robert Christgau claimed that “‘She’s My Baby’ sounds like an outtake from the ‘white’ double-LP by McCartney’s former group, the Beatles.

Other critics are less kind. Reviewing Wings at the Speed of Sound, Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine states that “‘She’s My Baby’ play like the hits, only without memorable hooks.” Fab Four FAQ 2.0 author Robert Rodriguez calls the song “hackneyed” and suggests that it “must earn some kind of honor for sheer awfulness.” Music professor Vincent Benitez acknowledges that the song is “danceable,” but also calls it “superficial” and “an inane pop song with trite lyrics and images.”

In 1998, after Linda McCartney’s death, Paul McCartney rearranged the song for string quartet to be played at memorial concerts for his late wife. The Brodsky Quartet performed the song at memorial services in London, and the Loma Mar Quartet performed the song at memorial services in New York. The Loma Mar Quartet also recorded the string quartet version of the song for the 1999 album Working Classical.

Last updated on February 21, 2014

Lyrics

My baby, she comes out at night
She’s taking me by surprise
She’s my baby
Like gravy, down to the last drop
I keep mopping her up
Oh yeah, she’s my baby
She’s a baby in the morning time
When the sleep is in her eyes
Then the world is waking up
She has arisen
Oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’
She’s a woman
She’s the lady of the evening tide
When the stars are in the skies
That’s the time she changes
Back into a kitten,
Oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’
She’s my baby
She comes out at night
She’s taking me by surprise
She’s my baby
Like gravy, down to the last drop
I keep mopping her up
Yeah, yeah, yeah, she’s my baby

Well, she’s a baby in the morning time
When the sleep is in her eyes
And the world is waking her up
She has arisen
Oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’
She’s a woman

She’s the lady of the evening tide
When the stars are in the skies
That’s the time she changes
Back into a kitten
Oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’

She’s my baby, she comes out at night
She’s taking me by surprise
Yeah, she’s my baby
Oh, like gravy, down to the last drop,
I keep mopping it up, mopping it up
Yeah, she’s my baby

Officially appears on


Wings At The Speed Of Sound

Official album • Released in 1976

3:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar (?), Electric piano, Keyboards, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass (?)
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar (?)
Joe English:
Drums
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Engineer

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:07 • Studio versionA


Working Classical

Official album • Released in 1999

1:47 • Classical versionB

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Engineer
Steve Rooke:
Mastering
Krista Bennion Feeney:
First violin
Anca Nicolau:
Second violin
Joanna Hood:
Viola
Myron Lutzke:
Cello
Loma Mar Quartet:
Arranger
Performed by:
Loma Mar Quartet
John Fraser:
Producer
Arne Akselberg:
Balance engineer
Paul Baily:
Editor
Caroline Haigh:
Editor

Session Recording:
February 21-25th, 1999
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

3:07 • Studio versionA


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

Demo

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Producer, Vocals

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.9

Unofficial album

0:42 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Melbourne, Australia on Nov 13, 1975


Let'Em Out Vol. 1 - Wings At The Speed Of Sound Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

3:21 • Alternate take • Take 1


Let'Em Out Vol. 1 - Wings At The Speed Of Sound Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

3:19 • Alternate take • Version 2


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:08 • Studio versionA


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

3:45 • Studio version • [demo]


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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