“The snow’s coming down.
I’m watching it fall.
Lots of people around.
Baby please come home.“
— Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
(words and music by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, 1963)
I hear this song every year during the holiday season. It’s familiar refrain, “Baby please come home,” rings out like a Salvation Army bucket volunteer’s bell.
This Christmas, as in many past, there are those whose loved ones aren’t with them. Perhaps one is recovering in a hospital or rehabilitation center. Or one may be off fighting a seemingly endless war on foreign soil. Or maybe one has simply and inexplicably left home, never to be heard from again. Whatever the case, the song can conjure up some sad imagery during a time when joy and festiveness abound.
Don’t get me wrong. I like this song. I’ve heard it at least once every year for the past fifty years, and more often since it’s singer, the incomparable Darlene Love, performed it live for twenty-six consecutive years on David Letterman’s late night television show. It’s a seasonal highlight for me. I can honestly say it’s my all-time favorite rock ‘n’ roll Christmas song.
It’s a great song for sure. I hope your Christmas is shared with family or friends you love and with those who love you in return. If you find yourself listening to Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), remember those for whom the song is more than just a catchy tune, but rather a heartfelt plea.
Peace and love to you this Christmas.
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home):