About The Song

“There Goes My Baby” is a classic R&B song recorded by The Drifters in 1959. It was written by Ben E. King, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. The song was produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who were prominent figures in the music industry during that time.

The track features a distinctive arrangement, with a prominent string section and a Latin-influenced rhythm. This blend of R&B with lush orchestration was innovative for its time and helped set the song apart from other recordings of the era.

Lyrically, “There Goes My Baby” explores the theme of heartbreak and lost love. The protagonist sings about the pain of seeing their former lover with someone else, lamenting the loss and longing for their return. The chorus, with its repeated refrain of “There goes my baby,” emphasizes the sense of resignation and sorrow.

The song was a commercial success upon its release, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the Billboard R&B chart. Its popularity endured over the years, and it has since become one of The Drifters’ signature songs, frequently covered by other artists.

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“There Goes My Baby” is considered a landmark recording in the history of R&B and soul music. Its sophisticated production and emotional delivery helped pave the way for future generations of artists, influencing countless musicians across various genres.

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Lyrics

“There Goes My Baby”

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(Bo-bo) (doo-doot-doo-doo-doo-doo)
(There she goes) (doo-doot-doo-doo-doo-doo)
(There she goes) (doo-doot-doo-doo-doo-doo)
(Bo-bo) (doo-doot-doo-doo)
(Bo-bo) (doo-doo-doo-doo)There goes my baby
Movin’ on down the line
Wonder where, wonder where
Wonder where she is bound?I broke her heart
And made her cry
Now I’m alone, so all alone
What can I do, what can I do?(There goes my baby) Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
(There goes my baby) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
(There goes my baby) Whoa-oh-oh-oh
(There she goes) Yeah! (There she goes)I wanna know if she loved me
Did she really love me?
Was she just playing
Me for a fool?

I wonder why she left me
Why did she leave me
So all alone
So all alone

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I was gonna tell her that I loved her
And that I need her
Beside my side
To be my guide

I wanna know where is my (doo-doot-doo-doo-doo-doo)
Where is my baby? (doo-doot-doo-doo-doo-doo)
I want my baby (doo-doot-doo-doo-doo-doo)
I need my baby

Yeah, whoa-oh-oh
(There goes my baby)
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
(There goes my baby)
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh

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