Darlene Love - Christmas please come home

First performance: 17/12/2000


Coverinfo

Bruce played the song 10 times, always in the convention hall during the Christmas shows in Asbury Park .

2000-12-17 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
Bruce's first Christmas show. (with Jon Landau)
 
2000-12-18 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
with Jon Landau
 
2001-12-03 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2001-12-04 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2001-12-06 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2001-12-07 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK

2001-12-08 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
with Elvis Costello and Jon Landau

2003-12-05 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2003-12-07 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
2003-12-08 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" (1963) is a rock song originally sung by Darlene Love and included on the 1963 seasonal compilation album, A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records. The song was written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry (Phil Spector also is co-credited), with the intention of being sung by Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes. According to Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector was not able to put as much emotion into the song as needed. Instead, Love was brought into the studio to record the song, which became a big success over time and one of her signature tunes. Love's later song, "All Alone on Christmas", which was used in the 1992 Christmas movie, Home Alone 2, referenced the song. Darlene Love performed the song annually on the final new episode before Christmas of Late Night with David LettermanDuring the 1963 recording sessions for "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", Spector thought the track was strong enough to warrant a non-seasonal version, and cut a version titled "Johnny (Baby Please Come Home)" at the same time as "Christmas" (also performed by Darlene Love). This version was not released to the public until January 1977 as the B-side of Love's single "Lord, if You're a Woman".
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce had 4 performances together with Darlene Love:

2016-12-14 Carnegie Hall, New York City
2012-10-16 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
2011-03-14 Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City
 
Bruce and the E Street Band headline the first night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concerts. Bruce inducted her with a lot of admiration and as : "the voice of Phil Spector’s greatest creations".
 
In 2015 Bruce wrote 2 songs for her album "Introducing Darlene Love".  
 
Bruce also appeared in her video of "forbidden nights"
 
Bruce on Phil Spector’s "wall of sound" in his 2012 SXSW Keynote speech  
 
"Then Spector and the Wall of Sound. Phil's entire body of work could be described by the title of one of his lesser–known productions, "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)." Phil's records felt like near chaos, violence covered in sugar and candy, sung by the girls who were sending Roy–o running straight for the anti–depressants. If Roy was opera, Phil was symphonies, little three–minute orgasms, followed by oblivion. And Phil's greatest lesson was sound. Sound is its own language. I mean, the first thing you would think of with Phil Spector is (soundbite of mimicking a drum beat). That was all you needed."
 

Lyrics

Oh! The snow's coming down (Christmas)
Now I'm watchin' it fall (Christmas)
All the people around (Christmas)
Baby please come home! (Christmas)
The church bells in town (Christmas)
Oh they're singin' our song (Christmas)
Oh happy sounds (Christmas)
Baby please come home!

They're singing deck the halls
But it's not like Christmas at all
I remember when you were here
And all the fun we had last year (Christmas)

The lights on the tree (Christmas)
Watch'em shine (Christmas)
Wish you were here with me (Christmas)
Baby please come home! (Christmas)

They're singing deck the halls
But it's not like Christmas at all
I remember when you were here
And all the fun we had last year (Christmas)

If there was a way (Christmas)
I'd hold back this tear (Christmas)
But it's Christmas day (Christmas)
Baby please come home! (Christmas)

They're singing deck the halls
But it's not like Christmas at all
I remember just last year
Baby when you were here (Christmas)

If there was a way (Christmas)
I'd hold back this tear (Christmas)
But it's Christmas day (Christmas)
Baby please come home! (Christmas)
Please, please, please
Baby please come home!
Baby please come home!
Baby please come home!
Baby please come home!
Please, please, please
Please, please, please
Baby please come home!