Be My Babe Tonight

Kick your shoes off, try to be
my babe tonight, and let me knock
your socks off, feeling fancy free
while rocking you around the clock.
Close the shades and shut the light,
forget about the moon, and let
yourself reflect within my sight,
because I see that you are wet,
and do not need a shower yet,
since I have got you in a lock.
Now be my love and don’t forget
to leave an opening for my cock,
before the mockingboat has sailed
away, and use the time to play
with me, and tell me I’ve not failed
before you have to fly away.

Inspired by Stephen Holden (“Familiar Songs, the Way You’ve Never Heard Them, ” NYT, January 19,2008) review of songs sung by Barb Jungr in the Metropolitan Room,34 West 22nd Street in the Flatiron District:
You’ve probably never heard “Heartbreak Hotel” performed with the stark, no-frills approach that the British singer Barb Jungr brings to it in her show “No Regrets: The Remarkable Barb Jungr” at the Metropolitan Room. Stripping it of its hubba-hubba and bump-and-grind beat, with nary a “baby” to be heard, she forces the song to stand on its own as a surreal, minimalist, blues-flavored lament, whose last word “die” is hissed. That performance on Thursday was typical of Ms. Jungr’s radical approach to songs by Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, Ray Davies and other songwriters whose work you think you know from recordings in which the arrangements appear indivisible from your sense of the material. Arranged for voice and accordion (played by her excellent pianist and sideman, Charlie Giordano) , her version of Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” treated the song as a funny, personal, fragrantly sexy prelude to bedroom delights. Ms. Jungr, a professed Dylan fanatic, said on Thursday that she imagined its setting to be the Deep South, a region she admitted she had seen only in films and never visited. The three other Dylan numbers in the set included an intense reading of “I Want You, ” a fervent gospel “Ring Them Bells” and a delightfully happy-go-lucky “If Not for You.”
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
Close your eyes, close the door,
You don't have to worry any more.
I'll be your baby tonight.

Shut the light, shut the shade,
You don't have to be afraid.
I'll be your baby tonight.

Well, that mockingbird's gonna sail away,
We're gonna forget it.
That big, fat moon is gonna shine like a spoon,
But we're gonna let it,
You won't regret it.

Kick your shoes off, do not fear,
Bring that bottle over here.
I’ll be your baby tonight.

1/20/08

by gershon hepner

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