Baby Don’t You Quit Now

Jimmy Rowles

Jimmy Rowles


PROFILE
Composer Jimmy Rowles
Lyricist Johnny Mercer
Year Written 1967
About Baby Don’t You Quit Now
In the booklet for Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett, Tony Bennett says “This song is one of Ella Fitzgerald’s favorites, and a fun song to perform. It was written by Jimmy Rowles and Johnny Mercer. It always runs through my brain …”

Lyrics

What you do to me
You get through to me
With a beautiful vibration
That is new to me
And instead of no
What comes out is, Oh
baby, baby, don’t you quit now

When tomorrow lips
Meet two coral lips
Then they kiss me, now and later
We can quarrel lips

I should turn you off
But you turn me on
So baby, baby don’t you quit now

Every kiss I take
Is a piece of cake
And to give me a sample
Was your first mistake
Cause I know when a little tastes like more
And now I want the whole darn
Bakery store

Take my pay from me
Christmas day from
Go anywhere you want
Except away from me
Quit tomorrow noon
Or nine o’clock
The fifth of June
But baby, don’t you quit now

I should turn you off
But you turn me on
Baby, baby don’t you quit now

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Quit tomorrow noon
Or at nine o’clock
The fifth of June
But baby, don’t quit now

Session / Album Information

1968

“Baby Don’t You Quit Now” was recorded on November 25, 1968 and released the following year on the album I’ve Gotta Be Me. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

This recording released on:

  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9882 — I’ve Gotta Be Me
  • 1991: Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1993: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2009: Beat Goes On CD: 886 — For Once In My Life/I’ve Gotta Be Me [UK
  • 2011: Disc #38 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK37) I’ve Gotta Be Me

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