Oh, Baby: The Mixtape

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13. Nov. 2010, 17:49

"Baby" is a very popular, non-gender specific, way of referring to your significant other. It is a wonder-word in terms of phonetic camouflage, it can be included in a myriad of music genres without losing a step. Its pop sensibility is so high, that it can even be used by closeted gay people without fear of outing themselves to anyone. "Baby": sweet and short.

While crushing very hard on the latest addition to the Baby Hall of Fame - Baby by Warpaint - it dawned on me that it'd probably be a good topic for a mixtape. Now, don't be fooled by its sweetness, not all babies are good-natured. Some of them are deceiving, backstabbing, selfish, evil spawns. So, I decided to give a premature, one-sided account on the state of mind of each one of these precious babies to provide extra rant value.

You can either listen to the songs on Blip.fm or skip to the end and download them all to share with your baby.

"Oh, how I worry. Please, baby, hurry.
Come back, come back, come back to me right now [...]
You go, I hope maybe I'll be fine. I walk a steady line.
Never again will I make somebody mine"

Born RuffiansCome Back
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
Heartbroken, yet holding ground to save pride

"My baby cried all night long. He saw me dancing with a boy named Joe. A hug and then a kiss and with the lights down low [...] He saw me messing with a boy named Lou. And baby can't do what Lou can do"
Nancy SinatraMy Baby Cried All Night Long
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
Sad and betrayed (Keep this song in mind next time you listen to Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down))

"Oh baby love, my baby love, I need you.
Oh, how I need you. But all you do is treat me bad. Break my heart and leave me sad. Tell me, what did I do wrong to make you stay away so long"

The SupremesBaby Love
[ Listen ]

Baby's Effect on Mood:
Unhappy in love

"Pretty little baby, you say that maybe you'll be thinking of me and try to love me.
Pretty little baby, I'm hoping that you do"

Connie FrancisPretty Little Baby
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
Teasing about being in love

"The night we met I knew I needed you so and if I had the chance I'd never let you go. So won't you say you love me I'll make you so proud of me. We'll make 'em turn their heads every place we go. So won't you please be my little baby"
The RonettesBe My Baby
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
Madly in love

"Oh, oh, baby, I want you to know how good it feels to be with you, but I'll never let it show. Because the moment that I tell you, you turn right around and then I'll never see you again as my heart's pulled out"
Best CoastFeeling of Love
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
In love, but insecure about rejection

"The way that you love me. The way that you touch me.
The way that you whisper my name.
I cannot resist you each time I kiss you
Then everything goes up in flames. Baby I'm burnin' "

Dolly PartonBaby I'm Burnin'
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
In love and lovin' it

"It's not the way you smile that touched my heart.
It's not the way you kissed that tears me apart.
Many, many, many nights go by.
I sit alone at home and cry over you. What can I do?
Don't want nobody, nobody, 'cause, baby, it's you."

SmithBaby It's You (The Shirelles Cover)
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
Madly in love

"I can't quit you babe.
I think I'm gonna put you down for a while.
I said you messed up my happy home.
Made me mistreat my only child
You built my hopes so high, baby
Then you let me down so low"

Led ZeppelinI Can't Quit You Baby
[ Listen ]

Baby's Effect on Mood:
Mad and reluctantly heartbroken

"Bye-bye, baby, bye-bye.
So long, my honey, so long.
Too bad you had to drift away 'cause I could use some company right here on this road, on this road I'm on today"

Janis JoplinBye, Bye Baby
[ Listen ]

Baby's Effect on Mood:
Heartbroken, depressed and lonely

"Well, it's been building up inside of me for, oh, I don't know how long. I don't know why but I keep thinking something's bound to go wrong but she looks in my eyes and makes me realize and she says "Don't worry baby""
The Beach BoysDon't Worry Baby
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
Supportive and in love

"Everywhere I look I see downs 'cause hate is always black
Everyone thinks they can shut you down, even if they only sit around [...] Everybody's out to get my baby.
You're wrong. He's all right, he's all right
My baby is better than you"

Dum Dum GirlsEverybody's Out
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
In love and flattered by overwhelming support

"If you want my loving, if you really do, don't be afraid, baby
Just ask me. You know I'm gonna give it to you"

Aretha FranklinBaby, I Love You
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
In love and ready to take action

"Well, since my baby left me, I found a new place to dwell.
It's down at the end of lonely street at Heartbreak Hotel.
You make me so lonely, baby.
I get so lonely, I get so lonely I could die"

Elvis PresleyHeartbreak Hotel
[ Listen ]

Baby's Effect on Mood:
Heartbroken, depressed and lonely

"You say you're looking for someone never weak but always strong. To protect you and defend you, whether you are right or wrong. Someone to open each and every door
But it ain't me, babe. No, no, no, it ain't me, babe
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe"

Bob DylanIt Ain't Me Babe
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
In search of love and full of demands

"There goes my baby. Moving on down the line
I wonder where, I wonder where she is now
I broke her heart and I made her cry
Now I'm all alone, I'm all alone. What should I do"

The WalkmenThere Goes My Baby (The Drifters Cover)
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
Heartbroken and alone

"Baby, come over, I need entertaining.
I had a stilted, pretending day
Lay me down and say something pretty
Lay me back down where I wanted to stay
Just say something perfect, something I can steal
Say, look at me, baby, we'll be fine
All we've gotta do is be brave and be kind"

The NationalBaby, We'll Be Fine
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
Uncertain and apathetic, yet hopeful


"Don't you call anybody else baby 'cause I'm your baby still. It took a long time to make it, but I never changed my mind"

WarpaintBaby
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
Unhappy in love

[ Download a mixtape for your baby ]

Oh, Baby! We live in the 90s
Due to lack of 90s song in original mixtape, I now present a 90s appendix.

"Baby, baby, baby yeah!
She abused me for no apparent reason!
She confused my hopes for a blistered lesion"

Pavement - Baby Yeah (live)
[ Listen ]

Baby's Effect on Mood:
Flabbergasted by Baby's evil tendencies

"You're so pretty. Not to talk to you would be a crime.
Let me put my arms around you
Just wanna use up a little of your time
Baby baby baby, won't you be my girl"

R.E.M. - Baby Baby (The Vibrators Cover)
[ Listen ]

Baby's Effect on Mood:
Madly in love

"In the midnight moonlight
I'll be walking a long and lonely mile
And every time I do, I keep seeing this picture of you
Here comes my baby, here she comes now
And it can come as no surprise to me, with another guy"

Yo La Tengo - Here Comes My Baby (Cat Stevens Cover)
[ Listen ]

Baby's Effect on Mood:
Resigned to the loss

"Oh where, oh where can my baby be
The Lord took her away from me
She's gone to heaven so I got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world"

Pearl Jam - Last Kiss (J. Frank Wilson cover)
[ Listen ]

Baby's Mood:
Sad, but at peace in heaven

"Baby did a bad, bad thing
You ever love someone so much you thought your little heart was gonna break in two? I didn't think so
You ever tried with all your heart and soul to get your lover back to you? I wanna hope so."

Chris Isaak - Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing
[ Listen ]

Baby's Effect on Mood:
Heartbroken and with bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep for thinking about what Baby did

[ Download Baby 90s ]

If you know of any baby in need of recognition, drop it in the comments.

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