New Year 2009: Bring It On Home To Me

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joyfully cross-posted from The Dream Antilles

“Bring It On Home to Me” is a 1961 soul song written and recorded by R&B singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. The song, about infidelity, was a hit for Cooke and has become a pop standard covered by numerous artists of different genres. It is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Cooke’s recorded version has Lou Rawls singing responses as an uncredited background singer.

This song is considered by many historians of soul music to be the founding, or at least definitive soul song, as it provides the formula that is still popular today


The song itself is simple enough:

If you ever change your mind

About leavin’, leavin’ me behind

Oh, oh, bring it to me

Bring your sweet lovin’

Bring it on home to me, oh yeah

You know I laughed (ha ha) when you left

But now I know I’ve only hurt myself

Oh, oh, bring it to me

Bring your sweet lovin’

Bring it on home to me.


Yes, it’s simple.  And there have been so many different versions.  So many variations.  So many different ways of playing and singing it.  Many people have dug deed into their own understanding, their creativity, their desire to express themselves and have chosen this song.  It is a truly remarkable vehicle.

It’s remarkable how each of the versions is at once the same.  And very, very different.

And so, as an illustration of my 2009 resolution, to continue to explore my own voice, to find my own way of expression, to expand in creativity and inventiveness, I give you for your year end inspiration, Bring It On Home To Me, Ten+ Versions:  

Otis Redding and Carla Thomas:

Wilson Pickett (no embed)

Sam Cooke:

Rod Stewart and Faces:

Percy Sledge:

John Lennon:

The Animals:

Eddie Floyd:

Lou Rawls:

Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry:


Mickey Gilley:

Doubtless there are others.  Many others.  You’re welcome to add them.  Or invent your own.

May this selection inspire you to even greater clarity and creativity in 2009.  Happy New Year.  Feliz Ano Nuevo.


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  1. Thanks for reading and listening.

    May you have a joyous and prosperous and healthy New Year.  

    • Edger on December 30, 2008 at 17:01

    Thanks for this, David! Happy New Year!

    This song isn’t a version of bring It On Home To Me, but it’s not too bad. Even sort of ok. 😉

    • dennis on December 31, 2008 at 13:46

    But let’s not short the 21st century, eh?

    I couldn’t embed this one by She & Him for some reason, but it’s definitely worth a squint.

  2. Sam Cook was the first version I heard, these are all good. Singer or the Song kind of like chicken or egg. I guess it takes both for a masterpiece. Happy New Year. Lets hope this year does bring  all the loving all home. Home being our planet and beyond. Peace.

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