Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

The original version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) was recorded by Darlene Love in 1963 and released on the Phil Spector-produced A Christmas Gift For You later that year. The song was written by Spector and the husband-and-wife team of Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry and many of the songs the trio wrote became hits for girl groups of the sixties. Loads of bands and singers have attempted the song over the years and Death Cab For Cutie recorded it for a compilation called Maybe This Christmas Tree (2004). The narrator of this particular ditty fondly remembers the previous Christmas when his “baby” was still at home. Everything to do with the holiday reminds him of happier times and the chorus becomes a plea for her to return. This sense of yearning and loss is a common theme amongst festive songs and may be one I return to over the next ten days

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Darlene Love cover) – Death Cab For Cutie

The 12 Songs of Christmas Archive