Artist: Amboy Dukes

Baby Please Don’t Go – Amboy Dukes

The Amboy Dukes were an American rock music band of the late 1960s and early 1970s from Detroit, Michigan, best remembered for their hit single “Journey to the Center of the Mind”, and for launching the career of Ted Nugent. The band’s name comes from the title of a novel by Irving Shulman about a Jewish street gang of the same name in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn during the 1940s. In the UK the group’s records were released under the name of The American Amboy Dukes owing to the existence of a homonymous British group.

The band went through a number of personnel changes during its active years. Bassist Greg Arama died in 1979. The group helped in the foundations of heavy metal and progressive rock.

Steve Farmer currently teaches in the Redford Township district of Michigan. He also performs with backing bands at various venues in and around the Detroit area.

Rick Lober is a classically trained composer best known in the greater Detroit metro area for his frenetic style of keyboard playing. Since the early 1990s, he has been in and out of the studio, appearing as performer/songwriter on the Steve Farmer CD Journey to the Darkside of the Mind (Saint Thomas Records, STP0069) completed in 2000. He is currently working in the studio and performing live with local Detroit rock legend Jeffrey Faust and his band “The Woodsman”, which performs throughout Michigan and Canada.

Baby Please Don’t Go

Baby, Please Don’t Go” is a blues song first recorded by Big Joe Williams in 1935. It is related to a group of early 20th century blues and work songs that include “I’m Alabama Bound”, “Another Man Done Gone”, and “Don’t Leave Me Here”, and “Turn Your Lamp Down Low”.

It has become a blues and rock standard, and has been recorded by many artists (see list below). In July 2010 the music download site Allmusic.com listed 1,082 separate entries for recordings of the song.

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Baby, please don’t go
Baby, please don’t go
Please don’t go down to New Orleans
You know I love you so
Baby, please don’t go, alright

Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
I get you way down here
And make you walk alone
Baby, please don’t go, alright

When the man done gone
When the man done gone
When the man done gone
At the county farm
He had the shackles on
Baby, please don’t go

Baby, please don’t go
Baby, please don’t go
Please don’t go down to New Orleans
You know I love you so
Baby, please don’t go

When the man done gone
When the man done gone
When the man done gone
At the county farm
He had the shackles on
Baby, please don’t go

Well after you left
My baby’s leaving on that midnight train
And I’m crying (2x)
Baby, please don’t go
Baby, please don’t go
Please don’t go down to New Orleans
You know I love you so
Baby, please don’t go

Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
I get you way down here
And make you walk alone
Baby, please don’t go, alright

  • Audio from the 1967 album, The Amboy Dukes:

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