From prolific singer/songwriter Joey Levine comes a song with one of the great double-entendre titles in bubblegum history. “Come On My Baby” opens with acoustic guitar, maracas or something, and some strange falsetto humming by Levine. It’s built on a memorable acoustic guitar riff and swaying rhythm. The verses feature lines like:
Don’t you see me comin’ at you,
I’m coming now, can’t you see [!]
Don’t you know I’m gonna get you
Get you now, can’t you see
In fact, there’s just one verse and that’s it. Then there’s a chorus that goes
Wherever you go, whatever you do, my my baby
I will be there to see you through, come on come on
After that, the song builds to a swelling bridge/extended outro that features Levine falsetto-screaming “come on, come on baby” in a hoarse, unhinged-sounding manner. Piano and organ join in. This part of the song has a girl-group feel to me, because of the echoey wall of sound and general atmosphere of swelling, turbulent emotion. It’s like “Baby I Love You” but much more goofy and ramshackle.
This is an unusual little song. There’s not much to it, but it’s distinctive. The lyrics are just a bunch of meaningless code phrases that are made to seem meaningful through Levine’s impassioned delivery, similar to the way a soul singer might do. Levine has stated that he “always thought of [himself] as a soul singer”; perhaps performances like this one are what he had in mind. “Come On My Baby” was co-written by Artie Resnick of “Under the Boardwalk” fame. 3 stars.