Words and Music by Benny Davis, Milton Ager and Lester Santley, 1921
I’m nobody’s baby, I wonder why
Each night and day I pray the Lord up above
Please send me down somebody to love
But nobody wants me, I’m blue somehow
Won’t someone hear my plea and take a chance with me
Because I’m nobody’s baby now
No, nobody’s baby
And I’ve got to know the reason why
Last week I was walking down the street and met a boy and I said
“Hey, maybe I was meant for you”
But he only tipped his hat and shook his head
Kept on walkin’ down the avenue
Oh, nobody wants me, I’m mighty blue somehow
Won’t someone hear my plea and take a little chance with me?
Because I’m no-nobody’s baby, I’m blue somehow
Won’t someone hear my plea and take a chance with me?
There’s no denyin’ I’m cryin’
I’m lonesome on my own-some
I don’t mean maybe, I’m nobody’s baby!
Recorded by Ruth Etting on January 3, 1927 with Rube Bloom on piano and Murray Kellner playing the violin.
Also recorded by Ruth Etting on March 1, 1927 in New York City for Columbia Records. Issued on Columbia 1104 D (Matrix W143562)
Flip side on the 78 was You Don’t Like It – Not Much
Originally published in 1921, Ruth Etting popularized the song and charted in the Top 100 on Billboard for 1927, and in 1940 Judy Garland revived it in the film, Andy Hardy Meets Debutante.
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