This soft rock classic is a little saucy. Written by lead singer David Gates, it finds him propositioning a girl with his dulcet tones:
And if you're wondering what this song is leading to I want to make it with you
It's pretty clear what he means by "make it," although it's certainly ambiguous enough to clear the censors.
Released on their second album, this was the first hit for Bread, although David Gates had some previous success as a songwriter, including the #3 US "Popsicles And Icicles" in 1964 for the female trio The Murmaids. They followed it up by rereleasing a song from the previous year, "It Don't Matter To Me," which reached #10. Their most successful songs were more light favorites: "If" and "Baby I'm-A Want You."
When group leader David Gates returned home to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where his mother was throwing a big reception party to celebrate the return of the young chart-conquering hero, the newspaper, television and radio press turned up, hoping to play up the whole "local boy does good" PR angle. In a widely circulated interview, Mrs. Gates proudly told the world just how pleased as punch she was with her son's recent success. She then also told them - in complete candor - that she just couldn't understand why he had to call his new hit record, "Naked With You." (Thanks to Kent at Forgotten Hits.)
Other artists to record this song include Earth, Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin and Teddy Pendergrass.
Joel from Kenosha, WiHate to admit this, I've been saying that a lot for some reason, but I like this song. I never really listened to A.M. radio that much but now I tend to listen to it a lot especially when I'm alone in the car or spending some quality romantic time with my girlfriend. Guess I'm kinda stuck in the seventies.
Guy from Woodinville, WaJust classic sweet soft rock as only Bread could deliver. I would like to hear the Earth Wind & Fire cover. I'm going to see them in concert tnight--it would be cool if they performed it, but they never have yet.
Les from Joplin, MoThe odd lyrics, "Hey have you ever tried really reaching out for the other side..." kinda seems to imply the gay thing.
Joe from Laredo, TxThis was the first Bread song I had ever heard. I just fell so in love with this song. Especially the guitar intro followed by the bass. The album cover to "On the Waters" was great photography. The flip side to that 45 was "Why do you keep me waiting". I thought that was a pretty good song too. This album is really a signature album of the (early) seventies with maybe a pinch of late 60's. I have heard the song "I AM that I AM" from the same album on christian radio. That surprised me.
Dave from Cardiff, WalesGreat song - one for speeding down the highway with all the windows down at full blast on a midsummer's day!
Kerry G. from Detroit Rock City, MiThis and "Baby I'm A Want You" are THEE best love songs ever made.