Somebody's Baby

Album: Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack (1982)
Charted: 7
  • Well, just, a look at that girl with the lights comin' up in her eyes.
    She's got to be somebody's baby.
    She must be somebody's baby.
    All the guys on the corner stand back and let her walk on by.

    She's got to be somebody's baby.
    She must be somebody's baby.
    She's got to be somebody's baby.
    She's so fine.

    She's probably somebody's only light.
    Gonna shine tonight.
    Yeah, she's probably somebody's baby, all right.

    I heard her talkin' with her friend when she thought nobody else was around.
    She said she's got to be somebody's baby; she must be somebody's baby.
    Cause when the cars and the signs and the street lights light up the town,

    She's got to be somebody's baby;
    She must be somebody's baby;
    She's got to be somebody's baby.
    She's so

    She's gonna be somebody's only light.
    Gonna shine tonight.
    Yeah, she's gonna be somebody's baby tonight.

    I try to shut my eyes, but I can't get her outta my sight.
    I know I'm gonna know her, but I gotta get over my fright.
    We'll, I'm just gonna walk up to her.
    I'm gonna talk to her tonight.

    Yeah, she's gonna be somebody's only light.
    Gonna shine tonight.
    Yeah, she's gonna be somebody's baby tonight.
    Gonna shine tonight, make her mine tonight. Writer/s: DANNY KORTCHMAR, JACKSON BROWNE
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 10

  • Bill from JupiterAmy Heckerling was the director of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
  • Brent from Denair, CaFast Times... an absolute Cult Classic. Everytime I hear this song and any others from the movie, I immediately go back in time to early college years and just laughing my arse off!
  • Denver from Colunbia City, InFast Times is a cult classic and KICKS BUTT. This song is awesome and fits the scene very well.
  • Brian from Boston, MaFast Times At Ridgemont High is a great movie.I always liked this song.
  • Gorchen from Philadephia, BotswanaThis song definitely moved my psyche from an equilibrium state to hester prynne type mentality. The predicate is a guidline to all things quasi-sex.
  • Eric from Philadelphia, PaThere's another way the lyrics express psychological movement: in the use of the predicate "shine." Initially it's attributed to the object of desire; the narrator assumes she'll be "shining" (as a lover) tonight -- for someone else, since he's thinking of her as the one with something to offer. As he begins to realize she's alone, he shifts to singing, "Gonna shine tonight, make her mine tonight." In other words, now he's thinking of himself as the one with something to offer, who will "shine" as a seducer and lover.

    After seeing the movie again, I'm mystified by Barry's reference to gratuitous nudity. Jennifer Jason Leigh's only nude scenes are sex scenes, integral to the story. There's nothing gratuitous about them. The song accompanies her in other scenes as well.
  • Eric from Philadelphia, Pa, PaMy interpretation of the lyrics is more positive. I think there's a clear movement from his acceptance of the conventional wisdom of "the guys on the corner" that she must be taken, to recognizing she may not be, precisely because of that common assumption which is actually a cover for the fear of rejection. In fact the beginning of the second verse sounds like she's complaining to her friend that she wants a lover but doesn't have one.

    The fact that, by developing the strength to overcome his initial pessimism, he is moving toward doing what is needed to fulfill them both, gives this song a very moral feeling for me.
  • Barry from New York, NcThis song is on the "Fast Times" soundtrack every time Jennifer Janet Leigh takes off her clothes. Somehow, I don't see an easy fit between gratuitous movie nudity and Jackson Browne music.
  • Liz from Smallville, KsI love this song.
  • Brian from Richmond , VaWhat a great song!!I love the lyrics to this song and it was perfectly used in the movie "Fast Times At Ridgemont High."

    I think every guy can relate to this song. I definitely associate this song with the 1980s and adolescence.
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