You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
Bobby Darin Lyrics


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Oh you know, you know, you know
You must have been a beautiful baby
You must have been a wonderful child
When you were only starting
To go to kindergarten
I bet you drove those other childs wild
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah
And when it came to winning blue ribbons
Well, I bet you taught the other kids how
Well, I can see the judge's eyes
As they handed you the prize
I bet you took the cutest bow

Yeah, you must a been a beautiful baby
'Cause baby won't you look at you now

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

You must a have been a beautiful baby
You must a have been a beautiful child
When you were only startin'
To go to kindergarten
I know you drove the other childs wild
An' I wasn't even there

An' when you came to winnin' blue ribbons
Hey, I know you taught those other kids how
Well, I can see the judge's eyes
As they handed you the prize
I know you made the cutest bow

Yeah, you must a been a beautiful baby
'Cause baby won't you look at you now
Oh, I mean, I mean, oh, beautiful
Oh, beautiful
Oh, beautiful

Oh, beautiful
Oh, beautiful
Oh, beautiful





Aah, I know you're beautiful
Too beautiful for words

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Bobby Darin's song, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, are about the singer's admiration for someone he believes must have been a beautiful child. The lyrics describe how Bobby believes that the person must have driven the other children wild with envy when they were just starting to go to kindergarten. He also believes that the person must have been good at winning blue ribbons and that they would have made a cute bow when accepting their prizes. Despite not being present during the events he describes, Bobby seems to have a clear picture of the person's childhood and expresses his admiration for them by repeating the refrain, "you must have been a beautiful baby."


The song showcases Bobby Darin's tastefulness as a lyricist. The song has a sense of rhythm and rhyme that is tactfully crafted, giving the words particular emphasis. It further brings to the fore Bobby’s aptitude for jazz music, and he dynamically blends jazz with pop in a way that appeals to a broader audience. The song's simple melody is refreshing and catchy, offering entrée into Bobby’s sound style that earned him an unwavering fanbase.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh you know, you know, you know
The singer is emphasizing that the following statements are facts that are well-known.


You must have been a beautiful baby
The singer is complimenting the listener's appearance as a baby, implying that they still possess beauty.


You must have been a wonderful child
The singer is praising the listener's character and personality as a child.


When you were only starting to go to kindergarten
The artist is referring to a time when the listener was very young, which underscores the longevity of the compliment.


I bet you drove those other kids wild
The artist believes that the listener was a charming and exciting child who captured the attention of others around them.


And when it came to winning blue ribbons
The singer is alluding to the listener's success beyond mere appearance, indicating that they were likely talented and accomplished in various areas.


Well, I bet you taught the other kids how
The singer is suggesting that the listener was a leader and role model among their peers, setting an example for others to follow.


Well, I can see the judge's eyes
The artist's imagination is invoked, picturing a vivid scene where the listener is recognized for their achievements.


As they handed you the prize
The listener is shown receiving an award or recognition for their accomplishments.


I bet you took the cutest bow
The artist is complimenting the listener's sense of style, suggesting that they made even a simple gesture like taking a bow look adorable.


Yeah, you must a been a beautiful baby
The listener is praised once again for their beauty as a baby, emphasizing that it is an enduring quality.


'Cause baby won't you look at you now
The artist is pointing out that the listener's beauty and success have continued into the present day.


Oh, beautiful
The singer repeats a simple phrase to express their admiration for the listener, emphasizing the emotional impact of the song.


Aah, I know you're beautiful
The singer affirms their belief that the listener is still beautiful, reinforcing the main theme of the song.


Too beautiful for words
The singer feels that words are inadequate to fully express the listener's beauty and the emotions it inspires.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Songtrust Ave, Peermusic Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Thomas William Dunn, John H. Mercer, Harry Warren

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@Wolfhoundersful

You must have been a beautiful baby
You must have been a wonderful child
When you were only starting to go to kindergarten
I bet you drove the little girls wild

And when it came to winning blue ribbons
You must have shown the other kids how
I can see the judges' eyes as they handed you the prize
I bet you made the cutest bow

You must've been a beautiful baby
Cause, baby, look at you now

Hey you must have been a beautiful baby
You must have been a wonderful child
When you were only starting to go to kindergarten
I bet you drove the little girls wild

And when it came to winning blue ribbons
You must have shown the other kids how
I can see the judges' eyes as they handed you the prize
I bet you made the cutest bow

You must've been a beautiful baby
Cause, baby, just look at you now



All comments from YouTube:

@dorsahz5359

He turned everything to pure gold. This man was pure talent

@davidwalsh3439

A great swinging version of this wonderful old standard. Bobby darin was a master performer

@TheReevessss

Genius writing by whomever. This version really 'charged'. Lovely surprise.

@antiquemusicmall2648

I used this song in my latest podcast. I think you might enjoy this show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-EmVRmH_3I

@jaelge

No one can tell me that Darin couldn't rock when he wanted to. Great musicians backing him up too.
It´s a shame we lost him at such an early age. I bet these days doctors could probably fix what was wrong with him.

@Celluloidwatcher

Bobby Darin knew how to put pizazz into old standards. This was one of them. From 1961. Thanks for posting.

@alanstevenson-graham6268

Best version ever

@thelmabadenhorst7270

A great version of this great song. Bobby Darin was such a marvellous entertainer.

@a1chemist1

Ok, a classic. A big band swinger who is rockin with the best.

@jonathanworton9599

Great. Singer elvis loved him too

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