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Bossa Nova, Baby

Words & Music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

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Bossa Nova, Baby

Words & Music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

I said, 'Take it easy, baby
I worked all day and my feet feel just like lead
You got my shirt tails
Flyin' all over the place
And the sweat poppin' out of my head'
She said, 'Hey, Bossa nova, baby
Keep on a workin' child
This ain't no time to quit'
She said, 'Go, Bossa nova, baby
Keep on dancin'
I'm about to have myself a fit'
Bossa nova, Bossa nova

I said, 'Hey little mama,
Let's sit down
Have a drink and dig the band'
She said, 'Drink, drink, drink
Oh, fiddle-de-dink
I can dance with a drink in my hand'
She said 'Hey Bossa nova, baby
Keep on workin' child
This ain't no time to drink'
She said 'Go, Bossa nova, baby
Keep on dancin'
'Cause I ain't got time to think'

I said, 'Come on, baby
It's hot in here
And it's oh so cool outside
If you lend me a dollar
I can buy some gas
And we can go for a little ride'
She said, 'Hey Bossa nova, baby
Keep on workin' child
I ain't got time for that'
She said, 'Go Bossa nova, baby
Keep on dancin'
Or I'll find myself another cat'

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Bossa Nova Baby was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and recorded by Tippy and The Clovers (Tiger 201) in 1962. Their recording did not chart.

Elvis sang Bossa Nova Baby in his 1963 film Fun In Acapulco. The recording session took place on January 22, 1963, at Radio Recorders. Elvis's single release had a 10-week stay on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, reaching #8. On the rhythm & blues chart, Bossa Nova Baby peaked at #20. It was the last Elvis single to appear on the rhythm & blues chart. Bossa Nova Baby became a million-seller and is one of only two bossa nova records to make the charts. The other was Eydie Gorme's Blame It On The Bossa Nova (Columbia 42661), which reached #7 on the Hot 100 chart in 1963.

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I said, 'Take it easy, baby
I worked all day and my feet feel just like lead
You got my shirt tails
Flyin' all over the place
And the sweat poppin' out of my head'
She said, 'Hey, Bossa nova, baby
Keep on a workin' child
This ain't no time to quit'
She said, 'Go, Bossa nova, baby
Keep on dancin'
I'm about to have myself a fit'
Bossa nova, Bossa nova

I said, 'Hey little mama,
Let's sit down
Have a drink and dig the band'
She said, 'Drink, drink, drink
Oh, fiddle-de-dink
I can dance with a drink in my hand'
She said 'Hey Bossa nova, baby
Keep on workin' child
This ain't no time to drink'
She said 'Go, Bossa nova, baby
Keep on dancin'
'Cause I ain't got time to think'

I said, 'Come on, baby
It's hot in here
And it's oh so cool outside
If you lend me a dollar
I can buy some gas
And we can go for a little ride'
She said, 'Hey Bossa nova, baby
Keep on workin' child
I ain't got time for that'
She said, 'Go Bossa nova, baby
Keep on dancin'
Or I'll find myself another cat'


Bossa Nova Baby was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and recorded by Tippy and The Clovers (Tiger 201) in 1962. Their recording did not chart.

Elvis sang Bossa Nova Baby in his 1963 film Fun In Acapulco. The recording session took place on January 22, 1963, at Radio Recorders. Elvis's single release had a 10-week stay on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, reaching #8. On the rhythm & blues chart, Bossa Nova Baby peaked at #20. It was the last Elvis single to appear on the rhythm & blues chart. Bossa Nova Baby became a million-seller and is one of only two bossa nova records to make the charts. The other was Eydie Gorme's Blame It On The Bossa Nova (Columbia 42661), which reached #7 on the Hot 100 chart in 1963.