Baby Tell Me What You Want — Teddy Thompson with Jenni Muldaur

The musical gene pool on this stage is mind-blowing. Teddy Thompson, son of Richard and Linda Thompson, sings a duet with Jenni Muldaur, daughter of Geoff and Maria Muldaur. This song is from Teddy’s new album, “Bella,” which came out last month. His voice reminds me a little of Roy Orbison, but his songs remind me of no one else’s. Even at his most pessimistic, depressed, and/or self-deprecating, there’s a mischief about him that gets me every time.

The lyrics of this song remind me of the centuries-old complaints of religious folk. I’m pretty sure I read an ancient version of this very song from the book of Isaiah at the evening service on Ash Wednesday! The perspective of this song could be either from the people themselves or the god(s) they’re attempting to follow and love. For my part, I like listening to it from the people’s point of view, and then playing it again and listening to it from the perspective of their god(s). I have a habit of doing that with just about every love song I hear. I find it gives love songs a texture—and an instruction about love—that I’d otherwise miss.

Baby tell me what you want
I’ll do anything you want

I want a love that can be true
Someone who’ll love me through and through

Baby I can give you that
No problem, I can give you that

Well yeah you said that once before
And then you walked right out my door

Baby tell me what you want
Baby tell me what you want
Baby tell me what you want
I’ve got everything you want

I want a love that can be true
Someone who’ll love me through and through

Baby tell me what you want
Baby tell me what you want
Tell me what you want

I want a love that can be true

Tell me what you want

Someone who’ll love me through and through

Tell me what you want
Tell me what you want

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One response to “Baby Tell Me What You Want — Teddy Thompson with Jenni Muldaur

  1. Chris Isaak meets Roy Orbison meets Prince Harry…

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