Come Home Soon — The Intruders, 1961

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Intruders, 1960

The Intruders — from the Wikipedia profile:

Formed around 1960, the group originally consisted of Sam “Little Sonny” Brown, Eugene “Bird” Daughtry, Phillip “Phil” Terry and Robert “Big Sonny” Edwards.[2] In 1969, Sam Brown was replaced as lead singer by Bobby Starr, only to rejoin the group in 1973.

In 1965, when songwriters and record producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff first contemplated leaving the Cameo-Parkway record label to risk launching their own label, the vocalists on which they pinned all their hopes and venture capital were The Intruders. Like many other subsequent acts the duo produced, which included Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and The O’Jays, The Intruders had already developed a vocal sound that was both theirs and uniquely Philadelphian.[3]

1961 Come Home Soon, Intruders, LN-195ABrown, Daughtry, Terry and Edwards had been recording and performing one-off singles together since 1961, blending Philly’s street corner doo-wop tradition with black gospel fervor. The result was neither as pop-infected as Motown, nor as funky and blues-inflected as Stax. The sound which The Intruders refined for the Excel, Gamble and Philadelphia International imprints reflected a different attitude than either Stax or Motown.[4][read more]

The Intruders bio and discography:

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Come Home Soon (Intruders) — originally issued in 1961 on Gowen 1401 as the B-side of the first single by the Intruders, “I’m Sold On You” — The single was later reissued with the sides reversed on Lost-Nite LN-195. The Lost-Nite Records discography at tidalwaves.com (Tidalwaves band website) dates the reissue 1963, as does Soulful Kinda Music, though the release date given on the label is 1961. See the lyric, transcribed by yours truly, below the videos.

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“Come Home Soon” (Intruders) lyric, transcribed by doc (Jim Radcliff), February 2014; latest edit: 27 December 2016 — The back vocalists (maroon highlight) take the lead to begin the third section, and alternate with the lead vocalist before retreating into the background after the first line of the final section. The music is in 6/8 time.

Each night under this moon
I sit alone
Hoping you’ll get home soon
Darling, come home soon
Darling, come home soon

I sit in my room
Each and every night
Wondering how you are
Are you feeling all alone
For I miss you so

I’m writing to you
So sad and blue
For I love you so
So sorry, dear
Wish you were here
And I’ll never let you go

Midnight, under this moon
I sit in my room
Here’s hoping you’ll get home soon
Darling, come home soon
Darling, come home soon

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Lyric with back vocals:

Each night under this moon
I sit alone
Hoping you’ll get home soon
(Midnight, midnight, ooh…)
Darling, come home soon
Darling, come home soon

I sit in my room
(Midnight, under this moon, ooh…)
Each and every night
Wondering how you are
Are you feeling all alone
For I miss you so
(Ah…ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah)

I’m writing to you
So sad and blue
For I love you so
So sorry, dear
Wish you were here
And I’ll never let you go

Midnight, under this moon (ooh…)
I sit in my room
Here’s hoping you’ll get home soon
Darling, come home soon
Darling, come home soon
(La la la la la, la la la la la…)

Lyric, with back vocals, transcribed by doc (Jim Radcliff), February 2014; latest edit: 27 December 2016

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