The Oh No Baby Don’t Go Lyrics Video Story

The Oh No Baby Don’t Go lyrics video documents both musically and lyrically the sorrow and lament of loss so deep that even today, after over 30 years, this song makes me cry. Not just one of those chick-flick cries, but a deep, sorrowful, emotional cry you can feel all the way down to the bottoms of your feet.

It was in the fall of … 1981 I believe. After almost losing Sarah to my own stupidity and short-sightedness, things seemed to get back to normal. I was so happy that she was still with me. This song has soooo much meaning and is so deeply rooted in reality that I thought it would be appropriate to go over the lyrics and break them down in detail, tying each line to an event in reality. All of this really happened.

I’m so happy, it’s like floating on a cloud

Indeed, I was in an elevated state of euphoria that Sarah was still with me.

Got my baby, she’s gonna stay with me now

The truth is, there was nothing – and I mean nothing – that would have me believe otherwise. Everything seemed just fine. She had a meltdown of sorts when we ate the shroom salad and she joked about feeding some to her parents, and she was devastated by my wandering eye and wanderlust, but for the most part we got over the breakdown and things were going good.

Almost lost her, but I’m gonna make amends
I’m gonna love her every way I possibly can

And so I promised to do and so I planned to do. I never saw it coming. I should have seen it coming, but she was just… too…. good! All of her secret plans to leave culminated a couple of weeks later, when she didn’t come home from work one night.

Wanna hold her and show her how I feel

I arrived home from work somewhere around 4:30. On a typical day, she would come home a little after 5:00. Things were really going good and I wanted to show her how much I appreciated her and loved her, so I began making dinner for her, waiting for her to come home.

It’s getting late – she should be here with me

5:30 came and went. Then 6:00. Then 6:30, 7:00, 8:00 – she wasn’t home. I stood by the phone on the kitchen wall waiting for it to ring. I was afraid to pick it up (no caller ID) but at one point I called one of her girlfriends and she told me Sarah had been with her and should be home soon. At 8:30, she came home.

What are you doing – I thought you said you’d stay

She came in and was acting very strange. Dinner was a lost cause – old and dried up and cold. Just like our failed relationship. It’s just I didn’t know it till this moment in time. She told me she was leaving.

Are you leaving? Your momma’s on a plane?

She couldn’t leave on her own. She needed her Mom to come out to California from Connecticut to help her pack. She was afraid I would lose it, which I did, but she had the benefit of the fact that her Mother would be arriving on a plane at LAX that evening around Midnight. I tell you, it is, after over 30 years, still very difficult for me to put into words the fear, loss, terror, suffering – impossible to come up with the right words. So the chorus of this song represents me, falling to my knees and breaking down in a very big and very sad meltdown.

No no no no baby no
Please please don’t go baby no
You never gave me a chance and now you’re leaving without warning

She was kind, loving, tender, patient. She held me and let me cry. I begged, I pleaded, I did everything I could but it was just too late. We lay on the bed after I had calmed down to a weeping mess. We were talking. She was telling me that she just needed to get away for a while. She told me she would come back. She told me she loved me and didn’t want it to end forever – just a break. Every guy knows what that means, but I was just a kid, and I had a huge, trusting, gullible heart. She promised she would call me every day and come back in a couple of weeks. She just needed to be with her parents.

At around 9:15, an explosion occurred somewhere that shook the entire apartment building. Shook the concrete slab, made the bed feel like it jumped off the floor, and rattled all of the windows, the glasses in the cupboards, the dishes in the sink. It was loud. So loud I can’t describe it. It felt like a giant had stomped on the earth.

LA’s on fire, burning this into my mind

Of all nights, of all times for it to happen, a huge Oil Refinery explosion occurred! It was messed up. It shocked us out of our tender embrace and made us forget instantly about our problems. We both jumped up and ran outside. I thought a Nuclear Explosion happened. The sky was lit up bright orange, and it was flickering. We walked down along the front of our building until we saw it. Flames were just roaring, blasting – about 600 feet into the sky. One of those giant Gasoline Storage tanks had exploded. Over the next few days as I got details from the news, I learned the explosion had broken windows in buildings for a full 10 block radius around it.

You want to be free and it hurts a lot you know

We had to go to the airport – LAX to pick up her Mother who was arriving some time around Midnight. Because of this huge explosion, we had to leave a lot earlier than we normally would have. LAX was not in the direction of the explosion, but traffic was nuts. On the way to the airport, we talked some more. I told her that it hurt really bad that she wanted to leave me.

Maybe you’ll return and try again some time
I’m so in love, if that’s what you want, then go

We talked more about how she really wanted to come back, and I started to feel more confident that all I had to do was just be a man and let her go and she would come back to me. Her Mother arrived and we drove back to our apartment. I’ll never forget her reaction when she walked in. She was really surprised at how nice it was. It looked like a real home to her, and she said so. I was so sad. It was a real home.

Today I took you to the plane that’s gonna take you far away

The next morning, Sarah’s mom helped her pack and I drove them to the airport. We got into the boarding area and waited till it was time to board (you could do that back then – wait with somebody until they boarded).

And I hugged you, kissed you, said goodbye
and through my fingers let you slip away

Exactly like that. I hugged her. I kissed her. I tried to be strong and I said goodbye. And I really held her hand while she walked backwards, away from me, and our hands slid apart, and so through my fingers I literally let her slip away. She walked to the loading tunnel doors and turned around, smiled and waved, then turned her back on me and disappeared. It was the last time I would see her for 5 years.

I felt my heart cry – I felt my love die
I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life
Goodbye

I stood and watched the plane taxi to the runway, and then watched it take off. The entire time my heart was just splintering and fragmenting into tiny, irrecoverable pieces. The pain, the trauma, the loss – like the death of a loved one – was indescribable. I drove back to my apartment a zombie. It was the first day of a long run with heavy drug abuse.


 

Oh No Baby Don’t Go (Lyrics)
by Jerry Boutot

I’m so happy it’s like floating on a cloud
Got my baby – she’s gonna stay with me now
Almost lost her, but I’m gonna make amends
I’m gonna love her every way I possibly can

Wanna hold her and show her how I feel
It’s getting late – she should be here with me
What are you doing – I thought you said you’d stay
Are you leaving? Your momma’s on a plane?

No no no no baby no
Please please don’t go baby no
You never gave me a chance and now you’re leaving without warning
No no no no baby no
Please please don’t go baby no

 

LA’s on fire burning this into my mind
You wanna be free and it hurts a lot, you know
Maybe you’ll return and try again some time
I’m so in love if that’s what you want then go

Today I took you to the plane
That’s gonna take you far away
And I hugged you, kissed you, said goodbye
And through my fingers let you slip away

I felt my heart cry
I felt my love die
I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life
Goodbye

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