I Got You Babe
By: Sonny Bono

Original Performance: Sonny and Cher
Written by: Sonny Bono

Live Versions:
  1. I Got You Babe
I Got You Babe [Live version (a)]:

[From Beck + Wayne's duet on November 23, 2002]

Wayne: They say we're old and we don't know
Won't find out until we grow
And if you knew the words, you'd go:
Well I don't know if all that's true
Because you got me and Wayne, I got you

Beck, I got you Beck, I got you Beck
Wayne, I got you Wayne, I got you Wayne

And then we'll do this together:

I got you, Wayne/Beck!
The Song:

"I Got You Babe" is of course the famous single from 1965, by Sonny & Cher on their album Look At Us.

At the KCRW benefit concert on November 23 2002, Beck sang the song with Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd from the Flaming Lips. Wayne introduced it by saying it would be great to not do an obscure duet, but in fact a cliched one. Thus, "I Got You Babe." Beck apparently didn't know they were going to do this song, and thus doesn't sing a whole lot outside the chorus of "I got you Wayne!" A good time was had by all.

Then over the next couple weeks, Beck and The Flaming Lips wound down their tour together. Beck and Wayne would duet the song 4 more times, making up lyrics and being fun (see the 'live' box below).

Played live 5 times:
Earliest known live version: November 23, 2002
Latest known live version: December 4, 2002

After the initial KCRW benefit duet, Beck and Wayne continued to duet on this song at their own shows. The November 27 version in Oakland, CA was a riot. Wayne gave his intro about doing a cliched duet, and Beck started making up some lyrics:
I got you, Wayne
I got blood to spew on your chest
I got smoke to blow in your face
I got confetti to throw in your hair
I got you, Wayne
We got Steven
I got Steven on the guitar
I got Michael on the Flaming bass
I got Greg on the keyboards
I got Kliph on the drums and what's more
I got you, Wayne
I definitely got you
I got you to take off my shoes
I got you to tie up my laces too

(The first part refers to Wayne's antics during their own opening set. The second part refers to the names of the Flaming Lips.)