The Baby

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This article is about the song. For 1973 film, see The Baby (film).
"The Baby"
Single by Blake Shelton
from the album The Dreamer
Released October 28, 2002
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:54
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s) Harley Allen
Michael White
Producer(s) Bobby Braddock
Blake Shelton singles chronology
"Ol' Red"
(2002)
"The Baby"
(2002)
"Heavy Liftin'"
(2003)

"The Baby" is a song written by Michael White and Harley Allen, and recorded by American country music singer Blake Shelton. The song became Blake's second number-one hit, where it remained for three weeks in early 2003.[1] It was released in October 2002 as the lead-off single to his second album The Dreamer.

Content[edit]

The song describes how a mother thinks of her children, especially the narrator. He describes being the youngest child in his family, and tells of various situations where he is referred to as "the baby" of the family. Later on, the narrator tells of receiving a telephone call to come to the family's home state of Louisiana, where his mother is dying (it is unclear whether she was in a local hospital or if she was at the family house under hospice care); however, he arrives shortly after she is pronounced dead. The narrator then laments the passing of his mother, stating "I softly kissed that lady / And cried just like a baby."

Music video[edit]

The video shows Shelton singing in a room with blue screens while watching flashbacks of his life and family. The roll of film also shows flashbacks and pictures of the narrator and his family. It was directed by Peter Zavadil.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at No. 48 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated November 2, 2002. It spent 24 weeks on that chart, and became his second Number One single on the chart dated February 22, 2003, holding the top spot for three weeks. It peaked at 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart (2002-2003) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 28
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 19
Preceded by
"19 Somethin'"
by Mark Wills
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

February 22—March 8, 2003
Succeeded by
"Man to Man"
by Gary Allan

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