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Come On Back, Jack
1961 Leon Carr, Mort Shuman
This song was meant as an "answer" song to Ray Charles' massive hit, "Hit the Road, Jack". In his 2003 tome, "Stu Who?", the producer Stu Phillips recounts how this song had been written specifically for Nina: "Since time was of the essence, I got the song to Nina as quickly as possible. She said she liked the song, but should not record it unless Ray Charles personally said he didn't mind her following up his record..."
-David Nathan, Liner Notes Sings Ellington (CD 2005)

Recording sessions
1961: New York
Now every woman is entitled to one mistake
The Lord knows I've made one
But baby forgive me half a chance
I wanna make it up to you

Come on back Jack hey Jack come on come on back
Come on back Jack hey Jack come on come on back
Who's calling me oh who's calling me
Come on back Jack hey Jack come on come on back

When I told you I was through
And I told you to move on
I didn't know I'd miss you so
But baby I was wrong
Those nights without your love
They ain't worth thinking of haha

Come on back Jack hey Jack come on come on back
Come on back Jack hey Jack come on come on back
Oh woman save your breath
Little woman save your breath
Come on back Jack hey Jack come on come on back

When you told me you was through
And you told me to move on
I found a sweeter love than you
And it didn't take me long

No now baby please don't you do that to me
I need your crazy kisses so to rock me tenderly
Those nights without your love
They ain't worth thinking of haha

Come on back Jack hey Jack come on come on back
Come on back Jack hey Jack come on come on back
I'm never coming back ain't never coming back
Come on back Jack hey Jack come on come on back

Now I' m pleading with you baby
What you got to say about it
I ain't coming honey

Now please I'll apologize
I admit I was wrong
I'll help you all I can
But I ain't coming remember
I told you I'd get on my feet again

Now wait a minute Jack I'll help you
I told you I was sorry
Baby I done found someone else

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)