Baby, You’re A Trip

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Baby, You’re A Trip

from the album Jill Jones
Originals album artwork
from the album Originals
Song details
Performer: Jill Jones; Prince
First Released: 26 May 1987 - Jill Jones album
7 June 2019 - Originals album (Prince version)
Album(s): Jill Jones
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Jill Jones)
Producer(s): David Z. and Jill Jones on her album; Prince on Originals
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This song is not known to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Baby, You’re A Trip is the eighth and final track on Jill Jones’s first and only Paisley Park Records album Jill Jones (a brief portion of the song, in a different recording, is also included as an introduction to the album’s first track, Mia Bocca). It was included as the b-side of For Love, the album’s third and final single. Although Jill Jones was given official writing credits, the song was written solely by Prince. A 2019 review of Prince’s version on the posthumously-released album Originals states that Prince wrote the song for Jill Jones "about the time she snooped in his diary after he read hers."

Basic tracking for Prince’s original version took place on 8 July 1982 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California.

While David Z. and Jill Jones are listed as producers of the song, the only musicians known to have contributed to the track beyond Prince and Jill Jones is Clare Fischer’s orchestra, commissioned by Prince.

In 2019, Prince’s own version (after orchestral overdubs) was released as the ninth track on the posthumous album Originals.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
8 July 1982 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
1986? Unknown studio(s)
(details needed)
vocal overdubs with Jill Jones
1986 Unknown studio, California
(details needed)
orchestra overdubs
28 January 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Mix, crossfades, edit
Recording Personnel

Jill Jones version

  • Jill Jones - vocals
  • Prince - all instruments, except where noted
  • Orchestral Players:
  • Cello - Fred Seykora, James Arkatov, Mary Louise Zeyen, Raphael Kramer
  • Double Bass - Arni Egilson, David Stone
  • French Horn - David Duke, James Thatcher, Joseph Meyer, Marny Johnson
  • Trombone - Charles Loper, Garnett Brown, Morris Repass
  • Trumpet - Bob Bryant, Robert Findley, Hal Espinosa, Ray Brown
  • Tuba - Tommy Johnson
  • Viola - Alan DeVreitch, Jorge Moraga, Margot MacLaine, Myer Bello, Norm Forrest, Pam Goldsmith
  • Violin - Betty Moor, Bill Hybel, Don Palmer, Edward Green, Francine Walsh, Henry Ferber, Irma Neumann, Isabelle Daskoff, Janice Gover, Karen Jones, Pam Gates, Pat Johnson, Robert Sushel, Ron Folsom, Terry Schoenburn, William Hymanson
  • Woodwind - Arni Egilson, Bob Tricarico, David Edwards, Dick Mitchell, Gary Foster, Joe Soldo, John Lowe

Prince version (on Originals)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Baby, You’re A Trip 5:23 Jill Jones

For Love single

Baby, You’re A Trip 5:25 Originals Prince with Jill Jones vocal version released in 2019
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Mia Bocca 4:31 Promotional release only Promo video As part of the intro of Mia Bocca included in the video
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Intro (Baby, You’re A Trip) - Mia Bocca 7:21 Jill Jones Studio Intro (Baby You’re A Trip) plays prior to main song
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Baby, You’re A Trip Studio Prince’s 1982 version, without orchestral overdubs
Baby, You’re A Trip Studio Longer Jill Jones version
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Lyrics during the bridge of the song include, "Something in the water don’t compute", a phrasing previously used in Something In The Water (Does Not Compute), recorded earlier in 1982. The songs are otherwise unrelated.

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