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Song Name: The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize AKA The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:  The Day My Baby Gave Me A Suprize (single), Duty Now For The Future, Social Fools: The Virgin Singles 1978-1982

Run Time: 2:42 (single/album version)

Year Released: 1979

Video Projected Live: 1979, 1980

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh

Demo Versions: The Day My Baby Gave Me A Suprise (demo) Run Time: 3:32 (demo version) Appears On: Recombo DNA

  • Demo made during the late 1978 to early 1979 Duty Now For The Future album recording sessions.

Song Connections: Space Junk (story in lyrics), according to a music critic(who may have meant "sloppy")

Trivia / Info:Edit

  • The film of The Day My Baby Gave Me A Suprize was projected before some performances in 1979 and 1980. DEVO has not played the song live, despite it being released as a single, due to the equipment used for its recording.
  • The spelling "surprize" is used on the original WB album, promotional single, and single release. It is used on the Virgin single pressing. DEVO's spelling is "corrected" in other releases.
Onstage Behavior:
DEVO was on the 10/13/1979 broadcast of the German TV show "Rock Pop." DEVO appear as they did in the beginning of the music video and perform to audio playback with the same unplugged instruments while wearing the DEVO leisure suit . Differences with the video include Mark wearing prescription glasses instead of swim goggles and continually looking bug-eyed at the camera. Everyone bows down at the end instead of just Mark. YouTube

Lyrics:

Got a surprise from my honey
Got a message from my girl
When she picked up a pen from beside her bed
And wrote me a scribbled note
Said she'd be coming back to see me
That she would be visiting real soon
Gonna get up from her long white bed
And leave this cold white room
We would once more live together
Go out on a lovin' spree
Just like before the accident
My baby would look at me
I saw her sweet face trembling
As she tried to open her eyes
I jumped with the joy of a grateful boy
The day my baby gave me a surprise
Got a surprise from my honey
Got a message from my girl
When she picked up a pen from beside her bed
And wrote me a scribbled note
I saw her sweet face trembling
As she tried to open her eyes
I jumped with the joy of a grateful boy
The day my baby gave me a surprise

Video:Edit

Appears on The Men Who Make the Music, We're All Devo!, The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
DEVO
Mark Mothersbaugh | Gerry Casale | Bob Mothersbaugh
Bob Lewis | Bob Casale | Jim Mothersbaugh | Alan Myers
David Kendrick | Josh Freese & Jeff Friedl | Josh Hager
Record Labels / Publishers
Booji Boy Records | Warner Brothers | Enigma | Devo, Inc. 
Stiff | Virgin | Rykodisk | Infinite Zero | Restless | Discovery | Rhino 
MVD Audio | The Orchard | Superior Viaduct | Futurismo
Production
Brian Eno | Ken Scott | Robert Margouleff | Roy Thomas Baker | DEVO 
The Teddybears | Greg Kurstin | Santi White | John King | John Hill | Mark Nishita 
Official Studio Albums
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) | Duty Now For The Future (1979) | Freedom of Choice (1980) | New Traditionalists (1981) | oh, no! it's DEVO (1982) | Shout (1984) | Total DEVO (1988) | SmoothNoodleMaps (1990) | Something for Everybody   (2010)
Other Albums
Be Stiff EP (1977) | E-Z Listening Disc (1987) | Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace (1989) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 1 74-77 (1990) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 2 1974-1977 (1991) | DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years (1992) | DEV-O Live (1999) | Recombo DNA (2000) | Live In Central Park (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | New Traditionalists: Live 1981 Seattle (2012) | Something ELSE for Everybody  (2013) | Miracle Witness Hour  (2014) | Live at Max's Kansas City - November 15, 1977  (2014) | Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig  (2014) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
Filmography
The Men Who Make The Music (1981) | Human Highway (1982) | We're All DEVO (1984) | The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993) | DEVO Live (2004) | DEVO Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
Related Articles
History | Bootlegs | Booji Boy | Devolution | Influence | The Wipeouters | Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers | Devo 2.0 | Akron, Ohio | Music Videos | Versions | Outfits

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