Wake up again and again on Groundhog Day with Sonny and Cher (I Got You Babe lyrics & video)

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Here we go again, and again, and again.

One of the running gags of the endlessly repeating loop of Bill Murray’s 90s film Groundhog Day features beleaguered weatherman Phil Conners waking up each day to Sonny and Cher’s 1965 oldies hit I Got You Babe, followed by this ‘chilling’ quote: “OK, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties, cause it’s cold out there. It’s cold out there every day.”

During the course of morning repeats (literally, with clearly over a thousand ‘days’ to endure), it all starts at 6am, when the alarm clock begins its dreaded, inevitable lyrics. Phil throws, smashes, drowns, and abuses the clock, but each day it keeps sucking Phil into another February 2nd. Phil’s story seems to be about becoming a certain kind of person, but the song we hear is a great shorthand to let the viewer know things are still cycling through the daily loop.

Here’s the video and lyrics to I Got You Babe, to get you in the mood for your own sense of the inevitable. Ever feel like everything is always the same, and nothing you do matters? I guess it gives you forever to learn to be happy and make things right. You can really delve into “Phil”-osophy with this film. Just how many days did he live over the course of this really fine film?

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Here’s a Groundhog Day compilation  set to I Got You Babe:

 I Got You Babe

(Song by Sonny and Cher)

They say we’re young and we don’t know
We won’t find out until we grow
Well I don’t know if all that’s true
‘Cause you got me, and baby I got you

I got you babe
I got you babe

They say our love won’t pay the rent
Before it’s earned, our money’s all been spent
I guess that’s so, we don’t have a plot
But at least I’m sure of all the things we got

I got you babe
I got you babe

I got flowers in the spring
I got you to wear my ring
And when I’m sad, you’re a clown

And if I get scared, you’re always around
Don’t let them say your hair’s too long
‘Cause I don’t care, with you I can’t go wrong
Then put your little hand in mine
There ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb

I got you babe
I got you babe

I got you to hold my hand
I got you to understand
I got you to walk with me
I got you to talk with me
I got you to kiss goodnight
I got you to hold me tight

I got you, I won’t let go
I got you to love me so

I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe
I got you babe…

(Songwriters: Sonny Bono. 1965. I Got You Babe lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc)

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