Hey little girl is your daddy home
Did he go away and leave you all alone
I got a bad desire
oooh I'm on fire

Tell me now baby is he good to you
And can he do to you the things that I do
I can take you higher
oooh I'm on fire

Sometimes it's like someone took a knife
baby edgy and dull
and cut a six inch valley
through the middle of my skull

At night I wake up with the sheets
soaking wet and
a freight train running
through the middle of my head -
only you can cool my desire

oooh I'm on fire......



Lyrics submitted by leaneys, edited by bobjank


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  • +6
    General Comment:This song is a sexy ass song...and it's not about pedophedilia in my opinion...that would be taking it to the complete literal sense, which is usually not the case with music...there's always somethin much more profound in it...I mean come on, so then every time we see the word "baby" used in a song we all assume that we're talking about a child? No...

    Here's what I think:

    1. "Little Girl", I feel is his stance on her maturity level.
    2. "Daddy", obviously is the guy that she's with, not her real father because the verse that says "tell me baby is he good to you, can he do all the things that I can do...", expresses that it's the man she's with....
    3. The soakin in the sheets and all that...he desires her, he's tortured by the idea that he can't have her...it torments him to know that he's better than that guy she's with...

    It's what us guys go thru at least once in our lives when we see or know a girl that we're just completely infatuated with and never get to have...and it takes us to that level of, man, I wish I had her, ya know...its a good song...It's one of those songs you listen to when you fantasize about the girl you want, but can't have, starin up at the ceiling just wishin and hopin...
    Captlpunkon December 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:this song is so beautiful. perfect picture of a boy's longing.
    DubC4Lifeon June 05, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:He actually says "Skull" instead of "Soul"
    catatonic121on March 05, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:The lyric is in fact " And cut a six inch valley through the middle of my soul."
    brucespringsteen.net/songs/…
    mets3148on October 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Wow! a lot of comments on this one!

    I think it's about a teenage boy who wants a girl who is already commited to someone else. No pedophelia here. "Daddy" refers to that person she's involved with. The "6 inch valley" and "Sheets soakin' wet" represent the psychological torture he feels at times knowing he can't have her. Great song.
    ryfall101on August 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I heard this song on the radio when I was missing someone and it was perfect......it was so mellow which fit my mood.....you seem to like songs more when they fit your mood.
    DancingHippieon June 23, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song is a line by line description of a serial killer.

    Ok, not really. But imagine my amusement when I realized how perfectly the words DO describe the psyche of a serial killer. Think I'm joking? Detailed analysis on my website, tongue firmly in cheek, yet the analysis is surprisingly "real."
    nechroniuson June 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I'll paraphrase Nick Cave, "Why do love, desire, and sex always have to be pure in music? Can't they be dark, dirty, and scary sometimes?"
    sakeboxon November 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I always thought of it as a love song but when i just read the lyrics it sounds more like he is a rapist.
    Or at least somebody who wants too take advantage of a little girl
    CAMeyeon February 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:guys, why do you have to draw a distinction between it being a love song and it being a stalker-esque kind of song? Don't you think that love is the kind of feeling that would draw someone to stalk or do bad things to another person?

    I think it's somewhere inbetween, and I think sakebox had the right idea.

    "I've got a bad desire"
    dri-fton August 07, 2006   Link

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