"I'm on Fire" as written by Mats/olander Karlsson and Mikael/lundholm Larsson....
Hey little girl is your daddy home
Did he go away and leave you all alone
I got a bad desire
I'm on fire

Tell me now baby is he good to you
Can he do to you the things that I do
I can take you higher
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 soul

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
I'm on fire

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"I'm on Fire" as written by Mats/olander Karlsson, Mikael/lundholm Larsson

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  • +7
    General CommentThis 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
  • +3
    General CommentWow! 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
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is so beautiful. perfect picture of a boy's longing.
    DubC4Lifeon June 05, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe lyric is in fact " And cut a six inch valley through the middle of my soul."
    mets3148on October 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRE: part "Sometimes it's like someone took a knife baby-Edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley-Through the middle of my soul"
    I see depth here than other comments. I don't know how deep, but I'm sure the night sweats and the intense heat and could be literal. I know from personal experience and others I know that have gone through this, especially as a boy begins adolescence.
    The knife is figurative of course. Everyone has a personal view of where the soul is within them. Some figure the soul radiates from the center of their torso, thus the torment seems to rip through their body.
    Think about if anytime you've witnessed someone die accidentally or when you've gotten news that someone you know has died unexpectedly. For me, my immediate reaction is helplessness, a painful emptiness in my stomach, a shock reaction that is of dimmed vision and lightheadedness, a chill throughout my body, a weakness in my torso and gut [eg OJ gutting me figuratively].
    RonShon September 11, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI 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 CommentI'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 Commentguys, 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
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. It's so true. Like many of Springsteen's songs, they bring me somewhere in ths life I have lived so far. He's so much in love, but it's an impossible love. Tough. I'm sure most of us have been there before.
    surferswingenon October 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that this song is about an older man/younger girl, not creepy younger but maybe she's still at school, he's in his late 20's and he wants her but can't have her...
    twisted.pixieon April 25, 2007   Link

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