"Stoney End" as written by and Laura Nyro....
I was born from love
And my poor mother worked the mines
I was raised on the Good Book Jesus
Till I read between the lines
Now I don't believe
I want to see the morning
Going down the Stoney End
I never wanted to go
Down the Stoney End
Mama let me start all over
Cradle me, Mama, cradle me again
I can still remember him
With love light in his eyes
But the light flickered out and parted
As the sun began to rise
Now I don't believe
I want to see the morning
Going down the Stoney End
I never wanted to go
Down the Stoney End
Mama let me start all over
Cradle me, mama, cradle me again
(Cradle me, mama, cradle me again
Mama, cradle me again...)
Never mind the forecast
'Cause the sky has lost control
'Cause the furry and the broken thunders
Come to match my raging soul
Now I don't believe
I want to see the morning
Going down the Stoney End
I never wanted to go
Down the Stoney End
Mama let me start all over
Cradle me, mama, cradle me again
Going down the Stoney End...


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"Stoney End" as written by Laura Nyro

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    General CommentHmm, the first line's missing from this one too which should be: "I was born from love."

    I heard that some lines were cut out of this song for being "too controversial." I wish I could hear the original version, but it's still a fantastic song and definitely gets its point across all the same.
    just_old_lighton November 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcradle me .. mama cradle me again

    my god! what other composer of pop tunes ever came up with such simple but weighty lyrics???
    tsreybon June 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLaura Nyro wrote this song. about her struggle with Lesbianism. She married but her marriage disolved.. her conflicting feelings and passions raged inside her soul.. She was very cose to her mother,.. when faced with this dilemma she wanted to feel secure in her mothers arms again and start all over again.. She ws a good person she was born from love, and raised on the good book Jesus..She did not want to go down the stoney end. In Biblical times women were stoned when they did not conform.
    joeo78501on March 18, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThe title is explained in the first two lines. The “end” is described in the first line and the “Stone” in the second Continuing, the good book shows the mother brought the narrator up in an acceptable manner, but the young girl was clever and morally rebellious.

    The chorus shows the girl is on the crux of a change of life. Some great difficulty is there to be dealt with. The mother who was rebelled at is being asked for help. Being asked for emotional comfort. Maybe it is a bit whiney.

    Winsome Johnny enters the scene. She was in first love with him but he was a day tripper. He not only stopped loving her, he went away, or parted. Here the sun rising is an artful way of showing the chorus refers to another morning. The chorus grabs now and we share some of the pain of this poor girl being treated with such low regard. Sometimes a girl needs mama's hug.

    The third verse is not about weather, but her life. Forecast refers to fate, plans, or expectations. Not just the “sky” but her entire life is interrupted. Broken thunder is such a poetic mismatch because thunder sound is not broke as it is natural. The sound her BROKEN life makes is thunder. Whiney no more, she is raging, She will handle coming to the same mine destiny as her mother, with courage.

    Chorus now is her asking forgiveness from her mother. The sad circle of life.Both trapped in the same destiny.
    macbruceon September 22, 2012   Link
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    Song ComparisonI saw the performance of this song with its original lyrics (above) on the 2012 Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame induction of Laura Nyro - with an excellent review of her professional life (although it left out the lesbianism). God, I can't believe how I cried like a baby (and still do) when it's full weight came crashing down on me. I was a very faithful Christian for most of my life until "losing my religion" about the time I saw the performance. In fact I had just sent the letter requesting my excommunication the week before.

    In response to the previous comments, remember Laura was barely 19 years old when she recorded this song on her first album in 1966 (released in '67). I don't know when she wrote it, but she was 17 (or younger) when she wrote "And When I Die"... which already showed great depth of thought by the time "Stoney End" was written and/or recorded by her, then others.

    It took me until my 55th year to begin to see or understand really what she did before she was 20 ("I was raised on the Good Book Jesus / Till I read between the lines") .. and what a long & painful process it was for me. How did she do it? The only thing, for me, that compared to that was Ian Anderson (same age) with Jethro Tull on "Aqualung"... which was recorded almost 5 years later.

    I don't fault my parents & the generations before them for bringing me up as such... it was a process & labor of love for them based on all they were taught & knew at the time. Yet, how I questioned my own mother's sanity when I saw go through this process! God, how I wish (like in the lyrics) that I could be cradled again by my mother in the innocence of my youth before the learning & realizations of my adulthood.

    I did label this as a "Song Comparison", didn't I? Rather than elaborate this more with my sentiments or analysis, the best I feel I can do is to tie it in with my comments on Ian Anderson's "Wind Up". I feel they dovetail nicely, his a great compliment to hers. Here's the link: songmeanings.net/songs/view/45570/

    Thank God for her pure genius & talent - and the many more songs she wrote of equal quality & depth.
    DanHilberton January 16, 2013   Link

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