"I Ain't Goin' Down" as written by Robert John Lange and Shania Twain....
[Chorus]
I'm gonna hold on
Cause what I believe in is so strong
No matter how long, no one
Can tell me I'm wrong I ain't going down

I had a baby at fifteen
Daddy never did forgive me
I never heard from the guy again
I had to drop out of high school
Everybody treated me so cruel
But I didn't give in and give her away

[Chorus]

Her smile got me through the day
And every night I'd pray
I could give her enough
At night I'd lie awake and cry
Hoping we'd get by
Cause you can't live on love

I worked night and day to keep us goin'
Through the sweat and tears
Without her knowin'
It was worth it just to watch her grow
Oh, oh, at least I was able to hold her
Whenever she needed my shoulder
I'm so glad I never let her go

[Chorus]

Her smile got me through the years
Dried away the tears
And filled me with hope
At night I'd lie awake and cry
Prayed we would get by
And for the courage to cope
Oh, oh,

Her smile got me through the day
And every night I'd pray
I could give her enough

[Chorus: x2]

No on can tell me I'm wrong
I ain't going down


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"I Ain't Goin' Down" as written by Shania Twain Robert John Lange

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    General CommentI can't believe no one has written anything here! I love this song!
    It's an original topic (haha) and the chorus and bridge are really catchy. It still has a "love" theme, but not like between guy and girl, which is neat and unusual.
    queenvictoria_14on June 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentshania twain really sticks up for everyone, this song is i think about her mom having a baby when she was 15 or 16. and any other person in he rlife that got pregnat when they where young.
    im_a_hott_runneron February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song on Up! I love the story telling, and hope to hear more of that from Shania in the future. i don't know where she got her inspiration to write the song, but it seems very realistic that it could have been a song about her mom!
    tpfon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song soo much ♥
    biggestFANon March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhile I agree that it is one of the better songs on Up!, I just can't bring myself to listen to it anymore- not after both my mom and I started crying while going through the CD for the first time. That's us to a tee.
    whitedaisiesxoon June 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't know if this is right, but here is my interpretation. It's basically about someone who has a baby when the're young and they are faced with having to deal with raising the child as well as the negative reactions from the stereotypes of having a baby that young. Then she realizes how thankful she is to have her evident in the line "At least I was able to hold her whenever she needed a shoulder"
    pianogirl0on February 02, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis is not about Shania's mom, Sharon. First of all, Sharon had her first child, Jill, at age 18, not age 15 like the lyrics say. Secondly, Jill's biological father didn't abandon them like the lyrics imply; he was killed in a car crash.

    This song is likely about Jill. Jill left home at age 14, then gave birth to Mandy, Shania's niece, at age 15 or 16.

    Neither Shania nor anyone in her family will talk publicly about why Jill left home so early. Maybe the answers are right here in this song.
    n3bulouson September 08, 2013   Link

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