Bombs are dropping, smoke fills the air
I wanna duck and cover but I've gotta stay out here
Cause I know myself and if I hole up in my room
I'll be consumed by the doom and the gloom

So I call John cause I know he knows sorrow
He says "I'll be in the city tomorrow"
So I go down and I watch him sing
And the way he sings sends a chill right through me

Yeah, and now there's a mountain goat
Precariously balanced on the frog stuck in my throat
It says "Sometimes whispering's ok
But maybe you'd feel better if you screamed today"

The lady took the baby I know she loves the baby
But the baby has a daddy and and his daddy loves him, too
How could she take the baby, maybe she's gone crazy
She won't share, it's not fair, there's nothing I can do

The lady took the baby I know she loves the baby
But the baby has a daddy and and his daddy loves him, too
How could she take the baby, maybe she's gone crazy
She won't share, it's not fair, there's nothing I can do

Tuesday night grandma curled up in my bed
By wednesday morning, my grandma was dead
I was in Charlotte, I took the bus home
Her shoes, watch and teeth were still in my room

And as I lay me down to sleep, I felt her spirit rise up through me
She said "I got to live a long 86 years, dry your tears
I know it's hard but please let go so I can meet your grandpa in the undertow
Chin up, girl, you've gotta be strong and know when you're singing I'm singing along"

The lady took the baby I know she loves the baby
But the baby has a daddy and and his daddy loves him, too
How could she take the baby, maybe she's gone crazy
She won't share, it's not fair, there's nothing I can do

The lady took the baby I know she loves the baby
But the baby has a daddy and and his daddy loves him, too
How could she take the baby, maybe she's gone crazy
She won't share, it's not fair, there's nothing I can do

Little bitty baby, so far away, we hope that you can come home soon
When we're not together, now or ever, always remember I love you
Little bitty baby, so far away, we hope that you can come home soon
When we're not together, now or ever, always remember I love you


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Lullaby for the Taken song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentThe John she's referring to is John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.
    paigecolberton March 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think by the 'lady took the baby' she is referring to her sister-in-law and her nephew Skyler. I could be wrong.
    sparklenighton March 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song because john darnielle is so beautiful.
    shewouldnton January 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Sometimes whispering's ok
    But maybe you'd feel better if you screamed today"

    the best lines EVER!
    prestonmon May 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure this song is about one of those parental kidnappings you hear about sometimes, when a parent (the lady) who is divorced or for some other reason doesn't have custody of their child takes the child (the baby) to go live with them (she won't share) without the consent of the court (or the custodial parent), kidnapping them from the other parent (his daddy).
    fiammettiaon August 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure this song is about one of those parental kidnappings you hear about sometimes, when a parent (the lady) who is divorced or for some other reason doesn't have custody of their child takes the child (the baby) to go live with them (she won't share) without the consent of the court (or the custodial parent), kidnapping them from the other parent (his daddy).
    fiammettiaon August 28, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis is a tough but sensitive song. I think it could strike a chord with alot of people and kids in the world.
    tigersroamfreeon January 09, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Commentbeautiful lyrics and melody

    if only I understood what the message of the song was...
    Mickeyjr3000on January 09, 2008   Link

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