She yells,
"If you were homeless, sure as hell you'd be drunk
Or high or trying to get there or begging for junk
When the people don't want you they just throw you money for beer"
Her name was November she went by Autumn or Fall
It was seven long years since the Autumn when all
Of her nightmares grew fingers
And all of her dreams grew tears

She's somebody's baby
Somebody's baby girl
She's somebody's baby
Somebody's baby girl
And she's somebody's baby still

She screams,
"Well if you've never gone it alone
Well then go ahead, you better throw the first stone"
You got one lonely stoner waiting to bring to her knees
She dreams about Heaven, remembering hell
As the nightmare she visits and knows all too well
Every now and again
When she's sober she brushes her teeth

She's somebody's baby
Somebody's baby girl
She's somebody's baby
Somebody's baby girl
And she's somebody's baby still

Today was her birthday, strangely enough
When the cops found her body at the foot of the bluff
The anonymous caller this morning tipped off the police
They got her ID from the dental remains
The same fillings intact, the same nicotine stains
The birth and the death were both over
With no one to grieve

She's somebody's baby
Somebody's baby girl
She's somebody's baby
Somebody's baby girl
And she's somebody's baby still
She's somebody's baby still


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  • +4
    General CommentThis song has what it takes to grab your deepest emotions and demand it's attention...

    To me this song is simple... it is about a homeless prostitute who lived on the streets for seven years and struggles with a drug addiction.

    In the verses, she is talking as if she were talking to people who pass her by on the street. The great twist and "hit" of the song is in the last verse.

    In my opinion, I believe when he says "The birth and the death were both over with no one to grieve", he makes a reference that she was pregnant, and it "hits" when he sings the chorus after that verse, because not only is he talking about the woman (who died at the bluff) but he is also talking about the unborn baby. Beautiful Jon.... Beautiful....

    I'll be honest, I cried when I first heard this song. Jon shows us that no matter what happens to us in life, or no matter how much we screw it up... we are still HIS children, and He still loves us. =*)

    Thank you Jon Foreman!

    dmedinaon April 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen Jon Foreman performed this song at Parachute 2007 (in New Zealand) he explained that this song was half based on a true story: he was inspired by a homeless woman he saw everyday in a town he was living in and was struck by the sadness of her situation. And like the previous people have posted, he points out that she's still somebody's baby.
    keaem701on September 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is about someone who had something awful happen to them that just changed their life so drastically and how people just tended to ignore her or even worse judge her...and she basically had no one in the world...

    I love the line "She's somebody's baby still" I kinda take it as Jon saying "Even though the closest people to you reject you, you will ALWAYS be a child of God."

    Cool Song
    auebelhoron January 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe chord change between "Autumn when all/Of her nightmares grew fingers" gave me chills the first time I heard the song. The coaction between the lyrical story and the guitar work is amazingly powerful.

    The story is straightforward as to its meaning. I don't think there is any question about that. It is extremely refreshing to find that amidst all of the sexual exploitation of women rampant in our culture today, someone has the heart to see that women aren't just sex things. It really makes me think twice when I see women portrayed this way. I know that I wouldn't want anyone looking at my daughter or sister that way, but somehow because of the lack of this connection it becomes acceptable. Even the drugee or prostitute you would never think twice about is somebody's baby.
    101pearljamon March 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are unbelievable. Jon's a genius
    unggoyon June 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the greatest songs in the world from a lyrical point anyways. Jon foreman's a genius. I think it's a biblical reference when he talks about throwing the first stone which is based out of a bible story of people stoning a prostitute leading to the thought that the woman he's writing about is a prostitue from a troubled life. I like the thoughts that she was pregnant at the last verse. Makes sense now that I think about it
    guitar4ever777on August 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a homeless girl. Though she has no family she is still someones child. She drowns herself in drugs and beer ti try and erase her memories of what has been. It may be that she was beaten or raped, but she has memories that re her hell. She has never had a home to go to so her birth and her death were over alone with no one to be there to greive over her. She may have had a child but she ended her life from either depression or just being drunk. Most likly depression since it was probobly her who called the police.
    Mikaraon April 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe the saddest song I have ever heard.
    pavelkomarovon March 30, 2014   Link

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