"Baby Can I Hold You" as written by and Tracy L Chapman....
Sorry
Is all that you can't say
Years gone by and still
Words don't come easily
Like sorry like sorry

Forgive me
Is all that you can't say
Years gone by and still
Words don't come easily
Like forgive me forgive me

But you can say baby
Baby can I hold you tonight
Maybe if I told you the right words
At the right time you'd be mine

I love you
Is all that you can't say
Years gone by and still
Words don't come easily
Like I love you I love you


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"Baby Can I Hold You" as written by Tracy L Chapman

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    General CommentWell, whatever the real meaning behind the song is. It's beautiful, let's all agree on that?

    To me it's about how you don't have the right words to say. You don't have the words to say that you love someone or that you're sorry but you can simply hold them and express your love. If that made any sense at all.
    chellieon January 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is about a mistake she made and is sorry for. She made a BIG mistake and wants to apologize for it but she doesn't have the courage. She is imagining what the other person say...
    But you can say baby
    Baby can I hold you tonight
    Maybe if I told you the right words
    At the right time you'd be mine

    acantu05on June 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIm agree this is a beautiful song, you can feel her expression.

    For me this song its about one person that really love someone
    and in spite of everything, she doesn't understand why they aren't together,
    would only need to tell her:
    Baby can i hold you tonight
    Maybe if I told you the right words
    At the right time you'd be mine
    Soireeon April 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentYou're all wrong here! You'd don't understand the song. I know it's been 9 years, but I want to say, even though the people who wrote most of the comments, will never probably read it. It's actually about a woman, telling about her relationship with someone, explaining HER own mistakes and how hard it is for HER, and for all people, to express your true feelings to someone, and let them know how much you really love them, and this song may not even be about a lover at all, it could very well be about a friend. It's like if she had told someone the right words, that person may have stayed, but she hadn't, and so at the moment of the song, it's about that. How life works, why it's the way it is and not the other way around. It's philosophical. It's not just about "a man who didn't treat her right", it's about Her, and ... Heck, it may not even be about a man, - you know what I think? I think it's most likely about a Woman.
    Sheila22on May 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo more comments?

    Shame on songmeanings. This is simly one of the most beautifully written and sung songs ever.
    Ramagammaon December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe this song is a woman's lament about a man who doesn't communicate well. He doesn't say "I love you" or "Sorry" but he is always ready when it comes to sex. He can put enough words together to ask for sex.
    DameAutouron February 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNO! i really disagree! he clearly lacks how to show his feelings vocally and wants to show her physically. it aint just sex for these two, its making love!
    Morticon September 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about making mistakes, and being unable to find the words to say that you were wrong. However, the person is still able to express love and wants things to be okay. They just don't know how to fix it, without damaging their pride.

    And yes, we can definitely agree that it is beautiful.
    yousaidloveon March 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI guess the man makes up for things by "holding her" and making her feel loved when he messes up but doesn't say sorry. Like everyone else says
    AmberAmeliaon April 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLovely, lovely song. One of my all-time favorites. Both sweet and sad, hopeful. Has anyone heard the version of the song where Chapman duets with Pavarotti? They alternate on verses, with her doing hers in English and him doing his in Italian. It's a *little* cheesy but still effective. I don't think anyone could ruin this song. It's featured on the DVD/Album "Pavarotti and Friends for Cambodia and Tibet."
    smellykellyjayon February 13, 2007   Link

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