"Baby Seat" as written by Stephen Duffy and Steven Page....
You left Billy with the kid
And all the selfless things you did with Billy
You left you home town in the spring
And turned your back on everything
You thought your life would just go by
Without a pause to wonder, don't be silly

But you can't live your life in the baby seat
You've got to stand on your own
Don't admit defeat

He came down from his retreat
She saw him later in the street
He said "You are the only one
To recognize that I'm the son"
So she bent down and kissed his feet
And that night between the sheets she told him

You can't live your life in the baby seat
You've got to stand on your own
Don't admit defeat

40 days at sea
Then she turned and said to me
"If we make it back
I'll renounce Jack Kerouac
And all of that romantic crap
Like I'm an artist don't look back"

Now we're living somewhere else
We keep opinions to ourselves
But still we seek a sneaky peek at heaven
When the working week defeats us
If you think growing up was tough
Then you're just not grown up enough, baby

You can't live your life in the baby seat
You've got to stand on your own
Don't admit defeat. You can't live your life in the baby seat
You've got to stand on your own
Don't admit defeat


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"Baby Seat" as written by Steven Page Stephen Duffy

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  • +1
    General Comment"like i'm am artist, don't look back" is borrowed from Bob Dylan, "She Belongs To Me." I just figured that out.. if anyone cares..
    luckye225on June 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOoooh, thank you for pointing that out about the Dylan reference... I love when there's a link between favourites of mine :-) The stand-out line for me here is "If you think growing up is tough then you're just not grown up enough." A classy put-down if ever there was one!
    gracelynon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe bridge is by far the coolest part of this song. "40 days at sea" refers to a Israelite style wandering about, further evidenced by the Jack Kerouac reference (read On the Road). It's sarcastic, not literal.

    The entire song is saying don't give up your youthful idealism. It's trying to create nostalgia for another time (see also Old Apartment) and counterpointing complacency for our Fight-Clubesque lot in life (see also Never Do Anything).

    BNL is at their best when they're at their most introspective. I love Pinch Me and 1-Week types of songs, but the deeper stuff is truly great.
    Kwazyon February 19, 2005   Link
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    My InterpretationMy interpretation is actually completely opposite from Kwazy's. I think this song is, if anything, an attack on youthful idealism. The "40 days at sea..." part seems to be saying that this woman dreamed of wandering around like Jack Kerouac, but now that she's actually gotten herself lost, she's thinking she was kind of dumb. And if she survives the experience she once thought of as so romantic, she's going to become more of a grown-up and stop daydreaming about "leaving it all behind."
    Archaia Sophiaon May 06, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"You can't live your life in the baby seat
    You've got to stand on your own
    Don't admit defeat "

    It means that you can't live life by letting everyone else do things for you. You have to stand up and do things yourself.
    NtoTheDrkon April 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with gracelyn. My favourite part. especially the way he says baby after that line.

    ** Steven Page for president!!! * *
    sarahmansouron September 10, 2002   Link
  • -2
    General CommentI think this song is about Jesus...the parallels are amazong...too many to list in fact.

    Oddly enough, I'm not Christian : )
    tobosoquesoon June 13, 2002   Link

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