"Papa Don't Preach" as written by and Brian Elliot....
Papa I know you're going to be upset
'Cause I was always your little girl
But you should know by now
I'm not a baby

You always taught me right from wrong
I need your help, daddy please be strong
I may be young at heart
But I know what I'm saying

The one you warned me all about
The one you said I could do without
We're in an awful mess
And I don't mean maybe, please

Papa don't preach I'm in trouble deep
Papa don't preach, I've been losing sleep
But I made up my mind, I'm keeping my baby, hm
I'm gonna keep my baby, hm

He says that he's going to marry me
We can raise a little family
Maybe we'll be all right
It's a sacrifice

But my friends keep telling me to give it up
Saying I'm too young, I ought to live it up
What I need right now is some good advice, please

Papa don't preach, I'm in trouble deep
Papa don't preach, I've been losing sleep
But I made up my mind, I'm keeping my baby, hm
I'm gonna keep my baby, ooh ooh

Daddy, daddy if you could only see
Just how good he's been treating me
You'd give it some blessing right now
'Cause we are in love
We are in love (in love), so please (so)

Papa don't preach, I'm in trouble deep
Papa don't preach, I've been losing sleep
But I made up my mind, I'm keeping my baby, hm
I'm gonna keep my baby, ooh ooh

Papa don't preach, I'm in trouble deep
Papa don't preach, I've been losing sleep
Papa don't preach, I'm in trouble deep
Papa don't preach, I've been losing sleep
Papa don't preach (Oh, I'm gonna keep my baby)
Papa don't preach (Ooh)
Papa don't preach (Don't you stop loving me daddy)
Papa don't preach (I know I'm keeping my baby)
Papa don't preach


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"Papa Don't Preach" as written by Brian Elliot

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  • +2
    General CommentKeeping her boyfriend could be "trouble" and "an awful mess" if the her parents didn't approve of him. Ever talk to a Jewish girl trying to date a non-Jewish boy? It's pretty easy to see how that could be confused. I do think that the meaning is straightforward, but I could see how the Kelly Clarkson folks could get it mixed up. Her voice is too young with not enough power to convey the true emotions and vitality of this song. So in that respect, I fully agree with Barefoot.

    Furthermore, I find it remarkably rude to insult another person's interpretation of a song. Keep in mind that it's all poetry and art (not all of it good) and fully open to interpretation. You can only draw on your own experiences when trying to understand the artists mind.
    onelokikittyon January 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti just didn't feel the song as strongly with Kelly as i did with Madonna. this song has real meaning and kelly didn't come through with the real emotions it takes to give this song justice. papa don't preach is one of my favorite songs by madonna because it reveals the strength that it takes to stand up for what you think is right, and even though she is young and pregnant, she knows that she has to provide for the baby and even if her father doesn't approve, she is doing what she thinks is right.
    BareFootOnGlasson September 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdude...how could you not know this song was about teen pregnancy? "but i made up my mind/ im keepin my BABY?" um, duh?
    GoofyGooberon April 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Baby" is also a slang term for endearment, often used for a significant other... unless someone were listening *very* closely to the lyrics (and honestly, most people listening on the radio and such aren't), I could easily see how the true meaning of the song could be confuse.
    Nonnyon January 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo Nonny-- then why would the lyrics include "he says that he's going to marry me/and we can raise a LITTLE FAMILY"? It's pretty obvious. Why would keeping her boyfriend be "trouble" and "an awful mess"?
    jessicapalmeron July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this one is pretty obvious.
    Ange*Gaucheon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just found out today that this song is about a chick who's pregnant. I thought it was about a boyfriend her father didn't like. Daaaaaamn I really am a blonde.
    SINnocenton June 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't feel bad. I thought the same thing until my friend was like "Man! This song really speaks out about teen pregnancy!" I just shut my mouth and listened. Hehe.
    mehranduhon June 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI enjoyed this piece in it's time and I am enjoying the new found fame it has through the voice of Kelly Osborne, that girl's got game with this piece.
    dazzychick83on July 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentitalians do it better!
    lunch box angelon March 22, 2003   Link

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