"Babydoll" as written by and Chan Marshall....
Black, black, black is all you see
Don't you want to be free?
Red, red fire is what you breathe
Don't you want to be clean?
Honey, the shape you're in
Is worth every dime you spent
Baby doll
Turn out the lights
Set yourself on fire
Say goodnight
Did you have a real cool time?
Black, black, black is all you see
Don't you want to be free?

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"Babydoll" as written by Chan Marshall


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    General CommentChan Marshall once mentioned in an interview, that one of the reasons she started playing music was because all her friends were into heroin & other hard drugs and she didn't want anything to do with that, and needed something to express her anguish & isolation from them.

    I'm pretty sure this song is about a friend/lover who does heroin - turn out the lights/set yourself on fire/say goodnight definitely sounds like shooting up and passing out into oblivion, hence the frequent mention of black/darkness. I think if you look at it like that, it's really pretty clear.
    zerocharismaon June 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can't quite pinpoint what she's trying to say in this one. All I can get out of it is that someone's miserable. Someone help.
    JamieLou007on May 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, the 1st cat power song i ever heard. stunning
    xawestruckxeyesxon February 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Zerocharisma, Like before I never really understood it but i still loved it, and now I really know what Im listening to. And it is very clear to me that yeah this is like about drugs. "did you have a real cool time" "is it worth every dime" "dont you want to be free"...Yeah.
    Nova_Crashon March 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite Cat Power song.
    aboutaprettysunseton March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you, zerocharisma. It's funny because I listened to this song on drugs and now reading back on the lyrics, and listening to it again, I definately feel like it narrated that night for me. It's a beautiful song, and now it has a new meaning for me.
    hustleroseon September 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"set yourself on fire"?
    this reminded me of stars
    dustybreezeon July 01, 2008   Link

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