In California
Forever summer and hot
Into the ocean
You're smiling a lot
On sandy beaches
And the blankets are hot
You're in my arms
And I kiss your heart
Jesus, don't touch my baby
Jesus, don't touch my baby
Jesus, don't touch my baby
She's all that I got

Reflections coming
In through the sheets
You love your baby
Are sweet
Out on the highway
We ride tonight
Jesus don't know you
He was just saying Hi
Don't touch my baby
Jesus, don't touch my baby

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Jesus (Don't Touch My Baby) Lyrics as written by Ryan Adams

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    General CommentI read it more as a song about falling in love with a girl who's considering Christianity, and the narrator (possibly Adams, maybe not) feels like he could lose her to religion, like she won't be the same person if she converts. The line "Jesus don't know you / He was just saying hi" to me sounds like she had a brief flirtation with Christianity and he's saying, "Don't take her from me, Jesus," because he doesn't believe in what she's leaning toward.

    That might be a radical interpretation, but that's definitely how I see it.
    kellyelephanton September 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFtr, it's not "you're in my arms", it's "through the magnolias." ...Amazing song by an amazing song writer.
    Pwrcat1on November 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn 2002, Ryan said "Written about the same subject as 'Tomorrow'. My California phase was actually quite creative. That was when I found out that my friend was sick. It was during a Pink Hearts session and I was so upset I kicked them all out of the studio. But I needed to be busy doing something, so I started playing around with this drum machine and this came out. Think I'd been listening to too much Radiohead when I recorded it."
    scratcherno1on January 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't explain what Ryan's voice does to me when I listen to this song. It moves me in a tiring way, tired of trying, tired of complaining, tired of love. Incredible ending song.

    He's in an argument with Jesus, one of the purest human manifestations of love. The argument is this: if she gets to have perfect love, what's going to happen to me? Hence the line, "She's all I got..."

    His voice is tired and imperfect, just the way it should be.
    davidecoyoteon November 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'll have to dissagree. for some reason i really enjoy listening to this one. well probably because it's good.
    Sum1LsesChpstckon January 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe wrote this song shortly after the death of his one-time lover Carrie Hamilton.

    The first time I heard it, I didn't "get" it, but afterwards it grew on me gradually.
    Diego8978on February 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow! I thought it was pretty much self evident, great song. I just keep on discovering great song after great song by Ryan years after their release.
    So aliveon March 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentum. . . whats the word. . . whats the word. . . OH YEAH!

    MusenMollyon March 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfantastic song
    peepeeheadon March 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutly love this song... it's so depressing...
    I geuss that this one and Dear Chicago, and disire are my top 3 tracks on demolition...
    i think the lyrics are easy to understand
    sadmonkeyfaceon August 06, 2007   Link

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