"Three Babies" as written by and Sinead O'connor....
Each of these my three babies
I will carry with me
For myself
I ask no one else will be
Mother to these three
And of course
I'm like a wild horse
But there's no other way I could be
Water and feed are not tools
That I need for the thing that I've chosen to be
In my soul
My blood and my bones
I have wrapped your cold bodies around me
The face on you
The smell of you
Will always be with me
Each of these my three babies
I was not willing to leave
Though I tried
I blasphemed and denied
I know they will be returned to me
Each of these my babies
Have brought you closer to me
No longer mad like a horse
I'm still wild but not lost
From the thing that I've chosen to be
And it's `cause you've thrilled me
Silenced me
Stilled me
Proved things I never believed
The face on you
The smell of you
Will always be with me
Each of these my three babies
I will carry with me
For myself
I ask no one else will be
Mother to these three

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"Three Babies" as written by Sinead O'connor

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is definitely about miscarriage. It is a topic that is definitely not discussed enough nor are mothers and fathers allowed to openly grieve about it, which is a shame. As someone who has experienced infertility I really can identify with it. This song and Tori Amos's "Spark" are beautiful and heartbreaking tributes to lost unborn children.
    AnotherAngelon February 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI found an interview where she talks about how she wrote this song and another one after miscarriage. "I had a series of miscarriages....that's what the story was with that....Miscarriages and things like that never really get discussed. It's a grieving thing and there's nowhere to go and talk about it."
    daneypopson April 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this sng...
    ma mum wnts it played at her funeral (thts nt y i luv it...) an just shows how much she loves her 3 daughters, "I ask no one else will be
    mother to these three" thats ma mums line. an its so true of her, bcs no1 cud ever replace her as a mother, she is indeed the best ne1 cud ask for. love u mummy x x x
    blu_girl_4evaon May 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAs in all art, this song is subjective and will have special meaning for different people in different ways.. however, I feel this song is about abortion - I know it's meaning is similar in several ways to the agony of miscarraige,but just because a woman feels it impossible to carry a pregnancy to full term does not mean she doesn't deeply mourn the loss or doesn't experience the grief of the impact of the decision.. (just as a woman experiencing a miscairrage will often have deep feelings of guilt even though her loss was not her decision)

    Not enough people are willing to talk about abortion, and women therefore rarely want to admit to one (let alone 3 or more of them) ..our society makes that difficult if not impossible.

    Being the outspoken woman Sinead O'Connor is, and her feelings on rights of women and the suppression of the catholic church (very stongly against abortion rights espeially in her native Ireland)I am sure at least one of those Three Babies was lost through the difficult decision to end a pregnancy.
    chrissydvon September 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song refers to miscarriage - these babies do not have physical form, but they are her children. i blasphemed and denied, i know they will be returned to me - i think she is imagining another place or time/life when they will be reunited. i can understand why a mother would want it at her funeral, it really sums up a mother's unconditional love.
    daneypopson September 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMiscarriage makes sense, but this song always made me think of a mother who can't look after her babies for whatever reason, so she has to give them up for adoption, and the babies have brought the father closer to her.
    Makes me cry.
    Wambson December 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationan abortion song, period. one of the most powerful pop songs ever written, and i am a man.
    mkcatudpon August 03, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wonder what this song from her is all about??!!...I mean...without getting deep into the lyrical content yet, I could say/imply that it possibly deal with some loss?...yes??...no??...

    I mean...the mind is a terrible thing, if it can't be controlled...so that I tend to think about something wrong...Gush knows!!...abortion...or sth similar...that the main narrator talks about...

    I guess I'll go ahead...and get rid of my letargy and think into these lyrics without infering anything...which is what I'm doing now...sorry out there!!...I'm new in this...

    it is simply...a marvellous song!!
    blessings Y'all!!
    ToniTon July 05, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso it's not about a kid, coveting her three jelly babies ???
    Fitchy22on September 10, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI was a big Sinead O'Connor fan in high school. I decided to play I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got while working today. I completely forgot about the song Three Babies. It is truly beautiful. As soon as I heard it, I was completely reminded of my wife's miscarriages from 9 and 10 years ago. I'm not sure if it is about abortion or miscarriage, but I know I have a completely different view of the song from when I was in high school 30 years ago.
    MarkHutchyon April 06, 2018   Link

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