Bruce Springsteen: I'm on Fire Meaning
Covered By: AWOLNATION (2015)
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I'm on Fire Lyrics
is your daddy home?
Did he go and leave you all alone?
I got a bad desire.
I'm on fire.
Tell me now baby,
is he good to you?
Can he do to you
the things that I do?
Oh no, I can take you higher.
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Oct 5th 2017 report
This song is a sexy ass song...and it's not about pedophedilia in my opinion...that would be taking it to the complete literal sense, which is usually not the case with music...there's always somethin much more profound in it...I mean come on, so then every time we see the word "baby" used in a song we all assume that we're talking about a child? No...
Here's what I think:
1. "Little Girl", I feel is his stance on her maturity level.
2. "Daddy", obviously is the guy that she's with, not her real father because the verse that says "tell me baby is he good to you, can he do all the things that I can do...", expresses that it's the man she's with....
3. The soakin in the sheets and all that...he desires her, he's tortured by the idea that he can't have her...it torments him to know that he's better than that guy she's with...
It's what us guys go thru at least once in our lives when we see or know a girl that we're just completely infatuated with and never get to have...and it takes us to that level of, man, I wish I had her, ya know...its a good song...It's one of those songs you listen to when you fantasize about the girl you want, but can't have, starin up at the ceiling just wishin and hopin...
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Dec 19th 2019 report
I think that we all want to resist the idea that such an awesome, sing-along, ear-catching song, could be about paedophilia. But it disturbs me every time I hear it. If he'd been trying to strive for allusions, there are plenty more that could have been more effective. As it stands, and without the benefit of seeing the video, I simply wish he'd made clear word choices, particularly about the 'daddy' line which is super-disturbing.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous Apr 20th 2020 report
This song is definately about a pedophile wanting to pound someone’s daughter. His head hurts because he knows his thoughts are terrible and wishes they would go away
anonymous Aug 9th report
If only Bruce Springsteen had changed the word "little" for, for instance, "sweet", and "daddy" for "lover", the song wouldn't have been this controversial, as it rightfully is, nowadays. I wonder why he chose these words.
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anonymous May 22nd report
In the 70s and 80s it was common for people to use ‘daddy’ and ‘baby’ just as we use ‘boo’ or ‘hunny’ today. (or 10 years ago) The idea that this is about a child is the worst interpretation of anything I’ve ever seen, except maybe the idea it’s the CAR!! Come on man. GTFO with both. It’s obviously what the easily viewed music video portrays without any ambiguity at all. Sheesh.
anonymous Sep 3rd 2021 report
How can people be so stupid????
If any of you've written a comment, tagging the song as "child abuse" or something nasty and you haven't seen the official song video then your misinterpretation of his song's lyrics is quite understandable.
Watch the video first before you comment....the women (not a child) has clearly taken a liking to the mechanic (Bruce). The mechanic likes her too but he also knows he can't have her coz she's already taken. He checks out her wedding ring that is still on her finger as she leaves the keys (not jus the keys of the car but to her (her home) as she hints him where she lives.
Bruce caught in this desire which he knows is bad but couldn't resist that it makes him sleepless, torn and mentally ill.
But he comes out clean at the last minute....he decides not to do it...he ditches her invite, smiles at the whole damn thing and does the right thing....HE LEAVES leaving the keys at her doorstep.
It's a wonderful song....tells the story of a man who almost made a wrong decision in his life.
anonymous Apr 16th 2021 report
The song is about a woman battling with an addiction. It shifts perspectives from the drugs seducing her, to her withdrawals, and battling the call of the drugs.
anonymous Jan 3rd 2021 report
Its about the car - the little girl. Daddy is the owner of the car. The car is what he desires. That's why he asks if she (the car) was left all alone. He's the mechanic in the clip, hence the lyric "can he (the owner) do to the things that I (the mechanic) do" and he drove the car. Well that's my spin. All of this of course may be metaphorical.
anonymous Jul 14th 2020 report
It's about a man's selfish desire to pour out his morbid death lust for a little girl. He wants to use hi penis as a knife to stab her between his legs until she dies.
anonymous Dec 4th 2018 report
If you watch the music video it explains... He's in love with a woman that has a sugar daddy.
It’s a song about drug use and addiction- initially, his addiction is mocking him by calling him a “little girl”, the “daddy” reference being the drug itself or his dealer, either one having left him alone with this “bad desire” (craving the drug). His addiction this time is tempting him, sarcastically (as in, how is quitting working for you so far) with “Can he do the things to you that I can?” - with the “he” in this case being his abstinence.
Then, his addiction is tempting him much more SEDUCTIVELY with “Are you all alone? I can take you higher”.
The dull knife through the middle of his skull, waking up with night sweats, followed by the freight train coming at him, are full blown withdrawal symptoms; after that, ALL he does is answer back to it, “ONLY YOU can cool my desire.... woohoo....”
anonymous Jan 31st 2018 report
He’s singing about the car.
anonymous Jan 10th 2018 report
He has an inner conflict with himself over his sexual desires for a young ( minor) girl he knows.
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