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Bruce Springsteen: I'm on Fire Meaning

Covered By: AWOLNATION (2015)

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I'm on Fire Lyrics

Hey little girl,
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.
I'm on...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    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...


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    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.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    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

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 8th report

    He was singing about being a pedophile having selfish erotica love for a little girl. He wants with demonic fury to rape here with lustful violence.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 9th 2022 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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  6. anonymous
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    May 22nd 2022 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.

  7. anonymous
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    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.

  8. anonymous
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    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.

  9. anonymous
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    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.

  10. anonymous
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    Sep 8th 2020 report

    If you think this song is about pedophillia, you have a walnut for a brain. Its about a dude who wants a woman already taken by another dude.

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  11. anonymous
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    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.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 14th 2019 report

    It’s not a good look for ole Bruce. I honestly think he’s just thinking about girl he used to have a crush on when he was younger. That is all.

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  13. anonymous
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    Dec 4th 2018 report

    If you watch the music video it explains... He's in love with a woman that has a sugar daddy.

  14. anonymous
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    Oct 26th 2018 report

    totally pedophilia song. Is your Dad home, I got a bad desire, I want to do things to you

    Crazy I hear it sometimes on radio,
    old guy wants to make sex to a little girl when daddy isnt home...

    OMG. another Harvey Weinstein scandal noone talked about, because???

  15. SNAPS
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    Oct 24th 2018 report

    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....”

  16. anonymous
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    Oct 17th 2018 report

    Its actually sad, his singing about how her father left her when she was young and he never gave her what she needed so he wants to give a sort of fulfillment in life knowning when he gives her that she will pleasure him

    The edge dull knife I think means how cold and blunt people can be and they cut threw you leaving a valley of scars

    The waking up in the middle of the night having cold sweats making the bedding wet means of how his forever hers completely smitten he craves her touch but shes hurt herself so doesnt know how to approach her

    They both crave and obsess over each other all day but they will both die never getting to touch one another because of their hurtful pasts.

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  17. anonymous
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    Apr 14th 2018 report

    An affair I had with a married woman. He was a trucker and so was I. I rolled down the road sweating with lust for her until our next rendezvous. I had to call first, naturally

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  18. anonymous
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    Jan 31st 2018 report

    He’s singing about the car.

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