Top Ten Songs about Child Abuse

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“Alyssa Lies” by Jason Michael Carroll

The debut song for this singer, the song tells the story of the narrator’s daughter who has a friend named Alyssa. His daughter asks him why her friend Alyssa lies to everyone about her bruises. The narrator realizes that he needs to report Alyssa’s situation to the school, but he acts too late to save her.

My little girl asked me why everybody looked so sad
the lump in my throat grew bigger
with every question that she asked.
Until I felt the tears run down my face
and I told her that Alyssa wouldn’t be at school today
‘Cause she doesn’t lie in the classroom
she doesn’t lie anymore at school
Alyssa lies with Jesus
because there’s nothin’ anyone would do

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“Ask Me” by Amy Grant

One of the songs that deal with sexual abuse, this song talks about the lifelong scars a child deals with after being abused. The song questions how a God in heaven could allow such things to happen, but then resolves the question by saying it is through God that the child is able to find peace.

Ask me if I think there’s a God up in the heaven
Where did He go in the middle of her shame?
Ask me if I think there’s a God up in the heavens
I see no mercy and no one down here’s naming names
Nobody’s naming names

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“Child Called ‘It'” by Buckcherry

This was inspired by Dave Pelzer’s 1995 memoir of horrific child abuse A Child Called “It”. Todd explained on Buckcherry’s record label’s website: “There were times when I had to put the book down because the abuse of this boy was so bad, but I felt like the book found me… I was compelled to write this song out of inspiration from this guy’s incredible journey.”

Mother I really hate the way you treat me like no other
And I refuse to be your victim
Mother what have I done to make you upset I’m in trouble
And I’m too young to know your weakness
Tell me why you were so unkind
You’re so sick and you’ll never miss a child called it
A child called it

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“Concrete Angel” by Martina McBride

This powerful ballad tells of a 7-year-old girl who struggles to deal with her abusive mother while everyone around her ignores what is really going on. Ultimately, it is too late. The video for this song is slightly more powerful as you watch the young girl befriend a boy.

Through the wind and the rain
She stands hard as a stone
In a world that she can’t rise above
But her dreams give her wings
And she flies to a place
Where she’s loved
Concrete Angel

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“Falling Away From Me” by KoRn

The first hit off their fourth CD and the song featured in the South Park episode ‘Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery’ on South Park. KoRn lead singer Jonathan Davis said, “The song is about domestic abuse and that there are ways to get help. Whether it’s telling someone or calling a help line, there are ways to get out of those situations. No one has to be treated like that.”

Day, is here fading
That’s when, I would say
I flirt with suicide
Sometimes kill the pain
I can always say
‘It’s gonna be better tomorrow’
Falling away from me
Falling away from me

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“Daddy” by KoRn

If you think it strange that KoRn would have two songs about child abuse, then this statement by lead singer Jonathan Davis will clear it up for you: “When I was a kid, I was being abused by somebody else and I went to my parents and told them about it, and they thought I was lying and joking around. They never did shit about it. They didn’t believe it was happening to their son…. I don’t really like to talk about that song. This is as much as I’ve ever talked about it….”

Little child, looking so pretty. Come out and play, I’ll be your Daddy. Innocent
child, looking so sweet. Rape your mind, dear god your flesh I reep
You raped. I feel dirty. It hurt. As a child. Tied down. “That’s a good boy.”

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“Hell is for Children” by Pat Benatar

In an interview with Portfolio Weekly, Benatar explained: “I was living in New York when we wrote it and the New York Times did a series of articles about child abuse in America. I was moved by the articles. Whenever that would happen I would write. I said to Neil, ‘I want you to do something to the music that it sounds like pain. I want the intense pain that’s happening to these children in the notes,’ and so he did and it turned out just great. It became an anthem. I always wonder if other people have lofty intentions. I didn’t. We started a foundation for abused children. Then we had all these grownups writing letters saying no one had addressed this in this way before and that it was so great having someone in rock-n-roll doing this. It turned into this other thing that I don’t think any of us foresaw. The anguish is there. Every time I sing it I really remember the afternoon when we talked about it.”

They cry in the dark, so you can’t see their tears
They hide in the light, so you can’t see their fears
Forgive and forget, all the while
Love and pain become one and the same
In the eyes of a wounded child

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“Janie’s Got a Gun” by Aerosmith

The song was originally titled “Danny’s got a Gun” after a close friend of Steven Tyler’s. It’s unclear if the friend was the inspiration for the story. The song tells of a girl who shoots her abusive father because it’s the only way to escape the abuse.

She had to take him down easy
And put a bullet in his brain
She said ’cause nobody believes me
The man was such a sleaze
He ain’t never gonna be the same

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“Oh Father” by Madonna

This song is about a woman who was abused by her father in her childhood. Some of the material for the video was autobiographical. Madonna has said that the song is about all the men in her life who had hurt her and that she and her father have never spoken about the song.

You can’t hurt me now
I got away from you, I never thought I would
You can’t make me cry, you once had the power
I never felt so good about myself

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“Polly” by Nirvana

One of the few songs that takes the viewpoint of the abuser. Apparently, Kurt Cobain wrote “Polly” after reading an article about a 14 year old girl who was abducted and raped after attending a rock show in Tacoma, Washington.

Polly wants a cracker
Maybe she would like some food
She asks to untie her
A chase would be nice for a few

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“What’s the Matter Here” by 10,000 Maniacs

Natalie narrates this song about a woman who notices that her neighbors are abusing their son. The woman questions how anyone could do that to their child, but hesitates to say anything because she doesn’t think she should interfere.

I’m tired of the excuses everybody uses, he’s your kid, do as you see fit,
but get this through that I don’t approve of what you did to your own flesh and blood.

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