Thought I Heard My Baby Crying

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*Contains a quotation of George Crumb's "¿De dónde vienes, amor, mi niño? (Dance of the Sacred Life-Cycle)," text by Federico García Lorca.

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I thought I heard my baby crying
Through the walls from down the hall.
And when I heard the call,
All of everything in me and out of me
Was frozen white and clean.
Thought I heard my baby crying...

So, this is the thanks, the thanks that I get,
Thanks for the nest, the nest that I built---
"Who giveth this boy, gives him away?"
One lousy dance and one piece of cake?
And this is the thanks, the thanks that I get,
Thanks for the time, the time that I spent?
"Who giveth this boy, gives him away?"
She's gonna clean up the messes he makes---

And one day she will feel this ache.

I thought I heard my baby crying,
But he wasn't home, so
I went into his room alone
'Cause sometimes being mama means
You do some bad things
To keep the house nice and clean.
Thought I heard my baby crying...

So, this is the thanks, the thanks that I get,
Thanks for the nest, the nest that I built---
"Who giveth this boy, gives him away?"
One lousy dance and one piece of cake?
And this is the thanks, the thanks that I get,
Thanks for the time, the time that I spent?
"Who giveth this boy, gives him away?"
She's gonna clean up the messes he makes---

But one day she will feel this ache.

Thought I heard my baby crying
Out for me and not those magazines
I stopped to read.
Honey, it would make you blue - so blue -
To know he'd rather dream of a dog than you.
But then you'd hear your baby crying
Like I heard my baby crying.
I thought I heard my baby crying...

But one day she will feel this ache.

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from The Living Room, released July 1, 2016

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Atlanta-born and Baltimore-based singer, songwriter, and pianist.

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