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Stoney End
Barbra Streisand Lyrics


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I was born from love
And my poor mother worked the mines
I was raised on the Good Book Jesus
Till I read between the lines
Now I don't believe

I wanna to see the morning
Going down the stoney end
I never wanted to go
Down the stoney end
Mama, let me start all over
Cradle me, Mama, cradle me again

And I can still remember him
With love light in his eyes
But the light flickered out and parted

As the sun began to rise
Now I don't believe
I want to see the morning
Going down the stoney end
That I never wanted to go
Down the stoney end

Mama, let me start all over
Cradle me, Mama, cradle me again
(Cradle me, Mama, cradle me again
Mama, cradle me again)

Never mind the forecast
'Cause the sky has lost control
'Cause the furry and the broken thunders

Come to match my raging soul
Now I don't believe
I wanna to see the morning
Going down the stoney end

I never wanted to go
Down the stoney and
Mama, let me start all over
Cradle me, Mama, cradle me again
(Going down the stoney end
I never wanted to go
I never wanted to go)

I never wanted to go
Mama
I never wanted to go

(Going down the stoney end
I never wanted to go
I never wanted to go)

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of the song "Stoney End" by Barbra Streisand establish the backstory of the singer. She was born from love and raised by a mother who worked in the mines. She grew up on religious teachings but began to see things differently after reading between the lines. She expresses her disbelief in what she was taught and a yearning to see the morning going down to the "stoney end" despite never wanting to go there.


The second verse takes a somber turn as the singer remembers a person who once had love in his eyes but whose light flickered and went out as the sun started to rise. The chorus then repeats her wish to see the morning and go down to the stoney end while asking her mother to cradle her again. The final verse seems to capture the singer's current state of mind, one that is filled with rage and a sense of a loss of control. However, she still desires to see the morning and go down to the stoney end.


Overall, the song is a reflection on a journey from love and faith to doubt and disillusionment. The stoney end could symbolize the inevitability of a difficult ending or a rocky emotional endpoint for the singer.


Line by Line Meaning

I was born from love
I come from a place of love and affection


And my poor mother worked the mines
My mother had to do grueling labor in the mines to provide for us


I was raised on the Good Book Jesus
I grew up learning about Jesus from the Bible


Till I read between the lines
But as I got older, I started to question some of the teachings


Now I don't believe
And now I've lost my faith completely


I wanna to see the morning
I long to experience a new beginning


Going down the stoney end
And I hope to find that through a difficult journey


I never wanted to go
Although I'm scared and uncertain, I know it's necessary for growth


Mama, let me start all over
I wish I could go back and start fresh


Cradle me, Mama, cradle me again
I long for comfort and support from my mother even as an adult


And I can still remember him
I reminisce about someone important who provided me with guidance and love


With love light in his eyes
They looked at me with pure, genuine affection


But the light flickered out and parted
But unfortunately they are no longer here


As the sun began to rise
Perhaps their presence left as things started to change


Never mind the forecast
I don't care what's supposed to happen


'Cause the sky has lost control
I feel like things are unpredictable and chaotic


'Cause the furry and the broken thunders
Storms of bad emotions and experiences are brewing inside me


Come to match my raging soul
And they are fueled by my own inner turmoil


(Going down the stoney end
And even though I'm afraid


I never wanted to go
I know that I have to take this journey


Mama
And I still need my mother's support


I never wanted to go
But I know it's for the best




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: LAURA NYRO

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Lulu Pavone

I was born from love and my poor mother worked the mines
I was raised on the Good Book Jesus till I read between the lines
now I don't believe I want to see the morning

Going down the Stoney End
I never wanted to go down the Stoney End
Mama let me start all over
cradle me, Mama, cradle me again

I can still remember him with love light in his eyes
but the light flickered out and parted as the sun began to rise
Now I don't believe I want to see the morning

Going down the Stoney End
I never wanted to go down the Stoney End
Mama let me start all over
cradle me, mama, cradle me again
(cradle me, mama, cradle me again
Mama, cradle me again...)

Never mind the forecast 'cause the sky has lost control
'cause the fury and the broken thunders come to match my raging soul
Now I don't believe I want to see the morning

Going down the Stoney End
I never wanted to go down the Stoney End
Mama let me start all over
cradle me, mama, cradle me again
going down the Stoney End...

Laura Nyro



All comments from YouTube:

Ted Reynolds

Did not know this was Streisand's cut! She's singing her azz off! ALWAYS loved her voice, but she really showcases her range, particularly at the end. INCREDIBLE!

Marty Emmons

Now that I've experienced so many genres of music and the great vocalists and musicians, I can appreciate the level Barbra Streisand had taken Laura Nyro's beautiful song.

patrick ryan

The entire album is a treat (for all times). And, yes, she does a bang up job with this Laura Nyro number. I love to sing along with it, having nearly mastered the range necessary to give the song its full impact.

Pat Glaze

@Nijee Vaughn Yep - she basically recorded it verbatim.

Nijee Vaughn

This is actually a song by Laura Nyro and Barbara covered it

J ROMANO

No one does it like you Barbra. Still gives me goosebumps at 58 when I hear your songs❤️❤️

Michael L. Brubaker

@Stephen Alessini I thought it was appendicitis slow action on the docs part

Reene Keenie

Ditto!!

Stephen Alessini

Andy Warhol died at 58 after a gall bladder operation, but you already knew that.

C M

I was 17 when this song came out, drove my family crazy playing it so loud. Ms Streisand's voice is a gift to the 🌍

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