I Thought I Was a Child
Bonnie Raitt Lyrics


It's such a clever innocence
With which you do your sorcery
As if somehow your years
Would bow and let that young boy go free

Well, I thought I was a child until you turned and smiled
I thought I knew where I was going
Until I heard your laughter flowing
And came upon the wisdom in your eyes, surprise
Well, I've spent my whole life running 'round
Chasing songs from town to town
Thinking I'd be free by just never
Let love slow me down

So lonely and so wild until you turned and smiled
By now I should have long been gone
But here I am holding on
As if I didn't know which way to run

Well, it's such a clever innocence
With which you show myself to me
As if you know how it feels
To never be who you wanted to be

And I thought I was a child until you turned and smiled
I thought that I'd free but I'm just one more prisoner of time
Alone within the boundaries of my mind
I thought I was a child

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Written by: Jackson Browne

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Comments from YouTube:

tony tanner

I'm a big fan of Jackson Browne's original version of this song, but Bonnie definitely puts her own undeniable stamp on this deep cut.

Bon AnonymousCrickett

Sooth my torn places sister Bonnie; dry my 😪 taking me back to those glorious days of my youth when I met you and discovered my own voice. Thank you so much

Ron Olson

Came across this wonderful song after 45 years, still beautiful

city zen

It's such a clever innocence with which you do your sorcery
As if somehow the years just bow and let that young girl go free
I thought I was a child until you turned and smiled
I thought I knew where I was going until I heard your laughter flowing
And came upon the wisdom in your eyes
Surprise--
I've spent my whole life running 'round
Chasing songs from town to town
Thinking I'd be free so long as I never let love slow me down
So lonely and so wild until you turned and smiled
By now I should have long been gone
But here I am still looking on
As if I didn't know which way to run
It's such a clever innocence with which you show myself to me
As if you know how it feels to never be who you wanted to be
I thought I was a child until you turned and smiled
I thought that I was free but I'm just one more prisoner of time
Alone within the boundaries of my mind
I thought I was a child
Songwriters: Jackson Browne

DH Benz

My first Bonnie album.

Neil Gilfillan

I thought that I was free but I'm just one more prisoner of time
Alone within the boundaries of my mind
I thought I was a child

One of the all time best lyrics.

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