Witch's Lament
Patina Miller Lyrics


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This is the world I meant
Couldn't you listen?
Couldn't you stay content
Safe behind walls
As I
Could not?

Now you know what's out there in the world
No one can prepare you for the world
Even I
How could I, who loved you as you were
How could I have shielded you from her?
Or them

No matter what you say
Children won't listen
No matter what you know
Children refuse
To learn

Guide them along the way
Still they won't listen
Children can only grow




From something you love
To something you lose

Overall Meaning

In Patina Miller's song "Witch's Lament," she sings about a mother's regret of not being able to protect her daughter from the outside world. The lyrics convey the desire to shield her child from the harsh realities of life, but she couldn't. She laments that children refuse to listen to their parents, no matter how much they guide them. The mother acknowledges that children can only grow from something you love to something you lose.


The song captures the essence of a mother's love, fear, and regret. The mother understands that her daughter has to experience the world on her own and face the adversities that come with it. However, she can't help but wish that she could have protected her child from the dangers of the world. The melancholic tone of the song expresses the mother's pain and the emotional turmoil that comes with letting go of her child.


Line by Line Meaning

This is the world I meant
I wanted you to know the world for what it truly is


Couldn't you listen?
Why didn't you pay attention to my advice?


Couldn't you stay content
Why did you have to venture out and leave your comfort zone?


Safe behind walls
You were protected from the dangers of the outside world


As I
While I, too, was once sheltered like you


Could not?
But I had to face the reality eventually


Now you know what's out there in the world
You've seen the harsh truths and harsher people in the world


No one can prepare you for the world
It doesn't matter how much advice you get, it won't fully prepare you


Even I
I wasn't immune from learning this lesson


How could I, who loved you as you were
Despite loving you as you were, I couldn't keep you safe forever


How could I have shielded you from her?
No amount of protection could have saved you from evil individuals


Or them
I couldn't have shielded you from every wicked person out there


No matter what you say
You can give as much advice as possible


Children won't listen
But ultimately, children will do what they want


No matter what you know
Knowing more doesn't always equal better outcomes


Children refuse
Kids will always rebel


To learn
And until they experience things firsthand, they won't truly learn


Guide them along the way
All you can do is offer advice and support


Still they won't listen
But ultimately, they will make their own choices


Children can only grow
Kids can only mature and become adults


From something you love
From someone you cherish with your heart


To something you lose
To someone who no longer needs you.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Stephen Sondheim

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