Poppe, Maddie - Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up Lyrics




That was the way, that was the way it was
When you're five years old and don't have nowhere else to run
Except into your mother's arms, where she held you so tight
And you're scared of the dark so you sleep with your little night light

When you walked up to school and everyone there was your best friend
When you learned your numbers and shapes and played pretend
You didn't mind that your hair was a mess, you were so carefree
You didn't know how cold and cruel this world would one day be

We were just so young
We should have known
We should have known
That one day we'd hate our bodies and we'd orbit around buttons on a phone
We should have known
That one day we'd pluck our eyebrow hairs and wonder why the cool kids stared at me
Oh why'd it have to be
Our imaginations have run dry
We hate ourselves and have a nightly cry
And then we act like we're fine
It's alcohol and bombs and drugs, don't ever let your children grow up
(Oh oh oh...)

We would swing on the swings and jump off and pretend we could fly
But as soon as we blinked we grew up and we're junior high
So our dads dropped us off at the park and we stayed out 'till ten
So the makeup comes out and we think we need the perfect boyfriend

We were just so young
How didn't we know
How didn't we know
That we'd be independent on our own and lose more friends while traveling down the road
Oh, how didn't we know
That there's more to life than sleepovers and jocks turn out worse than the science nerds
But somehow that all gets blurred
And some relationships they end real fast
And though you want you might never get it back
The doors close just like that
It's depression and it's broken love, don't ever let your children grow up
(Oh oh oh...)

We're no longer young
So now that we know
So now that we know
That this world could use some turning 'round, if only we could find some common ground
But it's up to us
And although at times it gets so rough, you have got to let your children grow up
Yeah, you have got to let your children, got to let your children grow up





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Poppe, Maddie Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up Comments
  1. Marian Mae

    Nice song

  2. indika pathirana

    Her voice is soothing...
    This song touches my soul

  3. Maya Myrdahl

    I have to swallow my tears every time I hear her sing this

  4. Þorbjörg Björnsdóttir

    Amazing🌹🎼🎸🎤

  5. Rewriters Realm

    And then she goes and makes a pop album frick she would be so good in country

  6. Samantha Lau

    who misses this? i do

  7. CHAK hao

    What an amazing, full circle moment this must have been for her.

  8. Ciprian P.

    This song has to be in a commercial or smth

  9. Maya Hernandez

    Love her style and her voice! I screamed when she won😂

  10. January Colnick

    "How didn't we know that we'd be independent on our own and lose more friends while traveling down the road" I'm crying.

  11. Emma Johnson

    I really wish they let her sing the full song

  12. Elvis Lover

    My mom cried when she listened to this song

  13. Divergentrod

    I love you so much I have the same dreams as you did you know you are now my fav singer

  14. crm50100

    My best friend is terrific and I Love Her!!

  15. Michael Bohrer

    Authentic as... Hell

  16. Donna hauk

    Love Maddy voice. So easy to listen too all day!

  17. MahoGats TFM

    the background singers were honestly unnecessary but THIS SONG IS SO GOOD

  18. Orange Kid

    She’s so good. This song makes me cry every time

  19. F B

    I listen to this song over and over again. Please Maddie, don’t forget to put this song on your cd!!
    Fan from Holland

  20. Gabwielz Mabatid

    im used to this version but i still like this...this is very beautiful omg

  21. Nina McNay

    her outfit and singing are frig'n cute

  22. Leigh Davis

    This was so sad and beautiful

  23. Ronilda Sousa

    Mad Poppe makes me cry with this song! I have a 4 years old daughter and this song makes my heart melt over my daughter image on my head

  24. Lilian Bolas

    I just really love this song

  25. Maya bunny

    i love and catie too! i'm sad that catie loses but i'm also glad maddie won! love both of em just like how i love pancakes and waffles! EQUALLY!!

  26. Ana Flor Smith

    Love her and this song!!

  27. Samantha Booth

    that day she sang this original song of hers is the day i believed in her and now she's the AMERICAN IDOL!!!

  28. Angel Adriel

    Perfect

  29. Amanda Beck

    Such a beautiful song! ❤

  30. Athandile Qwaqwa

    She won ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  31. Kyle Elam

    This has to be on you’re first album at least

    JonThomas Farley

    Kyle Elam Just search her name on iTunes, she already has an album and this song is on it!!

  32. Kyle Elam

    You had me at the beginning on this jam

  33. Natalie Lawless

    I need this on Spotify!!

  34. Jill S

    This should be number 1... song by the end of this year

  35. superhan

    Lyrics
    Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up – Maddie Poppe

    That was the way, that was the way it was
    When you're five years old and don't have no where else to run
    Except into your mothers arms where she held you so tight
    And you're scared of the dark so you sleep with your little night light

    When you walked up to school and everyone there was your best friend
    When you learn your numbers and shapes and played pretend
    You didn't mind that your hair was a mess you were so carefree
    You didn't know how cold and cruel this world would one day be

    We were just so young
    We should have known, we should have known
    That one day we'd hate our bodies
    And we'd orbit around buttons on a phone

    We should have known
    That one day we'd pluck our eyebrow hairs
    And wonder why the cool kids stare at me
    Oh why'd it have to be

    Our imaginations have run dry
    We hate ourselves and have a nightly cry
    And then we act like we're fine
    It's alcohol and bums and drugs

    Don't ever let your children grow up

    You would swing on the swing and jump off and pretend we could fly
    But as soon as we blinked we grew up and we're junior high
    So our dads dropped us off at the park and we stayed out till ten
    So the make-up comes out and we think we need the perfect boyfriend

    We were just so young how didn't we know
    How didn't we know
    That we'd be independent on our own
    And lose more friends while travelling down the road

    Oh, how didn't we know
    That there's more to life than sleepovers
    And jocks turned out worse than the science nerds
    Somehow that all gets blurred

    Some relationships they end real fast
    And though you want you might never get it back
    The doors close just like that
    It's depression and it's broken love

    Don't ever let your children grow up

    We're no longer young so now that we know
    So now that we know
    That this world could use some turning round
    If only we could find some common ground

    But it's up to us
    And although at times it gets so rough
    You have gotta let your children grow up
    Yeah you have gotta let your children, gotta let your children grow up

  36. Abby Sams

    That was the way, that was the way it was
    When you're five years old and don't have nowhere else to run
    Except into your mother's arms, where she held you so tight
    And you're scared of the dark so you sleep with your little night light
    When you walked up to school and everyone there was your best friend
    When you learned your numbers and shapes and played pretend
    You didn't mind that your hair was a mess, you were so carefree
    You didn't know how cold and cruel this world would one day be
    We were just so young
    We should have known
    We should have known
    That one day we'd hate our bodies and we'd orbit around buttons on a phone
    We should have known
    That we'd be independent on our own and lose more friends while traveling down the road oh how didn't we know
    It's alcohol and bombs and drugs, don't ever let your children grow up
    You have gotta let tour children
    Gotta let your children grow up

  37. lethol1

    She deserved the win. I love this song.

  38. Trecia Baker

    I love the song so much....she deserved the win

  39. Fools For CHRIST Jesus died for you!

    My fav song knew she was gonna win she reminds me of Katie and Norah

  40. Sara !

    She should not have won. Gabby is wayy better

    Melrose Hawkins

    Ha. Most of America laughs at this.

  41. Elysekiera

    So glad she won, she got all my votes! I can’t get this song out of my head

  42. Allyson Ulucay

    Can't wait to buy your album!

    Lauren Weber

    Maddie has an album called "Songs From the Basement"! Buy and stream it!!

    Buy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-from-the-basement/1124110013

    Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Songs-Basement-Maddie-Poppe/dp/B01H4BG0YM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525060365&sr=8-1&keywords=maddie+poppe

    Stream on Spotify!

  43. The Channel of LIFE!

    an amazing voice that fits an amazing song.😊

  44. Bleu Jaye

    This song gives me literal chills every time I listen.

  45. invisiblegirl81

    Thank you america for finally getting it right. My parents are also from Iowa and we all have been rooting for her since day 1. Maddie your amazing girl!

  46. Billy Masoner

    Here’s my take on this. Maddie Poppe is an AMAZING singer, humble and sweet. But it’s still weird and suspicious to me that the top three look like Fox News clones. All white and blonde. Meanwhile the charismatic black kid, the weird and talented redhead, and the Hispanic drag queen, who were all WAY better than the #2 and #3 picks got voted out too early. While I’ll look for Maddie and Caleb’s albums, I’ll be doing all I can to support Catie Turner, Ada Vox, and Michael J Woodward in their future careers

  47. Marie Bmom

    She’s really the best! She deserved it!

  48. Mirushka M

    Her original song is beautiful and so much better than the song Idol wrote for her to sing. Kudos to Maddie

  49. Jade

    Still mesmerised by this song.. ❤

  50. Kasey Estella

    Sex to my ears 💗

    Melrose Hawkins

    .....ah sure.

  51. Joel Rutland

    You are awesome MADDIE POPPE!!! WE love you and so happy you won the Idol! ! You deserve it! !

  52. DisneyNerd1994

    I can see why she won American Idol. She’s really good!

  53. Karl Rei

    Love this young lady, sings her heart out. Stays true to herself and dresses nice, no need to sell sex just her voice.

  54. Simply Impish

    She makes me cry with her angelic voice 👼

  55. Grailer

    And she did win as I predicted 😼

  56. Kevin McCue

    I love Maddie. She reminds me, Marlyn Monroe.

  57. Brooks W

    One of the MANY reasons why Maddie won is that she is a songwriter. It is terribly difficult to market a singer who doesn't write their own music. Maddie has an entire album on Spotify, so give it a listen.

  58. WileyCoyote69

    It's a good thing she didn't get through on The Voice. Idol is the show which builds real industry careers.

    Luke sucks BTW.

  59. Cristie Hitchens

    Why does she look just like Grace Davies???

  60. Kelli Burton

    Such a wonderful song, perfect graduation song. Class day song.

  61. Sukri Hidayat

    Thank you for making a very wonderful song. I'm crying just first time listening to this. Thank you, thank you so much for the feeling you shared through this song.

  62. sumaiya hoque

    I loved this song right away when you sang it for the first time. I listened to it so many times! Love you Maddie. You're so amazing. 💓

  63. shawn jade

    I love her voice "authentic"...

  64. Natasha Reviews

    Wow what a moving song and very good too! Pure talent

  65. Homa Hassan

    Her voice Like dido to me ❤️

  66. rottahern

    Ella es adorable ! La mejor Maddie Poppe 💐👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  67. Tori Chan

    I predict she will be the next Taylor Swift. Love her voice.

  68. Kittie_el_fantazmo Bulsara

    Woohoo! Ms.Maddie just won American idol! America loves you kid😉 I hope this doesn't mean you're done singing local shows in Iowa.

  69. MUSIC AND SOUNDS FOR YOU

    This song brings so many memories.

  70. Judd Campbell

    Absolutely amazing

  71. Karin Grimberg

    Amazing song 😘

  72. Nandini Bickel

    I want to buy this song. She needs to make a ablum with her originals.

  73. Hoppie Grey

    A Maddie original song, love it! That’s why she’s the winner! Congrats!

  74. Lee Lee

    Maddie is boring. Hideous performance. She’ll be another winner that gets lost ... real fast

  75. Yael Tamar

    OMG i am crying my eyes out!!!

  76. Mimi Le

    She would look good with long hair too!

  77. Abby Karwacki

    She won!! 😭😭😭 because I’m sooo happy!!

  78. Antonio Massimo Castagna

    She has not an original voice at all.. Copy of a copy of a copy..

    Melrose Hawkins

    Who is she a copy of?

  79. John-Luke Pollock

    Where can I buy this song?! So good. Screw that one they wrote for her. Can’t wait for her album.

  80. Erry eka setyawan

    ya dia yg menang season ini, american sweetheart .. jenis penyanyi begini kesukaan amerika sekali

  81. Zoweluv

    Shirley Temple came alive😍😍

  82. Emily Grace

    Maddie you are lovely, authentic, original ... all-around beautiful. Congrats on the win!

  83. Andrew Storm

    When she sings she channels all her inner feels...when she writes she does what all great songwriters do..she goes to that magical place where her muse brings the lyrics to her and gifts her with the verses...the blend is always "special"....

  84. CapeCodBelle

    I didn't know this was an original song until afterwards, but boy is she an amazing songwriter and performer!

  85. MH Plummer

    Thanks, Maddie Poppe, for making American Idol great again!

  86. Sandy Moyer

    I'm soooo happy for her!!! Such style and what a voice!

  87. carla salas

    YESSS the new America idol 😍😍

  88. Joshua Flores

    America finally got it right. Authenticity finally wins. How refreshing.

  89. george adams

    a young version of stevie nicks, who by the way is my favorite female artist of all time.

  90. LazyCat Gang

    AND SHE's THE WINNER!!💯❤️

  91. Melrose Hawkins

    Winner!! Winner!!

  92. Abraham Lelengboto

    Thx for wrote this song. You are the winner..

  93. roth nary

    Perfect as always

  94. Agent

    Singer-Songwriter should win! Plus not bad to have that Britney Spears look!

  95. Petra Paulina Emotera

    Im in tears right now! Maddie has to win! Love Maddie!