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Papa Don’t Preach

Song Lyrics

Papa I know you’re going to be upset
‘Cause I was always your little girl
But you should know by now
I’m not a baby You always taught me right from wrong
I need your help, daddy please be strong
I may be young at heart
But I know what I’m saying

The one you warned me all about
The one you said I could do without
We’re in an awful mess, and I don’t mean maybe – please

Papa don’t preach, I’m in trouble deep
Papa don’t preach, I’ve been losing sleep
But I made up my mind, I’m keeping my baby, oh
I’m gonna keep my baby, mmm…

He says that he’s going to marry me
We can raise a little family
Maybe we’ll be all right
It’s a sacrifice

But my friends keep telling me to give it up
Saying I’m too young, I ought to live it up
What I need right now is some good advice, please

Papa don’t preach, I’m in trouble deep
Papa don’t preach, I’ve been losing sleep
But I made up my mind, I’m keeping my baby, oh
I’m gonna keep my baby, mmm…

Daddy, daddy if you could only see
Just how good he’s been treating me
You’d give us your blessing right now
‘Cause we are in love, we are in love, so please

Papa don’t preach, I’m in trouble deep
Papa don’t preach, I’ve been losing sleep
But I made up my mind, I’m keeping my baby, oh
I’m gonna keep my baby, mmm…

Papa don’t preach, I’m in trouble deep
Papa don’t preach, I’ve been losing sleep

Papa don’t preach, I’m in trouble deep
Papa don’t preach, I’ve been losing sleep

Oh, I’m gonna keep my baby, ooh
Don’t you stop loving me daddy
I know, I’m keeping my baby

Song Credits

Performed by Madonna

Written by Brian Elliot, additional lyrics by Madonna

Produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray

Drums: Stephen Bray

Keyboards: Stephen Bray

Rhythm Guitar: David Williams

Electric Guitar: Bruce Gaitsch, John Putnam

Acoustic Guitar: John Putnam

Additional Keyboards: Fred Zarr

Percussion: Jonathan Muffet

String Arrangement: Billy Meyers

Background Vocals: Madonna, Siedah Garret, Eddie Lehmann