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silly_dreamer wrote at 2007-08-27 13:07:13
Alexis,



Stevie has never officially talked about this song.  Occasionally, she mentions it in articles or interviews, but is very vague.  Many fans believe "Beautiful Child" is about her affair with Mick.  I, personally, believe it's about her and Lindsey and about falling in love with him when they were young (children).  She often makes references to Lindsey's beauty (in "Trouble in Shangri-La" and "Blue Denim" to name two).  Also, the chorus: "I'm not a child anymore / I'm tall enough to reach for the stars / I'm old enough to love you from afar/ Too trusting, yes, but then women usually are" seems to say, to Lindsey, post- the Rumours breakup and at a time where Lindsey was dating others (specifically, at this time, Carol Ann Harris), that they are no longer children, she is old enough to have her own life, her own stardom, and she believes she can move on (maybe that's too much for her, but she'll believe it for now).  Further, the line early in the song that says "You fell in love when I was only ten" COULD be about Lindsey falling in love with his guitar.  He received his first guitar when he was 8 years old, I believe, and Stevie is a year and a half older than him.  Lindsey's love for his guitars and music was always a point of contention between them during their relationship.  Lastly, during the Say You Will tour, around October, 2003 (I believe), Stevie began adding the following at the end of her performances of "Beautiful Child": "I still love you/ I still need you/ I still wish that you were mine."  Some fans believe that Stevie was singing this to Lindsey and, in October, 2003 (or so), Lindsey had announced that his wife, Kristen Messner, was pregnant with their third child, Stella (born 20 April 2004).  I think there is a lot of evidence for the Lindsey interpretation, but it really is just a song about love and loss, growing up, finding a place in life, etc.


beautifulchild wrote at 2009-04-04 10:55:49
Except this doesn't make sense because Mick and Stevie are only a year apart. That doesn't really constitute an older man relationship!


Arthur wrote at 2013-08-03 01:40:00
I wonder f the song is about the child she conceived but never had because of the abortion. The end of the song is all about the inability to let go and move away.  


Jamie Lens wrote at 2015-03-15 10:59:40
I am probably wrong but when I listen to this song I hear the story of a child who was a victim of molestation


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