40 Child Abuse Songs (When You Had a Bad Childhood)

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Child Abuse Songs

If you’ve experienced a bad childhood from family problems, listening to songs about child abuse can help heal your inner child.

You’ve had to endure so much neglect and trauma, and music can be painfully validating and healing.

The 40 songs featured are all about surviving childhood emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.

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Why listen to songs about child abuse?

🎵 The lyrics can make you feel less alone

🎵 Your family problems are more common than you think

🎵 They’re sad but can be incredibly healing

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40 Songs About Abused Children

1. CONFESSIONS OF A BROKEN HEART (DAUGHTER TO FATHER) – LINDSAY LOHAN

Relatable Lyrics:

Daughter to father, daughter to father
I don’t know you, but I still want to
Daughter to father, daughter to father
Tell me the truth, did you ever love me

2. OH, MOTHER – CHRISTINA AGUILERA

Relatable Lyrics:

Oh mother, we’re stronger
From all of the tears you have shed
Oh mother, don’t look back
Cause he’ll never hurt us again

3. BRENDA’S GOT A BABY – 2PAC

Relatable Lyrics:

Now Brenda really never knew her moms
And her dad was a junkie putting death into his arms
It’s sad, cause I bet Brenda doesn’t even know
Just cause you’re in the ghetto doesn’t mean you can’t grow

4. FAMILY PORTRAIT – PINK

Relatable Lyrics:

I hear glasses breaking
As I sit up in my bed
I told dad you didn’t mean
Those nasty things you said

5. BECAUSE OF YOU – KELLY CLARKSON

Relatable Lyrics:

Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me,
But everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid

6. BLOWN AWAY – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

Relatable Lyrics:

She heard those sirens screaming out
Her daddy laid there passed out on the couch
She locked herself in the cellar
Listened to the screaming of the wind

7. FATHER – PHORA

Relatable Lyrics:

I wonder if he feels my pain
Cause everyday its getting more intense
Moms could barely afford the rent
Had to do some shady shit to survive

8. HERO (RED PILL MIX) – SUPERCHICK

Relatable Lyrics:

No one talks to her,
She feels so alone
She’s in too much pain
To survive on her own

9. FATHER OF MINE – EVERCLEAR

Relatable Lyrics:

Father of mine
Tell me where have you been
You know I just closed my eyes
My whole world disappeared

10. CONCRETE ANGEL – MARTINA MCBRIDE

Relatable Lyrics:

She walks to school with the lunch she packed
Nobody knows what she’s holdin’ back
Wearin’ the same dress she wore yesterday
She hides the bruises with linen and lace

11. WARRIOR – DEMI LOVATO

Relatable Lyrics:

There’s a part of me I can’t get back
A little girl grew up too fast
All it took was once,
I’ll never be the same

12. WHAT WOULD YOU DO – CITY HIGH

Relatable Lyrics:

What would you do if your son was at home
Crying all alone
On the bedroom floor,
‘Cause he’s hungry
And the only way to feed him is
To sleep with a man for a little bit of money

13. WHAT’S THE MATTER HERE – 10,000 MANIACS

Relatable Lyrics:

But her screams and cussing,
I hear them every day.
Threats like: “If you don’t mind I will beat on your behind,”
“Slap you, slap you silly.”

14. HOW COULD YOU LEAVE US – NF

Relatable Lyrics:

I don’t get it, mom,
Don’t you want to watch your babies grow?
I guess pills are more important,
All you have to say is no

15. SHADOW – ASHLEE SIMPSON

Relatable Lyrics:

Living in a nightmare
A never-ending sleep
But now that I am wide awake
My chains are finally free
Don’t feel sorry for me

16. OPEN WOUNDS – SKILLET

Relatable Lyrics:

How could you, how could you, how could you hate me?
When all I ever wanted to be was you?
How could you, how could you, how could you love me?
When all you ever gave me were open wounds?

17. SOMEWHERE I BELONG – LINKIN PARK

Relatable Lyrics:

I wanna heal,
I wanna feel like I’m close to something real
I wanna find something I’ve wanted all along
Somewhere I belong

18. PERFECT – SIMPLE PLAN

Relatable Lyrics:

Hey, dad, look at me
Think back and talk to me
Did I grow up according to plan?
And do you think I’m wasting my time
Doing things I wanna do?
But it hurts when you disapprove all along

19. NOBODY’S HOME – AVRIL LAVIGNE

Relatable Lyrics:

She wants to go home
But nobody’s home
It’s where she lies
Broken inside

20. HOLD ON – GOOD CHARLOTTE

Relatable Lyrics:

And no one seems to care
Your mother’s gone
and your father hits you
This pain you cannot bear

21. STAY TOGETHER FOR THE KIDS – BLINK-182

Relatable Lyrics:

It’s hard to wake up
When the shades have been pulled shut
This house is haunted, it’s so pathetic
It makes no sense at all

22. I’M SO SICK – FLYLEAF

Relatable Lyrics:

I’m so sick
Infected with where I live
Let me live without this
Empty bliss
Selfishness

23. UNSTEADY – X AMBASSADORS

Relatable Lyrics:

Momma, Come here
Approach, Appear
Daddy, I’m alone
‘Cause this house don’t feel like home

24. MOCKINGBIRD – EMINEM

Relatable Lyrics:

I know you miss your mom,
and I know you miss your dad
When I’m gone but I’m trying to give
You the life that I never had

25. TEMPORARY HOME – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

Relatable Lyrics:

Little boy, six years old
A little too used to being alone
Another new mom and dad
Another school, another house that’ll never be home

26. JUST LIKE YOU – THREE DAYS GRACE

Relatable Lyrics:

I could be mean
I could be angry
You know I could be just like you

27. BEHIND BLUE EYES – LIMP BIZKIT

Relatable Lyrics:

No one knows what it’s like to feel these feelings
Like I do, and I blame you
No one bites back as hard on their anger
None of my pain and woe can show through

28. OH, FATHER – MADONNA

Relatable Lyrics:

It’s funny that way
You can get used to the tears and the pain
What a child will believe
You never loved me

29. BROKEN HOME – PAPA ROACH

Relatable Lyrics:

I can’t seem to fight these feelings
I’m caught in the middle of this
And my wounds are not healing
I’m stuck in between my parents

30. DON’T LET DADDY KISS ME – MOTORHEAD

Relatable Lyrics:

Little girl sleeping in dreams of peace
Mommy been gone a long time
Daddy comes home and she still sleeps
Waiting for the world worst crime
And he comes up the stairs like he always does

31. FOR YOU – STAIND

Relatable Lyrics:

To my mother, to my father
It’s your son or it’s your daughter
Are my screams loud enough for you to hear me?
Should I turn this up for you?

32. TRAUMA – NF

Relatable Lyrics:

Say you’re here, but I don’t feel it
Give me peace, but then you steal it
Watch them laugh at all my secrets
Scream and yell, but I feel speechless
Ask for help, you call it weakness
Lied and promised me my freedom

33. DAMAGED – PLUMB

Relatable Lyrics:

Healing comes so painfully
And it chills to the bone
Will anyone get close to me?
I’m damaged, as I’m sure you know

34. DADDY – KORN

Relatable Lyrics:

Mother please forgive me
I just had to get out all my pain and suffering
Now that I am done, remember I will always love you
I’m your son

35. BROKEN GIRL – MATTHEW WEST

Relatable Lyrics:

Look what he’s done to you
It isn’t fair
Your light was bright and new
But he didn’t care
He took the heart of a little girl
And made it grow up too fast

36. A CHILD CALLED ‘IT’ – BUCKCHERRY

Relatable Lyrics:

Mother, I really hate the way
You treat me like no other
And I refuse to be your victim

37. DOWN WITH THE SICKNESS – DISTURBED

Relatable Lyrics:

No mommy, don’t do it again
Don’t do it again
I’ll be a good boy
I’ll be a good boy, I promise

38. ZOMBIE – THE CRANBERRIES

Relatable Lyrics:

Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence caused such silence
Who are we mistaken

39. DEAR DAD – B-MIKE

Relatable Lyrics:

Dad, it’s so ridiculous,
Feeling silly I hit you up
For thinking you were really a parent
It makes me sick as fuck

40. BAD CHILD – TONES & I

Relatable Lyrics:

And you took a part of me
Left me with the memories, oh
We were never a family
Now you’re standing in front of my door

Songs about surviving child neglect:

Having a bad childhood filled with abuse and neglect can feel incredibly isolating.

But I promise: You are not alone.

If you want to feel less alone, head to my TikTok, where I share countless childhood trauma stories and how I’ve overcome them.

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Songs About Child Abuse