Little boy was born today
His mother gave him away
Gave him to a family so he could get just what he needs
Norine Braun's official lyric explanation
Boy is a semi-autobiographical song. The lyrics, partly inspired by my being an adoptee and also partly inspired by my nephew who was raised by my parents; his grandparents.
So, it’s both written from a parental point of view as well as from a personal point of view. It’s a bittersweet lyric so there’s a sense of being given away, being abandoned, I suppose. But there’s also a sense of being loved and being cherished and celebrating being alive and the good fortune that came in life.
So, yes, Boy is semi-autobiographical.