Jenny

04:24
Serina Jung
2003
Serina Jung

Story

Story:  Jenny is a composite of two people I personally know, with details changed to protect their identities. It breaks my heart to know this story is just one of millions of similar stories happening every day around our planet. I wish I'd titled this song "Wings and halos", but the song's main character threatened to haunt me if I didn't title it Jenny. It's the second most downloaded song I've put out so far, next to Wait For Me. It's heartbreaking, but the fact that it's real and true means it resonates with people on a human level.

I hope Jenny's baby one day meets his birth mother, and hopefully understands that her choice was decided from a place of deepest love and sacrifice.

Fun fact: the string quartet actually recorded in my livingroom, wires and microphones hanging from the upstairs banister. They were fabulous!

Lyrics

Jenny

(c) 2003, Serina Jung

Jenny turned fifteen yesterday

exactly six months and four days

since she left the house

'cause mamma's boyfriend came to stay

she took a west-bound bus to get lost

somewhere in L.A.

Jenny has a waiting job in a late-night pub

her I.D. says she is of age

and though the photograph doesn't look like her

they'd never say a thing

'cause so many girls come and go this way

 

where do angels go

when their wings and halos are broken?

where do angels go

if they can't fly home?

 

Jenny says she's doing fine

but she's tired and worried all the time

she feels her belly move as she picks up her tip

and counts out a buck in dimes

she'd give anything to rush home to her mamma's side  

 

where do angels go

when their wings and halos are broken?

where do angels go

if they can't fly home?

 

Jenny doesn't give her boy a name

she tells the nurse to take him away

then she cries herself to sleep

and prays her little sister is okay

so many girls come and go this way

yeah, so many girls come and go this way

 

where do angels go

when their wings and halos are broken?

where do angels go

if they can't fly home?

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