Sorry to bring you down folks but this should be seen…And I do have a “Little Darlin” Granddaughter by the name of Alyssa and this certainly is not about her…
The song is about a young girl, the narrator’s daughter, who met a school friend named Alyssa, who is suffering abuse. To explain her injuries, Alyssa lies to the teachers and classmates, so as not to implicate the culprit. The narrator’s daughter had all explained this to him, and then asks why Alyssa lies about her situation (“My little girl asked me why Alyssa lies”).
Eventually, the father (the singer) of the little girl, after hearing her pray one night for Alyssa’s safety, decides to report the suspected abuse at school. However, when they get to school on Monday, it is too late; the culprit has apparently beaten Alyssa to death. Thus the lyrics, “She doesn’t lie in the classroom …” The singer goes on to bemoan the failings of her teachers and others who could have reported the abuse, and then tells how he had to tearfully explain why Alyssa wasn’t at school to his little daughter.
Child Abuse in America
Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children (a report can include multiple children). The United States has among the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect