In a popular song, "My Baby Shot Me Down", the text contains this expression:

When I grew up I called him mine

What does it mean?

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    It's not an expression which has a firm fixed meaning - so like a lot of song lyrics, you can read into it whatever you want to. For what it's worth, I've always interpreted it as meaning that the two childhood friends grew up to be life partners (got married, perhaps). That's one context in which you might call someone "yours" - but I'm sure there are others, and a different person with different life experiences might read something different into the same lyrics. – Morton Jun 12 '15 at 18:47

Remember when we were kids?

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The lyrics of the song Bang Bang, by Nancy Sinatra, suggest that she became the steady girlfriend of her childhood friend and eventually married him, but the pattern of their relationship never changed from their childish game:

I was five and he was six
We rode on horses made of sticks
He wore black and I wore white
He would always win the fight

Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down

Seasons came and changed the time
When I grew up, I called him mine
He would always laugh and say
"Remember when we used to play?"


Music played and people sang
Just for me the church bells rang

Now he's gone, I don't know why
And 'till this day, sometimes I cry
He didn't even say goodbye
He didn't take the time to lie


  • So it is equivalent to "When I grew up, I began to call him my husband", isn't it? – edmz Jun 13 '15 at 9:39
  • There seems to be a "progression of possession" between English speaking boys and girls, friends...dates...steady girl/boyfriends, spouse. In the immediate context of this song, the possessive "mine" seem to indicate steady boyfriend. The church bells were the metaphor to indicate the spouse level. – John Smith Jun 13 '15 at 18:22

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