"Barefoot And Pregnant" is a popular phrase from the '70s and '80s that represented a hateful view of feminism - the idea that women should be in the home, raising children. Armatrading didn't consider herself a feminist and wasn't looking to take up the cause. "I wrote it because I could see those sorts of situations where the guy just gives the woman anything she wants as long as she can just be under his thumb," she told Musician magazine in 1985.
Many of Armatrading's songs deal with the complexities of love. In this one, the man feels that by giving her gifts and getting her pregnant, his woman will remain subservient and content. She has other ideas, and decided to step out on the town.