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Natalie Merchant Motherland Lyrics

Last updated: 01/12/2012 10:00:00 AM

Where in hell can you go
Far from the things that you know
Far from the sprawl of concrete
That keeps crawling its way
About 1,000 miles a day?

Take one last look behind
Commit this to memory and mind
Don't miss this wasteland, this terrible place
When you leave
Keep your heart off your sleeve

Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes
Lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe
Lie with me
Stay beside me
Don't go, don't you go

O, my five & dime queen
Tell me what have you seen?
The lust and the avarice
The bottomless, the cavernous greed
Is that what you see?

Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes
Lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe
Lie with me
Stay beside me
Don't go

It's your happiness I want most of all
And for that I'd do anything at all, o mercy me!
If you want the best of it or the most of all
If there's anything I can do at all

Now come on shot gun bride
What makes me envy your life?
Faceless, nameless, innocent, blameless and free,
What's that like to be?

Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes
Lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe
Lie with me
Stay beside me
Don't go, don't you go

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Old soldiers never die | Reviewer: Mrs I Schuster | 1/12/12

This song, in conjunction with the film "Warhorse" is full of longings for a better world; and brings with it memories of my father, who was takaen off the field in the first war in a shroud - but lived...he talked little of of the battle, but how he loved his horse, Bessie, and every time I get with horses I want to cry because he is still so fresh in my mind.

Haunting and Beautiful | Reviewer: Eric B. | 5/22/11

This song--Motherland--is in my view transcendent. Its haunting, yet simple, lyricism is deep and rich--yet cutting in its social critique. There are only a few times when an artist--in this case, Natalie Merchant--so deeply speaks to the zeitgeist and dilemma of our modern lives. For me, this song vaults to the top pantheon of my all time top 10 list! Thank you Natalie Merchant for your beautiful contribution and work of art--truly inspired!

Absolutlely Perfect | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/10/09

Natalie Mercant writes and delivers so eloquantly; she does not dissappoint. We are willing to embrace sad but universal truths because we are allowed a mother to take some of the smack out, as only good mothers can do.
Even in the face of our ugly greedy humanness, the unconditional mother rocks humanity. This particularlar song confronts morethan our careless destruction of gifts so freely given by "Mother Earth " The song is a reflection of poor childlike behavior and then begging for the thing we have hurt most to comfort us. Only a mother (land) can appreciate every aspect of the wreckless child and still lull them to sleep, ease their pain, if only for a moment.
Ironically, I pray this song lives to give warning and sooth
many ages; true art tends to have this effect. The Muse lives well with her artist and friend.

Don't miss this wasteland | Reviewer: David | 2/2/09

Brilliant. Arresting though simple. I can't say enough about this song. I lost the cd years ago and can still remember every word. I just love it. Sad, but I often feel regret, as if it is too late for all of us- something echoed by her lyrics.

All Development Must be Questioned | Reviewer: AUNTY DEVELOPMENT | 2/5/08

This song is one that questions where we are going. With nature dissappearing and concrete taking ovewr the planet what will we leave for futire generations. Good to see opposing side to big business.
It's refreshing to hear a song load with lyrics thathave meaning other than most of today's popular artists that are obsessed with their own id trhat they don't even see the world around them.

Soulful and true | Reviewer: Michelle S. | 7/5/07

Isn't it an amazing feeling when you find that song on a CD that you have to play over and over because it moves you to the point that you cannot leave that sound or those words? They happen once in a while and this is that unique song that captures the emotion of our times.

Such impact | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/7/05

Such impact from a song is rare these days in such a sweet lulabye....this is in my opinion the best tune on the CD.