Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Song for Saturday - Motherland - Natalie Merchant

A Song for Saturday on Sunday.  I have decided to share a song from my favourite artist and can't believe I haven't done so before now.  Her voice touches my soul and her lyrics are always thought provoking.  Just when you think you know what they mean, time and circumstance change your perspective to reveal new meaning.  She truly is a poet.


 
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

1 comment:

Kristy said...

I hadn't heard that one before, thank you for sharing!