Motherland

From the album Motherland

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 but don’t miss this wasteland, this terrible place when you leave. You 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.

Oh, 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, oh 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 shotgun 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.

Natalie Merchant / Indian Love Bride ©2001