"Mother Father" as written by David John Matthews and Glen Ballard....
Mother Father please explain to me
Why the world's so full of mystery
A place so bitter and still so sweet
So beautiful and yet so full of sad, sad

Mother Father please explain to me
Why forests march to deserts be
Why snow capped mountains melt away
What do we tell our babies, what do we say
Oh

Mother Father please explain to me
How a man rocks his child to sleep
Pulls the trigger on his brother's heart
He digs a hole right to the middle of his storm of hatred

Mother Father please explain to me
How it could be so this world has come to be
A precious balance in between
Such cruelty and such kind
Please, please

Mother Father please explain to me
How this world has come to be
Unequaled in her blessings, oh I see
Unbridled hatred so extreme
Please tell me

Mother Father please explain to me
How this world has come to be so
Twisted between time and dreams
Oh Mother Father please explain to me

Oh what's all this talk about
All this talk about it
Spilling down, down, down, down, down
All this talk about
Endless words without
Nothings done

Mother Father do you know
Why one man's belly overflows
Another sleeps in hunger's bed
Oh, we trade our world for a piece of bread
Oh

Mother Father please explain to me
How this rare world's come to be
A place so full of color
and yet overflowing always in black and white
Drowning in the waters of our

Mother Father please explain to me
How this world has come to be
But still blessed in all the things we see
Such a sad, sad home for you and me

C'mon, adult
C'mon not you, c'mon not you
Come a save yourself
C'mon I'll do

C'mon, we're taken on water
We're taken on water, we're taken on water
But you know
We got the freedom!
We got the freedom!
There's no god above and no hell below
It's here with us, It's up to us
To keep afloat

How this sweet world has come to be
Oh, to keep afloat

Mother Father please explain to me!
How this rare world has come to be
Oh, the blue planet, the blue planet
Mother Father please explain to me

Mother Father please explain


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"Mother Father" as written by David Matthews Glen Ballard

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    General Commentdave seems to be singing about how the world is so polar and full of hate and full of love
    dancingbearson March 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthes talking about how can we love so many things and adore so many things and at the same time hate this and hate that, very good song.
    daveandjackruleon May 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthe means how can the world be so full of love and so full of hate all at the same time.
    sungoddesson May 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHe seems to be having trouble seeing the world as one, when such extremes exist in it.

    I am only re-iterating what is said above, really. thought-provoking.
    iroon July 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with everything stated. To me, Dave Matthews is questioning the world when someone can love so much, and yet hate so much. How can this be one big blue planet with a heaven and hell if so many people have such different opinions. Heaven isn't necessarily in the clouds, hell isn't necessarily below us. Both worlds are amung us in our world. I think Dave Matthews is trying to tell everyone that we don't live in a single world, but several worlds. One of hate, one of love, so on-so forth. Just my opinion. Either way, Great song.

    -Beans
    EvolGREon January 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think that he's saying that even though there is such hate in the world there is still love, even by the killers.
    americanbaby05on April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is just...wow. It is the truth....this world isnt good or bad it is just...the world? That makes no sense, I know...haha but seriously this is probably one of the truest songs I have ever heard...yea
    Real Live Fictionon December 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I think he is also pointing out that as children we may ask these questions, but as adults we accept certain things. When really the questions could still be asked..
    "Why one man's belly overflows
    Another sleeps in hunger's bed"
    doogles02on January 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've listened to this song many times but just now listened to the message given by the lyrics. I think it is about how confused the world is "How this world has come to be so twisted between time and dreams...Oh, what's all this talk about?" and how the true meaning of life is within each person "There's no God above and no hell below oh, it's here with us it's up to us to keep afloat" and it is upon ourselves to make peace within.
    chris535ison February 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with everything said above and this is definatley one of my favorite songs. Dave Matthews is saying how strange it is that someone can do terrible things then turn around and do something good "How a man who rocks his child to sleep Pulls the trigger on his brother's heart" it shouldnt be possible for so much evil and so much good to be tied together in the world but it is possible and its true. how is it possible that one person has so much and another so little when neither have deserved anything more or less than the other? "Unequaled in her blessings" its such a true song.
    Urufuon June 02, 2006   Link

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