"Suffer The Children" as written by and Roland Orzabal....
It's a sad affair
When there's no one there
He calls out in the night
And it's so unfair
At least it seems that way
When you gave him his life

And all this time he's been getting you down
You ought to pick him up when there's no one around
And convince him
Just talk to him
'cause he knows in his heart you won't be home soon
He's an only child in an only room
And he's dependent on you
Oh he's dependent on you

And it seems so strange
That at the end of the day
Making love can be so good
But the Pain of birth
What is it worth
When it don't turn out the way it should

And all this time he's been getting you down
You ought to pick him up when there's no one around
And convince him
Just talk to him
'cause he knows in his heart you won't be home soon
He's an only child in an only room
And he's dependent on you
Oh, he's dependent on you

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Suffer, suffer the children
Suffer, suffer the children
Suffer, suffer the children
Suffer, suffer the children
Suffer, suffer the children
Suffer, suffer the children
Suffer, suffer the children


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"Suffer the Children" as written by Roland Orzabal

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  • +1
    My InterpretationFirst of all, lyrics from the 80s were the best, real artists at these times, it's true, it's a song about the hard breeding of a child, probably a single mother and all the matter, but I think, apart from all the inconvenients, the final message is it's worth doing it, life is suffering after all, and suffering might be rewarded somehow.
    PeluCrespinson September 07, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe message of this song is that children experience nightmares because they aren't allowed to be what they want during the day.
    JustineKon July 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's pretty straightforeward, it's about a child living in a single-parent home who's not getting the attention he deserves. An unwanted, unplanned child living a lonely life .
    bloodybitchon June 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably about a young single mother who works very hard (probably two jobs) to care for her child and subsquently becomes frustrated with herself; the song perhaps from a close friend's perspective.
    ebola8u2on October 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPain of childhjood neglect and how that has such a significant impact on life when you get older (TA psychotherapy and primal scream therapy)
    Mrs_Orzabalon September 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have to agree, I hear a story of neglect.
    nonomdeplumeon October 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've always wondered if this was about a disabled/special needs child.

    "When it don't turn out the way it should", "and it's so unfair...when you gave him his life".

    The parents are not neglectful, just confused and uncertain what to do. We didn't do anything wrong, so how did it end up like this? The song is encouraging them that it's okay to fee like this, but they still need to love their child unconditionally no matter what.
    MisterMarcuson May 12, 2015   Link
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    General CommentTo me, it's about a little boy born to a single mother who didn't want a child. She regularly leaves him on his own in a one-room bedsit flat while she's out. She thinks it's unfair that she got pregnant and can't pick him up and tell him that he's wanted because he isn't.

    Lyrically, it's terribly sad and captures the loneliness of a child on his own, both when his mother's away and heartbreakingly when she's there. Brings memories of others alive for me, with more adult wisdom on it. Awful to think it happens every day to children right now.
    TonyM101on March 02, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's about having diarrhea in the back of a tour bus.
    OddLeggedOswldon June 06, 2016   Link
  • -2
    General CommentI could swear I already left a comment here. The title says about the song and I believe it is a call to have a child. Suffer the children or - do suffer the children. It's suffering but it's worth it. If you read words again, but with this in mind, no neglect detected :)
    WorldEndson May 18, 2012   Link

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