"Some Mother's Son" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
Some mother's son lies in a field
Someone has killed some mother's son today
Head blown up by some soldier's gun
While all the mothers stand and wait
Some mother's son ain't coming home today
Some mothers son ain't got no grave
Two soldiers fighting in a trench
One soldier glances up to see the sun
And dreams of games he played when he was young
And then his friend calls out his name
It stops his dream and as he turns his head
A second later he is dead
Some mother's son lies in a field
Back home they put his picture in a frame
But all dead soldiers look the same
While all the parents stand and wait
To meet their children coming home from school
Some mother's son is lying dead
Somewhere someone is crying
Someone is trying to be so brave
But still the world keeps turning
Though all the children have gone away
Some mother's son lies in a field
But in his mother's eyes he looks the same
As on the day he went away
They put his picture on the wall
They put flowers in the picture frame
Some mothers memory remains


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"Some Mother's Son" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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  • +1
    General CommentOne of the better anti-war songs out there. The strained vocals make it seem all the more heartbreaking to me.
    It sounds a bit like the start of "She's Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina", a song off the same album.
    ProfessorKnowItAllon September 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe song's meaning should be pretty obvious from the lyrics... but for context's sake, it's about the death of Arthur's (the album's protagonist) son dying in the Korean War.
    brodie734on December 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe song's meaning should be pretty obvious from the lyrics... but for context's sake, it's about the death of Arthur's (the album's protagonist) son dying in the Korean War.
    brodie734on December 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYet more reasons not to go to war.
    Emmelstoneon April 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHeartbreaking song. The background vocals sound like wailing/crying to me. The song's sound is so very English, balancing proud military sound with traditional home music.
    jcovarruon August 28, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentYeah, thanks a lot Bush. Over a thousand mother's sons now. Hope you're good and proud.
    Silver_Roseon September 19, 2004   Link

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