"Mother And Father" as written by and Mirwais Ahmadzai . Madonna....
There was a time I was happy in my life
There was a time I believed I'd live forever
There was a time that I prayed to Jesus Christ
There was a time I had a mother, it was nice

Nobody else would ever take the place of you
Nobody else could do the things that you could do
No one else I guess could hurt me like you did
I didn't understand, I was just a kid

Oh mother, why aren't you here with me
No one else saw the things that you could see
I'm trying hard to dry my tears
Yes father, you know I'm not so free

I've got to give it up
Find someone to love me
I've got to let it go
Find someone that I can care for
I've got to give it up
Find someone to love me
I've got to let it go
Find someone that I can care for

There was a time I was happy in my life
There was a time I believed I'd live forever
There was a time that I prayed to Jesus Christ
There was a time I had a mother, it was nice

Oh mother, why aren't you here with me
No one else saw the things that you could see
I'm trying hard to dry my tears
Yes father, you know I'm not so free

I've got to give it up
Find someone to love me
I've got to let it go
Find someone that I can care for
I've got to give it up
Find someone to love me
I've got to let it go
Find someone that I can care for

My mother died when I was five
And all I did was sit and cry
I cried and cried and cried all day
Until the neighbors went away

They couldn't take my loneliness
I couldn't take their phoniness
My father had to go to work
I used to think he was a jerk

I didn't know his heart was broken
And not another word was spoken
He became a shadow of
The father I was dreaming of

I made a vow that I would never need
Another person ever
Turned my heart into a cage
A victim of a kind of rage

(I gotta give it up)
(I gotta give it up)
(I gotta give it up)
I gotta give it up

I've got to give it up
Find someone to love me
I've got to let it go
Find someone that I can care for
I've got to give it up
Find someone to love me
I've got to let it go
Find someone that I can care for
Find someone that I can care for
Find someone that I can care for

I've got to give it up
I've got to give it up
I've got to give it up
I've got to give it up
I've got to give it up

I got to give it up
I got to to let it go
I gotta give it up
Oh mother
Oh father
I got to give it up

(I gotta give it up)
(I gotta give it up)
(I gotta give it up)
(I gotta give it up)
(I gotta give it up)
(I gotta give it up)
(I gotta give it up)
(I gotta give it up)


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"Mother and Father" as written by Mirwais Ahmadzai . Madonna

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  • +2
    General CommentOnly two comments huh? My favorite track on American Life.

    Basically about divorce I think. How kids are naive when they are young and don't have a sense about the world and the capacity to understand adult concepts: love, marriage, divorce, religion, mortality.

    Best part of the song:
    I made a vow that I would never need another person ever
    Turned my heart into a cage, a victim of a kind of rage
    itirnitiion October 03, 2011   Link
  • +2
    MemoryMother/Father-One of Lady Madonna's saddest ballads! No truer words are cried out-"A victim of a kind of rage! That rage in Madonna's broken heart has been with her her whole American Life. Madge is extremely sad in this acoustic ballad! Even her guitar cries in this song. Madonna misses her mother-That's a Fact!
    rabbitbunnyon March 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow....this song seems like it was written for me. Very heartfelt.
    Misseveruson March 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentme 2
    mostwantedon April 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    MemoryMother/Father-One of Madona's saddest ballads. A truer phrase has never ben sung and cried "A victim of a kind of rage!" Madonna is very angry in her sad ballad. Madonna at her saddest!
    rabbitbunnyon January 30, 2013   Link

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