"For A Thousand Mothers" as written by and Ian Anderson....
Did you hear mother?
Saying I'm wrong but I know I'm right.
Did you hear father?
Calling my name into the night.
Saying I'll never be what I am now.
Telling me I'll never find what I've already found.
It was they who were wrong,
And for them here's a song.

Did you hear baby
Come back and tell you the things he's seen.
Did it surprise you
To be picked up at eight in a limousine?
Doing the things he's accustomed to do.
Which at one time it seemed like a dream
Now it's true.
And unknowing
You made it all happen this way.

Did you hear mother
Saying I'm wrong but I know I'm right.
Did you hear father?
Calling my name into the night.
Saying I'll never be what I am now.
Telling me I'll never find what I've already found.
It was they who were wrong
And for them here's a song.


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"For a Thousand Mothers" as written by Ian Anderson

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    General CommentBasically an outlash at his parents for doubting his potential. They always said that he couldnt do it or he wouldnt make it. Then he comes home in a limousine which he is accustomed to driving in. For them (his parents) here's a song.
    Anomaly57on January 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYep, its pretty straight forward. Great inspiration to aspiring musicians and artists.
    XpoferenSon January 29, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationEven though it seems Ian Anderson is lashing at his parents through this song, and for much of it he is, I can't help but think that when he sings "And unknowing you made it all happen this way.", he's thanking them in a way.

    Regardless, this is a fantastic song by an absolutely world class band. Tull are truly gods.
    lefty7448on March 07, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningIn addition to the others the "Did you hear baby..." is Ian talking about his sucess. He probably refers to himself as "baby" due to the fact he was the youngest of three brothers. The other Anderson boys were much older than him, and left the house while he was a toddler.
    XZYOEon March 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with lefty. I think you could sum up the song like this:

    "You pushed me to achieve well at school, you were desperate for me to be successful in a conservative way that matches your aspirations, I rebelled but look at me now. I turned out OK didn't I? But actually, when I think about it, it was your support and encouragement that gave me my intelligence and creativity and my lucky start in life so I guess you aren't such a bad set of parents after all. I might sulk and shout, but I do appreciate you. And I know that you are proud of me too"
    donutslikefannyson March 12, 2010   Link

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