"Mother, Father" as written by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Matt Schon and Neal Schon....
She sits alone, an empty stare
A mother's face she wears
Where did she go wrong,
The fight is gone
Lord help this broken home

[Chorus:]
Hey, mother, father, sister
Hey, come back, tryin', believein'
Hey, mother, father, dreamer

Don't you know that I'm alive for you
I'm your sevenths son
And when lightin' strikes the family
Have faith, believe.

With dreams he tried, lost his pride
He drinks his life away
One photograph, in broken glass
It should not end this way.

Through bitter tears
And wounded years, those ties
Of blood were strong
So much to say, those yesterdays
So now don't you turn away.

[Chorus]


Lyrics submitted by raisedonradio1109, edited by BAMBAM26

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    General CommentIm gonna re-sing this song! its sad to see only one comment! this song is about a divorced family, the son is is asking for help to make this all better. the mother seems sad that the husbands gone 'She sits alone, an empty stare
    A mother's face she wears
    Where did she go wrong...'

    -'With dreams he tried, lost his pride
    He drinks his life away
    One photograph, in broken glass
    It should not end this way.'

    And like many fathers, develops an alcohol problem.
    Just like my dad...
    i heard somewhere that the 'seventh son' is from something like Norske mythology or something like that and i think a seventh son is supposed to have powers...
    i think that the son is saying that he'll be there for both of them when trouble comes '...when lightin' strikes the family '
    he will be their defender
    -'Don't you know that I'm alive for you'

    -'Through bitter tears
    And wounded years, those ties
    of blood were strong
    So much to say, those yesterdays
    So now don't you turn away.'
    I think this part is saying that when the family was together in the hardships and not facing them alone, they were healthy so they could fight back, but that was in the past. 'So now don't you turn away'

    I'm sure there are lotta people like me that are holding the family together, im only 18! its much bigger job than u would think! to all my brothers and sisters,Hang on help is on the way keep fighting! 2012!
    Regalon October 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's story of a broken home.....done with beautiful lyrics and beautiful metaphors.....
    raisedonradio1109on February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! I first heard it over at a friends house and I watched Deen Castronovo sing it while playing the drums and I was blown away! He sang it with such ease! It was incredible! I listen to this song all the time. It makes me think of my own home that's broken. I love this song!
    JEliseE903on November 06, 2008   Link

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