Jenny Lewis:
When Jack was born he winked at Mom
Her pretty face was the first he saw
Was Jack wrong because he loved Mom?

Things were bad, before they got worse
Mom would pinch Jack until it hurt
Mama thought her boy was cursed

You leave (leave!)
Leave (leave!)
You leave that boy to me
Oh, Jack, I love him
Well, you leave that boy to me
You leave (leave!)
Leave (leave!)
You leave that boy to me
I know his condition and soon he'll be set free

Off at school Jack was cruel
He'd become the bully's bull
Was Jack wrong to mimic Mom?

And after school on the corner stool
Mom was kissing on the Golden Rule
Jack had become the teacher's fool

You leave (leave!)
Leave (leave!)
Leave that man to me
Oh, Mom, I love you, and soon you will be free
With my will (will!) and my hands (hands!) like old Solomon
And in your honor I'm going to cut that man in half

Johnathan Rice:
All the lessons Mama would teach
Books from Rome and ancient Greece
Men push rocks up stony mountains
Turning one fish into five thousand
And a king went blind from his mother's love

A terrible rage came over Jack
His Mama lying on her back
The one who taught him right from wrong
But knew no better all along
She got ran through when Jack killed his Mom
(Bang bang!)

Don't leave (leave!)
Don't leave (leave!)
Don't leave this world to me
Oh, Mom I love you, I didn't mean to set you free
With my will (will!) and my hands (hands!) like old Solomon
Oh Mom, I love you, I didn't mean to set you free

Was Jack wrong? (Jack killed Mom!)
Was Jack wrong? (Jack killed Mom!)
Was Jack wrong? (Jack killed Mom!)
Jack killed Mom! (x16)

When Jack killed his mom


Lyrics submitted by myslumberingheart, edited by riviin

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    General Comment

    reminds me of a white stripes song..

    i love her historical and religious references. its a very thoughtful listen the first time.
    anarcistareprettyon January 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a young boy with a mother who was mislead on her own.

    Jack was probably oedipal? His mom was with his teacher, and, I guess he killed her. lol
    thembraincellson September 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely Oedipal -- Oedipus is directly referenced in the line about the king who went blind from his mother's love. There's also an interesting reference to Sisyphus (men push rocks up stony mountains), though I'm not sure how an impossible task fits into the narrative of the song -- maybe it's a comment on how hard it is to be good in the world? After all, Mom even ends up "kissing on the Golden Rule" -- sullies something that's supposed to be one of the definitive pillars of a righteous life.
    persimmonon September 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmy take is, it sounds to me like jack and his mom were an item in incest? also, the "teacher" is his mother too... then he kills her even though he loves her.

    good tune though.
    vettroseon October 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song really made me think of Norman Bates/Psycho
    HaverchuckTheStudon November 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBenji Hughes did the spoken word part.
    beatbox55on March 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTechnically, to be Oedipal Jack would have to love his mother too much and kill his father. Still, I think Oedipus/Greek tragedy was what Jenny was going for, and that minor variation was just need to tell the story she wanted to tell.
    flickamleon June 19, 2009   Link

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