"Ave Mary A" as written by Alecia B Moore, Billy Mann and Pete Wallace....
Motorcycle's in the parking lot
Revving their engines and it just wont stop
Matches the noise screaming in my head
Houston I think we got a problem

Where does everybody go when they go
The go so fast I don't think they know
We hate so fast
And we love too slow
London I think we got a problem

And when I think about it
I just can't think about it
I try to drink about it
I keep spinning

[Chorus]
Ave Mary A
Where did you go
Where did you go
How did you know
To get out of a world gone mad
Help me let go
Of the chaos around me
The devil that hounds me
I need you to tell me
Child be still

Child be still

Broken hearts all around the spot
I can't help thinking that we lost the plot
Suicide bomber and a student shot
Tokyo I think we got a problem

But for that they have got a pill
If that don't kill you then the side effects will
If we don't kill each other then the side effects will
Cape Town I think we got a problem

[Chorus]

If the darkest hour comes
Before the light
Where is the light
Where is the light

If the darkest hour comes
Before the light
Where is the light
Where is the light
Where is the light, yeah

[Chorus]

Child be still
Child be still


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"Ave Mary A" as written by Alecia B Moore, Billy Mann, Pete Wallace

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    General CommentWell first of all, Ave Maria is hail Mary, as in praying, so that's the first obvious connection. It's just, she's worried because the whole world is going crazy, and she doesn't know how to deal with it. And she thinks the world is already at its worst and is wondering if and when things will get better. She wants to be above the false treasures that the rest of the world holds dear. She needs her fears to be put at rest.

    On a random note, I love "If we don't kill each other, then the side effects will." It's perfect. =)
    xLadYofSorrowZxon November 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. i never heard it until i actually bought the funhouse cd, but its my fav song by her now. its so true..... in this day & age, there is real chaos, and sometimes you get really confused. i love the chorus.... the chaos around me, the devil that hounds me, i need u to tell me... child be still. its so sweet simple and true. im catholic, so of course the 1st thing i thought of was ave maria, and in a way, it IS a sort of prayer, like, help me out, im gonna get lost in this madness, plz help. i get that feeling a lot. thats what i love about her songs, they're so true and... HUMAN. like a real person actually wrote them, whereas other songs don't feel as authentic. it makes me feel better that others actually have felt the same feelings that i have. it feels real and personalized, just for you.
    ultrapink99on October 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is very catchy, I can listen to it over and over again. To me it seems she compares the fears she had for Carey when he raced his motorcycle, with the fear she has now because she is alone again. I'm not sure though.
    Jeedson October 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAfter listening to it a lot more, I realized the song has a bigger meaning, like xLadYofSorrowZx said. I think I thought every song was going to about their breakup and read what I wanted to read :) Great song.
    Jeedson November 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with xLadYofSorrowZx. I think it's about a crisis of faith. The ending of her marriage, all these other examples of problems in the world (school shootings, war, terrorism), cause her to consider the possibility that God has abandoned us. She's praying to Mary to return her faith ("I need you to tell me/Child be still"). That's my take on it. And how I feel a lot of the time. My fave song on "Funhouse".
    JayC614on November 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song definitely deals with feeling abandoned by god,and faith in a crazy time like JayC614 said, "Where did you go? where did you go? How did you know to get out of a world gone mad?" seem to point that she feels like Maira has abandoned her. Also the "I need you to tell me Child be still child be still" part is like her saying basically "Yo god i need some proof you didn't leave us in this bull-shit world".
    FairyBlueMoonon April 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song gives me chills.
    SchizoAmericasSuiteHeartFreniaon May 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm reading everybody's responses and interpretations, but I have a ques?
    Isn't there some type significance to the way its spelled? [Ave Mary A]
    The original way is "Ave Maria"
    Why did she specifically spell it like that?
    musiQrafton July 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI mostly agree with everything that's been said. It's about this mad world we're living in that doesn't seem to get any less mad as the years go on..
    As for the spelling "Ave Mary A", I think it's kind of a way to make it a "modern" Maria. Maybe someone she feels she can relate more to than the religious, traditional Maria. Or it might also be an expression of this chaotic world where religion and faith, sadly, is getting less room in people's lives. And therefore she doesn't even remember Virgin Maria's "real" name... Nah, I think I'm going with my first theory! :)
    heynotsofaston August 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commentchild be still. such a simple line.
    annieTLSon September 17, 2009   Link

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