The city stays high, all night
Lit up and shivering
Like a pinball table of fireflies
An echo of home, on the edge of life
Shot through the veins of an angel
I'm a devil in exile

But if you have forgotten
Your precious mother tongue
What do you think your mother
Would say of what you've done?
And if you can't remember the place
You call a home, or having trouble placing
Who's calling on the phone

Who's calling on the phone

Dip the nose of the car to the sugar lines
Out to the desert
Under cinnamon hills and moonshine
He said 'what can I do to make you mine?'
Kiss out the twang from my lips
On the way to big-time

But if you have forgotten
Your precious mother tongue
What do you think your mother
Would say of what you've done?
And if you can't remember the place
You call a home, or having trouble placing
Who's calling on the phone

Who's calling on the phone

Forgot your mother tongue
Forgot your mother tongue
Forgot your mother tongue
Forgot your mother tongue

But if you have forgotten
Your precious mother tongue
What do you think your mother
Would say of what you've done?
And if you can't remember the place
You call a home, or having trouble placing
Who's calling on the phone

But if you have forgotten
Your precious mother tongue
What do you think your mother
Would say of what you've done?
And if you can't remember the place
You call a home, or having trouble placing
Who's calling on the phone


Lyrics submitted by htimreimer, edited by TheoCupier, whytespyder77, KelseyRose, Eedy3

"Mother Tongue" as written by Harry Mcveigh Charles Cave

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    Song MeaningIt seems to be about a young woman who has moved to a big city and is partying hard. Staying up all night, snorting coke and drinking.

    As part of this she is trying to distance herself from he past provincial life. Both in softening her regional accent ("kiss the twang from my lips)" and not keeping in touch with people back home ("having trouble placing who's calling on the phone").

    Mother tongue in this song referring to their regional accent / past roots.
    TheoCupieron September 25, 2013   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics having some gaps (question marks) inbetween, makes me assume that those are not directly taken from the band's album or website... or anything official and original?

    Because what I'm hearing is them singing:

    "(I) believe you have FORGOTTEN your precious mother tongue
    What do you think YOUR mother WOULD say OF what you've done
    And IF YOU can't remember the place YOU CALL HOME
    OR HAVING TROUBLE PLACING who's calling on the phone"


    which makes more sense to me...
    dreamityon November 13, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThese comments are way off.
    whytespyder77on April 10, 2014   Link

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