"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
Have you seen your mother, baby, standing in the shadow?
Have you had another, baby, standing in the shadow?
I'm glad I opened your eyes
The have-nots would have tried to freeze you in ice

Have you seen your brother, baby, standing in the shadow?
Have you had another baby, standing in the shadow?
Well I was just passing the time
I'm all alone, won't you give all your sympathy to mine?

Tell me a story about how you adore me
Live through the shadow, see through the shadow,
Live through the shadow, tear at the shadow
Hate in the shadow, love in the shadow life

Have you seen your lover, baby, standing in the shadow?
Have they had another baby, standing in the shadow?
Where have you been all your life?
Talking about all the people who would try anything twice

Have you seen your mother, baby, standing in the shadow?
Has she had another baby, standing in the shadow?
You take your choice at this time
The brave old world or the slide to the depths of decline


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"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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    General Commentu people are stupid! nobody's commented on this song? it's great.....i absolutely love the rolling stones, and this is one of their best songs.
    queenjaneon October 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI have a feeling this song is about a filthball politician who's as transparent as a car windshield. The last line of the tune cements for me: "The brave old world...". It means that the guy has to choose to tell about his dirty laundry or hide it in the shadows. He has to be good or be bad and be truthful about his choice.
    OpinionHeadon January 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentone of my favorite stones songs.
    classicrockgirlon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commenttell me a story about how you adore me :) this song kicks ass
    jasssson December 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is an amazing song. I think it's just about somebody whose always been forced out of the limelight by other people, and they're being given their chance to shine.
    VortexOfLanguageon November 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentGoing dark on this one...think he is saying he knocked up someone and they are contemplating birth or abortion???...mother, brother, previous lover, may have all been in the "shadow" of what to do? Actually the more u listen n check out the lyrics I am convinced. Very dark tune that I never realized the content! Lot of stones songs are like this
    jason10983on December 22, 2014   Link

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