"The Rape Of The World" as written by and Tracy L Chapman....
Mother of us all
Place of our birth
How can we stand aside
And watch the rape of the wold

This the beginning of the end
This the most heinous of crimes
This the deadliest of sins
The greatest violation of all time

Mother of us all
Place of our birth
We all are witness
To the rape of the world

You've seen her stripped mined
You've heard of bombs exploded underground
You know the sun shines
Hotter than ever before

Mother of us all
Place of our birth
We all are witness
To the rape of the world

Some claim to have crowned her
A queen
With cities of concrete and steel
But there is no glory no honor
In what results
From the rape of the world

Mother of us all
Place of our birth
We all are witness
To the rape of the world

She has been clear-cut
She has been dumped on
She has been poisoned and beaten up
And we have been witness
To the rape of the world

Mother of us all
Place of our birth
How can we stand aside
And watch the rape of the world

If you look you'll see it with your own eyes
If you listen you will hear her cries
If you care you will stand and testify
And stop the rape of the world

Stop the rape of the world
Mother of us all
Mother of us all
Mother of us all
Mother of us all



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"The Rape of the World" as written by Tracy L Chapman

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    General CommentI cant belive there is only 4 comments for this song. People have turned a blind eye to this song just as they have ot the rape of the world. this song has such meaning and Tracy sings aobut everything that is wrong with the world. We all are witness to the rape of the world and there are only a small group of people who seek the truth. There has to be a time soon when ppl will realise that we are destroying our world but I think it already is too late.
    KTTunstall888on January 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNO COMMENTS?!?! It's the most amazing, emotional and controversial song Tracy Chapman has ever created and not ONE bloody comment! You people suck ;p lol.

    This is my favourite Tracy Chapman song. It's more of a worldly song than Micheal Jackson's "Earth Song". It's about how the world turns a blind eye and continues to destroy "mother earth". No one watches the shocking documentaries and the millions of africans dyieng of aids EVERY day, the the graphic images of war and poverty, the rain forests being chopped down and all the animals, all the splendour and beauty of the world torn down for commercial use. And no one even notices. She's saying here how although you or me may not be the ones killing, destroying and degrading our beautiful home, but the worst crime of all is to stand aside and watch as the world falls apart. To do nothing about it. The worst crime is the way that people could infact stop "the rape of the world" (I love that metaphor), if everyone cared, if everyone tried. This song is so sad, how can the world turn their heads to THIS, to all the sadness, the pain, the poverty, how can the world ignore it.

    + hero
    gypsy-roseon August 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song.
    A lot of meaning in it.
    kmson January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is like the ultimate environmental anthem, in my opinion. It's so haunting, the way she repeats "Mother of us all."
    therealsvendenon February 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful.
    touching.
    painful and honest.
    NobodyBrokeon September 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionOnce again Tracy Chapman speaks a truth. This song brings the focus to where it should be. It is both haunting and lyrically one of the best written about the environment, from the title "Rape Of The World" to the deeply touching phrase, hauntingly delivered, Mother of us all. Listening to this takes me right back to her song "Paper And Ink".
    ExtinctHippyon May 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song seriously strikes something in me..and being a person that feels for our earth..and being a person that sees the earth itself as something divine and special..it's really touching..and painful.
    roachofdiscordon February 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionChapman's lyrics are strong on the surface, but I think her message is too vague and politically correct. Indirect blame will never solve the root problem of human carrying-capacity overload. Also, many people who claim to be oppressed have the highest birthrates, so they're not mere victims of "the system."

    I'd like to see a song that covers the main drivers of planet-rape, namely overpopulation, economic growthism and globalization, which chases shrinking resources around the world and treats them as local. Peak Oil is making that fantasy more difficult to perpetuate, though. Cheap global transportation is no longer a given.

    Of course, there are many people (like the G.O.P.) who will never really respect nature. They think it's mainly something to be pillaged for money. They're convinced that a supernatural deity keeps them alive, so conservation isn't necessary. The word "conserv"ative doesn't apply to them anymore, if it ever did.
    Nick_Con December 30, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThe title of this song stuck out at me like a sore thumb. As Cartman would say, this song is a bunch of Hippie bulls**t.
    stoolhardyon September 06, 2005   Link

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