The word you learn to love (The disapproval that you hate)
That's Mother (From Mother)
They teach you to respect... (Makes you always want to please)
Mother (Mother)

The one who keeps you warm (The one who keeps you warm)
And shelters you from harm (And shelters you from harm)
Watch out she'll stunt your mind (She'll open up your mind)
'Til you emulate her kind (To make you good and make you kind)
Is that Mother? (Mother)

Downstairs I don't know (Downstairs I don't know)
If it's the springs in her bed (Why I feel safe in my bed)
Or her joints I hear (When I know I'm alone)
Creaking overhead (She must be watching overhead)
Mother (Mother)

She'll twist the words you speak (She'll kiss and say goodbye)
If she thinks you're near escape (If you want to go away)
Mother (Mother)
So she clutches at her brood (So she gathers up her brood)
And sits across its face (And smiles into their face)
She sucks up all its energy (She beams down vital energy)
And smothers their last breath (She gave us our first breath)
Oh Mother (Mother)

The thing you grow to hate (The love you won't forget)

Lyrics submitted by Kaitou

Mother/ Oh Mein Papa Lyrics as written by Susan Ballion

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    My Interpretation
    Any woman who decides to give birth intends to enslave their child by shaping them the way they want them to be shaped and calling it "love" when it is actually suffocation. They think they are protecting us when they are actually stunting our mental growth. Kind of like the government, or even kind of like God.
    DeepThinkingGirlon December 31, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaning
    SIOUXSIE: "It’s very close to home. It’s personal but I’m not hung up about it. I’ve deeply loved my mother. I’ve gone out and got pissed with her. Called her by her first name. But at times she’s been this disapproving figure and I’ve hated her I think. Source: Sounds 29/09/79. Yeah it's all about the conflicted feelings children have towards their mothers. You do love and and they care for you, but at the same time they have another side which suffocates you, as they want to shape you into a certain person that you might not really want to be.
    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link

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