Oh she knows
She takes his hand
And prays the child will understand
At the door they watch the men go by
In the clothes that daddy wore

Mother's pride
Baby boy
His fathers eyes
He's a soldier waiting for war
Time will come
He'll hold a gun
His father's son

And as he grows
He hears the band
Takes the step from boy to man
And at the shore she waves her son goodbye
Like the man she did before

Mother's pride
Just a boy
His country's eyes
He's a soldier waving at the shore
And in her heart the time has come
To lose a son

And all the husbands, all the sons, all the lovers gone
They make no difference
No difference in the end
Still hear the woman say your father died a hero
In the name of God and man

Mother's pride
Crazy boy
His lifeless eyes
He's a soldier now forevermore
He'll hold a gun 'till kingdom come


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Mother's Pride Lyrics as written by George Michael

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    I can't believe I am the only one comments this beautiful song It is talking about war and its victims It is a story about a wife who lost her husband in the war and did her best to rise up her song who -in his turn- is waiting for the next war to join in and die as a hero like his father Georfe is wondering here how come husbands die in the wars but still their women encorouge their sons to join wars by telling them their daddys died a hero as if the death of their husbands make no difference in life

    lennon-mccartneyon December 11, 2006   Link
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    I remember this song, it came out just after I'd joined the military. I remember listening to it back then; it kind of left a hollow feeling inside. This also was right about the time Operation Desert Shield/Storm was happening, so it kind of resonated in that sense.

    lurchybabyon April 12, 2007   Link
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    I don't think that the mother wants´ to encourage the boy to become a soldier. What the lyrics suggest is rather that there's already something in mother and son that makes them both fall for the hero concept. The second stanza supports this as it is enough for him tohear the band´ to follow in his father's steps. There is no active involvement on side of the mother here, but she doesn't try to dissuade her son, either. The appearance of country's eyes and mother's pride in the same stanza suggest that the mother cannot help feeling proud despite the fact that she knows her son will die (`in her heart...to lose a son´). She will keep up the myth of a hero's death and pass it on because what would her son have died for if he didn't die for some noble cause. By keeping up this tradition, she will contribute to further loss. What I like is how the passage from boy to man is worked out here, ending with the dead son and the bitter irony that the last two verses hold. I also find it stunning that you can always observe this phenomenon whenever there is war: those who died always died a hero ...

    Plastik44on August 14, 2008   Link
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    I don't think that the mother wants´ to encourage the boy to become a soldier. What the lyrics suggest is rather that there's already something in mother and son that makes them both fall for the hero concept. The second stanza supports this as it is enough for him tohear the band´ to follow in his father's steps. There is no active involvement on side of the mother here, but she doesn't try to dissuade her son, either. The appearance of country's eyes and mother's pride in the same stanza suggest that the mother cannot help feeling proud despite the fact that she knows her son will die (`in her heart...to lose a son´). She will keep up the myth of a hero's death and pass it on because what would her son have died for if he didn't die for some noble cause. By keeping up this tradition, she will contribute to further loss. What I like is how the passage from boy to man is worked out here, ending with the dead son and the bitter irony that the last two verses hold. I also find it stunning that you can always observe this phenomenon whenever there is war: those who died always died a hero ...

    Plastik44on August 14, 2008   Link

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