"The Mother We Share" as written by Iain Andrew Cook, Martin Clifford Doherty and Lauren Eve Mayberry....
Never took your side
Never cursed your name
I keep my lips shut tight
Until you go oh oh oh
We've come as far
As we're ever gonna get
Until you realize
That you should go

I'm in misery where you can seem as old as your omens
And the mother we share will never keep your proud head from falling
The way is long but you can make it easy on me
And the mother we share will never keep our cold hearts from calling

In the dead of night
I'm the only one here
And I will cover you
Until you go oh oh oh
And if I told the truth
I will always be free
And keep a prize with me
Until you go oh oh oh

I'm in misery where you can seem as old as your omens
And the mother we share will never keep your proud head from falling
The way is long but you can make it easy on me
And the mother we share will never keep our cold hearts from calling

Into the night for once
We're the only ones left
I bet you even know,
Where we could go oh oh oh
And when it all fucks up
You put your head in my hands
It's a souvenir
For when you go-o-oh

I'm in misery where you can seem as old as your omens
And the mother we share will never keep your proud head from falling
The way is long but you can make it easy on me
And the mother we share will never keep our cold hearts from calling

Lyrics submitted by TheBowser, edited by afraidofpop, ate50eggs, donyon, yaerb, switchnode, sue_defender, benjamin1286, karlbrace, bassmaster, Mindmeal, StayUndrTheTid, Rob734, LumberjackNick, Vikabell, leonardo88

"The Mother We Share" as written by Lauren Eve Mayberry Iain Andrew Cook

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  • +26
    My InterpretationNot gonna speculate much, but: The Mother (that) We (all) Share is Mother Earth. No one has thought of it yet? That's really what I thought it is about. Really looking forward to other people's opinions.
    VirtualZon August 08, 2013   Link
  • +9
    Song MeaningJaime and Cersei Lannister. Think about it.
    delirium01on June 04, 2013   Link
  • +8
    My InterpretationHello everyone,
    I'm rev. I'm the vocalist for a band out of Minnesota called Simplicia. I'm new to this site. I stumbled on it when I ran a search for lyrics to this song

    As a song writer myself, I believe the meaning of a song in relation to the person listening is the crux of the en-devour. in other words as far as the artist is concerned, what a song means to the listener can be much more important than what the artist originally wrote it about. It's the truth. To be completely honest, if the writer felt the need to leave nothing open to interpretation, they most certainly have the means to do so. What it means to you can be the most pleasing part of lyrical ingestion and can often reflect more about the listener than the songwriter. This skill is not lost on the true music lover..

    I love this song. I also love that in the comments on this song no one has said "she" meant this or "she" meant that or, this happened to "her"(the vocalist) or that happened to "her". Artists can share very personal details about themselves (and others) within their music. Above all they are story tellers, poets and, entertainers. The questions about the root of a song that are begged from the desire to identify with the artist singing it is a slippery slope. Taking someones music and lyrics as a road map to who they are as people is simply asking for trouble. You guys/girls said what it has meant to YOU. That's refreshing.

    On to the song.
    I believe this song has the potential to be interpreted in five to six different ways. Personally, I think that's a pretty damn good spread for a song writer. If it is superficially distilled (undeservingly) into happy or unhappy, i actually would lean toward the happy and comforting end of the spectrum! In fact, to me this song is a snapshot within a love story. It's a real event of significance too.

    Like previous comments have hinted I'm also inclined toward that of a sibling relationship. Most daring would be that of an incestuous one. In a given interpretation, the lines referring to the mother they share are not necessarily those of reverence. Respect?-sure but perhaps in the way and resented.

    For the purpose of discussion here's an imaginative but twisted expansion:
    Imagine a brother and sister in love and a physical relationship for some time. The imediate predicament is one of growth and limitation. The biggest limiting factor is their aloof and heavy-handed mother. An insufferable type. The SISTER has been there time after time filling her mother's role. Comforting him, propping him up. giving him love. She knows the shortcomings of the mother and finds herself as the more competent mother to the boy.

    As siblings I also find there to be a coming-of-age contingent for the both of them. -For her it is one of confidence, courage, sacrifice and, steadiness. She sees him as having to go. To leave is imperative -Partially to spread his wings and get out from underneath something for sure but, whatever it is it doesn't seem to be up for discussion. She's insistent that he goes somewhere. Somewherer removed. Somewhere safe. In a nutshell, as far as she's concerned he should have been gone yesterday. At this point she's resorted to pleading with him!

    But why? Why so urgent? What could possibly have gone so wrong?

    Perhaps it was HIS coming of age. As a mother to him she would have always seen him as her's but also as a boy. Throughout the years (and their undercover escapades) she has protected him and covered for him and actually "covering him".
    What is she covering him with? Perhaps a blanket? But why? Possibly to hide him and claim there was no one else in her bed with her. It all seemed to have worked in the past. So what went wrong? What IS the predicament? Why is she now pleading with him to get away and escape? And from what? What is it for which she can't provide sanctity? What is the one thing she couldn't possibly sweep under the rug for him?-For the both of them??

    How about her unplanned pregnancy? As the father to his own sister's unborn child it is something he would never be forgiven for. As for her, she's not going to even try to dodge her role in the mess. It's going to be apparent very soon. his omens are signs of her pregnancy. he is man, she is woman and woman is fucking pregnant! As soon as he's gone she's to be he one to face the music. She has almost no choice and is going to face it head on and for the both of them.. not so much of a 'break up' after all. more of a..'I'll see you soon...' All together It's a dilemma they are both very aware of and at this point the brother even suggests a way and a place for the both of them to escape TOGETHER.-They really don't have to part! she doesn't have to face this alone! But once again she's there to comfort him by saying that no matter how their mother shames them for their cold hearted evil ways, there is nothing she can do to keep their hearts from yearning for each other and seeking one another out.

    Yet in the same vain- let us not forget the possibility of a father or step father in place of a brother. To me the father type role can can throw throw an opposing slant of a very devious nature to the entire song. This carries with it some very dark and vengful lines of thought within those lines. (hence the "unhappy")

    What is the true "meaning" of the song? More to the point, what exactly did the song writer write it about?? Maybe a game of Frisbee in the rain on a Thursday. ..on second thought it's most likely.

    No matter how we interprate a given song or pine to wrap it into our ugliness and cynicism we must all remember our primary responsibility while ingesting an art form. -To tear bare our breast whilst breathless and become the beholders of beauty. For me, It is the song writer who swings the sharpest of impliments.

    Minneapolis, MN
    Simpliciaon May 13, 2013   Link
  • +7
    General CommentI think the last verse is written incorrectly. I listened to that part a couple times and watched her lip movement in the music video, I'm pretty sure it's "Into the night for once", not "until the night falls". Please fix this 'cause that potentially changes what the song is closer to meaning/could mean for others.

    Here's the link to check yourself: youtube.com/…
    trikkstirron February 04, 2014   Link
  • +6
    MemoryI'm glad others found this to be about siblings like I did.
    When I heard this song, it reminds me of me and my sister.
    She is older by 21 months and struggles with a serious drug addiction.
    She is sober right now.
    But this song reminds me of the undying love for your sibling. But also that you must let them go.
    If she was to relapse again. I would have to let her go.
    I've done all I can for her, besides just physically dying myself.
    I pray this is not the outcome. And I'm optimistic of her recovery.
    But this song, reminds me of that utter pain of letting someone that is part of you, like a sibling, just go.
    amydyan82on August 23, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationIt seem to me to be two sisters who are very different one a wild free spirit and another proper and domineering and their love hate relationship. I believe it is written from the wild ones perspective, It seems as though both of them has little or no family except each other. Although they both have voiced interest in closer ties they often can not tolerate to much of the others personalities.
    Xsommeron July 16, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationFirst time posting here... just had a light bulb go off in my head. I think Lauen was writing about the emotions of breaking things off with her previous bands.

    "We come as far as we're ever gonna get"... the band is at a stand still, it isn't getting anywhere musically or succeeding in any way.

    I think the "Mother [they] share" is music. As long as they have their musical talents, it will keep their "proud heads from falling"
    because in the end, they love music and love what they do and their is a lot of pride in doing so.

    "The way is long, but you can make it easy on me"... this her conveying that she sees a greater potential in her new band, CHVRCHES and the other band can make it easy on her by letting her go-o o-o o-o o-o.

    I can go on and on but it seems repetitive. Just my 2 cents. What do u guys think?
    cris141277on October 09, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationHmm, my interpretation of this song appears to be rather different to most everyone else here, but here goes.

    I'm under the pretense that the vocalist and the person they're singing about are actually the same person, albeit probably two different parts of the same consciousness. I believe that this is indicated by the fact that the lyrics keep switching between pronouns (I'm, we're, our, your, etc.).

    I think that the singer is the stoic visage that the person is putting on over their tumultuous, emotional core. Something traumatic probably happened to the person that has left them confused and wondering where to go from there. I think this traumatic event was likely something illegal (rape, maybe?) as indicated by the line:

    "And if I told the truth,
    I will always be free"

    This points towards something happening to the person or someone close to them that has affected them deeply, but they find themselves unable to tell anyone what really happened.

    I believe that the person is then considering suicide, and follows through. This is shown by the constant references to the person going, i.e.

    "Until you realize,
    That you should go"
    "It's a souvenir
    For when you go-o-oh"

    With this line of thinking, the 'Mother we share' could be a reference to their actual mother; however, I believe that it is more likely to be the metaphorical 'Mother' that binds them together in their mind and connects them.

    I imagine that the person was likely a proud, independant person before this incident happened, but was drastically changed after the aformentionned event, and this outward view of them is only visible now upon the singer, who is covering the emotionally distraught person.

    I further believe that the person must have feared this sort of thing happening before it actually did, as indicated by the usage of the term 'omens' in the chorus.

    Well, that was just my interpretation of this song, I can see where others are coming from though.
    arandompenguinon October 05, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI tried to write an interpretation of this song and it became too long and too much like a written therapy session. So I deleted it and now, all I will say is that I relate to this song in a deep way. And what it speaks to me is about my relationship with my sister and my alcoholic mom... and the 3 way relationship we all have that leaves me feeling in the middle. The lyrics to me are literal... about being the "go to" confidant for a sibling hurt by being neglected by our mother and a mother hurt by being neglected by her mother.... and the cycle continues. It's about being on both sides and neither side simultaneously ( I am hurt by mother, which I can share with my sister, but I still love my mother which I can share with her and my sister can't) and how easy it would be on me if neither parties talked about the other... or just got along. It's also about self fulfilling prophecies... about predicting the future (omens) and therefore creating them. You think, therefore, you are.

    Maybe someone else will relate to this interpretation but even if not, I feel comforted thinking this song was written about my own situation.
    2tonbackpackon January 16, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation“The mother we share” expresses a wonderfully ambiguous concept that can shape-shift into any kind of common origin. Whether this is a god, mother earth, literally a parent, shared humanity, or a more abstract unity in a mystical sense is open to interpretation. Nonetheless, a coherent conceptual framework can be traced throughout, however you may choose to specify that core construct. (My personal preference is to run with shared humanity.)

    When the speaker sings of someone seeming “as old as their omens”, I take this to be pointing out the divisive nature of dogma or superstition. A person preoccupied with these things becomes detached from the nuances of the here and now, allowing the ancient, outdated, and/or speculative ideas they espouse to reach from the graves of history to clutch the throat of the present. Perhaps these 'omens' are informed by beliefs about our shared origins, and the singer reminds us that our gods (or whatever we believe we came from) will not shield us from the humbling experience of having our dogmas shattered at some point, particularly as they may be bound up with it (“the mother we share will never keep your proud head from falling”). Similarly, our common origins, ironically, do not preclude loneliness (“the mother we share will never keep our cold hearts from calling”). We may be united in some fundamental way, but engrossed as we naturally might be in our own individuality, we nonetheless feel longing. This leaves us with the question of where to find comfort, if 'the mother we share' doesn't soothe our disappointment and loneliness.

    The singer answers this obliquely in the verses referencing the night where “we're the only ones left”. 'The mother we share' may not be there to preside over us in our dark times,and it seems that we must then find solace in each other to reclaim the unity that underscores our existence. Ultimately, I think the song suggests that we can only experience the personalized unity implied by 'the mother we share' not by espousing obtuse ancient dogmas, but by seeking and offering refuge in genuine human warmth.
    Glow60Glowon October 31, 2013   Link

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