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Motherland
Nathalie Merchant


Where in hell can you go
Far from the things that you know
Far from the sprawl of concrete that keeps crawling its way
About a thousand miles a day

Take one last look behind
Commit this to memory and mind
Don't miss this wasteland, this terrible place when you leave
Keep your heart off your sleeve.

Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe, lie with me
Stay beside me don't go, don't you go

Oh, my five and dime queen
Tell me what have you seen
The lust and the avarice, the bottomless, the cavernous greed
Is that what you see?

Oh Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe, lie with me
Stay beside me don't go

It's your happiness
I want most of all
And for that I'd do anything at all, oh mercy me!
If you want the best of it
Or the most of all
If there's anything I can do at all.

break (couplet)

Now come on shot gun bride
What makes me envy your life?
Faceless, nameless, innocent, blameless and free
What's that like to be?

Oh Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe, lie with me
Stay beside me don't go, don't go

Oh Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe, lie with me
Stay beside me don't go, don't go



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