Motherland Lyrics

Natalie Merchant


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Natalie A Merchant
album: Track 2 in album Motherland
release date: 2001-11-13
popularity : 6 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Alternative Rock/Folk Rock
length: 4:46
producer: T-Bone Burnett and Natalie Merchant
vocal: Natalie Merchant
mixer: Jim Scott
engineer: Mike Piersante
recorded by: Mike Piersante
bass: Mike Elizando
organ: Patrick Warren
accordion: Van Dyke Parks
assistant mixer: Jenn Hilliard and Robert Read
banjo & acoustic guitar & mandolin: Greg Leisz
composer: Natalie Merchant
lyricist: Natalie Merchant

Cover Art

Natalie Merchant Motherland cover art
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Where in the hell can you go
Far from the things that you know
Far from the sprawl of concrete that keeps Crawling its way about 1,000 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, Cavernous greed,
Is that what you see?

[Chorus]
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

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

[Chorus]

Don't go


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 This House Is on Fire
  • 2 Motherland
  • 3 Saint Judas
  • 4 Put the Law on You
  • 5 Build a Levee
  • 6 Golden Boy
  • 7 Henry Darger
  • 8 The Worst Thing
  • 9 Tell Yourself
  • 10 Just Can't Last
  • 11 Not in This Life
  • 12 I'm Not Gonna Beg