Mother and Father

Album: American Life (2003)
  • There was a time I was happy in my life
    There was a time I believed I'd live forever
    There was a time that I prayed to Jesus Christ
    There was a time I had a mother, it was nice

    Nobody else would ever take the place of you
    Nobody else could do the things that you could do
    No one else I guess could hurt me like you did
    I didn't understand, I was just a kid

    Oh mother, why aren't you here with me
    No one else saw the things that you could see
    I'm trying hard to dry my tears
    Yes father, you know I'm not so free

    I've got to give it up
    Find someone to love me
    I've got to let it go
    Find someone that I can care for
    I've got to give it up
    Find someone to love me
    I've got to let it go
    Find someone that I can care for

    There was a time I was happy in my life
    There was a time I believed I'd live forever
    There was a time that I prayed to Jesus Christ
    There was a time I had a mother, it was nice

    Oh mother, why aren't you here with me
    No one else saw the things that you could see
    I'm trying hard to dry my tears
    Yes father, you know I'm not so free

    I've got to give it up
    Find someone to love me
    I've got to let it go
    Find someone that I can care for
    I've got to give it up
    Find someone to love me
    I've got to let it go
    Find someone that I can care for

    My mother died when I was five
    And all I did was sit and cry
    I cried and cried and cried all day
    Until the neighbors went away

    They couldn't take my loneliness
    I couldn't take their phoniness
    My father had to go to work
    I used to think he was a jerk

    I didn't know his heart was broken
    And not another word was spoken
    He became a shadow of
    The father I was dreaming of

    I made a vow that I would never need
    Another person ever
    Turned my heart into a cage
    A victim of a kind of rage

    (I gotta give it up)
    (I gotta give it up)
    (I gotta give it up)
    I gotta give it up

    I've got to give it up
    Find someone to love me
    I've got to let it go
    Find someone that I can care for
    I've got to give it up
    Find someone to love me
    I've got to let it go
    Find someone that I can care for
    Find someone that I can care for
    Find someone that I can care for

    I've got to give it up
    I've got to give it up
    I've got to give it up
    I've got to give it up
    I've got to give it up

    I got to give it up
    I got to to let it go
    I gotta give it up
    Oh mother
    Oh father
    I got to give it up

    (I gotta give it up)
    (I gotta give it up)
    (I gotta give it up)
    (I gotta give it up)
    (I gotta give it up)
    (I gotta give it up)
    (I gotta give it up)
    (I gotta give it up) Writer/s: . MADONNA, MIRWAIS AHMADZAI
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Leo from Westminster 1, MdIn one of her absolute saddest ballads Mother/Father, Madonna channels her inner Sophie Tucker and Bessie Smith. More than anything else, American Life is Madge Ciccone's Primal Scream. Lady Esther cries that one day she'll give it up or let it go but Friends, that will Never Happen because Madonna is extremely sad in this song. Most dance music is meant to be happy and uplifting. Not this one. Madonna is the notable exception to this rule because even on her Dance Floor or Playground wherever she goes and her gypsy soul takes her, Madonna has absolutely no choice but to Cry Her Broken Heart Out!
    Madonna has been searching for a reason for her existence because instead of her mother to guide and love her, what she has going for her is a loving and adoring audience, scribes and fanbase. Madonna may be and feel "a victim of a kind of rage"
    -however, she balances her rage with a beautiful and unconditional love and zest for life itself. I know that Lady Madonna will forever cry but her sadness is one of her better qualities. This sometime Evita-Madonna Ciccone is endearingly human and one thing is for sure-this Evita Lady of Reinvention will never be forgotten! Madonna Rules!
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnPersonal song with a great dance beat.
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