Motherland    (video)    (clip)

 

    Em ~

 

    Em                                   Bm C                                             G

1.       Where in hell can you go far from the things that you know ?

      C                                        G                                           D

    Far from the sprawl of concrete, that keeps crawling its way,

                                        Em

    about a 1,000 miles a day.

 

    Em                                  Bm            C                                   G

2.      Take one last look behind, commit this to memory and mind,

      C                                             G                                     D

    don't miss this wasteland, this terrible place, when you leave,

                                             Em

    keep your heart off your sleeve.

 

           G                  D                   C                               G

Motherland, cradle me, close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep,

                C                       - G                                   D

keep me safe, lie with me,     stay beside me, don't go,

               Em

don't you go !

 

   Em                                      Bm   - C                                        G

3.     Oh, my five and dime queen,       tell me what have you seen,

           C                                     G                                          D

    the lust and the avarice, the bottomless, the cavernous greed,

                              Em

    is that what you see ?

 

                  G                  D                   C                               G

Oh, Motherland, cradle me, close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep,

                C                       - G                                    D

keep me safe, lie with me,     stay beside me, don't go,  !

 

                  C                           G

+ It's your happiness I want most of all,

                   C             A               D           D7     D

    and for that I'd do anything at all, oh, mercy me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              C                         G

    If you want the best of it, or the most of all,

                   C           A                 D    - D7

    if there's anything I can do at all.

 

+  instrumental = verse 4

 

    Em                                        Bm        C                                    G

4.       Now come on, shot gun bride, what makes me envy your life,

     C                             G                                       D

    faceless, nameless, innocent, blameless and free,

                            Em

    what's it like to be?

 

                   G                 D                   C                               G

Oh, Motherland, cradle me, close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep,

                C                       - G

keep me safe, lie with me,     stay beside me,

          D            D

don't go, don't go !

 

           G                  D                   C                               G

Motherland, cradle me, close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep,

                C                       - G    

keep me safe, lie with me,     stay beside me,

          D            D

don't go, don't go !      + D - Em

 

(orig. = capo 1st)    (Natalie Merchant)