Oberst, Conor - You Are Your Mother's Child Lyrics




I remember the day you appeared on this earth
With eyes like the ocean, got blood on my shirt
From my camera angle it looked like it hurt
But your mama had a big old smile

We drove you home, saw your yellowing skin
Packed a few things and drove you back again
Stayed up all night worrying, wondering
What was going to make it better

Broken bones heal if you set them right
Get your fine-toothed comb from the barbicide
Our love is a protective poison

You are your mother's child
And she'll keep you for a while
One day you'll be grown and then you'll be on your own

Halloween costume looking real cute
With your pillowcase full in your astronaut suit
Your cousin the cowboy is eyeing your loot
Better watch your Snickers bar

Out on the diamond and you're up to bat
Chewing your Big League adjusting your hat
Taking a swing and hearing it crack
Look at that apple fly

Well tears will dry if you give them time
Life is a roller coaster keep your arms inside
Fear, that's a big emotion

But you are your mother's child
And she'll have you for a while
But someday you'll be grown and then you'll be on your own

Posing for pictures, cap and a gown
Summer is coming you're driving round town
Everyone's asking what you are going to do now?
I know you're going to make a splash

And find you a sweetheart to treat you so kind
Take her to dinner and kiss her goodnight
What I couldn't teach you soon you'll realize
She is the only thing that matters

Although he's a bastard make your papa proud
You're a fine young man and I've got no doubt
That you're going to do this better
Cause you are your mother's child
And she had you for a while
But now you are grown and you're making it on your own
Now that you're grown may you never feel this alone





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Oberst, Conor You Are Your Mother's Child Comments
  1. Derrick McAdoo

    1:56 ' Life's a roller coaster, keep your arms inside '

  2. James Brawn

    What if shes gone before you were grown?

  3. Louie O. BlevinsMusic

    Best lyricist around today. Conor, among only a handful of other artists, could build songs around three chords (not this one) and make masterpieces. I don’t like the Bob Dylan comparison. Maybe an every mans Leonard Cohen.

  4. Sywar Jandoubi Ferchichi

    I cry whenever i hear it, God bless all mothers

  5. Nicole Mabanag

    I miss you lola 😔

  6. Greg Liscio

    I have reason to believe that this song was written about me

  7. Hero Alas

    Every Thought I’ve Ever Had, Is Leading Towards The Moment, Where I Realize; I Have No Idea What To Do Now.

  8. iiEstella

    this song makes me think of my grandpa. I cried listening to this ): thank you for this amazing song

  9. Colleen Cleland

    I have goosebumps!💕

  10. Jacob Label

    My mom died a week ago. I can’t stop listening to this song.

  11. Whitney Jones

    2019 anybody?

  12. It wasn’t meant To be

    💙i miss dad

  13. Board Game Trucker

    Close to one of his best songs I would say

  14. Cascadia

    i love you conor, but your newport version is so much better..

  15. HeatherKayC

    No words...❤

  16. I've tried in my way to be free

    Life is a rollar coster keep your arms inside .

  17. Milton Thomas

    Love's a protective poison...👌❤️

  18. Alan Kancik

    Best Sing of you for me :)

  19. Jordan Ball

    In two days it will be five years since I was divorced, and was basically just kicked out of my life. Every time I hear the end of this song, "now that you're grown, may you never feel this alone", I think of my wonderful son, and just feel crushed.

  20. Hannah Hardy

    So talented conor! -Lua

  21. Jokerfull

    Probably one of the best songs of my whole life, glad I didn't die before listening to this❤

  22. road 2 joy

    this is the saddest song ive ever heard

  23. Dan Crawford

    it's okay

  24. Jason White

    I love this song so much. I can't listen to it without crying. It may as well been written in my own heart about my son Jack

  25. Jean McCafferty

    Fuck this shit I'm cryin

  26. TheDap123

    It made me cry. Your music touches my heart. ❤️

  27. Anyelo Mejia

    I remember the day you appeared on this earth
    With eyes like the ocean, got blood on my shirt
    From my camera angle it looked like it hurt
    But your mama had a big old smile
    We drove you home, saw your yellowing skin
    Packed a few things and drove you back again
    Stayed up all night worrying, wondering
    What was gonna make it better
    Broken bones heal when you set them right
    Get your fine tooth comb from the barbicide
    Our love's a protective poison
    But you are your mother's child
    But she'll keep you for a while
    One someday you'll be grown and then you'll be on your own
    Halloween costume, looking real cute
    With your pillowcase full, in your astronaut suit
    But your cousin the cowboy is eyeing your loot
    Better watch your Snickers bar
    Out on the diamond, now you're up to bat
    Chewing your big league, adjusting your hat
    Taking a swing and hearing it crack
    Look at that apple fly
    Tears will dry if you give them time
    Life's a roller coaster, keep your arms inside
    Fear that's a big emotion
    But you are your mother's child
    And she'll keep you for a while
    But some day you'll be grown and then you'll be on your own
    Posing for pictures, cap and a gown
    Summer is coming, you're driving around town
    Everyone's asking what you're gonna do now
    I know you're gonna make a splash
    And find you a sweetheart to treat you so kind
    Take her to dinner and kiss her goodnight
    What I couldn't teach you, you will realize
    She's the only thing that matters
    Although he's a bastard, make your papa proud
    Your a fine young man and I got no doubt
    That you're gonna do this better
    'Cause you are your mother's child
    She had you for a while
    Now that you're grown, may you never be on your own
    Now that you're grown, may you never feel this alone

  28. Justin Sulli

    hope it's a great day

  29. Jona Krüger

    Someone please bless this man and his guitar

  30. Connor Adams

    Tears everytjme

  31. David Theisen

    Conor is a great singer! not the normal type of music i would listen to, but i would anyways! Because see his father was my doctor when i was a kid!!! We lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa right across the Missouri River from Omaha!!! and my mom would take me to Doctor Oberst for annual check ups!! Saw in the paper that Conor moved back to Omaha with his new album looming! not bad Conor not bad!!!

    What Am I Watching?

    Wasn't his dad an info manager or something?

  32. no wavvez

    I've had huge problems with my mom and just tried to play this on my guitar and started weeping halfway through ... still had to listen to it.

  33. olimpia s

    This song makes me so fucking emo because it makes me feel guilty for all the times I've sassed my mom or haven't treated her like the queen she is

  34. Eza Febrian

    his voice is so similiar to iwan rheon

  35. Mary Rives

    as a mama, i cry very time i hear this one!

    olimpia s

    as a daughter so do I

  36. maya kerslake

    i came here to have a good time and i'm honestly feeling so depressed right now

    Lewis Tyler

    maya kerslake

  37. Vic&Doris CB

    Es bastante hermosa.

  38. Vic&Doris CB

    Es bastante hermosa.

  39. i Phamp

    He resemble Jason Mraz and Paul Mccartney and their taste in music is high class .

  40. Kris Morris

    Stuck in love brought me here

  41. Sir Scrapy

    Awesome Song, i miss u mom. All i am was all u give me.

  42. Gregor Duddy

    Why does this make me want to hug my existent kid?

    Heywood Jabuzoff

    +Gregor Duddy Have you tried to hug the non-existent kid? Way less meaningful.

  43. Heather Chavez

    This song makes me so sad because my mom disowned me. :(

    Mingyu Sunbaenim

    Heather Chavez i just posted this song on Instagram because I remember my mom. we too haven't talked in four years. i always try to reach out to her, but she still can't accept me and my choices. I just want her to know I love her and am always thinking about her. I'll keep waiting.

    hoggshead

    I'm so sorry that happened to you :(

  44. Rosie L

    This is the sweetest song ever help

  45. maria neal

    beautiful

  46. Andeker Y. F.

    this song made me cry :') i loved it when i hear it in stuck in love.

  47. mirezma machozma

    i really felt it n made me cry. i thought there will not b a day on earth that i will cry coz of some movie or song but this song made me cry. LOVE YOU MUMMY

  48. Mason Major

    I showed this song to my mom today. Your lyrics could move mountains.

    Ellie A

    Just sent it to mine!!! (Mom) she loves Conor. Music saves lives!!!! 🎶💓😊

  49. Evie Fleisher

    This is such an amazing song

  50. Jacob Brewer

    Kids or teens from the fine bros should react to Conner

  51. 123anyhow

    Conor,
    you have always been a creative inspiration, an inconsequential muse, and owe my style of poetry to your confessional, lucid lyrics. I remember listening to you back when I just figured out what angst was. I missed your show in Cooperstown, NY. I want to meet you, and those aren't the casual words of a creeper. An acquired, unacquainted friend.

    NitroBrad

    saw it, it was great. he played this and told the story of it. the kid its about was backstage. it was magic. that was the first time I heard this.

  52. Ruby Ethika

    I swear, Stuck In Love has one of the best soundtracks ever
    I would have never heard this amazing song if it weren't for the movie...

    Alexander Mejia

    Don't forget Between the bars, the best songs

    FINES HIMAAMBO

    Hey, You are like me. So we should probably get married now. lol

    livelyforme livelyforme

    Don't know the movie but Conors music has helped me for a long time

    Daria luba Burbelo

    Is this really happening

    labsi xmalang

    @Alexander Mejia never failed to make me cry every single time

  53. Emma T

    i found this song from the movie stuck in love, anybody else? i instantly fell in love, i was thinking, if you guys liked this song please please please listen to the song between the bars by elliot smith, its only 2 minutes and its amazing :) thank you (when you listen to it close your eyes and just listen to the lyrics)

    Clary Piriz

    You know Lou said that right?

  54. nicole Kennedy

    how could this be from his 2014 album when it was played during the movie 'stuck in love' from 2012?? IM CONFUSED 

    Alex Müller

    +nicole Kennedy maybe this song was recorded just for that movie that year! and then when he ended all the album he included this song too

  55. Jordi Barnard

    At some points reminds me of "Frank", the movie.

  56. Rea

    This song brings me to tears. I can't even

  57. Abimanyu Prakasa

    amazing lyrics!

  58. spoocyguy

    Stuck In Love! :)

  59. Hunter Hart Lightner

    Conor is a great artist. It sucks that society does not listen to music like this regularly

  60. Something Better88

    GREAT PRODUCT PLACEMENT CONOR!!! No I'm not being cynical or sarcastic says the sheep.

  61. James Monahan

    This and At the Bottom of Everything...incredibly moving songs.... woefully literal videos... 

  62. Kaalyn

    I can't say I ever imagined the day I'd see children and infants in a Conor video.  ....then again I never thought I'd hear a song like this from him.  Growing up with him the past ten years, I smile every time I hear him say even a few phrases in this.  It's just a great thing to see Conor's growth, too.  It's incredibly sweet.  Gives me hope for my hard heart. <3

    Did

    @OurPeanutGallerie I remember listening to the earlier Bright Eyes albums as a preteen. If someone had showed me this song I wouldn't have believed it was Conor.

  63. FrankLucasGiacone

    Does anyone know the maker / artist of that moon painting??

  64. ANIGMASAUR

    Such a great song!

  65. Erin Cole

    a lovely man. So genuine, real and sometimes unbearably cute in every song. A rare find.

  66. Eefje Poppelaars

    I love Conor's lyrics so much. It always makes me wonder how personal the lyrics are to him, because they always hit home and have so much emotion.

    Louie O. BlevinsMusic

    Eefje Poppelaars I tell all my students that if your goal is to be a singer/songwriter in the most personal way like the greats then very much study music, always study music, but leave the simplicity in the music. You don’t have to be Jim Croce or Elliott Smith talented to make beautiful songs. Keep a journal so you can write everyday and also read everyday. Pour every ounce of your soul into your lyrics and make yourself transparent. You can’t hold anything back, just leave it all out on the table. Realize that every man’s life is just as important as yours and everyone has struggles. Writing a song is something magical and people can tell the difference between a song that is just pumped out as opposed to one that is from the soul.

  67. M Spacely

    This guys lyrics are art.

  68. BertyWho

    This song makes me cry it's so pure and beautiful, thank you Conor Oberst
    <3

  69. Maja Fenikowska

    Absolutely awesome! These children are the cutest which I've ever seen. I really love the moment at the end, when the poster on the Conor's back falls, and he doesn't care about that, just smiles beautifully. He didn't used to smile very often... but now this happens to him sometimes (Oh, not SOMETIMES, almost all the time.). It's great to see him happy.

  70. evan hale

    Nice job. Youre amazing pretty awesome seeing you twice this year. I have missed you

  71. gee. ess.

    the viciousness that was done to this man and he gets some stinking text "apology"??
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/07/15/the-inside-story-of-a-reputation-ruining-idol-killing-internet-hoax/

  72. Idriss Sourou

    This is maybe Conort Oberst's saddest song ever...Still a great one,anyway...

    Vkrin

    Really I thought this was a pretty happy one, I mean its sad how little the dad thinks of himself but at least he takes comfort knowing that his so is going to be fine. It really holds nothing to ones like Padraic my prince in terms of sadness.

    Rodrigo Torres

    In my opinion "Amy in the white coat" is his saddest song... just brutal

    Ali Yeverino

    Even though First Day of My Life is pretty common, it always reminds me of my mom and it never fails to make me sad.

    Octavio Pedroza

    easy lucky frew, a scale a mirror and those indiferent clocks, so many songs could be the saddest

    Rory Conrad

    lime tree, Feb 15, ladder song all come to mind...and this song has a good ending.

  73. Shevelyoff

    Oh, новый Конор. Было бы еще круче увидеть клип на Double Life - самая любимая композиция с альбома.

  74. gunnar jauch

    I dunno -- kinda kitschy...

  75. Ginny Marshall

    love this so much

  76. Matthew Nicholls

    Is that the human hair mask from the T.V show obscura New York?

  77. M MMM

    This is amazing!!

  78. Stephen Shaw

    "Better watch your Snickers Bar..."
    "Life's a roller-coaster; keep your arms inside..."
    Awesome new video from Conor Oberst:

  79. Stephanie Bennett

    Love this.

  80. joe

    conor you're amazing