Monday, December 05, 2005

What's the Matter Here - 10,000 Maniacs

That young boy without a name
Anywhere I'd know his face
In this city the kid's my favorite
I've seen him
I see him every day
Seen him run outside
Looking for a place to hide
From his father
The kid half naked
And said to myself
"O, what's the matter here?"

I'm tired of the excuses
Everbody uses
He's their kid
I stay out of it
But who gave you the right
To do this?

We live on Morgan Street
Just ten feet between
And his mother
I never see her
But her screams and cussing
I hear them every day
Threats like
"If you don't mind
I will beat on your behind"
"Slap you, slap you silly"
Made me say
"O, what's the matter here?"

I'm tired of the excuses
Everybody uses
He's your kid
Do as you see fit
But get this through
That I don't approve
Of what you did
To you own flesh and blood

I'm tired of the excuses
Everybody uses
He's your kid
Do as you see fit
But get this through
That I don't approve
Of what you did
To you own flesh and blood

"If you don't sit
In your chair straight
I'll take this belt
From around my waist
And don't you think
That I won't use it!"
Answer me and take your time
What could be the awful crime
He could do at such young an age?
If I'm the only witness
To your madness
Offer me some words to balance
Out what I see and what I hear
All these cold and rude
Things that you do
I suppose you do
Because he belongs to you
And instead of love
And the feel of warmth
You've given him these cuts
And sores won't heal
With time or age
I want to say
"What's the Matter here?"
But I don't dare say
"What's the Matter here?"
But I don't dare say

2 comments:

Bigandmean said...

For the life of me, I don't see how anybody can do that to any child, much less their own.

One of my missions in life is to publicly scold and/or shame any one who does that to a child in public. All that's required most of the time is a disapproving look or saying something like "God help you if that child ends up being the one to choose your nursing home." I'm shameless and offer no quarter to creeps like that but I try to be careful not to give them an excuse to beat on the child later.

Tony said...

I love 10KM. That song is amazing.

Natalie (god love her) just got SO whiney after she left... and that's saying a lot because 10km wasn't really a party band to begin with.