Mothers Of Men
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Appears On The Afterman: Ascension
Track 4
Length 4:11
Produced By Coheed And Cambria
Michael Birnbaum
Chris Bittner
Preceded By The Afterman
Followed By Goodnight, Fair Lady

Mothers Of Men is the fourth song on the 2012 album The Afterman: Ascension.

Lyrics

In this space where nothing will seem too right
Our voice unheard in this quiet fight
This march we lead will breed our song
To them we're nothing, to them we're pawns
Oh, a desperate play to feel like we belong
Now, as we take up into the streets
Remember, I depend on you as much as you on me
Don't try to fake it, let's not pretend
We made you mothers, we made you men
We made you mothers, we made you men

Oh, it's no surprise
Nobody listens anymore
To what we're saying, to what was said
And in your absence we promised you
"Oh we'll behave, oh, we'll behave"
So just keep running
Everything will look better once you look away
'Cause what's the difference? Oh I agree
Is there a difference we make?

(Your day will come...)
The rain starts dancing across our backs
These ardent words seize this heart attack
Belief still strong, we can make this change
The stage is set to occupy the brain
This stage is, we made this, we made this...
WE MADE IT

Oh, it's no surprise
Nobody listens anymore
To what we're saying, to what was said
And in your absence we promised you
"We'll behave, oh, we'll behave"
So just keep running
Everything will look better once you look away
'Cause what's the difference?
Is there a difference we make?

Between a dapper villain in a Sunday serial at the podium
Or another cog in the wheel
Just another cog in the wheel
They're both capable of making life hard
No bandage can mend all these parts
So why do I give?

Between, between, between
Between, between, between
Between, between, between

Oh, it's no surprise
Nobody listens anymore
To what we're saying, to what was said
And in your absence we promised you
"We'll behave, oh, we'll behave"
So just keep running
Everything will look better once you look away
'Cause what's the difference?
Oh, what's the difference?
... Of making life hard
No bandage can mend all these parts
So why do I live with this?

No difference...

Goodnight.

Meaning

In the coffee-table book published with some of the Special Editions, Claudio gave insight into how he came up with each track on the album. For this track, he wrote: 

"As the Occupy movement was happening, I found myself considering the idea of protest in general and what makes the public decide they have enough differences to take a stand. Coheed is not a political band and this song is no real exception. Instead, it evolved out of thinking about how people change. Their interests; their needs; their political stance; whatever they may be. Music, in particular, is one of those things that people gravitate to in their formative years. We start listening to certain bands or types of music in our youth and sometimes grow out of them to fit in with what's hip or what feels cool with our peers at that moment. But there's something to be said about recognizing where you came from and the things that helped you grow into the adults you are now."

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