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Good Mother

I've got money in my pocket,
I like the color of my hair.
I've got a friend who loves me,
Got a house, I've got a car.
I've got a good mother,
and her voice is what keeps me here.

Feet on ground,
Heart in hand,
Facing forward,
Be yourself.
I've never wanted anything.
No I've, no I've, I've never wanted anything,
so bad..(so bad).

Cardboard masks of all the people I've been
Thrown out, with all the rusted, tangled
dented ******** miseries!!
You could say I'm hard to hold,
But if you knew me you'd know,
I've got a good father,
And his strength is what makes me cry.

Feet on ground,
Heart in hand,
Facing forward,
Be yourself.
I've never wanted anything,
No I've, no I've, I've never
wanted anything so bad..(so bad).

I've got money in my pockets,
I like the color of my hair.
I've got a friend who loves me,
Got a house, I've got a car.
I've got a good mother,
and her voice is what keeps me here.

Feet on ground,
Heart in hand,
Facing forward,
Be yourself.

Heart in hand,
Feet on ground,
Facing forward,
Be yourself.
just be yourself.
just be yourself.

Feet on ground,
Heart in hand,
Feet on ground,
Heart in hand....
songwriter: Jann Arden

performed by: Jann Arden

date released: 1994 by Jann Arden

Jann Arden was born Jann Arden Richards on March 27, 1962, in Springback, Alberta. There's no record of what she was like as a child because mom has remained mum about Jann's childhood. Unlike many famous people who say, "I wanted to be a singer since I was five years old," Arden never dreamed that she'd end up where she is today. She wanted to be a teacher for a while, but that required some follow-through and she wasn't big on follow-through after high school.

Songwriting was an early talent. As a young girl, Ardem wrote in a diary, composed her first song at age 13, and completed the odd homework assignment, but otherwise didn't really spend much time with notebook in hand. Then, from 1986 to 1988, passion emerged, and she wrote every song imaginable.

Singing was another thing Arden never did as a child. Like every other teenager, she sang along with her Carpenters and ABBA records, but that was it. Then in the '80's she started singing for several local bands to wet her feet as a performance artist.

One night, a record executive agreed to hear her perform and the only venue available was the Pumphouse Theatre in Calgary. There was Arden poised on stage, singing, standing next to a giant papier-mâché penis protruding from the wall. She's been with that executive's record company since 1992.

With regard to "Good Mother", Arden spoke candidly with The Gazette about her family:

"There are exceptions to every rule, and I think there are people that probably get really lucky and are in the right families and get really great parenting, and the parents do spend that extra time and get them the help they need – all of that. But how often does that happen?

Let's be honest. I mean, usually it's like, "Shut up," "Talk to your mother" – people don't have time. I grew up, I didn't even know my dad. I mean, he's a wonderful man, and I love him, but I grew up in the '60s and the '70s, and my dad worked, and he lived hard, and I didn't see him. I mean, I'm not scarred for life – I understood it, and my mom certainly made up for everything, but I'm not going to paint this perfect picture of what my family was."

So did Jann have a good mother? Only Jann knows for sure---what is a good mother anyway? There is one thing she knows for certain; she's not Celine Dion.

"Just be yourself."

Digging deeper into this last line from the song, Arden says in an interview for Canadian Life and Living Magazine:

"Yeah, we only have one good chance at it. Don’t spend time looking in a mirror and saying, “I don’t like that about myself or I don’t want that there.” We wouldn’t even know it existed if it wasn’t for the social implications of beauty. I think beauty is loving yourself. I know that sounds so corny, but I’ll get over it.
Last year when I was with a bunch of my band guys we asked one another fun questions. One of them was: “What would you change?” I would change nothing. I wish I hadn’t lied so much to my Mom when I was younger and I wish I hadn’t done a few other things but as far as myself ­ I wouldn’t change anything. I don’t wish for anything. I have everything."
Good Mother

I've got money in my pocket,
I like the color of my hair.
I've got a friend who loves me,
Got a house, I've got a car.
I've got a good mother,
and her voice is what keeps me here.

Feet on ground,
Heart in hand,
Facing forward,
Be yourself.
I've never wanted anything.
No I've, no I've, I've never wanted anything,
so bad..(so bad).

Cardboard masks of all the people I've been
Thrown out, with all the rusted, tangled
dented ******** miseries!!
You could say I'm hard to hold,
But if you knew me you'd know,
I've got a good father,
And his strength is what makes me cry.

Feet on ground,
Heart in hand,
Facing forward,
Be yourself.
I've never wanted anything,
No I've, no I've, I've never
wanted anything so bad..(so bad).

I've got money in my pockets,
I like the color of my hair.
I've got a friend who loves me,
Got a house, I've got a car.
I've got a good mother,
and her voice is what keeps me here.

Feet on ground,
Heart in hand,
Facing forward,
Be yourself.

Heart in hand,
Feet on ground,
Facing forward,
Be yourself.
just be yourself.
just be yourself.

Feet on ground,
Heart in hand,
Feet on ground,
Heart in hand....
songwriter: Jann Arden

performed by: Jann Arden

date released: 1994 by Jann Arden

Jann Arden was born Jann Arden Richards on March 27, 1962, in Springback, Alberta. There's no record of what she was like as a child because mom has remained mum about Jann's childhood. Unlike many famous people who say, "I wanted to be a singer since I was five years old," Arden never dreamed that she'd end up where she is today. She wanted to be a teacher for a while, but that required some follow-through and she wasn't big on follow-through after high school.

Songwriting was an early talent. As a young girl, Ardem wrote in a diary, composed her first song at age 13, and completed the odd homework assignment, but otherwise didn't really spend much time with notebook in hand. Then, from 1986 to 1988, passion emerged, and she wrote every song imaginable.

Singing was another thing Arden never did as a child. Like every other teenager, she sang along with her Carpenters and ABBA records, but that was it. Then in the '80's she started singing for several local bands to wet her feet as a performance artist.

One night, a record executive agreed to hear her perform and the only venue available was the Pumphouse Theatre in Calgary. There was Arden poised on stage, singing, standing next to a giant papier-mâché penis protruding from the wall. She's been with that executive's record company since 1992.

With regard to "Good Mother", Arden spoke candidly with The Gazette about her family:

"There are exceptions to every rule, and I think there are people that probably get really lucky and are in the right families and get really great parenting, and the parents do spend that extra time and get them the help they need – all of that. But how often does that happen?

Let's be honest. I mean, usually it's like, "Shut up," "Talk to your mother" – people don't have time. I grew up, I didn't even know my dad. I mean, he's a wonderful man, and I love him, but I grew up in the '60s and the '70s, and my dad worked, and he lived hard, and I didn't see him. I mean, I'm not scarred for life – I understood it, and my mom certainly made up for everything, but I'm not going to paint this perfect picture of what my family was."

So did Jann have a good mother? Only Jann knows for sure---what is a good mother anyway? There is one thing she knows for certain; she's not Celine Dion.

"Just be yourself."

Digging deeper into this last line from the song, Arden says in an interview for Canadian Life and Living Magazine:

"Yeah, we only have one good chance at it. Don’t spend time looking in a mirror and saying, “I don’t like that about myself or I don’t want that there.” We wouldn’t even know it existed if it wasn’t for the social implications of beauty. I think beauty is loving yourself. I know that sounds so corny, but I’ll get over it.
Last year when I was with a bunch of my band guys we asked one another fun questions. One of them was: “What would you change?” I would change nothing. I wish I hadn’t lied so much to my Mom when I was younger and I wish I hadn’t done a few other things but as far as myself ­ I wouldn’t change anything. I don’t wish for anything. I have everything."
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Quiz #: 10977
Albertan, Jann Arden, performs one from the Canadian anthology of meaningful songs---Good Mother
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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