five pregnant mothers went into labour
and knew they were gonna give birth
five pregnant mothers went through the contractions
and each brought a child to this Earth.

This mother went to hospital
and this mother stayed at home.
This mother had a caesarean
and this pregnant mother had none
and this poor mother died in childbirth:
saw her babe once, and then she was gone.

Five babies born at the same time,
so surely they have the same chance.
They're starting out in the same way,
but you can't tell the future in advance.


Five families lived in the same town
tho to each other they weren't known
Five families kids were getting older
and soon to a school age they'd grown.

This little kiddie went to private school
and this kid was tutored at home.
This little kiddie made lots of friends
and this little kiddie had none,
and this little kiddie spent all his time skiving
sitting on the swings near his home.

Five babes were born at the same time,
so surely they had the same chance.
They're already starting to part ways,
but you can't tell the future in advance.


Five teenagers sat their high school exams
and went in and got their grades.
They set out from their high school gates
to follow the paths they had made.

This teenager went to uni
and this teenager got a job.
This teenager got pregnant
and this teen became a drunken slob,
and this poor teen got hooked on pills
and kept popping them into his gob.

Five babes were born at the same time,
so surely they had the same chance.
They're going completely different ways,
but you can't tell the future in advance.


Five young people had grown up
and decided to stop messing around.
Five young people went into the world
and followed the paths they found.

Now this one got a job as a lawyer
and this one stayed at home
and this one signed up to be a soldier
and this one was permanently stoned
and this one got sent to prison for
killing the man who used to knock him around.

Five babes were born at the same time,
so they must've had the same chance.
They've gone completely different ways,
but you can't tell the future in advance.


Five adults passed each other in the street
never noticing each others' face
Five completely different people
each coming from a different place.

This one had gone and got married
and this one had a family and home.
this one had already had seven kids
and this one couldn't have none
and this one was a single parent
trying to get by on his own.

Five babes were born at the same time,
so they must've had the same chance.
they don't have much in common,
but you can't tell the future in advance.


Five headstones erected in a graveyard
bear testament to five different ways
the inscriptions are mostly similar
the only change is the last date it says.

But this old man died peaceful
and this poor woman died young.
And this young lad he overdosed
and this one was wrongly hung,
and this one died to save a life
and his praises will always be sung.

Five babes were born at the same time,
so they must've had the same chance.
but none of them could have predicted
the twists in their lives in advance.

Some decisions are up to us,
some paths we choose to take.
Sometimes we're dealt a bad hand
and we never get a break.
But there is no easy answer,
and no map to be followed.
You've just got to take your best shot
and hope that you picked the right road.

This little kiddie went to market.
And this little kiddie stayed home.
This little kiddie had roast beef.
And this little kiddie had none.
And this little kiddie went whee-whee-whee
all the long way home.
And these little kiddie's all chose a path
but they none of them knew where they'd go,
would they have done it different
if they had only known?
If he knew what there'd be at the market,
would this little kid have stayed at home?