I've been thinking about this song for most of my life; motherless children do have a hard road; father will do the best he can, nobody treats you like your mother will do.
Motherless children are shunned by proper families, not quite right, that's the way it is; could be worse, could be a Palestinian kid. But mrs woman on a raft's observation about the Grooming of the Nation lent a different interpretation, more general. With everyone who is able serving the God of limitless economic growth, aren't all the children now motherless? And even when they have mothers, the state, as we see these coupla days, will orphan them nevertheless.