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Song Name: Mother

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Wall (Disc One), Shine On

Run Time: 5:36

Year: 1979

Track Number: 6

Sung By: David Gilmour (chorus), Roger Waters (verse)

Written By: Roger Waters


Pink Floyd - Mother (official music video)07:21

Pink Floyd - Mother (official music video)

  • The song switches from a quiet dynamic to a loud one, expanding instrumentation from acoustic guitar and solo voice to include (by the song's end) reed organ, piano, drums, electric bass, vocal harmony, and electric guitar. At 5 minutes, 36 seconds long, the song has a minimal intro, consisting only of sharp inhalation and rapid exhalation before the first verse is sung by Waters. Gilmour sings a chorus in narrative response to that verse and starts his guitar solo right after he finishes it. Waters sings another verse, which is once more followed by Gilmour's chorus (with altered lyrics). Finally, the song concludes with a suddenly stripped-down arrangement and a ritardando in which Waters sings, "Mother did it need to be so high?" This is often misheard as, "Mother, didn't mean to get so high."
  • As with the other songs on The Wall, "Mother" tells a portion of Pink's story. The song narrates a conversation by Pink (Waters) and his mother (Gilmour). We learn of the ridiculous overprotectiveness of his mother, who's unknowingly stacking bricks onto Pink's wall as a result of her actions, as evidenced by the line "Of course mother's gonna help build the wall". She insists that Pink stay by her side even after he grows up, and can't stand it when Pink grows older and falls in love.
  • Oddly enough, although part of Pink's relationship with his mother is shown in this segment, it details more on Pink and his wife. At the end it shows Pink's wife in an affair with the leader of an anti-war group. Pink, now upset, has no words to offer.
  • Guns N' Roses' guitarist Slash would often play 'Mother' as an intro to the band's show-closing song Paradise City.
  • On the Fuck The Back Row tour of 2006, Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls played 'Mother' during several shows, while her bandmate Brian Viglione accompanied her on the snare drum.

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