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Pink Floyd - Mother

The song narrates a conversation by Pink (voiced by Waters) and his mother (voiced by Gilmour). The listener learns of the overprotectiveness of Pink's mother, who is helping Pink build his wall to try to protect him from the outside world, evidenced by the line "Of course Momma's gonna help build the wall," spoken by Pink's mother. She insists that Pink stay by her side even after he grows up, and cannot stand it when Pink eventually grows older and falls in love.

"Mother" appears on The Wall album, released in 1979. The Wall tells the story of Pink, an embittered and alienated rock star. As told through the song "Mother", part of Pink's sense of alienation comes from being raised by an overprotective single mother, who lost her husband, Pink's father, in World War II.


Mother, do you think they'll drop the bomb?

Mother, do you think they'll like this song?

Mother, do you think they'll try to break my balls?

Ooooh aah, mother, should I build the wall?

Mother, should I run for president?

Mother, should I trust the government?

Mother, will they put me in the firing line?

Ooooh aah, is it just a waste of time?

Hush now, baby, baby, don't you cry

Mama's gonna make all of your nightmares come true

Mama's gonna put all of her fears into you

Mama's gonna keep you right here under her wing

She won't let you fly but she might let you sing

Mama's gonna keep baby cosy and warm

Ooooh, babe, ooooh, babe, ooooh, babe

Of course Mama's gonna help build the wall

Mother, do you think she's good enough?

Mother, do you think she's dangerous?

Mother, will she tear your little boy apart?

Oooh aah, mother, will she break my heart?

Hush now, baby, baby, don't you cry

Mama's gonna check out all your girlfriends for you

Mama won't let anyone dirty get through

Mama's gonna wait up till you get in

Mama will always find out where you've been

Mamma's gonna keep baby healthy and clean

Ooooh, babe, ooooh, babe, ooooh, babe

You'll always be a baby to me

Mother, didn't need to be so high

Songwriters: Roger Waters

Mother lyrics © BMG Rights Management


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