Mother (7:55)

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Mother is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on The Wall album in 1979.

The song switches from a quiet dynamic to a louder one, expanding its 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 five minutes, 35 seconds in length, the song has a minimal introduction, consisting only of sharp inhalation and rapid exhalation before the first verses are sung by Roger Waters. David Gilmour sings a chorus in narrative response to the first set of lyrics and an instrumental interlude follows. 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?”


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  • theorly64

    Mother, will they try to break... my balls? [2]

    15 Apr 2:56am Reply
  • samiskywalker

    so beautiful

    8 Mar 4:47am Reply
  • djsweetlips1971

    DAMN .

    17 Feb 3:14am Reply
  • AmirBlack

    She won't let you fly, but she might let you sing <3

    29 Jan 7:31pm Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski


    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Gellies

    Amazing song, PF is awesome... especially Roger!

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • pixielandjazz

    Mother, will they try to break... my balls?

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    "Mother" is 5:35 in length. Much of the song is strikingly similar to Pigs on the Wing The majority of the song is in G Major, though the chorus is predominantly a plagal cadence in C Major. The song is notable for its varied use of time signatures, such as 5/8 and 9/8.[4] Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason found these time-signature changes difficult to learn, and, with the band recording on a very tight schedule, conceded the drumming duties to session drummer Jeff Porcaro

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Waters explained to Mojo magazine that the song is about, "The idea that we can be controlled by our parents' views on things like sex. The single mother of boys, particularly, can make sex harder than it needs to be."

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing Song

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia z Gierałtowic

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • mota_boy_punky


    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Robesko

    mother should I trust the government?

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • PinkFloydrulez

    eternal guitar solo

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski


    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • zoborey

    the solo can actually tear down the wall

    13 Feb 2014 Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Such a beautiful song. Love how it starts acoustic, then adds in instruments as it progresses, while still maintaining that melancholy sound.

    3 Feb 2014 Reply
  • zoborey

    of course mama's gonna help build the wall

    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • JokerRamone

    Kill me

    1 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Assedor

    The band's sound is characterized by complex multipart vocal harmonies and use of counterpoint. To construct their compositions characterized simultaneous sounding of two different melodies.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
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