Mother (Pink Floyd song)
|publication||November 30, 1979|
|Genre (s)||Rock music , progressive rock , progressive folk|
|music||Roger Waters , David Gilmour|
Like all other songs from The Wall , Mother tells part of the story of the protagonist Pink , who erects an imaginary wall to protect him from emotional influences.
In this song Pink describes his mother, who tries to protect him from the world and is therefore primarily responsible for building the wall. After Pink's father was killed in World War II, she also wants him to stay with her after he grows up, most of all she doesn't want him to fall in love.
For the most part, Mother only consists of an acoustic guitar, which is only supplemented by other instruments towards the end of the song.
The verses are sung from the perspective of Pink by Waters, the refrain from the perspective of Gilmour's mother.
Mother contains various changes in time, from 4/4 to 5/4 and back in pinks, from 4/4 to 6/8 and back in mother's parts.
A new version was recorded for the film, only Gilmour's guitar solo is unchanged. The line “ It is just a waste of time ” has been replaced by “ Mother, am I really dying ”.
The film shows Pink lying in bed as a child with a fever after caring for a sick rat. Some of the scenes are also shown again in Comfortably Numb .
- Roger Waters - vocals (verses), acoustic guitar , electric bass
- David Gilmour - vocals (chorus), electric guitar
- Andy Mabbett: The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. Omnibus, London 1995, ISBN 0-7119-4301-X .
- Vernon Fitch: The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia. 3. Edition. Collector's Guide Publications, Burlington, Ont. 2005, ISBN 1-894959-24-8 .