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Pink Floyd — Mother
Album: The Wall
Avg rating:
8.4

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Total ratings: 3934









Released: 1979
Length: 5:28
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb
Mother do you think they'll like the song
Mother do you think they'll try to break my balls
Mother should I build a wall

Mother should I run for president
Mother should I trust the government
Mother will they put me in the firing line
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
For me
Mother do you think she's dangerous
To me
Mother will she tear your little boy apart
Mother will she break my heart

Hush now baby, baby don't you cry
Mama's gonna check out all your girl friends 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
Mama's gonna keep baby healthy and clean
Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe
You'll always be a baby to me

Mother, did it need to be so high.
Comments (528)add comment
 h8rhater wrote:

Except that the person that you are referring to probably never cared about what his mother, or anyone else for that matter, thought.  A narcissist and sociopath only thinks about what he wants.
 
I think true inspiration is breathed in  (roots of the word)  undaunted by the mental constructs of the receiver. Regardless of any of his beliefs or his actions - (and who are we to judge?) -  there is plain and simple genius here. Not only in these lyrics but in the universal language spoken by the whole group.
Mozart could barely keep his life together - his relationships, his health, his finances - but hopefully we can agree that he was rather superb at receiving and transcribing his inspirations . . .
 MattRudely wrote:
Toxic femininity.
 
                    ^this is stupid
 h8rhater wrote:

Except that the person that you are referring to probably never cared about what his mother, or anyone else for that matter, thought.  A narcissist and sociopath only thinks about what he wants.
 Substitute 'Papa' for 'Mother'. Fixed it. 

Toxic femininity.
Sent this to my mom when I had had enough and left home 22 years ago
 jahgirl8 wrote:
Ironic, eh?

Mother should I build a wall

Mother should I run for president
Mother should I trust the government

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

Of course Mama's gonna help build the wall

Mother will she break my heart
 



YES
YES
NO
NO


 haretic wrote:


 
In addition to vinyl, we ancients had these little things called cassette tapes; and we had special players in our cars for these tapes.
In fact, I made several copies of this outstanding album on cassettes for friends; editing out  some of the longer sound-effect stretches.
(Truth was: I'd take any excuse to listen to the album all of the way through one more time).

 
Oh you pirate, you! Don't you know that Cassette Tapes Kills Music!!? Because what you did in the 70's, Bill is now legally required to play Rick Astley 1 time per century, which is one time too many! Everyone! Commence harsh fingerpointing on my mark!

(laughing, ducking for cover

Spooky action at a distance... Quantum entanglement 

Pjesnik wrote:
Waters and Gilmour - what an entanglement. 
 

 whaleboneman wrote:
Your mom had a turntable in her car?

 
rhlrstn wrote:
I'm still salty that my copy of this album got stolen from my mom's car about 20 years ago..
 

 
In addition to vinyl, we ancients had these little things called cassette tapes; and we had special players in our cars for these tapes.
In fact, I made several copies of this outstanding album on cassettes for friends; editing out  some of the longer sound-effect stretches.
(Truth was: I'd take any excuse to listen to the album all of the way through one more time).

 Jelani wrote:
 h8rhater wrote:

Except that the person that you are referring to probably never cared about what his mother, or anyone else for that matter, thought.  A narcissist and sociopath only thinks about what he wants.
 h8trhater, you are a presumptive dick, about the person you're referencing. And not too bright either -You don't realize that you are the most hateful person on this site. I've read so many of your posts, and you are more full of hate and/or intolerance, save a few instances, than anyone else here. And I m sick of  seeing your posts of pompous righteousness. Maybe you should change your  screen name to just H8r... Or Nancy .
 

Somebody got triggered!
Best album ever, to calm your nervers, to put you to bed quickly, to cry, to think, just universal.
This song has excellent guitar solo, and it is absolutely fantastic, up to date and ages like a fine wine. 10/10
 I love everything about this song, Waters is such an angry bastard !!
FORA BOLSONARO!!!
(#stayhome)
Truly a masterpiece
Ironic, eh?

Mother should I build a wall

Mother should I run for president
Mother should I trust the government

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

Of course Mama's gonna help build the wall

Mother will she break my heart
 h8rhater wrote:

Except that the person that you are referring to probably never cared about what his mother, or anyone else for that matter, thought.  A narcissist and sociopath only thinks about what he wants.
 h8trhater, you are a presumptive dick, about the person you're referencing. And not too bright either -You don't realize that you are the most hateful person on this site. I've read so many of your posts, and you are more full of hate and/or intolerance, save a few instances, than anyone else here. And I m sick of  seeing your posts of pompous righteousness. Maybe you should change your  screen name to just H8r... Or Nancy .
F... me...Greg Laswell's "Farewell" now this...I'm in music heaven.
 (Banned) wrote:
Build it high and build it long!  
 
 
Are you writing about the wall around the Fletcher Memorial Home for Incurable Wasters of Life and Limb? If so, I'm with you!
 Algis wrote:
So apropos our times!

"Mother, should I run for President? ... Mother, should I build a wall? ... Mother, should I drop the bomb? ... "
 
Except that the person that you are referring to probably never cared about what his mother, or anyone else for that matter, thought.  A narcissist and sociopath only thinks about what he wants.
It's already broken.  Got a big crack in it.  

 
mrtuba9 wrote:
Mother do you think they'll try to break my
 

Your mom had a turntable in her car?

 
rhlrstn wrote:
I'm still salty that my copy of this album got stolen from my mom's car about 20 years ago..
 

Mother do you think they'll try to break my
Fabulous to hear this as David Gilmour's guitar collection is sold in New York. 

Just wished I'd had the  near $4m spare to acquire the Black Strat!
I'm still salty that my copy of this album got stolen from my mom's car about 20 years ago..
it has been years since i last heard this song and it got a completely different meaning for me. very nice to hear after all those years.
Waters and Gilmour - what an entanglement. 
 (Banned) wrote:
Build it high and build it long!  
 
 Yes, in the movie, it shows really clearly how walls are related to fascism. And fascism is bad for...well...people. But we understand that you may have had your own internal wall building events in your childhood. It happens.

 zetaarae wrote:
Nice one with Mother's Day coming up! I hope my kids will always feel like they can ask me hard questions, and like my opinion matters. <3
 
Do you know the story?  This mother was not the kind of woman you want to answer your questions. If you haven't see the movie, check it out. "Mamma's going to put all of her fears into you" should give you a sense of what I'm talking about.
 xanda wrote:
40 years old and still fresh, still relevant.

Sublime.


{#Good-vibes} {#Music}
 Thanks! Now I'll be depressed about my age all day...I still think of this as recent Pink!

 xanda wrote:
40 years old and still fresh, still relevant.

Sublime.


{#Good-vibes} {#Music}
 
"Mother should I build a wall
--
Mother should I run for president
Mother should I trust the government"
What a crazy song 
 xanda wrote:
40 years old and still fresh, still relevant.

Sublime.


{#Good-vibes} {#Music}
 

Yes, unfortunately relevant.
Up a notch!
40 years old and still fresh, still relevant.

Sublime.


{#Good-vibes} {#Music}
 (Banned) wrote:
Build it high and build it long!  
 

 
You pay
Nice one with Mother's Day coming up! I hope my kids will always feel like they can ask me hard questions, and like my opinion matters. <3
Perfect for the moment!

Please let us survive!


Again? Good choice :-)
So apropos our times!

"Mother, should I run for President? ... Mother, should I build a wall? ... Mother, should I drop the bomb? ... "
Build it high and build it long!  
 
 kingart wrote:

You must be a Devo or a Slipknot fan. 
 
For the record, one can appreciate Pink Floyd and Devo equally. Slipknot? Not so much...
 orquidea wrote:
totally right....{#Yes}
 
Thank you!  This is a truly magnificent album...  love this song...
 orquidea wrote:
totally right....{#Yes}
 
Thank you!  This is a truly magnificent album...  love this song...
 thewiseking wrote:
Rock, which can be pretty stupid, gets no more stupid than Pink Floyd.

 
You must be a Devo or a Slipknot fan. 
 thewiseking wrote:
Sounds as stupid and artless now as it did then
 
Maybe tell your mommy; she might at least pretend to care.
 robertomiller wrote:
Do you think they'll drop the bomb? 

Should I build a wall?

Should I run for President?

Should I trust the government?

Is it a waste a time? 

…some songs stay relative because history, unfortunately, repeats itself

 "...you are right from your side and I am right from mine, we're both just one too many mornings and a thousand miles behind..."

 


Gets me every time. First heard this watching The Wall on a TV on a rooftop in Bangkok in 1990. Masterful.
 thewiseking wrote:
Sounds as stupid and artless now as it did then

 
I like how it twists your knickers so hard.  Every.  Single.  Time.
 thewiseking wrote:
Rock, which can be pretty stupid, gets no more stupid than Pink Floyd.

 
Or, you just need a little more wisdom to appreciate it.
Sounds as stupid and artless now as it did then
Sounds just as good as always — Thanks for playing this.
JK... I was impersonating idiot_wind
 Not as good as the Natalie Maines version.


 greiffenstein wrote:
I remember one late night, around the age of 16, my buddies and I unabashedly confessed to each other that this song had made us cry.  For a bunch of macho-obsessed teenage boys this is no insignificant confession.  That this song had given us space to be vulnerable and touched is a testament to the profound power of this music.  

 
Well articulated and right on, man.
{#Hug}
{#Guitarist}
:::looks over his glasses
 coloradojohn wrote:
In the murky times this emerged into, this was truly epic, and very, very special. We worshipped it because it was real, and we knew, and wanted to know more about, how life must be difficult if not almost impossible to cope with for artists subjected to the meteoric rise and mortal pitfalls of Fortune and Fame — and who a better example than Syd?! — and as the tapestry of all that and Roger's own life played out on vinyl, in concert halls, and on the big screen, we dug right into it. We serenaded each other with the lyrics of this for years, just as we'd done with the lyrics of Quadrophenia before... The human condition, set to music, given its vehicle; JAM on! Amen.

 
amen
I remember one late night, around the age of 16, my buddies and I unabashedly confessed to each other that this song had made us cry.  For a bunch of macho-obsessed teenage boys this is no insignificant confession.  That this song had given us space to be vulnerable and touched is a testament to the profound power of this music.  
In the murky times this emerged into, this was truly epic, and very, very special. We worshipped it because it was real, and we knew, and wanted to know more about, how life must be difficult if not almost impossible to cope with for artists subjected to the meteoric rise and mortal pitfalls of Fortune and Fame — and who a better example than Syd?! — and as the tapestry of all that and Roger's own life played out on vinyl, in concert halls, and on the big screen, we dug right into it. We serenaded each other with the lyrics of this for years, just as we'd done with the lyrics of Quadrophenia before... The human condition, set to music, given its vehicle; JAM on! Amen.
Do you think they'll drop the bomb? 

Should I build a wall?

Should I run for President?

Should I trust the government?

Is it a waste a time? 

…some songs stay relative because history, unfortunately, repeats itself

 
Rock, which can be pretty stupid, gets no more stupid than Pink Floyd.
Tired, overwrought, overplayed.
Hey Bill, thanks for redeeming this album for me. I got SO burned out on it by about 1981 and have avoided songs from it. But you're easing me back into it. I bumped this from a 3 to a 6. Kind of nice to have this album back.
Please enough with the Pink Floyd!
Babe:  Ooooh Ooooh!
I think this song really just needs the whole album. Every now and then and not too much, a whole playthough. I really appreciate it best like that, not in spurts... 
Oh crap... I was about to go to bed and now this is playing and now i have to listen.. Bill made me. Bad Bill!  I'm-a gonna be tired in the morning
This album offers a few pretty good songs.
This ain't one of 'em.
 
 She says she's looking for someone to roll away the stone.
    If I ever said  anything she knows where to find me.


 westslope wrote:

LOL!   

Let's see... I have this rated 8, the average rating is 8.5 and we all know that this album was incredibly successful.

So children, wanna be successful when you grow up?   Smoke dope and pass gas.

 
Precisely! I see we have a Professor of Economics on the site. 
 ThePoose wrote:
Bad poetry? With lines like "Mother, do you think they'll break my balls,"
it should win the "Pull it, sir Prize."

thewiseking wrote:

Bad poetry and painfully dull. Comfortably dumb. Bliss for the terminally adolescent stoner.



 

 

 thewiseking wrote:
Dopey stoners passing gas. 

 
LOL!   

Let's see... I have this rated 8, the average rating is 8.5 and we all know that this album was incredibly successful.

So children, wanna be successful when you grow up?   Smoke dope and pass gas.
Dopey stoners passing gas. 
 LastGaspMusic wrote:
Nah... build the wall.mm ( yep its 2 late..)
 
It has already been built...
Nah... build the wall.mm ( yep its 2 late..)
 thewiseking wrote:

Bill wouldn't do that to us. It would be torture equivalent to waterboarding and is the sort of thing the Geneva Convention forbids. 

 

This level of hyperbole marks you as a "sangano" vice a wise king.


 SmackDaddy wrote:

agreed, multiple times a day. Didn't know this was a classic rock station.

 
Waaah!
 sirtezza wrote:
Yawn (again) Too much Pink Floyd! IMHO.

 
agreed, multiple times a day. Didn't know this was a classic rock station.
 thewiseking wrote:

Bill wouldn't do that to us. It would be torture equivalent to waterboarding and is the sort of thing the Geneva Convention forbids. 

 
https://goo.gl/ve1qzN
 ckcotton wrote:
What are the chances of getting Bill to play the WHOLE album straight through?

No complaints from me!

 

 
Bill wouldn't do that to us. It would be torture equivalent to waterboarding and is the sort of thing the Geneva Convention forbids. 
Bad poetry? With lines like "Mother, do you think they'll break my balls,"
it should win the "Pull it, sir Prize."

thewiseking wrote:

Bad poetry and painfully dull. Comfortably dumb. Bliss for the terminally adolescent stoner.



 


 behave you idiot

You're so cool.  I want to be just like you when I grow up.

 


top moaning about PF one of the all time great music groups, spread your wings out there and open up to eclecticity
fine example of Gilmours solo guitar excellence.    A lovely solo to play too, not too difficult but very slick.
Yawn (again) Too much Pink Floyd! IMHO.
They rhymed presiDENT with governMENT!. Fuggin Ay, man. These guys are like friggin geniuses and shit. Friggin Awesome!!!
(inales, coughs, spits) 
 ottojschlosser wrote:
My feeling about this song was best expressed by the great philosopher Foghorn Leghorn: "That boy's about as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrel of oatmeal."

 
It's a great song and a great album but in fairness the commenter here, SUBTLE isn't really an adjective you'd apply to The Wall.
 thewiseking wrote:

So true. This bands lyrics were entirely artless right from the beginning. No poetry whatsoever. I guess the dopy stoners like it that way.

 
You're so cool.  I want to be just like you when I grow up.
 ottojschlosser wrote:
My feeling about this song was best expressed by the great philosopher Foghorn Leghorn: "That boy's about as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrel of oatmeal."

 
So true. This bands lyrics were entirely artless right from the beginning. No poetry whatsoever. I guess the dopy stoners like it that way.
This song always sounds like a biography of GW.
It's the corporations and banks that own and run the government (at least in the U.S.) that you shouldn't trust.
Mother should I trust the government? 

No is the answer to that. Trust nothing they say, nothing at all. In fact, inverse everything they say and you will have the truth. 

/close rant
 jagdriver wrote:
I totally get that The Wall is a spectacular show. Cool. 

As much of a life-long freakin' Floyd fan* I am, however, I just never cared for this album. For me, those years where Waters commandeered the group (including Animals) are a loss.

(*Beginning with Saucerful of Secrets in '68, then backtracking to Piper At the Gates of Dawn.) 

 
I can agree with you up to the point of putting Animals down, could be the timing of my youth but Animals a my favorite PF album.  This one the least favorite.
 jagdriver wrote:
I totally get that The Wall is a spectacular show. Cool. 

As much of a life-long freakin' Floyd fan* I am, however, I just never cared for this album. For me, those years where Waters commandeered the group (including Animals) are a loss.

(*Beginning with Saucerful of Secrets in '68, then backtracking to Piper At the Gates of Dawn.) 

 
{#High-five}

 ottojschlosser wrote:
My feeling about this song was best expressed by the great philosopher Foghorn Leghorn: "That boy's about as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrel of oatmeal."

 
We're all incredibly the wiser, not
Can't wait for The Wall live tour video to be released this Fall.  I saw the show twice, and that wasn't enough.
My feeling about this song was best expressed by the great philosopher Foghorn Leghorn: "That boy's about as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrel of oatmeal."
Historically not my favorite PF album, but i do love this song.
From 9 to 10. Thank you Bill! {#Clap}
All around great rock song. A true classic.
 thewiseking wrote:

Bad poetry and painfully dull. Comfortably dumb. Bliss for the terminally adolescent stoner.



 
Consider that perhaps the PF weren't trying to be Emily Dickenson with every lyric they wrote.

Shocking, I know.
Mother, did it need to be so high.
:)
 Stingray wrote:

A masterpiece for those who dunno better, I'd say!

Tell me when this nightmare is finally over...





Pathetic...

Your nightmare will never be over...
Because this music wil be played all times...
Enjoy your nightmare or hit the PSD button.
Look, it's Stingray and thewiseking, running hand-in-hand through a field of daisies, singing along to Nickelback.
. . . and they lived happily ever after . . .
I like this song!!!

Bad poetry and painfully dull. Comfortably dumb. Bliss for the terminally adolescent stoner.


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

What an epic line in rock and roll!

 ckcotton wrote:




I can't agree with you at all... ESPECIALLY Animals.... Can't imagine Floyd without them
 
I'm with jagdriver on The Wall, although I think Animals was great. There's some good to great music on the Wall but I'm not keen on listening to Roger Waters work through his thinly disguised personal issues. Not for the duration of a double album. Not for almost 35 years.  
One of the most powerful and poignant tunes on this epic album. The Gilmour guitar solo slays me. Love the 4/4 time signature in the verse...and slick 3/4 time in the chorus. Sweet.

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song, which is from one of the top ten albums of all time...
 

 Stingray wrote:

A masterpiece for those who dunno better, I'd say!

Tell me when this nightmare is finally over...



 


Please simply change to another site if your not happy....your TOTALLY out-voted here....and trust me; YOU, obv,, 'dunno' better!! {#Beat}


I saw the "Wall" movie the weekend it came out in Louisville. It was the day after we drove 200+ miles to see The Who play at Freedom Hall. It seems a million years ago from this vantage point, but GODDAMN what a powerful experience! Love Pink Floyd!
Yawn!{#Yawn}
 oilydwarf wrote:
Goosebumps! 10 just aint enough
 
ÖDIPUS-COMPLEX, I assume!
 vanmas wrote:
The Wall... A masterpiece in my opinion.
And this is a beautiful song...
 

A masterpiece for those who dunno better, I'd say!

Tell me when this nightmare is finally over...


Goosebumps! 10 just aint enough
 ckcotton wrote:
What are the chances of getting Bill to play the WHOLE album straight through?

No complaints from me!

 
 
I send him personally to GUANTANAMO!