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

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Total ratings: 3430









Released: 1979
Length: 5:28
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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 (510)add comment
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!

 
Posted: Aug 12, 2012 - 13:09
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 bobzane wrote:
didn't care for The Wall - long and self indulgent in my opinion 
 
Then ajlept wrote:

Yeah, they have one of those in China.

  {#Lol} Hilarious!


 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!
1

Nope, it is a double CD...
Would be impossible to do  {#Dance} 

ckcotton wrote:
What are the chances of getting Bill to play the WHOLE album straight through?
 


What are the chances of getting Bill to play the WHOLE album straight through?

No complaints from me!

 

Excellent, Pink Floyd and RP, no words.
Listening mindlessly while researching on the 'net when this came on.  Full stop. Go bring up RP and listen, read, listen.  Creatively superb. What PF created demands one's full attention. I may not always agree with the attitude, but they make one listen enough to get their point.   {#Think}
Finally saw the live show of The Wall this summer. Amazing
 orquidea wrote:

totally right....{#Yes}
 
Thank you!  This is a truly magnificent album...  love this song...

 
 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't agree with you at all... ESPECIALLY Animals.... Can't imagine Floyd without them
The Wall... A masterpiece in my opinion.
And this is a beautiful song...
This song is the core of the Wall's story.  This album offers the listener the chance to experience a chapter in the life of a mentally disturbed person, who also happens to be touring as a professional musician, and then finally has a break through just as he's having a total nervous breakdown — that concept is interesting in and of itself.  You can see the music as incidental to the story, or the story as incidental to the music, but either way, the result is a timeless work of art.  
 bobzane wrote:
didn't care for The Wall - long and self indulgent in my opinion 
 
Escusie, can I take a look at your last creative endeavor and put it up against this? Just sayin......
 neuticle wrote:
Do love that middle guitar solo..simple..open&..epic.....nice !
 
fully agree, along with the two standout solos on Final Cut.  'twas a good time for Dave.
 OneSpyGirl wrote:
Like it or not...this song is immortal.
 
AMEN
Just saw Roger Waters perform The Wall live a few weeks ago.  Outstanding show.  After the line "Mother should I trust the government?", the words "no fucking way" appeared on the wall.  It drew wild applause from the audience and stood out as a highlight of the show.  It was an incredible experience to be sitting just 20 rows from the man who wrote this awesome, moving, timeless masterpiece.  I'll never forget it.


Like it or not...this song is immortal.
Do love that middle guitar solo..simple..open&..epic.....nice !
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.) 

 romeotuma wrote:


absolutely beautiful...

 
 
totally right....{#Yes}