5 Facts About ‘Mother’ By Pink Floyd

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Huge, superb, excessive, pretentious, great, enigmatic, outdated… there are no adjectives to describe The Wall album, one of the most famous “rock operas” ever made.

One of the most successful songs (which reappears on the other album, without the question mark, and with some small changes especially in the central part of the song). Gilmour’s touch on the guitar can be seen here in, “Mother”, with curious lyrics (although in fact, they all are). Below are the 5 Facts About ‘Mother’ By Pink Floyd:

1. Portrayal Of Roger Waters Mother

“If you can level one accusation at mothers, it is that they tend to protect their children too much. Too much and for too long. This isn’t a portrait of my mother, although one or two of the things in there apply to her as well as to I’m sure lots of other people’s mothers.”

“The song has some connection with my mother, for sure, though the mother that Gerald Scarfe visualizes in his drawings couldn’t be further from mine. She’s nothing like that.”

2. Nick Mason Didn’t Play On This Track

According to Roger Waters, this happened because Mason had difficulty with the 5/4 time signatures and other settings, as “his brain doesn’t work that way.” So, Jeff Porcaro, a session drummer took his place.

3. Natalie Maines Recorded Her Own Version Of The Song In 2013

It was the title track to her debut solo work. She decided to make a version of the song after listening to Roger Waters play it on his Wall tour. Waters admired her version, telling Rolling Stone, “I get goosebumps just talking about it.”

4. Pearl Jam Played The Song As A Pink Floyd Tribute

Pearl Jam performed the track on September 30, 2011, as a portion of a week-long Pink Floyd tribute on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Shins, Foo Fighters, MGMT, and Dierks Bentley all performed Pink Floyd tunes on the program that week.

5. Roger Lost His Father During WWII

Roger was supported by a single mother at a point when single motherhood was not so usual. He has talked of how terrible it was as a child growing up during the war when nobody’s father was around and, then, one day everybody else’s came home but his.