Mother

John Lennon

About Mother

"Mother" is a song by English musician John Lennon, first released on his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. An edited version of the song was issued as a single in the United States on Apple Records, on 28 December 1970. The single edit runs 1:41 shorter than the album due to removing the tolling bells that start the song and a quicker fade-out. The B-side features "Why" by Yoko Ono. The song peaked in the United States at number 19 on the Cashbox Top 100 and number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.  


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1990
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Mother, you had me
But I never had you
I wanted you
But you didn't want me
So
I just got to tell you
Goodbye
Goodbye

Father, you left me
But I never left you
I needed you
But you didn't need me
So
I just got to tell
Goodbye
Goodbye

Children, don't do
What I have done
I couldn't walk
And I tried to run
So
I just got to tell you
Goodbye
Goodbye

Mama don't go
Daddy come home
Mama don't go
Daddy come home
Mama don't go
Daddy come home
Mama don't go
Daddy come home
Mama don't go
Daddy come home
Mama don't go
Daddy come home
Mama don't go
Daddy come home
Mama don't go
Daddy come home
Mama don't go
Daddy come home
Mama don't go

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John Lennon

John Ono Lennon MBE, born John Winston Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder, and member of the Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Together with Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. Lennon left the Beatles at the end of the sixties soon after meeting Yoko Ono. He formed the Plastic Ono Band and continued a succesful solo career recording until 1975, when his second child Sean Lennon was born. In 1980, with the release of the LP "Double Fantasy," Lennon was once more in the publice eye. Lennon passed away after being shot b… more »

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Written by: John Winston Lennon

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10 facts about this song

Song Creation
"Mother" was written and performed by former Beatles member John Lennon. The song is reflective of Lennon's personal life and the abandonment he felt from his parents.
Album Release
The song was first released in 1970 as part of Lennon's debut solo album "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band."
Emotional Impact
Lennon uses the song to express the pain and loneliness he experienced growing up, with lyrics directed to both his mother Julia and his father Freddie.
Song's Inspirations
"Mother" was inspired by the Primal Therapy Lennon underwent with Dr. Arthur Janov. This therapy focuses on re-experiencing childhood pain and traumas.
Song's Lyrics
The lyrics include the heart-wrenching lines, “Mother, you had me but I never had you,” and “Father, you left me but I never left you".
Memorable Ending
The song is also known for its haunting ending, with Lennon repeating, "Mama, don't go. Daddy, come home," as if he were a little boy calling out for his parents.
Popularity
Despite its somber theme, "Mother" has been hailed as one of Lennon's best solo works. It also reached #43 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Cover Version
The song has been covered by a number of renowned artists, including American rock band Aerosmith in 1989.
Unique Music Video
The original music video for "Mother" features an empty stage with a microphone, piano, and Lennon's empty chair, a poignant reflection of the song's theme of abandonment.
Relation to Lennon's Death
The song took on a deeper meaning after Lennon's death, as it was one of the last songs he performed live. It remains a touching tribute to Lennon's talent and the emotional depth of his music.

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