Music Break: Shelby Lynne – Mother

October 9, 2020

John Lennon song I did not remember.


Comment on video from viewer “Augusto”:
Lennon wrote this while he was undergoing “Primal Scream” therapy, where he was dealing with a lot of issues that were detailed in the lyrics: He lost his mother at a crucial period in his life to a drunk-driving, off-duty policeman who ran her over in a crosswalk, and his aunt Mimi raised him, which explains the line, “Mother you had me, but I never had you.” His father, a merchant seaman, left him for the sea and for work. “I wanted you, you didn’t need me” explains his feelings about his dad. Lennon’s primal screaming on this song expresses the pain of his childhood.

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3 Responses to “Music Break: Shelby Lynne – Mother”

  1. Ron Benenati Says:

    what a great performance. Adding to the intensity of the song, I’m sure, is the fact that Shelby Lynne’s grew up in extreme poverty, her father was an abusive drunk who, when the children were very young, shot her mother dead and then killed himself

    • greenman3610 Says:

      On first listen, I felt right away that the singer very deliberately sought out and chose this song – and then – look at the production – set out to give this the kind of big platform that really amps up the emotion.
      kind of extraordinary, and relevant to anyone who’s ever had or lost a parent or a child.

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