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Songs about mothers

March 27, 2015

I have a soft spot for sensitive singer songwriting men talking about their mothers, even when it’s a fraught relationship. After all, I’ve got three sons, and it’s nice to imagine they won’t forget about me once they leave. And hey, I’d rather have hate than nothing!

This morning I’m all about that. I started out with Sufjan Stevens (who has a new album coming out, by all accounts his best) singing For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti:

Next I moved on to another incredibly emo heartfelt band called Iron and Wine, one of my favorites when I’m in this pineful mood. Here they are singing Upward Over the Mountain, a song I credit with the internal efforts I’ve made (so far) to let my sons someday leave me:

Next, now that I’m thoroughly in the mood, I’ll just go ahead and – brace myself and – listen to John Lennon’s Mother:

And to top that off, I’ll finish with something hopeful, Conor Obersts You Are Your Mother’s Child:

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  1. March 27, 2015 at 9:36 am

    A song or a stand-up set? Imagine your son at the mike:
    “Mothers are so crazy… amiright?
    take my mother, she’s so crazy…
    she thinks banks should serve their customers!”


  2. March 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Mother and Child Reunion too!


  3. Katie
    March 29, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I’m a little late to the game, but this is a personal fave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osWuWjbeO-Y


  4. April 1, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Upward Over the Mountain, I like this song. My mother passed away when I was 14, I miss her so much.


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