"Mother" as written by and Andy Summers....
Well the telephone is ringing,
Is that my mother on the phone?
Telephone is ringing,
Is that my mother on the phone?
The telephone is screaming,
Won't she leave me alone?
The telephone is ringing,
Is that my mother on the phone?

Well every girl that I go out with
Becomes my mother in the end.
Every girl I go out with
Becomes my mother in the end.
Well I hear my mother calling,
But I don't need her as a friend.
Well every girl I go out with
Becomes my mother in the end.

Oh, oh mother
Oh mother dear please listen
And don't devour me.
Oh mother dear please listen
Don't devour me.
Oh women please have mercy
Let this poor boy be.
Oh mother dear please listen
And don't devour me.
Oh mother

Well the telephone is ringing
Is that my mother on the phone?
Telephone is ringing
Is that my mother on the phone?
The telephone is screaming,
Won't she leave me alone?
The telephone is ringing,
Is that my mother on the phone?

Ohhhh....mother


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"Mother" as written by Andy Summers

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is actually fucking hilarious. Definitely NOT The Police's best song, though, as Synchronicity II on the same album is the greatest song they have ever composed. :)
    Rusty Diamondson January 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAbout a frustraterd Momma's Boy.
    dcaton December 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'd say it's one of the better songs on Synchronicity. Miss Gradenko of course is the best on Synchronicity but this os a good song.
    wheaties409on July 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is sung by Andy Summers and is intended to sound disturbing. I think the only other song Andy Summers does vocals on is "Be My Girl -- Sally" which is also about a sexually disturbed man. Get some help, Andy!
    rikdadon September 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentawww, don't hate. this song was not put on the album to lull the eardrums into musical bliss. it's about a twisted oedipus complex. pretty neat.
    ringorubyon March 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDismal. The worst Police song ever recorded. I guess it somehow plays into the psychological atmosphere of the "Synchronicity" album but really I think it's there to get under the skin.
    mark36on March 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEverybody hates this song! I don't, 'cause I'm a girl, but then again, I haven't heard it yet. Does it really sound that bad?
    AprilMoon1991on July 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment[Stephen Holden—Rolling Stone 1983] The mood of cosmic anxiety is interrupted by two songs written by other members of the band. Guitarist Andy Summers' corrosively funny "Mother" inverts John Lennon's romantic maternal attachment into a grim dadaist joke.
    sillybunnyon September 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBesides, Andy also gets the bad luck to contribute 'Mother' to this album - a hideous song if there ever was one, and the worst clunker in the band's catalog by definition (and a decisive factor in rounding the album's rating to an eight instead of a weak nine). Think a 'Behind My Camel'-like gloomy repetitive melody (only without such a distinctive guitar riff), but 'graced' with Andy's paranoid screamings. Stupid. The rhythm track itself isn't that bad, and there's no serious problem with the lyrics - unless Andy stole the 'every girl I go out with becomes my mother in the end' line from somewhere, it's probably the deepest thought he contributed to the Police treasure chest - but Andy simply cannot wail in a paranoid manner. Leave that stuff to John Lennon or Captain Beefheart, Andy. A well-placed scream can be goofy and funny, or it can be scary and creepy, but this is just ridiculous and bleeding on the ears. Blah.

    I dunno, maybe my tastes have gone nuts and I take ordinary unexceptional pop numbers for eternal masterpieces, but for Chrissake, I don't see anything that can be called 'formula' on this album. Even 'Mother', awful as it is, is hardly formulaic and uninventive. Yeah, stylistically a lot of this stuff can be qualified as 'easy listening adult contemporary', but first of all, that's not true - "easy listening" either supposes immediately obvious hooks or no hooks at all, and the hooks on songs like 'King Of Pain' aren't really THAT obvious or cliched. And second, what's wrong with 'easy listening' stuff if it's well-written? On Synchronicity, the band goes out with a bang, showing that EVEN radio-ready soft-rock stuff can be artsy, intelligent, and profound. Hey, if so many people love Steely Dan, what's wrong with loving Synchronicity? Definitely not the best place to start your Police training, but most certainly the logical conclusion to that training, and one of the best swan songs in existence I'm aware of.
    [George Starostin]
    sillybunnyon September 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTruly annoying song. It might not be so bad if it wasn't surrounded by so many really great songs. On some crappy indie record, it might fit in. But the quality of the rest of Syncronicity just makes this one so out of place, I always skip over it.
    kickstart71on February 16, 2007   Link

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