"Mother" as written by and Sierra Swan....
Mother, you had me
But I never had you
I wanted you
But you didn't want me
So
I, 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, I just got to tell you
Goodbye
Goodbye

Children, don't do
What I have done
I couldn't walk
And I tried to run
So
I, 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


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"Mother" as written by Oliver Trattles Johnny Cuba

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    General CommentLike SpongeBunny said.

    This song breaks my heart...how could a parent ever neglect or leave their child? The pain in his voice while he sings this song, really makes it perfect.
    filmgirl79on February 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree wit hall of you all....at his concert in New York City, he said "everybody thought this song was about my parents, but it is about 99% of the parents in the world" he had to be lying...this siong directly describes his childhood.
    TidewaterHippieon April 11, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningAppart from the biographic aspects develloped in the text, Lennon's talent here, is to talk to everyone about the magic/tragedy of our human condition : to become yourself, you must bury your parents and live with it. Lennon was at the turning point of his own life, unfortunately too short; adulthood and fatherhood, among other things, inspired him this wonderfull piece. Somme say that to sing is twice as strong as to pray. Here, we have the wonderfull performance of a man, praying for release from his past, with a heartbreaking sincerity. Perfect.
    wanaboyon November 29, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is obviously about his childhood. How his father left so early in his life and his mother was never there...
    SpongeBunnyon October 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentby the way, if anyone knew the life of john, you would know that his mom did not leave him, she was killed hit by a car. but he did blame her for a long time, for not been there, he was really close to his mom and then for her not to be gone, he killed him inside.
    poohblueskyon April 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexactly she didnt neglect him they were more like best friends than mom and son
    soljaon December 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentum his mum forced him to choose between living with his mum or dad. maybe athts why his mum sounds blamed.
    charlotte474on December 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the truth.

    Julia, John's mom, got a divorce from John's father, Alfred. Alfred is a seaman, so John thought that his mother can't just live with her husband being overseas and all...

    Julia, being the youngest of the siblings, was carefree. She can't raise John very well. She took John to her elder sister, Mimi, where John was well-fed and well-schooled.

    Julia appeared on John's life when he (John) was a teenager. She taught him banjo chords and all that. Their relationship grew. But it was more like a brother-sister relationship than a mother-and-son. John really liked her. She has a gorgeous face and a wicked sense of humor.

    But just when things started to mend, Julia was killed in a car accident. The person responsible was a drunken, off-duty policeman. John was devastated.

    John realized that the policeman was only human, so that was forgiven, although the pain is very intense.

    John had undergone a screaming therapy where he can literally scream his pains.

    He obviously wrote this song for his mother. His pains and sufferings. I guess, when he wrote this song, he felt at peace with his mom.

    So that's it!

    pJ ;P
    handsdown4dbeatleson February 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy god, this song really breaks my heart. You should check out the live version on Imagine soundtrack it's so emotional.
    Ruton May 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm, not in a car accident, she was hit by a friggen bus, his father was a sperm (seaman).
    Lennon_Legendon July 05, 2006   Link

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