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Mother Love

by

Queen



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This was the last song Freddie Mercury recorded. May explained in the Days of our Lives documentary that "Freddie would say 'give me words, I will sing' so there I was writing on scraps of paper these lines of 'Mother Love.' I would give him a line, he would sing it, then sing it again, then sing it again - so we only had three takes of everything. After he'd finished the second verse, he said 'Oh I don't feel too well, I'm going to go home and we'll finish it tomorrow'... and he never did. That was the last time I saw Freddie in the studio."

The final verse was written and sung by Brian May a couple of years after Mercury died in November 1991. (thanks, Kyle - Dallas, TX)
Roger Taylor is a particular admirer of this song. He notes in the Days of our Lives documentary: "I'm hearing the voice (Freddie's voice) getting... weaker. But I mean he still hits all the notes. There's an absolutely spine-chilling note in the middle of "Mother Love" ("out in the city, in the cold world outside, I don't want pity, just a safe place to hide") which is just a great bit of singing."
The lyrics were co-written by Freddie Mercury and Brian May. It is one of the few times in song that Mercury seems to admit his inner pains and struggles of dealing with AIDS ("I'm a man of the world and they say I am strong, but my heart is heavy and my hope is gone") - the other key one being "The Show Must Go On."
The random bursts of sound throughout the song and the strange end sounds are small segments of every Queen track ever recorded sped very fast through a tape machine and mashed together. They combine at the end with samples of Mercury's famous 'deh-doh!' vocal interludes with the crowd from Live at Wembley 1986, the synth intro to "One Vision," and a sample from his very first single, "Goin' Back" in 1972, which he performed vocals on under the pseudonym of Larry Lurex. In the context of the song it is obviously meant to show the cyclical nature of life and death, and a man looking back across the entire spectrum of his life and career.
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Comments (8):

Only the Greatest Person ever. His music is what he gave to us, an awesome gift from an Awesome Man. When I have a bad day I always think of Freddie and the many tough days he endured.
Louise, Winton, CA
- Louise, Winton, CA
Only the greatest rock vocalist and frontman of any band ever PERIOD could concoct such a heartbreaking song such as this! To this day everytime I hear it I am overcome with such emotion. What a brave and talented man who could confront his own demise and turn it into such a heart wrenching work of art!
- Adam, Boyce, VA
This song is indeed a tear jerker. Especialy the last verse that Brian sings. The words and the fact that HE is singing it and not Freddie really sews up the tragicness of the song. The song also ends with Going Back. The first song Freddie ever recorded. A nice touch since this was the last song he recorded. RIP Freddie.
i cried when i first listened to this. he wasnt just a slut who wanted sex, he want love n warmth that he never got because it was all to late. rip freddie honey, hope your gettin the love you need now babe
- rosa, Reading, England
Well said Freddie, Orlando, FL. I cry every time i hear it, its like an arrow going though your heart :(
- Amy, Dallas, TX
Mother love is so beautifully tragic... and... Freddie is just so straight forward with what hes saying: I dont want to sleep with you. I dont need that passionate love... i just need someone who will love me with the sweetest, purest love there is: mother love. Just be there, just take care of me, and stay with me. thats what he wanted, he said hes had enough of his unfuffilling old life...
" I've walked too long in this lonely lane, Ive had enough of this same old game. I'm a man of the world and say that I'm strong.... but my heart is heavy, and my hope is gone. Out in the city in the cold world outside... I dont want pity;just a safe place to hide. Momma please- let me back inside..."
my word. you just have to clutch your heart and close your eyes... oh my sweet boy.
- Freddie, Orlando, FL
he put love in this song
- ciel, indianapolis, IN
Freddie's vocals on this track are haunting.
- katie, somewhere, NJ
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