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Mother

by

Danzig



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The song is a little vague and cryptic. One interpretation is that the narrator is beginning a descent into something evil, probably Satanism, and his family is concerned. Throughout the song he tells his mother and father not to try to help him. Some lines include, "Tell your children not to walk my way" telling them not to send his brothers and sisters; and "Not about to see your light" meaning he doesn't want to go the way of his parents. (thanks, Christian - Toms River, NJ)
This was the first single released by Danzig, which is the band fronted by former Misfits leader Glenn Danzig.
This was later included on various hard-rock/heavy metal/alternative music compilations, including the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Guitar Hero II (to which a final solo was added).
This song plays on Radio X in the video game Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas. (thanks, Bella - Pretoria)
An an interview with Big Brother magazine, Glenn Danzig claimed that the inspiration for this song was Tipper Gore, who as a member of the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) pushed for regulations on music she felt was harmful to children. As a result, the record industry agreed to place warning stickers on albums with explicit content. (thanks, Mike - Helena, MT)
American Folk rocker Lissie covered this in 2014 for the soundtrack to the Evolve video game.
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Comments (13):

I can hear so much bitterness, and repressed anger in this song. Clearly the singer is rebelling and telling his elders to essentially part ways with him and totally leave him alone - don't try to convince him - don't try to change him - don't share him any of their "light or wisdom" or face his anger ... And if they want to find hell with him , he is not going hold anything back!
- anupam, los angeles, CA
This song is a mixture of being about censoring music and the PMRC stuff happening at the time it was written, as well as how parents are always trying to shelter children and teens far too much. That dark things, and evil are parts of life, metal and rock music are real life, and you cannot try to tell children to simply not see it or hear it. Using examples of the guy taking out the girl and he may be someone like Glenn,and her mother tried to stop her from going.
- Alana, Saint Paul, MN
You know, while there are many interpretations, we can all agree that it's about an unfortunate event that has to do with bringing up or somehow links with his family. Maybe he had underage sex and got a girl pregnant. Maybe he took drugs at some point in his life. He commited robbery, vandalism, or whatever, and is singing to all parents to not let their children 'walk my way' and repeat the same mistakes that he had made. But pretty awesome song though, especially fun hearing it on GTA.
- David, London, United Kingdom
This song is actually about the Parental Advisory label that the PMRC created in 1985 for music containing content which may be seen as inappropriate. It is a protest song.
- Mike, Helena, MT
Danzig does sound like the late Jim Morrison on this song. In "Mother" he is warning that parents should keep their children safe. Danzig is trying to sound "evil" by talking about hell and all that kind of stuff.
- Timothy McGee, Bethesda, MD
It is obvious, he es evil o he thinks he is evil and prevents mothers and fathers in general that evil is outside, but it is sort of a mocking he does not prevent it for good, it is mocking of overprotective parents
- khlystimetal, siberia, Russia Federation
The meaning of the lyrics are crystal clear. "Mother" is about coming-of-age. In a world where rites-of-passage no longer exist, the song speaks of a young man coming into his own. He is ready to face the real world and break free of the candy-coated illusion presented by his parents all his life.

The friction between mother and child can be seen in lines such as "Tell not to hold my hand. Tell your children not to understand." In other lines he declares his independence and dominion, saying, "Father, do you want to bang heads with me? Do you want to feel everything?" This line comes right after declaring, "Gonna take your daughter out tonight:. The meaning here is very clear in that he is taking someone's virgin daughter out on a date and intends to make her a woman, or in other words "show her my world".
- Fozzy, Phoenix, AZ
What I got from the song is different than everything here. I think that it's kinda saying that you can say all you want about how I live my life and you can go ahead and call me evil and a sinner for my choices, but it's just as much of a sin to hide your children from the truth and not allow them to choose God, your life style or whatever. "Not about to see your light, and if you wanna find hell with me, I can show oyu what it's like"
- Chuck, Kewaskum, WI
The vocals remind me a lot of The Doors.Sounds like Jim Morrison put in a different band.
- Bella, Pretoria, --
The song is badass either way.
- Billy, Cresco, PA
What its really about is he is a badass and he want the good girl,(gona take your daughter out tonight) the dad of the girl doesn't want it to happen and he will fight him for her( wana bang heads with me) he is bad and corrupted so he warns other parents to keep other away from him ....kinda reminds me of the 1950's guys who rode Motorcycles being hard asses swooping up the cheerleader girls away from the quater backs
- Byron, san antonip, TX
The lyrics to this song are pretty vague, but like all Danzig's songs, it's evil as well as vague. This song is basically about innocent children being seduced by something or someone evil. Whether it's Satan himself, or just a guy trying to score with some chick. It's just referring to the loss of innocence.
- Jeff, Austin, TX
I got the idea that it's about someone else's parents that are overprotective about their children knowing him,("gonna take your daughter out tonight","tell your children not to walk my way,...hear my words" etc),rather than Cristian's fact.Hey,I'm the first person to comment here,I'm honored.
- Bella, Pretoria
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