Mother

Album: Living Like A Runaway (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is dedicated to Ford's estranged sons, Rocco and James, by her second husband, former Nitro singer Jim Gillette. The singer was forced to live apart from her two children following their divorce.

    Lita says the song is about them, written to tell them how much she loves them and that she never wanted to be separated from them. "I love my sons more than anything," she said in our 2013 interview. "I would stop Rock & Roll for my kids. If I had to, I would. They come first. I know any parent can understand and agree with me on this."
  • This was an especially hard song for Ford to lay down. She told Examiner.com: "It was hard to record. It's hard to listen to. I find myself skipping over it sometimes, depending on how much makeup I have on that day. If I'm all made up, I'm like, 'Oh, can't cry right now!' I've done interviews where big, grown men tell me they've come away from it in tears. That's huge. That's what I wanted — for people to feel my pain. But it is a great song."
  • The song's music video was directed by Ford's former The Runaways bandmate Victory Tischler-Blue, whose film Edgeplay was based on her tenure in the 1970s all-girl teenage rock act.

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