The poem “Mother” is a song written by the British band Pink Floyd, and it appears for the first time on their album “The Wall” from 1979. The poem is about a guy who’s got a very overprotecting mother. His mother wants to interfere in everything in her son’s life, and therefore he doesn’t get to do anything by himself. He doesn’t get to develop. The themes in the poem “Mother” is development, adolescence & the “mother to son”-relationship.
The poem isn’t shaped like a normal song. It contains four verses, where the first and the third verse, plus the last sentence are the son talking to his mother, and where the second and the fourth verse is the mother talking to her son. In the first verse, the son ...view middle of the document...
In that way, the child won’t get the experience that he needs to be an independent person, so he’ll take over his mothers fears, when he grow older. In the third verse, the boy is telling his mother about a girl. He is worried that she might not be good enough for him, and that she might break his heart. (“Mother, do you think she's good enough for me?” “Mother, will she break my heart”) He also says “Mother will she tear your little boy apart?” which could refer to the boy growing older and getting some experience, and in that way “Mother’s little boy” is gone. The mother replies in the fourth verse that “you’ll always be baby to me” which means that she’ll keep protecting him forever.
In the first verse, sentence four, the boy mentions if he should build a wall. The mother answers in the second verse by saying “of course Momma's gonna help build the wall” even though her son didn’t even ask for help, only advice. I interpret “the wall” as an imaginary wall, which will protect the son from everything dangerous from the outside world. The wall protects you from the outside, but traps you inside. The last sentence, which is the most important part of the whole poem, says: “Mother, did it need to be so high?” With this sentence, the boy asks his mother why she protected him so much, by building this gigantic wall, which he is trapped behind. His mother made the wall so huge, that the son never will be able to climb it. He is trapped behind all her protection, and all her wishes to do the best for her kid. But instead of giving him the best opportunities in life, she ended up giving him none at all.