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List: 6 Mother's Day Songs that Shred

List: 6 Mother's Day Songs that Shred

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we at Revolver have decided to honor all of the moms out there with a 6 Mother’s Day songs that shred. Before we start, let’s get something out of the way: if you’ve come here expecting to see Danzig’s “Mother” on this list, then you are in the wrong place! Not that we don’t love Danzig (see: just about every other themed list we’ve done), but this isn’t about songs that are loosely based upon themes of motherhood, but rather about artists that have penned heartfelt tunes specifically for their mothers, for better or for worse.

That being said, forget about getting mom a boring Hallmark card for Mother’s Day this year. Instead, scrawl some of these lyrics onto a homemade card, pretend you wrote them yourself and bring her to tears with well-meaning plagiarism. Though, do so with caution, because we’re not too sure that many moms will appreciate the sentiment of Maynard James Keenan’s “fuck your god” lyrics.

1. Tool – “Wings for Marie (Part 1)” and “10,000 Days (Wings Part 2)”
In 1976, Maynard James Keenan’s mother, Judith Marie Keenan, suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed and wheelchair bound. His mother survived for 27 years afterwards, which is equivalent to 10,000 days. In the wake of his mother’s death, Keenan poured his emotions into these two haunting tracks on ’10,000 Days.’ This isn’t the first instance where Keenan addressed his mother through his lyrics (see below). ‘Ænima’s’ “Jimmy” is about what the singer experienced at the age of 11 when his mother suffered her life-changing stroke.

2. A Perfect Circle – “Judith”
Following up the aforementioned post, Keenan trivializes how his mother could still be a devout Christian in spite of her paralysis and poor health on this heavy track from ‘Mer De Noms.’

3. Type O Negative – “Nettie”
This touching song from ‘Life is Killing Me’ is named after and written for Peter Steele’s own mother. Steele emphasizes his mother’s empathy for others, saint-like nature and unconditional love for him, despite the fact that he has caused her grief.

4. Randy Rhoads – “Dee”
This minute-long instrumental on Ozzy Osbourne’s solo debut, 'Blizzard of Ozz,' was written and performed solely by the late, great Randy Rhoads. Rhoads named the gentle jam after his mother, Dee.

5. Gojira – “The Shooting Star”
During the writing sessions for ‘Magma,’ the Duplantier brothers’ mother fell gravely ill, succumbing to her sickness in July of 2015. Mourning her death greatly influenced many of the albums songs, including “The Shooting Star,” which existentially reflects on their mother’s crossing into the afterlife. 

6. Marilyn Manson – “Odds of Even”
After the death of Marilyn Manson’s mother, he wrote this nihilistic closing track on ‘The Pale Emperor.’ Speaking with Revolver for our Feb./Mar. 2015 issue, he explained: “I think ‘Odds of Even’ was probably influenced by it, since it was written after that, and she died in the house that we lived in. While I was in the studio, I heard some coyotes outside tearing apart a small animal. The story [of the song] had already formed itself, in the sense that you take on the world, and you stand up and fight, and then maybe you meet somebody, a romantic sort of situation—and you think you can win, but in the end you always die alone. It’s not really a sad story, but it is the reality story. We all die alone.”

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