Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

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Thank Fiona it’s Friday.

Have you seen your mother, baby, standing in the shadow?

As mothers of Ireland make their voices heard outside the Dáil today, there can only be one theme for our weekly voucher-free music banter: what’s your favourite song about or whose lyrics refer to mothers?

Here’s mine.

Lines close on Saturday at MIDNIGHT.

Please include video links if possible.

Nick says: Good luck!

Meanwhile…

The results are in.

Last week I asked for your favourite Beatles song. Rosette Of Sirius won my esteem with this entry:

“The Beatles are ever present in my house – musically speaking – as I listen to them in one way or another every other day. Twice on Sundays. I remain devoted.

“It is, as other have said, very hard to pick a single track. However for the sake of it, I’ll suggest – in its entirety – ‘the long one’ that is Abbey Road Medley (above). Golden Slumbers…. Oh, man

“Now, I do appreciate it’s a medley, but given it one single track on vinyl it’s fair game imo. If you can, just sit yourself down for 15 minutes – preferably with a decent set of headphones – and escape for while. Jesus they were brilliant.”

Nick says: Thanks Rosette and to all who entered.

Last week: Win Nick’s Esteem

Pic: Zhivago, Galway

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61 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

  1. Fergalito

    Ah … the Mammies.

    And especially the Irish Mammies! (thinking Eoin McLove here and “My Lovely Mayo Mammy”)

    And the Mammies and their daughters.

    And the Mammies and their sons and I am my Mother’s son !

    “Upwards over the Mountain” from Iron & Wine’s debut album released back in the bowels of the millennium popped into my head and is my selection for this week’s battle to the depth of the needle’s groove for Nick’s esteem.

    A gentle, acoustic number about growing up, leaving the nest and telling Mammy not to worry … little do the Mammies know what those haystacks of known unknown worries might transform themselves into if the truth were outed …

    “Mother don’t worry, I’ve got a coat and some friends on the corner

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg4CCy2kbuA

  2. Niall

    “Sometimes he wonders what his life might have been
    But from the grave Mamma still haunts his dreams”

    Every time I hear Christy Moore’s version of Sonny’s Dream, it unsettles me. Few other songs capture the isolation, emptiness and longing of loneliness the way it does.
    I think of the thousands of older, mainly rural, single men who live their lives with few social connections and how they’ve suffered even more in the past few years.

    https://youtu.be/XUxo946oA9k

  3. Jasper

    My personal opinion is that it is rare for a cover artist to eclipse the originator. It might, on the face of it, sound a better rendition. But the song belongs to the penmanship of those that came before.

    Rarer still, is a song that is completely owned by the cover artist. I believe this is one. Apologies to Mr Morrissey, he shall not read this, but facts are facts.

    Jeff Buckley – I Know it’s Over

    https://youtu.be/NzIQquWxyK4

  4. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

    Is it wrong to love these lyrics ?

    Are we rolling?
    A one, a two, a three, a four
    A mother was washing her baby one night
    The youngest of ten and a delicate mite
    The mother was poor and the baby was thin
    ‘Twas naught but an skeleton covered with skin
    The mother turned ’round for a soap off the rack
    She was only a moment but when she turned back
    Her baby had gone, and in anguish she cried
    “Oh, where has my baby gone?”, the angels replied
    (Plied)
    Oh, your baby has gone down the plug hole
    Oh, your baby has gone down the plug
    The poor little thing was so skinny and thin
    He should have been washed in a jug, in a jug
    Your baby is perfectly happy
    He won’t need a bath anymore
    He’s a-muckin’ about with the angels above
    Not lost but gone before
    {Thank you, thank you
    Thank you
    Do you wanna do it again?}
    https://youtu.be/zCrPZEJUlus

    1. SOQ

      Sorry about double / treble posts but there was some serious lag in the appearance of comments yesterday evening.

  5. CapernosityandFunction

    U2 – Mothers of the Disappeared

    https://youtu.be/FsDy8nbw-vk

    As this is U2 it probably won’t be popular, however, this is a hidden gem from The Joshua Tree that touches on those amazing women in Argentina who have demonstrated for years that a mother’s love is the most unbreakable bond.

    1. Johnny 'Diego' Keenan

      Maybe Bono wil write a song about the Mother and baby hells in Ireland. Sorry! Bono doesn’t do Ireland, only when he pays his tax somewhere else

  6. Rosette of Sirius

    Thanks Nick!

    More Beatles for ya. Julia from The Beatles

    https://youtu.be/OKDloS2gBHs

    A song John wrote for his mother (and also Yoko, who he called Mother) who died when he was a young lad (with help from Donovan of all people)

    Interestingly, it was the only time John was unaccompanied on a Beatles track.

    1. johnnny

      ‘Since his death he’s become Martin Luther Lennon.'”
      Paul.
      (women and lennon,hm,hm,hm…plus the song is sh*te)

      1. Fergalito

        Heard a story about Reed when he was out on the piss in Cork somewhere. Was hopping the vodka into him. Rather than go to the bar and order another round he picked up his glass and smashed it off the ground. Bar staff came down to him with dustpan and brush and he remarked “now that I have your attention I’ll have another round.” Sounds like a bit of an arsehole truth be told.

  7. Smith

    The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

    Have always loved this line. I know, I know Morrissey is cancelled and all that. The Smiths are preserved for me though!

    “I say, Charles, don’t you ever crave
    To appear on the front of the Daily Mail
    Dressed in your Mother’s bridal veil?”

    https://youtu.be/k30XeJNAbt4

    1. Fergalito

      What a man, what an artist.

      Read his autobiography last year and came to admire him even more. Legend and may he rest in peace.

      Had a chance to see him live in Tripod but oh no, of course I’d something better to do. Same as when I’d a chance to see Paul Simon in Vicar Street. Flippin eejit I was, complaining about the 90 quid for the ticket. Gotta see these legends when you have the chance. You’ll never remember the night you stayed in to cut your toenails. Lesson learned for me. When the ticket is going, take it!

      This little interview with GSH always stuck with me

      https://youtu.be/mHG7Ls5rgP8

    2. Fergalito

      What a man, what an artist.

      Read his autobiography last year and came to admire him even more. Legend and may he rest in peace.

      Had a chance to see him live in Tripod but oh no, of course I’d something better to do. Same as when I’d a chance to see Paul Simon in Vicar Street. Flippin eejit I was, complaining about the 90 quid for the ticket. Gotta see these legends when you have the chance. You’ll never remember the night you stayed in to cut your toenails. Lesson learned for me. When the ticket is going, take it!

      Always loved this short interview with him, plenty of wisdom and insight to impart

      https://youtu.be/mHG7Ls5rgP8

  8. johnnny

    ..as a child my mother would often sign in the kitchen,this was one her favorites.

    ‘One of these mornings, you’re goin’ to rise up singin’
    And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take the sky
    But ’til that mornin’, there’s a-nothin’ can harm you
    With daddy and mommy standin’ by’

    Lana Del Rey – Summertime -The Gershwin Version

    https://youtu.be/5HMBniu9Evg

    ..another weekend at desolate summer resorts along the jersey shore,its just so post apocalypse,sleazy half empty water bed motels,dark strip malls with vast empty parking lots,next to more empty retail and vacant run down lots,fast food joints closed,junkies on the boardwalk,NJ is issuing cultivation licenses on Jan 1 for cannabis,we are going be based close the shore or ocean.

    https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2021/11/nj-will-start-accepting-applications-to-run-legal-weed-businesses-next-month.html

  9. johnnny

    ..as a child my mother would often sign in the kitchen,this was one her favorites.

    ‘One of these mornings, you’re goin’ to rise up singin’
    And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take the sky
    But ’til that mornin’, there’s a-nothin’ can harm you
    With daddy and mommy standin’ by’

    Lana Del Rey – Summertime -The Gershwin Version

    https://youtu.be/5HMBniu9Evg

    ..another weekend at desolate summer resorts along the jersey shore,its just so post apocalypse,sleazy half empty water bed motels,dark strip malls with vast empty parking lots,next mopre vacant run down lots,fast food joints closed,junkies on the boardwalk,Ny is issuing cultivation licenses on Jan 1 for cannabis.

    https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2021/11/nj-will-start-accepting-applications-to-run-legal-weed-businesses-next-month.html

  10. benblack

    Last one – great album.

    “Sitting alone in an old rocking chair
    I saw an old mother with silvery hair
    She seemed so neglected by those who should care
    Rocking alone in an old rocking chair”

    Rockin’ Alone (In an Old Rockin’ Chair) · Billie Joe Armstrong · Norah Jones

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXPfc7sgwnY

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