MOTHER'S Day is just around the corner and whether you think it's just a "Hallmark holiday" or not, there's no denying that the mums of the world deserve some recognition.
Musicians have been saying this for a long time, although to be fair sometimes they don't necessarily say nice things.
Either way, with Mother's Day on our minds, here are five good songs about mamas.
Mother/Julia - John Lennon
LENNON's relationship with his mother Julia was a strained one. Julia handed over care of her young son to her sister Mimi on a couple of occasions, but the pair were reconciling just prior to her death in 1958 when Lennon was 17. Her passing had a deep effect on the future Beatle, which manifested in the form of many songs over the years. "Although many of John's songs were shaped by the trauma of losing his mother as a teenager,
Here's the full album version of
Dear Mama - 2Pac
THERE'S a fine tradition of hip hop odes to mothers, which appears to date back to this Tupac Shakur track from his 1995 record
Here's Tupac, keeping it real (although he doesn't actually appear in the clip because he was in jail at the time):
Mother - Pink Floyd
PINK Floyd's double album opus
Hey Mama - Kanye West
KANYE'S very public idiocy started to really come to the fore soon after his mum Donda died in late 2007. It makes sense - Kanye and his mother were very close, she being the single mother and he being the only child. This sweet cut from Kanye's second album
Here's Kanye closing his 2011 Coachella set with his ode to his mum:
Always On The Run - Lenny Kravitz
THIS track from Kravitz's breakthrough
Lenny and Slash - kick it: