The Whispering Tree cover of Pink Floyd’s Mother is inexplicably one of the amazing performances of the classic song ever played by a band other than Pink Floyd.
Roger Waters left a lot of room between lyrics in his original 1979 track from ‘The Wall.’ That’s dangerous for someone approaching the song anew. There’s space to improvise, which would generally not be a good idea. Maines respects the original arrangement, allowing only her natural vocal style to alter the song from the one classic rock fans know and love.
“Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe/ Of course Mama’s gonna help build the wall,” she sings. It’s a personal performance and one could theorize that the fact that she’s an actual mother figures into her attachment to the story. There’s not an inch of familial pathos however as she sings:
“Baby don’t you cry / Mama’s gonna check out all your girlfriends for you / Mama won’t let anyone dirty get through / Mama’s gonna wait up till you get in / Mama will always find out where you’ve been.”
What you’re about to watch is a video in which they play a cover of the Pink Floyd’s Mother. To put it simply, this is one of the best covers of the song you’ll ever hear. Watch for yourself!