Story Behind the Song: Sugarland, ‘Mother’
Sugarland's new song, "Mother," addresses a number of different aspects of the importance of a mother's love. While the experience of having a mother is universal, the duo explains that they believe that unconditional love has lifelong and worldwide ramifications.
At a recent media event with The Boot and other outlets, Sugarland explained the message behind the song, and, in particular, one of its verses: "She fixes all the broken things / When you're in love, she's got a ring / To give to you, she hopes you'll give away / She don't care who you give it to / Where they're from, if they pray like you / As long as they are good to you, that's enough / First thing she taught you was love is love."
Jennifer Nettles: One of the things about this song is, it's so personal to everyone who listens, and we wanted to celebrate what we feel is so beautiful about mothers, what we had in our own mothers and what we see as beautiful about that relationship and that unconditional, open-ended kind of love.
Your mama may not have been that way, but she should've been, okay? I'll just go ahead and say it: What she should want most for you is somebody that's good for you and good to you. It doesn't matter how somebody prays, and it doesn't matter who they are. The line about love being love, specifically, obviously references what is a beautiful motto for the LGBTQ+ community, so we wanted to include it. In a time where religion and sexual orientation are hot buttons for people, we wanted to talk about the love piece of that, from a mom's perspective, which is what's really important.
Kristian Bush: It's really difficult to argue with a mother's love.
You'll find a lot of messaging on this record, and we've put it just up underneath the surface, so it's not really yelling at you, it's talking. When we get in a room and write, we're completely aware of who might be listening and how to reach their heart, instead of set them off. We wanna calm everybody down, and then hug them. And then remind them that their mother would be sorely disappointed in them if they started to hate.