Mama tried: mothers’ day playlist

Mothers’ day playlist – all the songs in my library with “mama, mom, or mother” in the song title. As usual, it is a decent (for me) mix of rock, folk, country, and blues. And 2 slightly obscure Dylan tunes to keep Glen happy.

Two notes:

  1. I know some of you will argue that the original Mother by Pink Floyd ought to be in here, but a) I guess I don’t have that in my collection, b) you really have to listen to Natalie Maines version.
  2. Not all of these artists are referring to their mother when they sing about ‘mama’. Just sayin’.


  • Call Your Mother                   Johnny Cash
  • God Bless Mom                      The Frames
  • Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby  The Rolling Stones
  • Mama I’m Strange                Melissa Etheridge
  • Mama Tried  Merle Haggard & The Strangers
  • Mama You Sweet                  Lucinda Williams
  • Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean      Susan Tedeschi
  • Mama, You Been On My Mind                     Bob Dylan
  • MamaDaddyDid                    Paul Westerberg
  • Mother                       Natalie Maines
  • Mother                       Shelby Lynne
  • Mother                       Tori Amos
  • Mother Mother          Tracy Bonham
  • Mother’s Lament       Cream
  • Mother’s Little Helper The Rolling Stones
  • Move Over Mama      Justin Townes Earle
  • Oh, Mama, Come Home       Jakob Dylan   The Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams
  • Rag Mama Rag      The Band
  • Shake Shake Mama   Bob Dylan
  • Single Mothers  Justin Townes Earle
  • Sweet Mama Janisse  Taj Mahal
  • That Was Your Mother         Paul Simon
  • What My Mama Told Me  Junior Wells

3 Responses to “Mama tried: mothers’ day playlist”

  1. 1 Glen Worthey (@gworthey) May 9, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Thanks as always for the Dylan shoutout!

    In the category of “‘mama’ doesn’t always equal ‘mother’,” I wanted to offer this charmingly homespun-sounding, hiply gender-inclusive (and yet, to be honest, shockingly heteronormative), but still lovey-dovey duet version of “Mama, You Been on My Mind” by Joan “Mama” Baez and Bob “Daddy” Dylan:


  2. 2 cmacwhirter May 9, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Here’s another one for you…

    Liked by 1 person

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