Song of the Day #3,208: ‘Now I’m Your Mom’ – David Byrne

Hmm, what are the odds? Eight days after the Random iTunes Fairy served up a track from David Byrne’s 1992 album Uh-Oh, she came right back to the same album.

‘Now I’m Your Mom’ is an odd song, either poking fun at or celebrating the transgender community. I think the lyrics lean toward a supportive stance but the falsetto reading of the title line feels like schoolyard taunting.

He is a boy
You are a girl
And you will always stay that way
But there are people
In this world
Who’d like to change what nature made

And if you take that decision
Then they will make that incision – down below

The birds and the bees
Are singin’ for me
And this is the song I heard them singin’
Goin’ tweedle dee dee
Tweedle dee dee
But I never heard a word they’re tellin’ me

Oh little girl
Please understand
And listen to the words I say
I was your dad
Now I’m your mom
I hope you’ll comprehend someday

I didn’t mean to confuse you
And now I know that it’s hard to understand

The birds and the bees
Are singin’ for me
But I never heard a word they’re sayin’
Goin’ tweedle dee dee
Tweedle dee dee
Freedom of choice is what they’re bringin’

And when Columbus sailed
Upon that mighty sea
Well, we are just like him
Yes, we are pioneers

Into the great unknown
The wild uncharted lands
There ain’t no turning back
Ain’t gonna be no chains on me

Who would ever believe
Caterpillars like me
Turning into a butterfly
Well, I was suddenly free

The birds and the bees
Are singin’ for me
And this is the song I heard them singin’
Tweedle dee dee
Tweedle dee dee
Freedom of choice is what they’re bringin’

You know I’m man enough
Ain’t gonna run and hide
My love is mighty tough
My love is mighty wild

I got a pair o’ wings
And I’m gonna fly away
Too late to turn back now
Tomorrow came today – for me

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,208: ‘Now I’m Your Mom’ – David Byrne

  1. Dana says:

    I think he is being both supportive and playful.

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