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All In the Family?

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Songs about mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, Uncles...autobiographical or not…amusing or poignant.

Songs about mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, Uncles...autobiographical or not…amusing or poignant.
Daniel Berenstein
Jan 13, 2014
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Loudon Wainwright III - Your Mother And I
Pamela Talese

Father to Child

LW3 has been married thrice, twice to singer/songwriters and from these unions more singer/songwriters sprang forth. Wainwright's first marriage was to singer/songwriter Kate McGarrigle. During their marriage, which ended in divorce, they had two children, Rufus and Martha. Suzzy Roche. His second marriage, which also ended in divorce, produced singer Lucy Wainwright Roche.

I don't know if this song relates to either marriage given the super youthful visage. LW3 could have started early but the song could also be something he imagined from watching his parents marriage disintegrate.

Last winter I saw LW3 and all of the above perform at Town Hall. It was a charged performance and after in the green room I watched Rufus holding his new baby (Was this a good idea?) and standing aloof from his Dad. Martha didn’t show which was no surprise as I could feel her hostility roll off the stage though she did not perform "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole" about song about her father.
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