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Playlist of the Week: Songs for Mother's Day

Are you using a mother's day theme for any of your groups in the coming weeks? Depending on the populations you work with, you may be bringing up mother's day, or your client's may be bringing it up themselves.

Here are some themes and therapeutic directions that may arise, depending on the population you are working with:

Older Adults:

- Words of wisdom from mother that stayed with them through the years

- Saying goodbye to mother during the war/ leaving the country and leaving family behind

- Reminiscing on happy occasions with mother

- Reminiscing on becoming a mother/raising children

- What it's like to be a grandmother

Expectant Mothers/ New Mothers:

- Hopes, expectations, fears, etc... of becoming a mother

- Joys and challenges of being a new mother

- Reflecting on childhood and lessons they are taking with them

- Strained mother/child relationship

- Loss of mother/child and expression of grief.

I hope you can find at least one song from this list that might be relevant for your clients!


1. Coat of Many Colours - Dolly Parton

Lyric: Momma sewed the rags together

Sewin' every piece with love

She made my coat of many colours

That I was so proud of

2. Mama - Spice Girls

Lyric: She used to be my only enemy and never let me be free

Catching me in places that I knew I shouldn't be

Every other day I crossed the line I didn't mean to be so bad

I never thought you would become the friend I never had

3. Mama Said - The Shirelles

Lyric: Mama said there'll be days like this

There'll be days like this, mama said

(Mama said, mama said)

4. I Turn to You - Christina Aguilera

Lyric: For a shield from the storm

For a friend, for a love to keep me safe and warm

I turn to you

5. Dear Mama - 2Pac

Lyric: When I was young me and my mama had beef

Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets

Though back at the time, I never thought I'd see her face

Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place

6. Mama Liked the Roses - Elvis Presley

Lyric: Oh, mama liked the roses, she grew them in the yard

But winter always came around and made the growing way too hard

Oh, mama liked the roses and when she had the time

She'd decorate the living room, for all us kids to see

7. Mama Said - Metallica

Lyric: Mama she has taught me well

Told me when I was young

"Son your life's an open book,

Don't close it 'fore its done"

8. My Yiddeshe Momme - Willie Howard

Lyric: It wasn't much like Paradise but 'mid the dirt and all

There sat the sweetest angel, one that I fondly call

My yiddishe momme I need her more then ever now

My yiddishe momme I'd like to kiss that wrinkled brow

9. Like My Mother Does - Lauren Alaina

Lyric: I've got her spirit

She's always got my back

When I look at herI think, I want to be just like that

When I love I give it all I've gotLike my mother does

10. The Best Day - Taylor Swift

Lyric: I'm thirteen now

And don't know how

My friends could be so mean

I come home crying And you hold me tight

And grab the keys

11. The Perfect Fan - Backstreet Boys

Lyric: You showed me

When I was young just how to grow

You showed me

Everything that I should know

12. Mama Says - The Beach Boys

Lyric: Eat a lot sleep a lot brush em like crazy

Run a lot do a lot never be lazy

(Good boy)

13. The Wish - Bruce Springteen

Lyric: I remember in the morning, ma,

hearing your alarm clock ring

I'd lie in bed and listen to you gettin' ready for work

The sound of your makeup case on the sink

14. Good Mother - Jann Arden

Lyric: I've got money in my pocket

I like the color of my hair

I've got a friend who loves me

Got a house, I've got a car

I've got a good mother

And her voice is what keeps me here

15. MamaMia - Abba

Lyric: Mamamia, here I go again, my my, how can I resist you!?

3 Songs about Goodbyes & Loss on Mother's Day

1) We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn

Lyric: We'll meet again

We'll meet again

Don't know where

Don't know when

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day

Keep smiling through

Just like you always do

Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

2) Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

Lyric: Would you hold my hand

If I saw you in heaven?

Would you help me stand

If I saw you in heaven?

I'll find my way through night and day

'Cause I know I just can't stay here in heaven

3) One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men

Lyric: Never had I imagined

Living without your smile

Feeling and knowing you hear meIt keeps me alive

Songwriting Intervention Idea - I Hope You Find Something to Love

Who: Expectant Mothers/New Mothers

What: Change the lyrics of the chorus to what they hope for their child.

"I hope you....._______

I hope you....._________"

This can be adapted for so many uses and populations! I hope you enjoy this find, and have a happy mother's day!

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