Mother Stands For Comfort

Song written by Kate Bush. Originally released on the album Hounds Of Love in 1985. The track seems to be the most skeletal of the album. A flat drum pattern, just kick and snare, provides the metronomic basis upon which the whole percussion pattern, piano chords and a sinuous upright bass melody are built. Most other sounds are most probably provided by the Fairlight.

Cover versions

'Mother Stands For Comfort' was covered by Jane Birkin, E-Clypse featuring Emma Price, Murder of Crows and Brian Seabolt.

Kate about 'Mother Stands For Comfort'

Well, the personality that sings this track is very unfeeling in a way. And the cold qualities of synths and machines were appropriate here. There are many different kinds of love and the track's really talking about the love of a mother, and in this case she's the mother of a murderer, in that she's basically prepared to protect her son against anything. 'Cause in a way it's also suggesting that the son is using the mother, as much as the mother is protecting him. It's a bit of a strange matter, isn't it really? [laughs] (Richard Skinner, 'Classic Albums Interview: Hounds Of Love'. BBC Radio 1 (UK), 26 January 1992)


Drums: Stuart Elliott
Bass: Eberhard Weber

  • Ron Moy, Kate Bush And Hounds Of Love, cop. 2007. ISBN 9780754657989.

It breaks the cage, and fear escapes and takes possession
Just like a crowd rioting inside