Written by Don Sampson and Wynn Varble
Simply put, “Mom” is the best single that Garth Brooks has released since the first term of the Bill Clinton administration.
Got your head around that yet? Good. Now process this: The best single Garth Brooks has released since the first term of the Bill Clinton administration is a Bonnie Tyler cover.
In a twist that could only happen in Nashville, Tyler heard the song at the Bluebird Cafe when she was looking for songs that harkened back to her pre-“Total Eclipse of the Heart” roots. She found it first, and sang it decently well.
But in the capable hands of Garth Brooks, it’s an instant classic. It’s actually a giant relief to hear him sing a song again that is big enough to capture his gargantuan heart and signature sentimentality. “Mom” is all about a conversation between God and an unborn child that’s too scared to leave Heaven and go down to Earth. God explains that there’s a woman waiting there who will make sure he’s never alone, and that she’ll start the work that’s needed to bring him back to Heaven when his life is through.
It is the most heartfelt and beautiful description of motherhood that I’ve ever heard captured in a song. Maybe that’s because most motherhood songs have a tinge of regret and often grief, with childhood being over and the singer looking back on the mother that is only appreciated once her work is done. This song looks forward to all that will come, instead.
I hope Garth Brooks and the songwriters get every award under the sun for this one, and that all those country fans who have come along since “The Dance” and “If Tomorrow Never Comes” were long in the history books will understand what all that fuss over Garth Brooks was about.