#937: ‘Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole’ – Martha Wainwright

There have been plenty of songs written for relations, whether it be a song for your siblings, parent, or any other sort of relation you can think of. For example, while folks such as John Lennon had a song called ‘Mother‘, Martha Wainwright had a song called ‘Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole.’

See, it’s no secret that the Wainwright clan had a bit of a rough relationship. When famed musician Loudon Wainwright III divorced his wife, singer Kate McGarrigle, their two children suffered. While Rufus Wainwright has written songs about his poor relationship with his father, including ‘Dinner At Eight‘, his sister Martha decided to be a little more blunt.

To be fair, this song is far more powerful without breaking it down, so I’m instead going to end with a quote from Martha Wainwright about the creation of this song.

“For most of my childhood Loudon talked to me in song, which is a bit of a shitty thing to do. Especially as he always makes himself come across as funny and charming while the rest of us seem like whining victims, and we can’t tell our side of the story. As a result he has a daughter who smokes and drinks too much and writes songs with titles like ‘Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole’.”

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