You might not think that a one minute and sixteen-second music video could leave you in tears, but Kacey Musgraves has managed to swiftly tug at one’s heartstrings in her new video for “Mother,” a song from her new album, Golden Hour.
Released on Mother’s Day, the video shows Musgraves giving an honest, captivating performance while snapshots of life burst in and out. The short film closes on Musgraves sitting next to her mom with the thought that she, too, misses her own mother.
Back in March, Musgraves posted about the track on Instagram calling it the shortest, but “maybe the most meaningful” song on Golden Hour. “One summer night, surfing waves of LSD and feeling nostalgic for everywhere and everyone all at once, I got a text from my mom. It made me miss her. It made me think about her hands,” Musgraves shared.
“Hands that carry out the vision her imagination brings on canvas with her beloved paints and brushes. Hands that find treasure in found junk. Hands dirtied by the East Texas soil. Hands that held me,” she continued. “And I found the thought of this cycle overwhelming, sad, and beautiful; me sitting there in Tennessee missing my mom in Texas who’s sitting there missing her mother who passed away several years ago. And it will go on and on. The tears were flowing and I wrote these words down and finished it the next day. Then sat by the piano while Ian played and just sang.”
Bursting with empathy, I’m feeling everything
The weight of the world on my shoulders
Hope my tears don’t freak you out
They’re just kinda coming out
It’s the music in me and all of the colors
Wish we didn’t live, wish we didn’t live so far from each other
I’m just sitting here thinking ’bout the time that’s slipping
And missing my mother, mother
And she’s probably sitting there
Thinking ’bout the time that’s slipping
And missing her mother, mother