Mother Earth (Within Temptation song)

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"Mother Earth"
Mother Earth SIngle.jpg
Single by Within Temptation
from the album Mother Earth
B-side "Bittersweet" "Jane Doe" "Ice Queen" "Dark Wings" "Our Farewell"
Released 2003
Recorded 2000
Length 5.29
Label DSFA Records, GUN Records (re-releases)
Writer(s) Robert Westerholt
Sharon den Adel
Eikens Augustinus[1]
Within Temptation singles chronology
"Ice Queen"
"Mother Earth"
"Running Up that Hill"
Reissue cover
German Maxi 2003 reissue cover.
Music video
"Mother Earth" on YouTube
Music sample

"Mother Earth" is the third single of Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation from their second studio album, Mother Earth.

Along with the singles Ice Queen and Stand My Ground, Mother Earth has become one of the band's signature songs and is present on the setlist at almost every concert. It was also used as the theme for the German translation of the anime X.

Track listing[edit]

CD single (2002 Dutch release)
  1. "Mother Earth (Single Version)"
  2. "Bittersweet"
CD single (2002 Dutch release)
  1. "Mother Earth"
  2. "Bittersweet"
  3. "Ice Queen"
  4. "Mother Earth (Live at 013, Tilburg 2002)"
  5. "Our Farewell (Live at 013, Tilburg 2002)"
  6. "Mother Earth (Live at Paris, 2002)"
CD single (2003 German release)
  1. "Mother Earth
  2. "Mother Earth (Live at Lowlands)"
CD single (2003 German release)
  1. "Mother Earth"
  2. "Dark Wings"
  3. "Our Farewell"
CD Maxi (2003 German release)
  1. "Mother Earth (Single Version)"
  2. "Jane Doe (Non-Album-Track)"
  3. "Ice Queen (Live Acoustic Version)"
  4. "Never Ending Story (Live Acoustic Version)"
  5. "Mother Earth (Live at Lowlands)"


Although it's their third music video, the video for Mother Earth is the first professional one. It was directed by Patric Ullaeus. Filming location was by lake Delsjön near Gothenburg, Sweden. The video has a strong nature/pagan theme, with several aerial shots of lakes and forests as well as different animals. Sharon den Adel is first shown as a woman (presumably "Mother Earth") transforming into an owl that flies around rivers and mountains. She is then depicted as walking around in the forest as a sort of magical spirit, interacting with nature, and performing in a forest glade with the rest of the band.


Chart (2003-2004) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 33
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 14
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 25
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 81


  1. ^ Ascap entry for song ASCAP, accessed September 6, 2010
  2. ^ " – Within Temptation – Mother Earth" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  3. ^ " – Within Temptation Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Within Temptation search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  5. ^ " – Within Temptation – Stand My Ground" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  6. ^ " – Within Temptation – Mother Earth". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 September 2016.