|Single by Rammstein|
|from the album Mutter|
|Released||25 March 2002|
|Recorded||May and June 2000|
|Studio||Miraval (Correns, France)|
|Rammstein singles chronology|
The song was confirmed by Till Lindemann and Richard Kruspe to be a reference to their unhappy childhood relationships with their own mothers. The lyrics tell the story of a child not born from a womb but in an experiment, thus having no true father or mother. The lyrics describe his plan to kill both the mother "who never gave birth to him" and himself, a plan which he proceeds to carry out. However, he still fails to kill himself, instead ending up mutilated and no better off than before. The child begs, possibly prays, for strength, but his dead mother does not answer. The narrative of the song is similar to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, in that the character takes revenge for his misfortunes on his 'parent', and then ends up no different from before the 'parent' died.
The video for Mutter follows the storyline of the song, whereby the character kills his mother and then dumps her body in a river, ending with the character in a cage or dungeon that is set into the ground.
The single includes "5/4", a song in quintuple meter that is instrumental except for a Speak & Spell dialogue sample that was played as the intro for live shows since 2000, but wasn't released until 2002.
It debuted on April 2000 in its demo form, in a concert exclusively for members of the fan area. The only difference between it and the final release was that the demo version was less orchestrated. During the Mutter tour, it was played at every concert, and played in select concerts in the Pledge of Allegiances tour in North America. The song disappeared from Rammstein's shows up to 2011, when it became a staple in the Made in Germany 1995 - 2011 tour.
- Mutter (Radio Edit) - 3:40
- Mutter (Vocoder Mix) - 4:32
- 5/4 - 5:30
- Mutter (Sono's Inkubator Mix) - 7:22
- The 2-track edition included Mutter (Radio Edit) and 5/4.