Watch Amanda Palmer's NSFW cover of Pink Floyd's 'Mother'
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Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer is continuing her string of politically charged releases with a pointed video covering Pink Floyd classic "Mother."

On the video's project page on Palmer's website, she dedicates it "to the current administration," saying, "[Y]ou will not build walls in our children’s hearts." The video depicts children building a wall while a Donald Trump-like character watches, ending in Palmer rescuing the children and acting as a mother to the Trump character, ultimately taking away his phone and breastfeeding him in a shocking and graphic scene. Yet Palmer says shock wasn't the goal of the video.

"But I didn’t write that into the script for shock value," she told Newsweek. "That was the idea that I wanted to share. It’s a complicated idea! It’s not a simple idea, to say look at Donald Trump and look at all these politicians and let’s consider what happened to them to create the world that we’re living in."

Palmer stressed the importance of empathy and compassion, saying the message she would want Trump himself to take away from the video is, "That he is as deserving of love as everybody else. And that all the hateful, bigoted, racist, fear-fueled rhetoric in the world cannot stop a society of people from being ultimately on the side of compassion."

Palmer's take on "Mother" is dark and haunting, with soft vocals and striking strings from frequent collaborator Jherek Bischoff, who worked with Palmer as part of The Grand Theft Orchestra and has contributed string arrangements to other recent releases. It also features musician Melissa Auf der Maur and cellist Zoë Keating.

"I never paid much attention to this tune before working on it," Bischoff said on the project page. "I certainly had heard it, but I never really went through a Pink Floydy time of life. Working on this made me a fan. The lyrics are powerful, universal, timeless and intimate. The music also has a lot of hidden beauty – so many strange time signatures! Working on the arrangement was super easy. I tried to take the feelings and vibe that are already there, and amplify it to the extreme… acoustically."

"Mother" follows the release of "In Harm's Way," a song inspired by the now-famous image of a toddler dead on a beach in Turkey in 2015. Palmer has also released a limited-edition 7" of the song, with 10% of proceeds benefitting Because We Carry, an organization which helps feed, clothe and assist refugees landing and living on the Greek island of Lesvos. Other recent releases with political themes and proceeds for charity include including "Small Hands, Small Heart" released in October with proceeds benefitting victims of Hurricane Maria and "Drowning in the Sound" in September, benefitting the Texas Diaper Bank.

Palmer will be appearing with another frequent collaborator, Jason Webley, when the two play Seattle's Showbox in April. Tickets are on sale now right here on AXS.