Who or what is the mother of pearl?

  • I always liked the song Mother of pearl from roxy music. I wondered all the time who is the mother of pearl. I searched for a translated song text, there was used something like "the chosen one" as translation. I am no native english speaker, so I am not sure if this is a common meaning for "mother of pearl" in english. I found the wikipedia page for mother of pearl but i dont think this is meant in this song.

    So can somebody explain to me the meaning of mother of pearl in this song? Is this just a common english phrase for a beloved person or has this some other meaning?

    Is known if this is dedicated to a specific person in this song?

  • Xestrix

    Xestrix Correct answer

    6 years ago

    I believe that the context is meant to be ambiguous. In this case, there is clear allusion that they are referencing the drug cocaine, which has been called "Mother of Pearl", especially in the 70s. The lyrics seem to transition from or between the idea of a romantic lover and the drug throughout the song.

    In short, the meaning is most likely both "cocaine" and "an amazing lady" in this song.

    "Mother of Pearl" has a few meaning in English

    As a material sometimes used in jewelry.

    As a slang for cocaine.

    As an exclamation:

    Mother of pearl! Did you see that <insert something amazing here>?!

    Thank you, did not know that cocaine is also called this way. Your answer sounds very reasonable, but i will wait before accepting if somebody else maybe has another explanation.

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