Bon Iver’s “Hey, Ma” Lyrics Meaning
This song is based on the childhood recollections of Justin Vernon, specifically in relation to his mother. The lyrics are somewhat cryptic, as in the particular tales he is trying to relay at certain points of the song are likely based on memories only he and a few others share.
However, the general theme relayed seems to be something along the lines of him being a troublesome lad who at times required the correction of his mom. More apparently, this track is a call for the listener to “call your ma”. This sentiment is seemingly centered on the singer acknowledging the role his own mother played earlier in life, as in now being an adult and taking care of himself he is more appreciative of the sacrifices she made.
Facts about “Hey, Ma”
A more-polished version of the song was then premiered on 2 June 2019 at the end of the band’s performance at the All Points East Festival in London.
“Hey Ma” was written by Brad Cook along with Bon Iver members BJ Burton and Justin Vernon.
The same trio produced the song with further assistance from Chris Messina.
“Hey Ma” is part of Bon Iver’s 2019 project entitled iCOMMAi, which fandom are considering to be the name of their next album.
On which Bon Iver album does “Hey, Ma” appear?
Bon Iver’s fourth studio album. Justin Vernon himself confirmed this. However, as we speak, the name and release date of that album have not been made public.
What was the official release date of “Hey, Ma”?
Bon Iver officially dropped this track on June 3, 2019. They released it with another single entitled “U (Man Like)“.