Lyric meaning

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Could someone explain to me what does this line mean exactly?

"You're growin' old, my mother's cold" in this song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXvmE4A43uY&ab_channel=top401966

I understand the words, but it just seems a little weird. Is her mother cold? Is she sick?..

Thank you very much. (preferably English natives)

Moderator Polyglot Scot
Joined: 26.07.2013

"Cold" can also mean "cold-hearted", "cruel", "aloof" etc.

Joined: 01.02.2018

i think it was mean she is lonely thank you

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Joined: 15.02.2013

Maybe she is dead.

Moderator and Incorrigable
Joined: 03.06.2016

"You're growin' old, my mother's cold
Now it's time that you learned what it meant to be mature"

The song is about the maturing of the guy and the transference of affections and doting from mother to another (little woman).
Little man is a nickname given to the son by the mother. Often even before birth and then going on and often fading into the use of their real name. It is not used by all mothers.
His mother being cold is his feeling that mother is growing distant and less doting as he becomes older and more mature. Teen years when the opposite sex begins to become more important.
There are as is suggested many other possible meanings, but in this case the artist's context would most likely be as explained to match the flow of thought. Little boy by mom, growing up, becoming self reliant and being figuratively 'pushed from the nest' toward intimacy with another.

These are the lyrics:

Little man, when you stand by my side
Then I know I don't have to hide from anyone
And I pray that we'll stay just that way
'Till the day comes along when we catch the sun.

Little girl you're runnin'
Come catch my hand I'm near you
Little girl you're singin'
Come close to me I hear you

You're growin' old, my mother's cold
Now it's time that you learned what it meant to be mature
There's no such place as make believe
But when I look at your face,
I'm not so sure

Little girl you're runnin'
Come catch my hand I'm near you
Little girl you're singin'
Come close to me I hear you

You and me is what I see
And that's the way its gonna stay and it will always be
So little man, please understand
In this world with all its land
You're all I see

Little girl you're runnin'
Come catch my hand I'm near you
Little girl you're singin'
Come close to me I hear you

Little girl you're runnin'
Come catch my hand I'm near you
Little girl you're singin'
Come close to me I hear you

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Joined: 31.08.2018

In my opinion, this is one of those songs/poems in which only the writer knows his or her own intent. All the interpretations that have been suggested to you thus far may be correct.

Sorry. I know it's frustrating.

But my feeling is that her mother is NOT sick and is NOT cold in the physical sense. As other posts have already explained, it could be that her mother has grown emotionally distant. --Post from California, United States

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Joined: 09.10.2018

It's about the girl's mother apparently (*you* are..., *my* mother is...)
His wannabe mother-in-law is giving him the cold shoulder or something? Regular smile

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Joined: 31.08.2018

You're right, it's about the girl's mother, not the man's.

You could be correct about his wannabe mother-in-law giving a cold shoulder to one or both of them.

My sense is that they're all alone in the world, they only have each other. It's time to become strong, independent adults. Sonny was eleven years older than her. As MichaelNa mentions, this song could be their personal story.

Why the mother is giving the cold shoulder or to whom is not clear. Maybe the mother doesn't like her daughter or her daughter's style of life or choice of boyfriend. Maybe she's being cold to her own daughter or him or to both of them.

The singer can no longer lean on her mother but can lean on her man for strength; they can face life together.

Editor True-to-original translations.
Joined: 29.08.2015

Sonny Bono was, in a literal sense, Cher's "Little Man" - he was 5 feet 5 inches tall to Cher's 5-foot-9. The couple was married at the time, and Bono wrote many sentimental love songs like this one for them to sing. With that premise it can be assumed that her mother did not approve of him.

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