Monday, September 19, 2005

Seventies music

You have to feel kinda bad for the mother character in the song "Papa was a Rolling Stone," by the Temptaions. She's in kind of an awkward spot:
Hey Mama, is it true what they say
that Papa never worked a day in his life
And Mama, some bad talk going around town
saying that Papa had three outside children and another wife
And that ain't right
Hey, talk about Papa doing some store front preaching
Talked about saving souls and all the time leaching
Dealing in debt and stealing in the name of the Lord
The mother deals with the situation pretty diplomatically though:
Mama just hung her head and said
"Papa was a rolling stone, my son
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died) All he left us was alone"
Just one of many random thoughts provoked by skyfm, "All seventies, all the time" on iTunes radio.

2 comments:

william t nelson said...

you've got to feel bad for the subject of "Backstreet Girl" (1967)

incidentally, it has "cunning French-influenced overtones" according to some guy

Elaine said...

Yeah, poor girl. She should just leave Mick Jagger or whoever wrote that.