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David Lindley — Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Album: Very Greasy
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Released: 1988
Length: 4:51
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It was the third of September
That day I'll always remember, yes I will
'Cause that was the day that my daddy died
I never got a chance to see him
Never heard nothing but bad things about him
Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the truth
Mama just hung her head and said

"Son, Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was a loan
Papa was a rolling stone, my son
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was a loan," well, well

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
I heard some talk about Papa doing some store front preaching
Talking about saving souls and all the time leeching
Dealing in debt and stealing in the name of the Lord
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 a loan
Hey, Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was a loan"

Hey Mama, I heard Papa called himself a jack of all trades
Tell me is that what sent Papa to an early grave?
Folks say Papa would beg, borrow, steal to pay his bills
Hey Mama, folks say Papa never was much on thinking
Spent most of his time chasing women and drinking
Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the truth
Mama looked up with a tear in her eye and said

"Son, Papa was a rolling stone
(Well, well, well, well, yeah)
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was a loan, loan, loan, loan, loan
Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was a loan"
I said

"Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was a loan"
My daddy was
Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
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Oh my!!! This is awful. Covers are cool and all, but not when you remake a Temptations classic with cheesy guitar. :frustrated:
yuck! sorry. :moon:
The original version has more balls in it\'s little finger than this crappy cover has in its entire body....
This really rocks. I enjoy the way RP mixes different covers of songs by different artist in the same set of tunes. You usually think a cover is easy, but it is a challenge to take a famous work and re-do it to make it your own. This cover is really cool!
'All he left us was alone'. It's not meant to be funny, but it always makes me laugh a bit. Made me think of the line 'Whenever you leave me, will you take me with you?' Both tragicomic.
Not one of my favorite songs but as covers have been mentioned, I have to recommend the WAS NOT WAS version with G Love E contributing a rap solo.
It sure beats the Tall Tan Talented Temptin\' Texas Temptations as some DJ once said. I\'ve always liked Lindley\'s stuff. :D
Originally Posted by Leslie: Hey lily, one of my uploads. Glad you like it. We usually don't like the same music! ;)
Greg Dulli from the Afghan Whigs also does a great version of this song on a cd called Live at the Howlin Wolf, New Orleans. its fab. :)
Maybe a bit too much upbeat for such lyrics? I miss the soulful groove- and bassline.
Originally Posted by lily33: LOVE this song. Thanks so much for playing it.
Hey lily, one of my uploads. Glad you like it. We usually don't like the same music! ;)
LOVE this song. Thanks so much for playing it.