Mama and Papa

@Rollo1 (16666)
Boston, Massachusetts
November 20, 2015 6:48am CST
I have no idea why, but this morning I was thinking about Mamas and Papas in music. Not the band The Mamas and The Papas, although they were great. I was thinking about how many songs reference mothers and fathers. It started out when I was singing "Mama's got a brand new bag" to The Boy, putting a little spin on the James Brown classic Papa's got a brand new bag. And then I though how often parents show up in songs. There's the old country song "Daddy Sang Bass (Mama sang tenor)" but surprisingly, mom and pop creep into their kids' music more than they should considering that every generation's music is an expression of their rebellion against the older generation. And so we don't expect to see our parents in our music, because "Your Mama Can't Dance and Your Daddy Can't Rock n' Roll". Even though The Beatles assured us that if we had any questions "Your Mother Should Know". And Mick Jagger offered a "Mother's Little Helper" to keep busy moms active and perky. Mothers seem to be more prevalent in song than do fathers, but perhaps that is because "Papa was a Rolling Stone"? Got any mama and papa songs for us?
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@LadyDuck (108967)
• Switzerland
20 Nov 15
"Mamma mia" (Mamma is Mama in Italian) and Mama by The Spice Girls.
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@Rollo1 (16666)
• Boston, Massachusetts
20 Nov 15
Ah yes, Mamma Mia. How did I not think of that one?
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@Jessicalynnt (48172)
• Centralia, Missouri
21 Nov 15
I got a grandma one, involves reindeer.
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@JudyEv (90230)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 15
I love that. Grandma got run over by a reindeer. Catchy beat.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Nov 15
@JudyEv It's actually one of my least favorite holiday songs, but it really does have a catchy beat get stuck in the head
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@Rollo1 (16666)
• Boston, Massachusetts
21 Nov 15
@Jessicalynnt Keep mentioning it and it will be stuck in my head all day.
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• United States
20 Nov 15
There's a country song that always makes me laugh....mamas in the graveyard, papas in the pen
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@Rollo1 (16666)
• Boston, Massachusetts
20 Nov 15
Sounds like a nice family, lol.
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@nanette64 (11929)
• Fairfield, Texas
20 Nov 15
How perfect are those @Rollo1 . Now that you brings those up, I can't think of one. lol.
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@Rollo1 (16666)
• Boston, Massachusetts
20 Nov 15
I know how that is. There must be lots I know but didn't think of.
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@slund2041 (3497)
• United States
20 Nov 15
I cannot think of any songs with Mama's and Papa's mentioned. However, I absolutely love the Mama's and the Papa's. They had some great songs like... "California Dreaming, Monday Monday, and Go Where you Wanna Go, Dancing in the Street, My Girl, and Dream a Little Dream of Me:.
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@Rollo1 (16666)
• Boston, Massachusetts
20 Nov 15
Cass Eliot had an extraordinary voice.
@FourWalls (8440)
• United States
21 Nov 15
Up Against the Wall, Reneck Mother by Ray Wylie Hubbard.
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@Rollo1 (16666)
• Boston, Massachusetts
21 Nov 15
A unique contribution.
@norcal (3280)
• Nevada City, California
21 Nov 15
It's a great song.
@marlina (57106)
• Canada
20 Nov 15
How about this one played so much around Father's Day:
Eddie Fisher - Oh! My PaPa 1954
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@Rollo1 (16666)
• Boston, Massachusetts
20 Nov 15
My mother used to sing that. Haven't heard it in a long time.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21016)
• United States
20 Nov 15
I can't think of any at the moment.
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@antonbunot (8656)
• Calgary, Alberta
20 Nov 15
You reminded of a song about a mama, a papa, and their only son! The lyrics of this song (of which title I forgot) is so funny.
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@sofssu (14749)
20 Nov 15
Papa don't preach.. By Madonna comes to mind.
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@jstory07 (57511)
• Roseburg, Oregon
20 Nov 15
I remember tha song Papa was a rolling stone. Those were good songs back than.
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@JudyEv (90230)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 15
Can't think of any offhand although there are tear-jerking ones about mothers. How about 'that golden-haired mammy of mine'?
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@Rollo1 (16666)
• Boston, Massachusetts
21 Nov 15
I don't know. How about her?
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@JudyEv (90230)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 15
@Rollo1 It's a song
@UncleJoe (7184)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
21 Nov 15
"Wake Up Little Suzie!" by the Everly Bros. They fall asleep at the drive-in and are late, and on their way home. So it goes, "What are we gonna say to your mama, what will we say to your Pa. What will we tell all our friends when they go "Oooh, la, la?"
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• Preston, England
20 Nov 15
papa don't preach - Madonna, Ma He's Making Eyes At Me - Lena Zavaroni, Mamma Mia - ABBA, Daddy Cool - Boney M, Mother - Pink Floyd, Mamma - Spice Girls, Hello Muddah, Hello Father - Allan Sherman,
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@paigea (19889)
• Canada
24 Nov 15
Cat's in the Cradle - this one featured in an episode of The Goldbergs
@paigea (19889)
• Canada
24 Nov 15
Daddy's hands. Not a song I really like so don't know why it came to me.
@Beatburn (3985)
• Philippines
24 Nov 15
Papa Don't Preach by Madonna
• Calgary, Alberta
21 Nov 15
Bohemian Rhapsody have the word Mama on it. The song mama by spice girls is already given to you. Boyz 2 men have a song titled " Song for Mama" I remember a very old song titled, "Oh my Papa" There is a song titled Sleeping Beauty, it is sang by Manuela. That song is from a horror videogames with Zombies but it is a beautiful song about a Mother loving her baby. The word mama is not mentioned in this song but its a good mother related song.
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@norcal (3280)
• Nevada City, California
21 Nov 15
How about "Mama Tried," by Merle Haggard?