Papa Was a Rolling Stone Lyrics

Phil Collins


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield, Norman J. Whitfield
album: Track 8 in album Going Back
release date: 2010-9-13
popularity : 20 users have visited this page.
genres: Funk / Soul Pop
styles: Soul/Ballad/Funk
length: 6:44
writer: Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield

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Phil Collins Going Back cover art
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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 nothin' but bad things about him
Momma I'm depending on you, to tell me the truth
Momma just hung her head and said

[Chorus]
Papa was a rolling stone,
Where ever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone
Papa was a rolling stone,
Where ever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone

[Chorus]

Hey Momma!
Is it true what they say that Papa never worked a day, in his life
And Momma, some bad talk goin' round town sayin' that Papa had three outside children
And another wife, and that ain't right
Heard them talking Papa doing some store front preachin'
Talked about saving souls and all the time reaching
Dealing in debt, and stealing in the name of the law
Momma hung her head and said

[Chorus]

Hey Momma,
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 Momma,
Folks say Papa never was much on thinking
Spent most of his time chasing women and drinking
Momma I'm depending on you, to tell me the truth
Momma looked up with a tear in her eye and said, son

[Chorus: x2]


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
  • 2 (Love Is Like a) Heatwave
  • 3 Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
  • 4 Some of Your Lovin’
  • 5 In My Lonely Room
  • 6 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me for a Little While)
  • 7 Blame It on the Sun
  • 8 Papa Was a Rolling Stone
  • 9 Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer
  • 10 Standing in the Shadows of Love
  • 11 Do I Love You
  • 12 Jimmy Mack
  • 13 Something About You
  • 14 Love Is Here and Now You're Gone
  • 15 Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
  • 16 Going to a Go-Go
  • 17 Talkin About My Baby
  • 18 Going Back