We use cookies to customize content and advertising, to provide social media features, and to analyze traffic to our site. We also share information about your use of our site with our trusted social media, advertising and analytics partners. Read more.
  •    
  •    
  •    

    Was (Not Was) / Lyrics

    Playlist 0 Rate 0 Like & Share Print Email Play

    "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" Lyrics

    Was (Not Was)

    Album:
    Genre:
    Duration:00:06:43
    Rank: (−) history »
    Rate:
    −/5 from 0 users
    Charts: view all »
    Referring urls:view all »

    Video

    Lyrics

    (Listen, we don't have anything other than that)
    (The American dream)
    (Just think about it, just think about it)

    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 had 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 alone
    Yeah, Papa was a rolling stone
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home
    And when he died all he left us was alone, yeah

    Where the hell are ya, daddy, that's what I'm sayin'
    Down on my knees in tears and I'm prayin'
    Wishin' and hopin' my dreams could come true
    So I could feel like the other kids do
    A young child but not complete as a whole
    Before I was born you up and strolled
    Mama was there but you was up in the wind
    You never even knew my name, you didn't
    You never wrote, called, let alone came by
    As a youth it was hard to wonder why
    But now I'm older and I don't dwell on self-pity
    Thinkin' about the life you didn't give me
    I remember when I used to tell lies
    When people would ask I'd just fantasize
    Makin' up stories to make you look good
    But the real truth was you was never no good
    People used to say I look just like you
    But rest assured I don't act like you
    I'm more than that, my mama raised me better
    And you can best believe I'm much more together
    So believe that

    Hey mama, is it true what they say
    That Papa never worked a day in his life
    And mama, bad talk goin' 'round town said
    Papa had three outside children and another wife
    And that ain't right
    Heard some talk about Papa doin' some storefront preachin'
    Talkin' about savin' souls and all the time leachin'
    Dealin' in debt and stealin' in the name of the Lord
    (Ha ha ha ha) oh (mama just hung her head and said: Son) oh

    Papa was a rolling stone (my son, yeah)
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home
    And when he died all he left us was alone (I'm a tellin' you)
    Papa was a rolling stone, well
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home
    And when he died all he left us was alone, yeah

    It's been said, you gave me something you never had
    But that's not always true and it's sad
    To find myself missing you when I did
    Well, who knows the reasons you did what you did
    I can't help but to wonder why
    You lived your life as a big fat lie
    You act like you had no responsibilities
    Cause if you did it's a bet that you wouldn't be
    Stealin', beggin', hustlin' and schemin'
    You coulda got a job but did you know the meaning of work
    I'm talkin' 'bout an honest day's pay
    But you was too lazy to be that way
    Always tryin' to take the easy ride, that's what they tell me
    So I don't doubt it for a moment, not for a sec
    Because you lacked all your self-respect
    But it's too late, for you, that is
    Tomorrow I'll be goin' on about my biz
    And so it's time to put the past behind
    Erase the anger and clear my mind
    I wanna forget the little bit I know
    And make sure that I never sink so low
    Cause I want my kids to grow up and know
    That I was always there because I loved them so
    And that's the least thing that I could do
    But that's a lot more than I got from you

    I heard Papa called himself a jack of all trades
    Tell me is that what sent Papa to his early grave
    Folks say Papa would beg, borrow, steal to pay his bills
    Hey mama, folks say Papa wasn't much on thinkin'
    Spent most of his time chasin' women and drinkin'
    Mama, I'm dependin' on you to tell me the truth, ooh

    Papa was a rolling stone (well well well well)
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home (hey yeah)
    And when he died all he left us was alone (I'm a-tellin' you)
    Papa was a rolling stone (yeah now)
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home
    And when he died all he left us was alone, lone, lone, lone, lone
    Papa was a rolling stone
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home
    And when he died all he left us was alone
    This song was submitted on March 14th, 2014 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
    Written by Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield, Norman J. Whitfield.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

    Songs you may also like

    • same album
    • same artist
    • popular on LSI
    • new on LSI

    Contributors

    leaderboard activity

    Comments

    Facebook (0) LetsSingIt (0)