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Tell Mama
Etta James Lyrics


You thought you'd found a good girl
One to love you and give you the world
Now you find that you've been misused
Talk to me, I'll do what you choose, I want you to

Tell Mama, all about it
Tell Mama, what you need
Tell Mama, what you want
And I'll make everything alright

That girl you had didn't have no sense
She wasn't worth all the time that you spent
She had another man throw you outdoors
Now the same man is wearing your clothes, I want you to

Tell Mama, all about it
Tell Mama, what you need
Tell Mama, what you want
And I'll make everything alright

Tell me, tell me now

She would embarrass you anywhere
She'd let everybody know she didn't care
Give me a chance I've been beggin' you
And I just want to take care of you, I want you to

Tell Mama, all about it
Tell Mama, what you need
Tell Mama, what you want
Tell Mama, what you want right now

Tell me, tell your mom
I'm your Mama
Tell me what you want

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: WILBUR TERRELL, MARCUS DANIEL, CLARENCE CARTER

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Monte Gavin III

I didn't even need to see the commercial, in order to be turned onto this jam-
as I have had this THICK passion for my girl Etta, for half my life!!! -

But I just LOVE when a piece of media {even if it's a commercial}
FEATURES music in their medium-
And the featured song is so spectacular {not only does the music take priority in your mind, over the original piece or media}:
viewers go out of their way to discover & explore previously unknown songs.

One of the few instances of sheer MAGIC, after childhood:
The spark in my eyes:
After hearing a snippet of a song, I've never heard before,
when I'm repeating lyrics in my head, hoping I remember enough words from the songs' verses-
That Google will recognize the name of the song, unlocking the magic of discovery.



Trash Pixie

You thought you had found a good girl
One to love you and give you the world
Now you find that you've been misused
Talk to me, I'll do what you choose, I want you to

Tell Mama, all about it
Tell Mama, what you need
Tell Mama, what you want
And I'll make everything alright

That girl you had didn't have no sense
She wasn't worth all the time that you spent
She had another man throw you outdoors
Now the same man is wearing your clothes, I want you to

Tell Mama, all about it
Tell Mama, what you need
Tell Mama, what you want
And I'll make everything alright

Tell me, tell me now

She would embarrass you anywhere
She'd let everybody know she didn't care
Give me a chance I've been beggin' you
And I just want to take care of you, I want you to

Tell Mama, all about it
Tell Mama, what you need
Tell Mama, what you want
Tell Mama, what you want right now

Tell me, tell your mom
I'm your Mama
Tell me what you want



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George Cramer

that horn Section is hittin it

Ann Bugbee

@Peri Jetton You will,Peri Jetton, SOON.THANKS AGAIN, GONNA REST NOW,APPRECIATE INFO. WALTER B.MEMPHIS.,!!

Peri Jetton

@Ann Bugbee have so much fun ! I’m looking forward to hearing about your trip! ☮️❤️

Ann Bugbee

@Peri Jetton YES, O.k.l have heard about the Indian mounds,Going to check ALL THAT OUT,THANKS AGAIN FOR THE INFO.DAMN I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THAT PLACE AGAIN I WILL CHECK OUT HELEN KELLAR ALSO,THINK SHE WAS BLIND,AND SHE WAS A TEACHER I THINK,ANYWAY,THANKS AGAIN PERI,I WILL HIT YOU BACK,WHEN I GET BACK,I WILL BE GOING THERE SOON,PROBABLY NEXT WEEK, DAMN,GREAT NEWS,THANK YOU. Walter B.Memphis.

Peri Jetton

@Ann Bugbee yes. I believe that they still record there but part is a museum. You should also go to the Helen Keller home too. It’s fantastic. Also the Indian mounds.

Ann Bugbee

@Peri Jetton Oh man,Thank you so very much for that information, I am going to go there very soon then,Damn the MUSIC THAT came out of that place.Well it is a Truly Majestic place for me.Think l WILL try and go during the week, Now there is a Museum their,Correct? Walter B.Memphis.

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babayaga108

Etta James herself later said of the song:[4]

"There are folks who think "Tell Mama" is the Golden Moment of the Golden Age of Soul; they rant and rave about the snappy horn chart and the deep-pocket guitar groove, about how I sang the shit out of it. I wish I could agree. Sure, the song made me money. It warmed Leonard Chess's heart to see the thing cross over to the pop charts, where it lingered for a long while. You might even say it became a classic. But I have to confess that it was never a favorite of mine. Never liked it. Never liked singing it - not then, not now. I almost never perform it. It's not that I don't admire the chart and the songwriter. Clarence Carter... is great. Maybe it's just that I didn't like being cast in the role of the Great Earth Mother, the gal you come to for comfort and easy sex. Nothing was easy back then...."

este chord

Shooot!!! 1st song I ever heard that made me want to be a singer-guitarist ! I love you ETTA JAMES !

Angelique Collins

@Joe Rodriguez I can hear Janis Joplin singing this one too..I would appreciate Janis putting her spin on it too.

Louisw4

Don't believe everything you hear.

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