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

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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



T L

Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section... aka The Swampers

And Stax Records house band... aka Booker T and the MGs (for the most part)

Both laid down some of the funkiest 🔥🔥🔥 ever created!

In fact, the horn section on this song also did a lot of Stax Records tracks.

Steve “the Colonel” Cropper of Stax and Jimmy Johnson of Fame / Muscle Shoals inspired me to play guitar 🎸🔥



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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...."

Bishop Boyd

@OneTruthInc TELL MAMA some pretty good airplay as well as from the local Tavern jukeboxes!!!

Ethan Hill

...And I'm make everything all right.

Angelique Collins

@Kike Heeb, Chink, jigaboo 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.

Eli Empire

easy sex, very interesting choice of words

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Dobie Gillis

Can we just call this a mega hit for the ages? Such a great brass arrangement and rhythm section I've never seen ever since.

OS Biggs

Totally concur!

Howard Koor

Dobie Gillis 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Marjory Rainey

Dobie Gillis
Definitely Dobie..

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