Modern Poetry Edition #25, (Poems 'bout Your Mama)


Huge underdog wins MPultizer!

Unbelievably, Peter Tosh K.O.'s LL and the delightful Shirelles and an
old-school Aerosmith tune that was covered by Guns n' Roses at the height of
their powers.  Hmmm.

Well, once you've done that, five over-the-hill teeny-boppers from the U.K.
ain't gonna be no match.

Welcome, brother Peter.  I hope you and Bob are doing well up above and
you're at peace.

I suggest all our MP readership go out and crank 'Stepping Razor' and 'Maga
Dog' loudly tonight.

Next version of MP is overdue, I know but I am out of ideas.  We will come
up with something.

Modern Poetry #25 {Poems 'bout your Mama}
[1/18/05]
Mama Said by the Shirelles
Mama Said Knock You Out by L.L. Cool J
**Mama Africa by Peter Tosh
Mama Kin by Aerosmith
Mama by the Spice Girls

**Winner of MPulitzer

A nice little batch of mama's hodgepodge to start us off in 2005.  MP
staffers vow to improve the selections as we near March, National Poetry
month.  Can you believe it took 25 editions to get some Spice Girls into the
Modern Poetry -- and it's a song I've never heard and don't want to.  See,
it's just the poems that matter here at the MP.

Vote for your favorite (for our Spanish speaking voters, voto para su
favorito).


Mama Said by the Shirelles
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Mama said there'll be days like this,
There'll be days like this Mama said (Mama said, mama said)
Mama said there'll be days like this,
There'll be days like this my Mama said (Mama said, mama said)

I went walking the other day,
Everything was going fine,
I met a little boy named Billy Joe
And then I almost lost my mind

Mama said there'll be days like this,
There'll be days like this Mama said (Mama said, mama said)
Mama said there'll be days like this,
There'll be days like this my Mama said

My eyes are wide open
But all that I can see is,
chapel bells are callin' for everyone but-a me
but I don't worry cause

Mama said there'll be days like this,
There'll be days like this Mama said (Mama said, mama said)
Mama said there'll be days like this,
There'll be days like this my Mama said

And then she said someone will look at me
like I'm looking at you one day,
then I might find
I don't want it any old way,
so I don't worry cause

Mama said there'll be days like this,
There'll be days like this Mama said (Mama said, mama said)
Mama said there'll be days like this,
There'll be days like this my Mama said
Mama said, mama said

Hey! Don't you worry,
Mama said mama said
Hey! Don't you worry now.
Mama said mama said,
Hey! Hey!

Mama Said Knock You Out by L.L. Cool J
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Don't call it a comeback
I been here for years
Rockin my peers and puttin suckas in fear
Makin the tears rain down like a MON-soon
Listen to the bass go BOOM
Explosion, overpowerin
Over the competition, I'm towerin
Wreckin shop, when I drop these lyrics that'll make you call the cops
Don't you dare stare, you betta move
Don't ever compare
Me to the rest that'll all get sliced and diced
Competition's payin the price

I'm gonna knock you out (HUUUH!!!)
Mama said knock you out
Mama said knock you out
Mama said knock you out
Mama said knock you out

Don't u call this a regular jam
I'm gonna rock this land
I'm gonna take this itty bitty world by storm
And I'm just gettin warm
Just like Muhummad Ali they called him Cassius
Watch me bash this beat like a skull
Cuz u know I had beef wit
Why do u riff with me, the maniac psycho
And when I pull out my jammy get ready cuz it might go
BLAAAAW, how ya like me now?
The river will not allow
U to get with, Mr. Smith, dont riff
Listen to my gear shift
I'm blastin, outlastin
Kinda like Shaft, so u could say I'm shaftin
Old English filled my mind
And I came up with a funky rhyme

Mama said knock you out
Mama said knock you out
Mama said knock you out
Mama said knock you out

Breakdown!!!

Shadow boxin when I heard you on the radio (HUUUH!!!)
I just don't know
What made you forget that I was raw?
But now I got a new tour
I'm goin insane, startin the hurricane, releasin pain
Lettin you know that you can't gain, I maintain
Unless ya say my name
Rippin, killin
Diggin and drillin a hole
Pass the Ol' Gold

Mama said knock you out
Mama said knock you out
Mama said knock you out
Mama said knock you out

Shotgun blasts are heard
When I rip and kill, at WILL
The man of the hour, tower of power, I'll devour
I'm gonna tie you up and let you understand
that I'm not your average man
when I got a jammy in my hand
DAAAAAM!!!!! Oooooohh!!
Listen to the way I slaaaaay, your crew
Damage (UHH) damage (UHH) damage (UHH) damage
Destruction, terror, and mayhem
Pass me a sissy so suckas I'll slay him
Farmers (What!!!) Farmers (What!!!)
I'm ready (we're ready!!!)
I think I'm gonna bomb a town (get down!!)
Don't u neva, eva, pull my lever
Cuz I explode
And my nine is easy to load
I gotta thank God
Cuz he gave me the strength to rock
HARD!! knock you out, mama said knock you out

Mama Africa by Peter Tosh
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Mama Africa
How are you doing Mama
Mama Africa
Long time me no see you Mama

They took me away from you Mama
Long before I was born
They took me away from you Mama
Long before I came on in

Mama Africa
How are you doing Mama
Mama Africa
Long time me no see you Mama

There's so many things about you
Wondering where you are
They try their best to hide you Mama
But I search and I find you

Mama Africa
How are you doing Mama
Mama Africa
Long time me no see you Mama

In you there's so much beauty
In you there's so much life
In you there's so many kingdoms
To me it's out of sight

Mama Africa
How are you doing Mama
Mama Africa
Long time me no see you Mama

You're the maker of gold Mama
You're the maker of diamond
You're the maker of pearls
And the maker of all precious goals

Mama Africa
How are you doing Mama
Mama Africa
Long time me no see you Mama

I've been waiting, yearning, looking
Searching to find you
I've been crying, praying hoping
That I may find you Mama

Mama Africa
How are you doing Mama
Mama Africa
Long time me no see you Mama
You're my mother Africa
You're my father Africa

I'm proud of you Mama
I love you Mama
I'm proud of you Mama
I love you heavenly

Mama Africa
How are you doing Mama
Mama Africa
Long time me no see you Mama

Mama Kin by Aerosmith
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It ainít easy
Liviní like a gypsy
Tell ya honey how I feel
Iíve been dreaminí
Floatiní down the stream ní
Losiní touch with all thatís real

Whole earth lover
Keepiní under cover
Never know where ya been
Youíve been fadiní
Always out paradiní
Keep in touch with mama kin

Well youíve always got your tail on the wag
Shootiní fire from your mouth
Just like a dragon
You act like a perpertual drag
You better check it out
ícause someday soon youíll have to
Climb back on a wagon

It ainít easy
Liviní like you wanna
Itís so hard to find peace of mind
Yes it is
The way I see it
You gotta say shit
But donít forget to drop me a line

Said, youíre bald as an egg when youíre eighteen
Workiní for your dad is just a drag
You still stuff your mouth with your dreams
You better check it out
ícause someday soon youíll have to
Climb back on the wagon

Keep in touch with mama kin
Tell her were youíve gone and been
Liviní out your fantasy
Sleepiní late and smokiní tea

Keep in touch with mama kin
Tell her were youíve gone and been
Liviní out your fantasy
Sleepiní late and smokiní tea

It ainít easy
Liviní like you wanna
Itís so hard to find peace of mind
Yes it is
The way I see it
You gotta say shit
But donít forget to drop me a line

Said youíre bald as an egg at eighteen
Workiní for your dad is just a drag
You still stuff your mouth with your dream
You better check it out
ícause someday soon youíll have to
Climb back on the wagon

Keep in touch with mama kin
Tell her were youíve gone and been
Liviní out your fantasy
Sleepiní late and smokiní tea

Keep in touch with mama kin
Tell her were youíve gone and been
Liviní out your fantasy
Sleepiní late and smokiní tea

Mama by the Spice Girls
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She used to be my only enemy and never let me be free
Catching me in places that I knew I shouldn't be
Every other day, I crossed the line, I didn't mean to be so bad
I never thought you would become the friend I never had

Back then, I didn't know why, why you were misunderstood
So now, I see through your eyes, all that you did was love
Mama, I love you, Mama, I care
Mama, I love you, Mama, my friend
My friend

I didn't want to hear it then, but I'm not ashamed to say it now,
Every little thing you said and did was right for me
I had a lot of time to think about, about the way I used to be,
Never had a sense of my responsibility

Back then, I didn't know why, why you were misunderstood
So now, I see through your eyes, all that you did was love
Mama, I love you, Mama, I care
Mama, I love you, Mama, my friend
My friend, you're my friend

But now, I'm sure I know why, why you were misunderstood
So now, I see through your eyes, all I can give you is love
Mama, I love you, Mama, I care
Mama, I love you, Mama, my friend

Mama, I love you, Mama, I care
Mama, I love you, Mama, my friend
You're my friend, you're my friend

Whoa whoa whoa whoa, Mama whoa whos

Mama, I love you, Mama, I care
Mama, I love you, Mama, my friend
Mama, I love you, Mama, I care
Mama, I love you, Mama, my friend
Mama, I love you, Mama, I care
Mama, I love you, Mama, my friend