"Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" as written by and Jeff Lynne....
Got love, if that's what you need
I got three or four babies sittin' on my knee
I got love waitin' for you
I come sneakin' round the corner of the avenue

You gotta Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, or I will get you
You know you gotta Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, before I get you

There's one thing that's on my mind
And that's getting hold of you before I serve my time
I'll keep on, with my heavy load
Till I see you come a strollin' down that open road

You gotta Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, or I will get you
You know you gotta Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, before I get you

I love you Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
That's why I want to get it all well I'm sure you can tell
I got, good soul, runnin' so deep
Gonna get you in the corner so that I can keep
Can't you hear me once Ma-Ma-Ma Belle

You gotta Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, or I will get you
You know you gotta Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, before I get you



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"Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" as written by Jeff Lynne

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    General CommentThis was a B-side to "Living Thing". Don't know why it wasn't included on the album. Great mix of crunching guitars and orchestral strings. If your an ELO fan find this song and download it. Very underrated, as I can tell by lack of comments. Shows how they can rock out with the best.
    jugheadchadon September 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou're absolutely right, I love this song. My personal favorite ELO song
    ZacharyGon December 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDefinately the most underrated ELO song. No clue what hes talking about though
    Lucaskerson May 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song kicks ass, it's ELO at their best!
    cl3menson May 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFYI... This song was on "On The Third Day" album in 1973... what I find strange is that they included it as a b-side for a song that came a few years later... I was 11 when the album came out... loved it then, STILL love it.
    gladtobeadadon June 27, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationJust submitted corrected lyrics. I think I'm one "Ma" off, but otherwise the correct lyrics will help interpretation quite a bit.

    Ma Belle = My Beautiful

    Straightforward rock song with that driving hard rock guitar sound, plus that familiar, awesome, ELO orchestration.

    I take these lyrics literally. He knows a beautiful girl and he's going to make her his. He can love her, he can give her lots of children, and he can dominate and satisfy her. Dominate? Yes. I think the sex and implications of dominance aren't subtle.

    "There's one thing that's on my mind
    And that's a gettin' hold of you before I serve my time"

    "Gettin' hold of you", only comes across as aggressive to me and definitely sexual.

    "Gonna get you in the corner so that I can keep"
    Again, aggressive, sexual comment, plus he's telling her she'll like it. Be with me and you'll stay with me because I'll satisfy you.

    I also take, "serve my time", to be literal. He's going to jail/prison for some time and he wants to be with her and make her his girl before he goes.

    This is just a great classic rock song. Classic in structure, classic rock 'n roll lyrics, and Jeff Lynne can growl out an aggressive, angry sounding vocal as well, if not better, than anyone. One of my favorites!
    pandasyson September 10, 2012   Link

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