"Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" as written by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong....
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 got a chance to see him
Never heard nothin' but bad things about him
Momma I'm depending on you, to tell me the truth
Momma just hung her head and said, son

[Chorus]
Papa was a rolling stone,
Where ever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone
Papa was a rolling stone, (my son, yeah)
Where ever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone

Hey Momma!
Is it true what they say that Papa never worked a day, in his life
And Momma, some bad talk goin' round town sayin' that
Papa had three outside children
And another wife, and that ain't right
Heard some talk Papa doing some store front preachin'
Talking about saving souls and all the time leechin'
Dealing in dirt, and stealing in the name of the Lord
Momma just hung her head and said

Papa was a rolling stone, (my son)
Where ever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone
Hey Papa was a rolling stone, (dad gumma it)
Where ever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone

Hey Momma,
I heard Papa called himself a jack of all trades
Tell me is that what sent Papa to an early grave
Folks say Papa would beg, borrow, steal
To pay his bills
Hey Momma,
Folks say Papa never was much on thinking
Spent most of his time chasing women and drinking
Momma I'm depending on you, to tell me the truth
Momma looked up with a tear in her eye and said, son

Papa was a rolling stone, (well, well, well, well)
Where ever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone (lone, lone, lone, alone)
Papa was a rolling stone,
Where ever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone

(I said) Papa was a rolling stone, (yes he was my son)
Where ever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone
(My daddy was, yes he was, yeah he was)
(Papa was a rolling stone,
Where ever he laid his hat was his home)


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"Papa Was a Rolling Stone" as written by Norman J. Whitfield, Barrett Strong

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    General CommentI love this song. I can listen to it all day and never get sick. It reminds me of my Dad, sad as it may seem.
    Emoqueakon October 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so freakin great> motown rocks my world.
    chesirecaton April 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentBest of the Motown songs (which is extremely high praise)
    Comrade_Liaron March 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI was teaching in a very rough New Orleans high school when "Papa"came out and for most of the kids this song resonated very painfully.Pops was rarely around even back then.Its much worse now and I really don't think this song would get airplay today if it was released as a new song.Its way too devastating to the black psyche.
    Riverman94610on May 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentoh God.. we play this song in marching band and its getting us to state competition!! i love papa! but.. if papa was a rollin stone.. why was he poor????!
    tanner555on October 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat song about a deadbeat father
    kfe2on April 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song about a deadbeat father
    kfe2on April 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttanner555, you got a good point there....all the members of The Rolling Stones must be loaded with money ;)
    svengurkon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song...my band is going to cover it.
    Atticanon January 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes, this papa is my inspiration (he-he).
    deadbeateron January 19, 2008   Link

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