"Mama Kin" as written by and Steven Tyler....
It ain't easy, livin' like a gypsy.
Tell ya, honey, how I feel.
I've been dreaming,
Floatin' down stream and
Losin' touch with all that is real.
Whole earth lover, keepin' under cover
Never knowin' where ya been.
You've been fadin', always out paradin'.
Keepin' touch with Mama Kin.

Well you've always got your tail on the wag.
Shootin' fire from your mouth just like a dragon.
You act like a perpetual drag.
You better check it out,
Or someday soon you'll have to climb back on the wagon.

It ain't easy, livin' like ya want to,
And it's so hard to find piece of mind. Yes it is.
The way I see it, you've got to say shit.
But don't forget to drop me a line.

Said you're as bald as an egg at eighteen.
And workin' for you dad is just a drag.
He still stuffs your mouth with your dreams.
You better check it out,
Or someday soon you'll have to climb back on the wagon.

Keepin' touch with Mama Kin.
Tell her where you've gone and been.
Livin' out your fantasy,
Sleeping late and smoking tea.

Keepin' touch with Mama Kin.
Tell her where you've gone and been.
Livin' out your fantasy,
Sleeping late and smoking tea.

It ain't easy, livin' like ya want to,
And it's so hard to find piece of mind. Yes it is.


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"Mama Kin" as written by Steven Tyler

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  • +1
    General CommentBest Aerosmith song, Hands down. Steve, I want to plow your daughter. Thank you and good night.
    irish_deftone6on December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the best aerosmith songs ever
    DazzdNCnfusedon June 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdef. some kick ass aerosmith here...
    scorchoon August 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love the piano in this too
    Aerobabeon March 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't hear any piano in the studio version, Aerobabe. Is it really low in the mix?
    MillasLoveron April 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commenton 'a little south of sanity' u can hear it :) especially in a part in the beginning
    Aerobabeon May 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIMHO...possibly the best rock anthem of all time...and only six posts thus far?
    Admanon February 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHey Irish deftone 6, I agree with you. Liv tyler......whoah! But no one hear has really got down to mentioning what they felt the lyrics meant. It's about living the life that you want to & not playing to another person's idea. It's about doing whatever YOU want & what YOU feel you need, without giving a shit about what the others do.
    Dhruvaon June 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about drugs. During the A Little South of Sanity version, Steven even changes the lyrics to "Sleepin' late and Suckin' weed."

    and this phrase right here:
    "It ain't easy livin' like you wanna
    It's so hard to find peace of mind. Yes it is
    The way I see it you've got to say shit
    But don't forget to drop me a line"
    that could be taken as doing a drug deal. you wanna find peace of mind, which is a reason to get high. you dont have to tell the dealer anything, but just 'drop him a line' whenever you need more.

    i also think its about someone else who stopped/doesnt do drugs bc theyre going after the dreams. steven basically replies with, watch out or you might end up on the drug bandwagon. once again, this is the 70's....everyone was doing it.
    if you look closely you can find more drug references thoughtout the rest of the song.
    SurfSwell3on December 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commenta bit off topic, but has anyone else heard this song played on the radio for years and years without any edit? is it because he says "sheee-it" instead of "shit"? I can't imagine the FCC under the current administration letting that go. I haven't found any discussion of it anywhere on the web.
    superman9kon January 06, 2006   Link

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