Want some whiskey in your water, sugar in your tea
What's all these crazy questions they askin' me
This is the craziest party there could ever be
Don't turn on the lights, 'cause I don't want to see

Mama told me not to come
Mama told me not to come
That ain't the way to have fun, no

Open up the window let some air into this room
I think I'm almost chokin' from the smell of stale perfume
And that cigarette you're smoking 'bout scared me half to death
Open up the window, sucker let me catch my breath

Mama told me not to come
Mama told me not to come
She said, that ain't the way to have fun, son
That ain't the way to have fun, son

The radio is blastin', smeone's knocking at the door
I'm lookin' at my girlfriend, she's passed out on the floor
I seen so many things I ain't never seen before
Don't know what it is, but I don't wanna see no more

Mama told me not to come
Mama told me not to come
She said, that ain't the way to have fun, son
That ain't the way to have fun, son


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    General CommentThere are some words missing in the refrain.
    It should read "That ain't no way to have fun, son."
    The words "no way" are missing each time a variation
    of the refrain is repeated.
    clowergeon January 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAlso, it should be "It scares me half to death" rather than "Don't scare me . . ." Anyway, I love this song. It's great.
    LittleBriddieon May 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was "that ain't THE way to have fun". I can hear it more clearly than I can hear "NO way"...

    And I don't think anyone can tell what he's saying when its "that cigarette your smokin', [blank] scare me half to death" cause it sounds like he was cut off. He definitly said "scare" without an "s", so I think "don't" makes more sense.

    It was great how this song was playing when I had sex with a 16 year old and my mom was like "don't do anything with her until she's 17!". It was ironic.

    Great, timeless party song. Who says "sucker" anymore, much less a white guy? Must've been from the ghetto.
    Shep420on August 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like this song.
    notFRANKon October 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHoly crap, two comments up for the best song of the 60s? What's up with that? Fantastic.
    T_D_Phoenixon November 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't worry about the meaning, i just sit back and listen to it...let the song wrap you in its warm embrace. Let the song be in control, not you
    Wedenfuddon February 05, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaningwell i see no one has actually commented on anything but how messed up the lyrics are, but i was wondering if this song could be about like a freak out or bad trip or something. .

    like the part:

    "The radio is blastin'
    Someone's knocking at the door
    I'm lookin' at my girlfriend
    She's passed out on the floor"

    and then:

    "I seen so many things
    I ain't never seen before
    Don't know what it is
    I don't wanna see no more"

    kinda sounding like hes had enough. . too many visuals. . and he just wants it to stop.

    anyone else?


    drummer4844on April 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song was written by Randy Newman as lightheared reflection of the LA party scene in the mid 1960's. I feel like it's pretty obvious what the song is about but it is in fact a damn song. Man, if only I were born in 1950 and not 1990, haha.

    But who knew Newman wrote it, just learned that today.
    bottlerocket88on March 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentScary tune!
    Ralfloron February 23, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationA kid goes to a party against his mother's advice, and is shocked by the drinking, smoking- and everything else that happens at a party. The police come to break it up.
    moriahreon November 22, 2013   Link

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