(Hey mama) I wanna scream so loud for you, cause I'm so proud of you
Let me tell you what I'm about to do, (hey mama)
I know I act a fool but, I promise you I'm goin' back to school
I appreciate what you allowed for me
I just want you to be proud of me (hey mama)

I wanna tell the whole world about a friend of mine
This little light of mine and I'm finna let it shine
I'm finna take y'all back to them better times
I'm finna talk about my mama if y'all don't mind
I was three years old, when you and I moved to the Chi
Late December, harsh winter gave me a cold
You fixed me up something that was good for my soul
Famous homemade chicken soup, can I have another bowl?
You work late nights just to keep on the lights
Mommy got me training wheels so I could keep on my bike
And you would give anything in this world
Michael Jackson leather and a glove, but didn't give me a curl
And you never put no man over me
And I love you for that mommy can't you see?
Seven years old, caught you with tears in your eyes
'Cause a nigga cheatin', telling you lies, then I started to cry
As we knelt on the kitchen floor
I said mommy I'mma love you till you don't hurt no more
And when I'm older, you ain't gotta work no more
And I'mma get you that mansion that we couldn't afford
See you're, unbreakable, unmistakable
Highly capable, lady that's makin' loot
A livin' legend too, just look at what heaven do
Send us an angel, and I thank you (hey mama)

(Hey mama) I wanna scream so loud for you, cause I'm so proud of you
Let me tell you what I'm about to do, (hey mama)
I know I act a fool but, I promise you I'm goin' back to school
I appreciate what you allowed for me
I just want you to be proud of me (hey mama)

Forrest Gump mama said, life is like a box of chocolates
My mama told me go to school, get your doctorate
Somethin' to fall back on, you could profit with
But still supported me when I did the opposite
Now I feel like it's things I gotta get
Things I gotta do, just to prove to you
You was getting through, can the choir please
Give me a verse of "You Are So Beautiful To Me"
Can't you see, you're like a book of poetry
Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, turn one page and there's my mommy
Come on mommy just dance wit me, let the whole world see your dancing feet
Now when I say Hey, y'all say Mama, now everybody answer me (hey mama)

(Hey mama), I wanna scream so loud for you, cause I'm so proud of you
Let me tell you what I'm about to do, (hey mama)
I know I act a fool but, I promise you I'm goin' back to school
I appreciate what you allowed for me
I just want you to be proud of me (hey mama)

I guess it also depends though, if my ends low
Second they get up you gon' get that Benzo
Tint the windows, ride around the city and let ya friends know (hey mama)

Tell your job you gotta fake em out
Since you brought me in this world, let me take you out
To a restaurant, upper echelon
I'ma get you a jag, whatever else you want
Just tell me what kind of S-Type Donda West like?
Tell me the perfect color so I make it just right
It don't gotta be Mother's Day, or your birthday
For me to just call and say (hey mama)

(Hey mama), I wanna scream so loud for you, cause I'm so proud of you
Let me tell you what I'm about to do, (hey mama)
I know I act a fool but, I promise you I'm goin' back to school
I appreciate what you allowed for me
I just want you to be proud of me (hey mama)


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Hey Mama Lyrics as written by Kanye Omari West Donal Richard Leace

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    good song.

    BasedDiosaon February 26, 2005   Link
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    agreed. very good song.

    Immortal_Techniqueon August 28, 2005   Link
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    kanye west is the only rapper that can say Mommy and get away with it

    zeedeehobbson September 03, 2005   Link
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    well done for having the balls to say something like this kanye, proved once again you are a class above the rest

    (i know 2pac did a song called "dear mama", but he was equally fantastic)

    KurupTon September 11, 2005   Link
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    I LOVE this song! It means very much to me in so many ways. And I think I'm still gonna be listning to this song in 10-15 years. Well done Kanye!

    Tyler2004durdenon September 27, 2005   Link
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    this song is wicked, really makes you think about all the members in your family and how you treat them, obviousl especially your mother :)

    Jasoon October 21, 2005   Link
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    kanye saying "mommy" makes me smile. this song is beautiful and meaningful. its most deff. relatable and the beat it great. kanye west is awesome. la la la la la la la la hey momma

    EndlessSummeron November 06, 2005   Link
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    Agreed, I'm listening to this song now I love it.

    spooneyon December 06, 2005   Link
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    I love this song. Its stuck in my head andt I dont even care.

    celestshineon December 21, 2005   Link
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    Great song, what a shame Kanye decided to cancel this being a Single release.

    eddyosaysyoon December 31, 2005   Link

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