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The Temptations – Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone


Album: All Directions.
Released: 1972
Songwriter(s): Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
Recorded: 1971


The Temptations aka The Elgins

Otis Williams (1960–present)
Elbridge “Al” Bryant (1960–63)
Melvin Franklin (1960–95)
Eddie Kendricks (1960–71, 1982 reunion)
Paul Williams (1960–71)
David Ruffin (1964–68, 1982 reunion)
Dennis Edwards (1968–77, 1980–84, 1987–89)
Ricky Owens (1971)
Richard Street (1971–92)
Damon Harris (1971–75)
Glenn Leonard (1975–83)
Louis Price (1977–80)
Ron Tyson (1983–present)
Ali-Ollie Woodson (1984–87, 1989–97, 2002)
Theo Peoples (1992–98)
Ray Davis (1994–95)
Harry McGilberry (1995–2003)
Terry Weeks (1997–present)
Barrington “Bo” Henderson (1998–2003)
G. C. Cameron (2003–07)
Joe Herndon (2003–15)
Bruce Williamson (2007–15)
Larry Braggs (2016–present)
Willie Green (2016–present)


Text

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
Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever 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)
Wherever 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 storefront 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)
Wherever 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)
Wherever 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
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone
My daddy was
Papa was a rolling stone (yes he was, yeah)
Wherever he laid his hat was his home)
Songwriters: Barrett Strong / Norman Whitfield
Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


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