The Dream Syndicate – Papa Was a Rolling Stone
Genre Rock

LYRIC
Papa Was a Rolling Stone

Verse 1Dennis Edwards

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
[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
Well, well

Verse 2Dennis Edwards, Melvin Williams and Richard Street

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
I heard them talking 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

Chorus

[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] dadgummit
[Wherever he laid his hat was his home
[And when he died] all he left us was [alone
Uhh!

Verse 3Damon Harris and Richard Street

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

Chorus

[Papa was a rolling stone] well well well well
[Wherever he laid his hat was his home] hey yeah huh
[And when he died] all he left us was alone lone lone lone alone
[Papa was a rolling stone] huh huh huh huh huh huh
[Wherever he laid his hat was his home] hey yeah
[And when he died] all he left us was alone
I say yeah

Hook

[Papa was a rolling stone] yes he was
[Wherever he laid his hat was his home] huh huh huh
[And when he died] all he left us was alone
My daddy was
[Papa was a rolling stone] yes he was hey yeah
[Wherever he laid his hat was his home]

Outro

Ahhhh ha ha

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