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The Shirelles Mama Said

Girl Groups

Mama said there’d be days like this. Oh yes, she did. The song , which was written by Luther Dixon and Willie Denson, was released in 1961. The Shirelles, those ladies from Passaic, New Jersey, sing so beautifully. “Mama Said” went #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B Chart. It is one of the golden oldies classics. There have been numerous covers, including versions by American Spring, Melanie, Dusty Springfield, The Stereos, and Dionne Bromfield. And the song inspired Van Morrison’s “Days Like This.”

The group members of The Shirelles were Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Beverly Lee and Micki Harris. They were one of the great girl groups.

Here are the lyrics to “Mama Said” by The Shirelles:

Mama said there’ll be days like this
There’ll be days like this mama said
(Mama said, mama said)
Mama said there’ll be days like this
There’ll be days like this my mama said
(Mama said, mama said)

I went walking the other day
Everything was going fine
I met a little boy named Billy Joe
And then almost lost my mind

Mama said there’ll be days like this
There’ll be days like this my mama said
(Mama said, mama said)
Mama said there’ll be days like this

There’ll be days like this my mama said
My eyes are wide open, but all that I can see is
Chapel bells are callin’ for everyone but a me
But I don’t worry ’cause

Mama said there’ll be days like this
There’ll be days like this my mama said
(Mama said, mama said)
Mama said there’ll be days like this

There’ll be days like this my mama said
And then she said someone will look at me
Like I’m looking at you one day, then I might find
I don’t want it any old way, so I don’t worry ’cause

Mama said there’ll be days like this
There’ll be days like this my mama said
(Mama said, mama said)
Mama said there’ll be days like this

There’ll be days like this my mama said
Mama said, mama said
Hey, don’t you worry
Mama said, mama said

Hey, don’t you worry now
Mama said, mama said
Hey, hey…”

If you are interested in reading about and listening to other songs by The Shirelles: “Soldier Boy,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Foolish Little Girl,” and “Baby It’s You.”

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