My Sunday Song – “Mama Kin” by Aerosmith

For My Sunday Song #308, we are going back to the beginning with “Mama Kin” off Aerosmith’s debut album simply called ‘Aerosmith’. The song was not a single, but it was the B-Side of “Dream On”. “Mama Kin” is a staple in their live shows and one of the early so called “classic” Aerosmith songs. It is a song that Steven Tyler thought would make them rich and he believed it so much he had the title tattooed on his arm. That is confidence.

The song is about staying in touch with what drives you. According to Tyler, it is the “spiritual force that drives creativity and pleasure.”. Never loose sight of that and let it push you to accomplish everything you dreamed of doing. You could also read it in to it that it is telling you to keep in touch with your roots, where you came from and the family that supported you. Always reach out and drop them a line. Either way is great.

“Mama Kin” has a long intro into the song by Joe Perry with a killer riff and some solid bass lines by Hamilton. There is also a saxophone played throughout the song by David Woodford that really gives it more texture and flavor. The rhythm section on this one is the backbone, but those Perry riffs are also pretty killer. Tyler’s vocals are soulful and yet feel a little sleazy too and full of energy. It is a blast of a song.

Give the song a listen and let me know what you think. Is it one of their best? I don’t know, but it is pretty smokin’. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful and Happy Sunday!!

“Mama Kin”

It ain’t easy, livin’ like a gypsy
Tell ya, honey, how I feel
I’ve been dreaming
Floatin’ downstream and
Losin’ touch with all that’s real
Whole earth lover, keepin’ undercover
Never knowin’ where ya been
You been fadin’, always out paradin’
Keep in touch with Mama Kin

Well, you’ve always got your tail on the wag
Shootin’ fire from your mouth just like a dragon
You act like a perpetual drag
You better check it out
‘Cause someday soon you’ll have to climb back on the wagon

It ain’t easy, livin’ like you wanna
And it’s so hard to find piece of mind, yes it is
The way I see it, you’ve got to say shit
But don’t forget to drop me a line

Said you’re as bald as an egg at eighteen
And workin’ for you dad is just a drag, man
He still stuffs your mouth with your dreams
You better check it out
‘Cause someday soon you’ll have to climb back on the wagon

Keep in touch with Mama Kin
Tell her where you’ve gone and been
Livin’ out your fantasy
Sleepin’ late and smokin’ tea

Keep in touch with Mama Kin
Tell her where you’ve gone and been
Livin’ out your fantasy
Sleepin’ late and smokin’ tea

It ain’t easy, livin’ like ya wanna
And it’s so hard to find piece of mind, yes it is
The way I see it, you’ve got to say shit
But don’t forget to drop me a line

Said you’re as bald as an egg at eighteen
And workin’ for your dad is just a drag, man
He still stuffs your mouth with your dreams
You better check it out
‘Cause someday soon you’ll have to climb back on the wagon

Keep in touch with Mama Kin
Tell her where you’ve gone and been
Livin’ out your fantasy
Sleepin’ late and smokin’ tea

Keep in touch with Mama Kin
I said I tell her where you’ve gone and been
Livin’ out your fantasy
Sleepin’ late and smokin’ tea

Written by Steven Tyler

6 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Mama Kin” by Aerosmith

  1. Awesome song. I think it was the first one of the pre-80’s material that really kicked my ass when I heard it. (we’re getting past enough that point that I don’t really remember for sure but I’m pretty sure it stuck out to me big time). And yes, easily one of their best songs.

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