Mama Look A Boo Boo

Essential Harry Belafonte

I recently purchased The Essential Harry Belafonte, and in a collection full of great songs, one of my favourites is this one. There is no way any sane person with at least a hint of a sense of humour can fail to be tickled by this song.

Mama Look A Boo Boo

Artist: Harry Belafonte (peak Billboard position # 11 in 1957)
Words and Music by Lord Melody

I wonder why nobody don’t like me
Or is it the fact that I’m ugly?
I wonder why nobody don’t like me
Or is it the fact that I’m ugly?

I leave my whole house and home
My children don’t want me no more
Bad talk inside de house dey bring
And when I talk they start to sing:

Mama, look a boo-boo they shout
Their mother tell them shut up your mout’
That is your daddy, oh, no
My daddy can’t be ugly so

Shut your mout’, Go away
Mama, look at boo-boo dey
Shut your mout’, Go away
Mama, look at boo-boo dey

I couldn’t even digest me supper
Due to the children’s behavior
John (Yes, pa)-come here a moment
Bring de belt, you’re much too impudent
John says it’s James who started first
James tells the story in reverse
I drag my belt from off me waist
You should hear them screamin’ round de place

Mama, look at boo-boo they shout
Their mother tell them shut up your mout’
That is your daddy, oh, no
My daddy can’t be ugly so

Shut your mout’, Go away
Mama, look at boo-boo dey (uh)
Shut your mout’, Go away
Mama, look at boo-boo dey (uh)

So I began to question the mother
These children ain’t got no behavior
So I began to question the mother
These children ain’t got no behavior

They’re playing with you my wife declared
You should be proud of them, my dear
These children were taught too bloomin’ slack
That ain’t no kind of joke to crack

Mama, look at boo-boo they shout
Their mother tell them shut up your mout’
That is your daddy, oh, no
My daddy can’t be ugly so

Shut your mout’, Go away
Mama, look at boo-boo dey (uh)
Shut your mout’, Go away
Mama, look at boo-boo dey (uh)
Shut your mout’, Go away

Other songs I keep listening to on a loop include Coconut Woman, The Banana Boat Song (Day-O), Man Smart (Woman Smarter), Island In The Sun, Angelina, Jump In The Line, Jump Down Spin Around… etc.

Listening to Harry Belafonte on a slow day makes one feel like lying down in a hammock in the Carribbean, sipping pina colada and just… chillin’.

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