информация о песне

Авторство
Norman Whitfield
Barrett Strong
Recorded
The Undisputed Truth
1972 [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/00.mp3]
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Релизы The Undisputed Truth

The Undisputed Truth
single (Gordy)
A: Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone
B: Friendship Train
9 мая 1972
Релизы The Temptations

The Temptations
LP «ALL DIRECTIONS» (Gordy)
август 1972[audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1972-01.mp3]

The Temptations
single (Gordy)
28 сентября 1972
A: Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone[audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/01.mp3] B: Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (Instrumental)[audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/02.mp3]
Papa Was A Rollin' Stone в Топах

USA HOT 100 #68 (The Undisputed Truth)
#1 (The Temptations)

UK TOP 40

Rollin Stone Magazine’s
500 Greatest Songs
168

Песня в стиле soul «Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone» была написана композитором Motown Norman Whitfield c Barrett Strong для группы The Undisputed Truth.
В начале 1972-го года вышел сингл с записью этой песни, но подняться в американском чарте выше 63-го места ей было не суждено.
Может именно вследствие этой неудачи «Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone», была переписана Whitfield для группы The Temptations, которая сначала  в виде 11-45-минутной композиции вошла в альбом All Directions., а затем в виде укороченной версии вышла синглом.
На b-side сингла была записана инструментальная версия.  Она также стала очень популярной и завоевала «Грэмми» в 1973-м году за лучшую инструментальную запись.
Вокалист The Temptations Dennis Edwards, первый исполнивший «Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone», ненавидел эту песню. Его отец, который был проповедником, умер 3 сентября, в день даты из первой строчки песни. Он был недоволен Whitfield выбором этой даты и был убежден, что это было не случайно.
лирика и перевод

PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE

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 nothing but bad things about him.
Mama, I’m depending on you, tell me the truth.
And Mama just hung her head and said,
«Son, Papa was a Rollin stone.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was ALONE.»
«Papa was a Rollin stone, my son. Wherever he laid his hat was his home. (And when he died) All he left us was ALONE.»
Well, well.
Hey Mama, is it true what they say,
that Papa never worked a day in his life?
And Mama, bad talk going around town
saying that Papa had three outside children and another wife.
And that ain’t right.
HEARD SOME talk about Papa doing some store front preaching.
TalkIN about saving souls and all the time leeching.
Dealing in debt and stealing in the name of the Lord.
Mama just hung her head and said,
«Papa was a Rollin 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 Rollin stone.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was ALONE.»
Uh!
Hey Mama, I heard Papa call himself a jack of all trade.
Tell me is that what sent Papa to an early grave?
Folk say Papa would beg, borrow, steal to pay his bill.
Hey Mama, folk say that Papa was never much on thinking.
Spent most of his time chasing women and drinking.
Mama, I’m depending on you to tell me the truth.
Mama looked up with a tear in her eye and said,
«Son, Papa was a Rollin stone. (Well, well, well, well)
Wherever he laid his hat was his home. (And when he died) All he left us was ALONE.»
«Papa was a Rollin stone.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was ALONE.»
«I said, Papa was a Rollin stone.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was ALONE.»

кавер-версии и ремиксы
1963-1976

01. The Temptations (1972) soul [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1972-01.mp3] 02. The Pioneers (1973) reggae [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1973-01.mp3] 03. Gene Ammons (1973) jazz [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1973-02.mp3] 04. Big Youth (1973) reggae [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1973-03.mp3] 05. Sidney, George and Jackie (1973) reggae [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1973-04.mp3] 06. Fausto Papetti (1973) instrumental [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1973-05.mp3] 07. Roy Ayers Ubiquity (1973) funk/jazz [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1973-06.mp3] 08. King Kong (1974) funk [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1974-01.mp3] 09. Olaf Stiletti (1974) jazz [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1974-02.mp3]

up 1976

10. Bill «Wolf» Wolfer (1982) electronic [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1982-01.mp3] 11. Was (Not Was) (1990) soul/rap [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1990-01.mp3] 12. South Central Cartel (1992) hip-hop [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1992-01.mp3] 13. Regina Carter (1999) jazz [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/1999-01.mp3] 14. Chris Ardoin And Double Clutchin’ (2000) ethnic [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2000-01.mp3] 15. Lee Ritenour, Lisa Fischer, Chris Botti (2003) jazz [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2003-01.mp3] 16. Mauk (2005) sountrack [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2005-01.mp3] 17. Lee Ritenour (2005) soul [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2005-02.mp3] 18. Rare Earth (2005) soul/funk [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2005-03.mp3] 19. Peter Cox (2006) pop [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2006-01.mp3] 20. Gilbert Montagne (2006) pop [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2006-02.mp3] 21. Sweethearts (2008) funk [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2008-01.mp3] 22. Russell Watson (2008) crossover [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2008-02.mp3] 23. Billy Walton Band (2009) blues [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2009-01.mp3] 24. Allen Hoist (2009) soul [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2009-02.mp3] 25. Allison Iraheta (2009) dance [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2009-03.mp3] 26. Phil Collins (2010) posoulb [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2010-01.mp3] 27. Craig David (2010) R&B/dance [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2010-02.mp3] 28. Papa John Defrancesco (2011) jazz [audio:02/Papa Was A Rollin Stone/2011-01.mp3]

видео
1963-1976
Stevie Wonder (live, 1972)
The Jackson 5 (live in Las Vegas, 1974)

up 1976
Jeff Wyatt (at Rossini’s jazz club in Vancouver on April 21st, 2010)