Charles, Ray - Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma Lyrics




Hello mama, hello mama it's me
How you feeling mama?
Hm-hmm, that's alright
I've got something I want to talk to you about
If you don't mind
And I ain't mad, mama, no, no no no
Wait a minute, listen mama
Look what they done to my song, ma
Look what they done to my song, ma
The only thing I could do half right and now it's turning out all wrong, mama
Look what they done to my song
Now listen if you please
Wish I could find a good book, I'd like to live in the thing now
Wish I could find a good book, now, hey hey hey
If I could find a real good book, you know I,
I'd never have to come out and look
At what they done to my song
Look what they done to my brain, ma
Look what they done to my brain
Oh mama, it's a shame, you won't believe this, but it's true
They picked it like a chicken bone and I'm-ah, just about to go insane mama
Look what they done to my brain
Now girls, if you don't mind, I'd like to hear that some French
Ils ont change ma chanson, ma
(ooh, not bad)
Ils ont change ma chanson
(uh-huh. Let me see here {franglish gibberish})
Ils ont change ma chanson
(My French must be pretty bad, I better do this in English)
Look what they done to my song, ma
Look what they done to my song ma
Put it in a plastic bag and they turned the bag upside down ma
Look what they done to my song

[Scat]

Maybe it's alright
Maybe it's OK, I don't know
But I tell ya
If my tears were money, I'd be a millionaire today
You know, the only thing I get to have right, now it's turning out all wrong, mama
You can't believe what they've done to my song ma, that I wrote myself
They put it in a plastic bag and they turned the bag upside down, mama
Lord, if I could find a good book,
I'd never have to come out and look at, uh
What they trying to do to my brain
It's a shame mama, you see they
They done pick it like a chicken bone
And I'm-ah just about to go insane
I'm insane, insane, mama
I'm going crazy, mama, that's what it is
Lord knows I don't care what they done to my song
No, I don't care about that, but see
The main thing, mama
What they trying to do to me
You see, well they stole everything I had, mama
And they made a million with it, and you know that hurts
But oh, I'm gonna keep on working on the building,
Just like you taught me, mama
Whoah, yes I will, yes I will, yeah

[Scat, Fade To End]





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Charles, Ray Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma Comments
  1. Pamela Mays

    Love this version!

  2. Ron C

    A nice compliment to Melanie.

  3. dbooth56

    I love Ray Charles. I hate this cover.

  4. rainabird123

    The people that don't understand Ray's version probably are not black. Just saying. Black folks need to be happy and positive when singing and celebrating because almost every other aspect of life is negative....especially in Ray's time and era.

  5. Wolfgang Falck

    What a fresh approach trying to own this song. At least this Cover has an original new feel.

  6. Cygnus Floyd

    Melanie did write it. Ray covered it.

  7. To Rog

    To some of you; do you know what Ray might possibly mean??? It may be just more than a rendition of someone else's song for him and others.

  8. Sandra D

    Ray C did an awesome cover here

  9. Molly _

    I guess it's like one of those remastered movies that seem terrible when compared to the original, but are great by themselves. I, personally, think both are wonderful. But no, I don't think he really had her feelings in mind when he wrote this, either. :P

  10. howie9751

    @Zoe Simmons Sorry, it is Melanie's song. She wrote it. The New Seekers covered had the hit with it because Melanie didn't release it as a single.

  11. Patricia Monroe

    this isn't Melanie's song, she just covered it e.e

    whiteray1

    Check the writing credit on the label here.

    Kavya Nair

    This is Melanie's song!

  12. Manuel Farinelli

    Excellent rendition!! :)

  13. howie9751

    Does he even understand the feeling Melanie was writing about?

    Rodrick Dubose

    Are you nuts?