"Thank You Mama" is a track from The Promise
, which was produced by Ryder's friend and fellow Detroit native Don Was. Ryder, who is best known as the frontman of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels ("Devil With A Blue Dress
"), wrote this song about his parents. Ryder couldn't go to the funeral of either his mother of father, and says that a promoter even threatened to sue him if he went to this father's funeral. He says he wrote the song, "because I needed to get it out of my system. I never got to tell them thank you," he reveals, "because I needed to get it out of my system. I never got to tell them thank you."