Mom was cooking bread She wore a dirty raggety scarf around her head Always had her stockings low Rolled to her feet, she just didn't know She wore a sloppy dress Oh no matter how she tried, she always looked a mess Out of the pot she ate, never used a fork or a dinner plate I was always so ashamed for my uptown friends to see her Afraid one day when I was grown that I would be her
In a college town, away from home, a new identity I found Said I was born elite, with maids and servants at my feet I must have been insane I lied and said my mom died on a weekend trip to Spain She never got out of the house, never even boarded a train I married a guy, was livin' high I didn't want him to know her She had a grandson, two years old I never even showed her
I'm livin' in shame, Momma, I miss you I know you are not to blame, Momma, I miss you
Came the telegram Mom passed away while making homemade jam Before she died, she cried to see me by her side She always did her best, ah! cookin', cleanin' Always in the same old dress Workin' hard down on her knees Always try'n to please Momma! Momma! Momma, do you hear me Momma! Momma! Momma, do you hear me
I'm livin' in shame, Momma, I miss you I know you've done your best Momma, I miss you Won't you forgive me Momma For all the wrong I've done I know you have done your best I know you have done your very best you could But I never understood Workin' hard on your knees Momma, you were always, always tryin' to please
Writer/s: BERRY GORDY JR, BERRY JR GORDY, FRANK EDWARD WILSON, HENRY COSBY, PAMELA JOAN SAWYER, R. DEAN TAYLOR
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 5th 1969, Diana Ross & the Supremes debut their latest single, "I'm Livin' In Shame", on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'... Two weeks later on January 19th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 16th it peaked at #10 (for 1 week) and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100... Neither Mary Wilson or Cindy Birdsong sang back-up on the record, that was provided by the Andantes... On the same Sullivan show the trio sang "Love Child", which peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) starting on November 24th, 1968... R.I.P. Mr. Sullivan (1901 - 1974) and Diana Ross will celebrate her 70th birthday in two months on March 26th.
Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesEither she won a scholarship or Mama had been putting money into a college fund all those years. In either case, Mama was doing something right.
Kristin from Bessemer, AlMary Wilson commented in her best-seller "Dreamgirl" that she does not appear on this record. In fact, after Flo Ballard was dismissed from the Supremes, Wilson and new member Cindy Birdsong did not appear on any single releases with Diana Ross, except those releases performed with the Temptations.
Howard from St. Louis Park, MnThis was an outstanding Motown storysong. It would also have made a great country song since it reflected real-life.
It was never a big hit, but "She's A Rainbow" became one of the most popular Rolling Stones songs in the digital age when it started showing up in commercials (iMac, Photoshop), and TV shows (American Horror Story: Coven, Ted Lasso).