MAMA DON'T ALLOW (Traditional) The writing credit for this song is sometimes attributed to Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, who recorded the piano solo "Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here" in 1929, but it seems to be based on the earlier songs, "Mr. Crump Don't Allow No Easy Riders" (from 1907) and "Mama Don't Allow No Low Down Hangin' Around"). Papa Charlie Jackson - 1925 Riley Puckett - 1928 Tampa Red & His Hokum Jug Band - 1929 Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers - 1935 Smiley Burnette (feat. in the cartoon film "The Kids In The Shoe") - 1935 Washboard Sam - 1935 Connee Boswell - 1936 Ted Wallace & His Swing Music - 1936 Tennessee Ernie Ford - 1953 The Limeliters - 1961 The Rivieras - 1964 The Rooftop Singers - 1964 The Stonemans - 1978 J.J. Cale - 1981 Linda Arnold - 1984 The Ricochets - 1984 Rebecca Kilgore & Dan Barrett - 2000 Also recorded by: Big Bill Broonzy; Sonny Stewart; Katie Webster; George Lewis; Jim Smoak; Spade Cooley; Ken Colyer; George Melly; Eddie Zip; Doc Watson; Bobby Mitchell; Bo Diddley; The Stanley Brothers; Hank Thompson; The Ink Spots; Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys; Chris Barber; Steve Goodman; Papa Bue & Champion Jack Dupree; Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs ........ and many others. As recorded by SMILEY BURNETTE: My Mama don't allow no music played in here She don't allow no music in here But what I care what she don't allow I'll play my music anyhow My Mama don't allow no music played in here Now my Mama don't allow no piano playin' in here She don't allow no piano playin' in here But what I care what she don't allow I'll play my piana anyhow (Piano solo) Now my Mama don't allow no guitars in here She don't allow no git-fiddles in here But I don't care what she don't allow I'll play my guitar anyhow (Guitar solo) My Mama don't allow no music in here Mama don't allow no music in here But what I care what she don't allow I'll play my music anyhow My Mama don't allow no music in here Now she don't allow no Jew's harp in here No, Mama don't allow no Jew's harp in here But what I care what she don't allow Just play my Jew's harp anyhow (Jew's harp solo) Now my Mama don't allow no harmonica playin' in here She don't allow no harmonica playin' in here But what I care what she don't allow I'll play my harmonica anyhow (Harmonica solo) (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2012) ************************* As recorded by WASHBOARD SAM: Yes, Mama don't 'low no necklace-showin' in here Yes, Mama don't 'low no necklace-showin' in here Says we don't care what the mama don't 'low We gon' show our necklace anyhow Mama don't 'low no necklace-showin' in here Yes, Mama don't 'low no guitar playin' in here Yes, Mama don't 'low no guitar playin' in here Says we don't care what the mama don't 'low We gon' play our guitars anyhow Mama don't 'low no guitar playin' in here SPOKEN: Mama don't 'low no guitar-playin' in here. Play your guitar, Mister Big Bill. Mama don't 'low no struttin' in here Yes, Mama don't 'low no struttin' in here Says we don't care what the mama don't 'low. We gon' strut our stuff anyhow Mama don't 'low no struttin' in here Yes, Mama don't 'low no shimmy-shakin' here Yes, Mama don't 'low no shimmy-shakin' here Says we don't care what the mama don't 'low We gon' shake our shimmy anyhow Mama don't 'low no shimmy-shakin' here SPOKEN: Mama don't 'low no shimmy-shakin' here. You can't shake your shimmy, shake some'n' else. Play it, Mister Bob. Yes, Mama don't 'low no breakin' down in here Yes, Mama don't 'low no breakin' down in here Says we don't care what the mama don't 'low We gon' break 'em down anyhow Mama don't 'low no breakin' down in here Yes, Mama don't 'low no easy-woodlin' here Yes, Mama don't 'low no easy-woodlin' here Says we don't care what the mama don't 'low We gon' easy-woodle anyhow Mama don't 'low no easy-woodlin' here ************************* Alternate version recorded by WASHBOARD SAM: Ah, Mama don't 'low no wigglin'-wobblin' here No, Mama don't 'low no wigglin'-wobblin' here Oh, we don't care what the mama don't 'low We gon' wiggle-walk anyhow Mama don't 'low no wigglin'-wobblin' here No, Mama don't 'low no rough stuff in here Oh, Mama don't 'low no rough stuff in here Oh, we don't care what the mama don't 'low We gon' do rough stuff anyhow Mama don't 'low no rough stuff in here No, Mama don't 'low no booglin'-wooglin' here Oh, Mama don't 'low no booglin'-wooglin' here Oh, we don't care what the mama don't 'low We gon' boogie-woogie anyhow Mama don't 'low no boogie-woogin' here SPOKEN: Come on, Bill. We'll go down to Five-Oh-Nine. I know where we can boogie-woogie. Mama don't allow it here. Oh, Mama don't 'low no be-bop-nah-boh-bop-nah-boo Oh, Mama don't 'low no be-bop-nah-boh-bop-nah-boo Oh, we don't care what the mama don't 'low We gon' be-bop anyhow Mama don't 'low no be-bop-nah-boh-bop in here Yes, Mama don't 'low no boy-girls in here Oh, Mama don't 'low no boy-girls in here We don't care what the mama don't 'low Boy-girls comin' in here anyhow Mama don't 'low no boy-girls in here Yes, Mama don't 'low no whiskey drinkin' here Oh, Mama don't 'low no whiskey drinkin' here. Oh, we don't care what the mama don't 'low We gon' drink our whiskey anyhow Mama don't 'low no whiskey drinkin' here SPOKEN: Come on, Louie. You got a bottle in your pocket? We'll go outside an' drink our liquor. Mama don't allow it here. Oh, Mama don't 'low no washboard playin' here Oh, Mama don't 'low no washboard playin' here Oh, we don't care what the mama don't 'low We gon' play washboards anyhow Mama don't 'low no washboards in here ************************* As recorded by CONNEE BOSWELL: Oh, mama don't allow no music played in here, Mama don't allow no music played in here, I don't care what mama don't allow, Gonna play my music anyhow! Mama don't allow no music played in here! I bin you yelling when I said That mama don't allow no swing music in here, Mama don't allow no swing music in here, Was from heaven, rare rare, Now look, you got me doin' it boy! Mama don't allow no swing music in here! Now mama don't allow no drummer man in here, Said mama don't allow no drummer man in here, Mama said that you're gonna go boom If she should catch you in this room! Mama don't allow no drummer man in here! Mama don't allow no guitar playin' in here, Mama don't allow no guitar playin' in here, Now it make no difference if you're sharp or flat, Oh boy, whoa! Mama don't allow no guitar playin' in here! Look out boys, here comes mama! (What's that mean?) What's that mean? Mama don't allow no music played in here!, (Transcribed by Peter Akers - July 2012) ************************* As recorded by J.J. CALE: Yeah, Mama don't allow no guitar playin' 'round here Yeah, Mama don't allow no guitar playin' around here I don't care what mama don't allow I'll play my guitar anyhow Mama don't allow no guitar playing 'round here Mama don't allow no bass in this place Yeah, Mama don't allow no bass in this place I don't care what Mama don't allow I'll play my bass anyhow Mama don't allow no bass in this place Yeah, Mama don't allow no drummin' goin' on Yeah, Mama don't allow no drummin' goin' on I don't care what Mama don't allow Gonna play my drums anyhow Mama don't allow no drummin' goin' on (Instrumental Break) Yeah, Mama don't allow no piano players in here Mama don't allow no piano players in here I don't care what Mama don't allow Gonna play my piano anyhow Mama don't allow no piano players in here (Instrumental Break) Yeah, Mama don't allow no reefer-smokin' 'round about Yeah, Mama don't allow no reefer-smokin' 'round about Yeah, I don't care what Mama don't allow I'm gonna smoke my reefer anyhow Mama don't allow no reefer in here (Instrumental Break) Mama don't allow us all playin' at the same time Mama don't allow us all playin' at the same time I don't care what Mama don't allow We're all gonna play all at the same time anyhow Mama don't allow us all playin' at the same time (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2012) ************************* NB: The song can be altered to suit the make-up of the band that is singing it, or current events, or anything else for that matter. Some examples of alternate verses...... Mama don't allow no banjo playin' 'round here Mama don't 'low no bass playin' 'round here Mama don't allow no fiddle playin' 'round here Mama don't allow no steel playin' 'round here Mama don't allow no mandolin playin' 'round here Mama don't allow no jug band music 'round here Mama don't allow no hand clappin' `round here Mama don't allow no foot stompin' `round here Mama don't allow no cigar smokin' 'round here Mama don't allow no midnight ramblin' 'round here Mama don't allow no talkin' 'round here Mama don't allow no singin' 'round here Mama don't allow no nuclear testin' 'round here Mama don't allow no anarchism 'round here Mama don't allow no pacifism 'round here Mama don't allow no uppity airs 'round here ************************* MAMA DON'T ALLOW NO EASY RIDERS HERE As recorded by Tampa Red & His Hokum Jug Band: I said, Mama don't 'low no easy ridin' in here Mama don't 'low no easy ridin' in here Lord, child, we don't care what Mama don't 'low We gonna boot that thing anyhow But Mama don't allow no easy ridin' in here I said Mama don't 'low no jug-knockin' in here Mama don't 'low no jug-knockin' in here Brother, I don't care what Mama don't low I'm gon' knock one jug anyhow But Mama don't 'low no jug-knockin' in here Mama don't 'low no cow-cow-cowin' in here I said, Mama don't 'low no cow-cow-cowin' in here Honey, we don't care what mama don' 'low I'm 'on' cow-cow-cow once anyhow But Mama don't allow no cow-cow-cowin' in here ************************* MAMA DON'T ALLOW NO LOW-DOWN HANGIN' AROUND As recorded by Byrd Moore: Mama don't 'low them kids that don't care Papa don't 'low that I won't a-have it here Mama don't 'low no low-down hangin' around I don't care what a-Mama don't 'low Gonna have my fun, oh, anyhow Mama don't 'low no low-down hangin' around Told me, honey, that you'd be true Sit right close, don't let the sun shine through Mama don't 'low no low-down hangin' around Up in the mornin', oh, please don't rain I looked in the pantry, see the same old thing Mama don't 'low no low-down hangin' around I don't care what-ta Mama don't 'low Gonna have my fun, oh, anyhow Mama don't 'low no low-down hangin' around Told me, honey, like to change your name Oh, quit your worrying, or you won't see me again Mama don't 'low no low-down hangin' around I don't care what a-Mama don't 'low Gonna have my fun, oh, anyhow Mama don't 'low no low-down hangin' around Told me, honey, that you'd be true Sit right close, don't let the sun shine through Mama don't 'low no low-down hangin' around Mama don't 'low them kids that don't care Papa don't 'low that I won't-a-have it here Mama don't 'low no low-down hangin' around Mama don't 'low them kids that don't care Papa don't 'low that I won't-a-have it here Mama don't 'low no low-down hangin' around I don't care what-ta Mama don't 'low Gonna have my fun anyhow Mama don't 'low no low-down hangin' around *************************