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I'M LIVIN' IN SHAME (Berry Gordy / Frank Wilson / Henry Cosby / Pam Sawyer / R. Dean Taylor) Diana Ross & The Andantes** - 1969 Mama was cookin' bread She wore a dirty raggedy scarf around her head Always had her stockin's 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 afraid That my uptown friends would see her Afraid one day when I was grown That I would be her In 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 Mama died on a weekend trip to Spain She never got out of the house Never even boarded a train Married a guy, was livin' high I didn't want him to know her She had a grandson two years old That I'd never even showed her I'm livin' in shame Mama, I miss you I know you're not to blame Mama, I miss you (Instrumental Break) Came a telegram Mama passed away while making home made jam Before she died She cried to see me by her side She always did her best Oh, cook and cleanin', always in the same old dress Workin' hard, down on her knees Always tryin' to please Mama, Mama, Mama can you hear me Mama, Mama, Mama can you hear me I'm livin' in shame Mama, I miss you I know you've done your best Mama, I miss you Won't you forgive me, Mama For all the wrong I've done I know you've done your best I know you've done the very best you could But I never understood Working hard, down on your knees Mama, you were always, always tryin' to please You were so good to me ........... FADE **Although this recording is credited to Diana Ross & The Supremes, Ross was actually backed by session singers Marlene Barrow, Jackie Hicks and Louvain Demps, collectively known as The Andantes. (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - June 2014)


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