“Mama”

“Mama”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Mel B
“Mama”

Written by Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), Victoria Adams Beckham (Posh Spice), Melanie C (Sporty Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice).
Recorded by the Spice Girls

All of the Spice Girls wrote “Mama.” It was, and is, a very special song to us. When we recorded it, we each went off to a different corner of the studio and wrote our own verses to our respective mothers. Mine was apologetic.

On the chorus, we all sang “Mama I love you, Mama I care…” It was simple and heartfelt, a universal emotion we shared. We wrote that around the piano with a guitar.

All five of us now have kids so the song has taken on a different meaning entirely. When we reunited for our last tour, we got our kids on the stage with us for that song. It crosses generations and has stood the test of time.

When we recorded it, we added a gospel choir at the end and filled it with harmonies.

I still get goose bumps when I hear it.

“Mama”

She used to be my only enemy and never let me free,

Catching me in places that I know I shouldn’t be,

Every other day I crossed the line,

I didn’t mean to be so bad,

I never thought you would

Become the friend I never had

Back then I didn’t know why,

Why you were misunderstood,

So now I see through your eyes,

all that you did was love,

Mama I love you, Mama I care,

Mama I love you, Mama my friend,

My friend

I didn’t want to hear it then but

I’m not ashamed to say it now,

Every little thing you said and did was right for me,

I had a lot of time to think about,

About the way I used to be,

Never had a sense of my responsibility.

Back then I didn’t know why,

Why you were misunderstood,

So now I see through your eyes,

All that you did was love,

Mama I love you, Mama I care,

Mama I love you, Mama my friend, My friend

But now I’m sure I know why,

Why you were misunderstood,

So now I see through your eyes,

All I can give you is love,

Mama I love you, Mama I care,

Mama I love you, Mama my friend,

My friend

Mama I love you, Mama I care,

Mama I love you, Mama my friend,

You’re my friend.

Words and Music by Geri Halliwell, Emma Lee Bunton, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Victoria Beckham, Matthew Rowebottom and Richard Stannard. © 1996 EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD. and UNIVERSAL - POLYGRAM INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING INC. All Rights for EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD. in the U.S. and Canada Controlled and Administered by EMI FULL KEEL MUSIC. All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Used by Permission. Photo credit Mick Hutson, Redferns

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