Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – Temptations

“Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” Lyrics

It was the third of September
That day I’ll always remember, yes I will
‘Cause that was the day that my daddy died

I never got a chance to see him
Never heard nothin’ but bad things about him
Mama, I’m depending on you to tell me the truth
Mama just hung her head and said
 
“Son, papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was alone

Papa was a rolling stone, my son
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was alone
 
Hey Mama, is it true what they say
That papa never worked a day in his life?
And Mama, some bad talk going around town
Saying that papa had three outside children
And another wife and that ain’t right
 
I heard some talk about papa doing some storefront preaching
Talking about saving souls and all the time leeching
Dealing in debt and stealing in the name of the Lord
Mama just hung her head and said
 
“Papa was a rolling stone, my son
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was alone

Hey, papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was alone”
 
Hey Mama, I heard papa called himself a jack of all trades
Tell me is that what sent papa to an early grave?
Folks say papa would beg, borrow, steal to pay his bills
Hey Mama, folks say papa never was much on thinking
Spent most of his time chasing women and drinking
Mama, I’m depending on you to tell me the truth
Mama looked up with a tear in her eye and said
 
“Son, papa was a rolling stone
(Well, well, well, well)
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was alone, ‘lone, ‘lone, ‘lone, ‘lone
Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was alone”
I said
 
“Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
(And when he died)
All he left us was alone”

Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home