What does Mama mean?

Search Login

Genesis: Mama Meaning

Song Released: 1983



Mama Lyrics

Play "Mama"
on Amazon Music

I can’t see you mama
But I can hardly wait
Ooh to touch and to feel you mama
Oh I just can’t keep away
In the heat and the steam of the city
Oh it’s got me running and I just can’t brake
So say you’ll help me mama
Cos it’s getting so hard...

  1.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Aug 22nd, 8:09am report


    For the person that said Phil wasn't perverted. Shut up and watch the no ticket required video (specifically the part before he sings "thru these walls"...another brilliant song). You're also probably in the group of people that thinks Phil Collins stood there and watched some guy watch another guy drown, then invited him to the concert and sang "in the air tonight" to him.



  2.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jun 23rd, 6:03am report


    This is definitely a song about a person whose mother has neglected and ignored him and his needs growing up and into adulthood... why else would you be singing about your mama in any other Context it would be perverted Phil Collins is not perverted in anyway and was way ahead of his time... way way ahead of his time some people wouldn't even get what he singing about now... look up personality disorders and what creates these people that have been abused by The Very people that are supposed to care and love them.. and people have said that Phil Collins songs have no meaning.. thank you Mr Collins for your superb contribution.



  3.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Oct 7th, 2018 10:34pm report


    The deep deep need for love, and only getting pleasure. Nothing filling in the hole in his heart. Needing the human touch badly, but overall consuming the worldly things around him.almost getting getting it, but never reaches it.



  4.  

    KaJo
    click a star to vote
    Jan 30th, 2018 1:57pm report


    I see a lot of opinions that are very viable, but the anonymous poster in 2004 correctly cited Phil Collins' interview and the meaning behind the song. That being said I loved this song the first time I ever heard it, when this album was released 2 years before I graduated high school in 1983 (yeah I am OLD lol) and I still love it to this very day, it was just so kick-@ss how could anyone not love it??



  5.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jun 28th, 2017 6:25am report


    Drug addiction.



  6.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jan 19th, 2016 1:18am report


    Phil has said many times it's about a man who falls in love with a Prostitute who won't return his affections (google it).



  7.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jun 1st, 2012 6:11am report


    Haha, obviously I misundersdood this song completely.
    I always thought its about an spoiled boy (about 20) who is scared of the true life ("Its so hot") and wants his mother to help him.



  8.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jan 20th, 2012 1:12pm report


    As I recall hearing in an interview nearly 30 years ago now at the beginning of the 1983 tour, Phil Collins mentioned that it was about a man who as a young boy was abused, neglected, and abandoned by his mother. This destroyed his ability to have a meaningful relationship with women, and in fact creates an obsessive-compulsive drive to at once seek refuge in the arms of prostitutes, while also feeling tremendous rage towards all women and wanting to strike out violently at the women for whose services he is paying.



  9.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jun 25th, 2011 6:31am report


    Some reports say it's a song about a man who falls in love with a prostitute who won't return his affections. This turns into an oedipus complex (sexual desire for one's own mother) and he becomes possessive and obsessive which is why he has to constantly tell her, "Now I won't hurt you mama." The reason why "it's getting so hard" not to hurt her is because she spurns him. He's battling with this ever growing passion within himself which comes out as a twisted, "Heh, heh, heh, heh...oowww." Supposedly, Collins was inspired to write the song after reading a book about the same subject by David Nivens.



  10.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jun 3rd, 2011 6:52pm report


    I agree with the other anonymous person saying the song is about a man hurting so bad he wants to die but he doesn't want to hurt his Mother, and NOTHING else. It's nice to see someone's comment with a sober mind. Thanks.



  11.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Apr 27th, 2011 4:31am report


    I just want to stick this thought out there, has anyone ever considered the man feel in love with a woman that is a Mama?



  12.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Apr 3rd, 2011 4:27pm report


    The song is about a man wishing to kill himself....The pain in his life is to overwhelming but he cannot kill himself while his mother is still alive. "I won't hurt you mama but it's getting so hard..."



  13.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Dec 25th, 2010 12:53pm report


    I always thought it was about drug addiction and a man pleading with his mama not to leave him!! If it is about sex I am disappointed indeed!!



  14.  

    squonk
    click a star to vote
    Apr 30th, 2010 4:33am report


    It's about abortion and the living baby inside the womb.



  15.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Oct 23rd, 2004 10:10pm report


    When I first heard this song, I thought it was from the perspective of a baby about to be killed in an abortion, and he's pleading with his mother to let him live. Lyrics like "Mama, you're takin' away my last chance, don't take it away, can't you feel my heart?" really suggested that, and also in the song was "My eyes, they're burning Mama, and my body begins to shake" which suggested the effects on a baby when it's killed by saline. From this perspective, the song's really creepy.

    But later I found out that in an interview Phil Collins specifically said the song wasn't about abortion, but about a teenage boy who's infatuated with an adult prostitute. From this point of view, the song is, in my opinion, a lot less scary and really rather stupid.




More Genesis song meanings ยป


 


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]






Just Posted

Mr. Tinkertrain anonymous
Little Black Submarines anonymous
Lily anonymous
Age of Consent anonymous
Faded anonymous
Faded anonymous
Faded anonymous
Carmen Em
Blood // Water anonymous
Fly From Heaven RStevens
Beautiful Crazy anonymous
Fields of Gold anonymous
Helium anonymous
Hang Fire anonymous
All the Pretty Girls anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

Invincible
Tool
Pneuma
Tool
Drive
Tim McGraw
One Night Standards
Ashley McBryde
homecoming queen
Kelsea Ballerini
No Stone Unturned
Randy Houser
Heat
Chris Brown
7empest
Tool