Genesis: Mama Meaning
Song Released: 1983
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...
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
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??
anonymous Jun 28th, 2017 6:25am report
anonymous 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).
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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?
anonymous 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..."
anonymous 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!!
anonymous 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.
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