Aerosmith – Mama Kin – Live At Donington Park / 2014



It ain’t easy
Living like a gypsy
Tell your honey how I feel
I’ve been dreaming
Floating down the stream and
Losing touch with all that’s real
Whole earth lover
Keeping under cover
Never know where you’ve been
You’ve been fading
Always out parading
Keep in touch with Mama Kin
Well you’ve always got your tail on the wag
Shooting fire from your mouth
Just like a dragon
You act like a perpetual drag
You better check it out
Because someday soon, you’ll have to
Climb back on the wagon

[Pre-Chorus 1]
It isn’t easy
Living like you wanna
It’s so hard to find peace of mind
Yes it is
The way I see it
You’ve got to say shit
But don’t forget to drop me a line

[Chorus 1]
Said, you’re bald as an egg when you’re eighteen
Working for your dad is just a drag
You still stuff your mouth with your dreams
You better check it out
Because someday soon you’ll have to
Climb back on the wagon

[Chorus 2][x2]
Keep in touch with Mama Kin
Tell her where you’ve gone and been
Living out your fantasy
Sleeping late and smoking tea

(Short Guitar & Saxophone Solo)

[Pre-Chorus 1]

[Chorus 1]

[Chorus 2] [x 2]


Mama Kin” is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith, which appears on their self-titled debut album.[1] The song was written by the lead singer Steven Tyler. Being the band’s first ever single, it has been played live for several decades afterward, appearing on the live albums Live! Bootleg, Classics Live, and A Little South of Sanity.

Song structure

The song comprises a basic guitar riff, with a strong rhythm backbeat which comes in between lyrics in the verse and throughout the bridge. There are also saxophones interspersed throughout the song.


The song has also been a live staple of Aerosmith concerts throughout the band’s career. Live versions of the song appeared on Live! Bootleg, Classics Live, and A Little South of Sanity.

The song has also appeared on several Aerosmith compilations including Gems (1988), Pandora’s Box (1991), Pandora’s Toys (1995), O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits (2002), Greatest Hits 1973–1988 (2004), and Devil’s Got a New Disguise (2006).

Noteworthy references to the song

  • In the early 1990s, the band opened up a music club called the Mama Kin Music Hall in their hometown of Boston, Massachusetts – the club has since closed.
  • Steven Tyler has a tattoo on his arm with the phrase “Ma’ Kin.”[2] He got it when the band was writing its first album because he had so much confidence in the song. Tyler and Perry have both said that his arm was too thin to fit the whole title.
  • Shinedown references to “smokin’ tea with Mama Kin” in their song “Cry for Help” on the Sound of Madness album.

Guns N’ Roses and Buckcherry versions

The song was covered by Guns N’ Roses in 1986 and released in the same year on their EP album Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide. It was later re-released on their second studio album G N’ R Lies in 1988. There’s also a live version of Guns N’ Roses performing the song along with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. This was from Guns N’ Roses live from Paris pay per view special.

Buckcherry also covered the song, which appeared as a bonus track on their 2014 EP Fuck. It is the only song on that album that does not use the word “fuck” in the song or have “fuck” as part of the title.

“Mama Kin” in other media

“Mama Kin” is featured as a re-recorded track on the video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

Music video by Aerosmith performing Mama Kin. (C) 2015 Vindaloo Music Inc, exclusively licensed to Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd.

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