“Papa was a rolling stone… wherever he laid his hat was his home, and when he died, all he left us was alone.”
The Temptations sang that first. Real poetry there. I first heard it from Was (Not Was) on their excellent Are You Okay? album.
The first song I’d heard by them was the hilarious “Hello Dad! I’m in Jail!” on MTV Liquid Television, back when they played music. They got big for “Walk the Dinosaur” in that Flintstones movie, which I am glad to say I have never seen.
They were an eclectic group and always rather interesting, but still could rock things out. Detroit soul in their blood.
I love their cover of “I Can’t Turn You Loose” as well:
And now… Dad! I’m in JAIL: