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Mama's Pearl
Mama's Pearl is a song and single by The Jackson 5 that's in the albums, Third Album and Greatest Hits. It was released on January 7, 1971 in the US. and was recorded in July of 1970 in Hitsville West, Los Angeles. This song was written by Berry Gordy, Jr., Alphonzo Mitzell, Deke Richards, and Freddie Perren and was produced by The Corporation. It's featured in the Jackson 5ive episode, A Rare Pearl.[1][2]

Personnel

  • Lead and Background Vocals: Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson and Marlon Jackson
  • Written, produced, and arranged by The Corporation: Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards & Freddie Perren
  • Instrumentation by various Los Angeles studio musicians

Lyrics

  • You send cold chills up and down my spine
  • We kiss for thrill then you draw the line, oh baby
  • ’Cause your mama told you that love ain’t right
  • But don’t you know good lovin’ is the spice of life, yeah
  • Mama’s pearl
  • Let down those curls
  • Won’t you give my love a whirl
  • Find what you been missin’
  • Ooh ooh, now baby, goody girl
  • Let down those curls
  • Let me give your heart a twirl
  • Don’t keep me wishin’
  • You want my lovin’
  • Yes, you do, do, do
  • (Yes you do, I know that you do)
  • You know my lovin’ is true, true, true
  • Now baby
  • But your conscience tells you that love is wrong
  • But just a little lovin’ never hurt no one
  • Mama’s pearl
  • Let down those curls
  • Won’t you give my love a whirl
  • Find what you been missin’
  • Ooh ooh, now baby, goody girl
  • Let down those curls
  • Let me give your heart a twirl
  • Don’t keep me wishin’
  • Girl don’t be afraid
  • Oh we’ve got the first step made
  • Oh, the rest is up to you
  • Here is what to do
  • Let yourself go
  • let yourself just oo, now now no
  • Let your lovin’ go, now, now, now
  • Just give it to me
  • ’Cause I’ve got what you need
  • Got what you need
  • Let’s fall in love
  • Let’s fall in love
  • And find out what you’re missin’
  • Goody girl let down your curls
  • Let me give your heart a twirl
  • Why don’t you give my love a whirl
  • Girl, don’t be afraid
  • Oh, we’ve got the first step made
  • Ooh, just give in, just give in to me
  • ’Cause I got what you need
  • Got what you need
  • Let’s fall in love
  • Let’s fall in love
  • Let yourself go

In Third Album

This song is the 8th song in this album.[3]

In Greatest Hits

This song is the 9th song in this album.[4]

Charts

It broke the group's run of no.1's in the US; peaked no.2 on both charts, prevented from topping the Hot 100 by One Bad Apple - performed in the classic Jackson 5 style by the Osmonds. It peaked at #25 in the UK.

Versions

The single has a rarer mix, slightly different to the album version, most noticeable on Tito's opening backing vocals - this mix would have been included on the album, had it been completed in time. Versions with alternate vocal takes featured on the Jackson 5's 1986 compilation, Anthology, and on The Jacksons Story compilation in 2004 - the latter featured the mono version 'folded' back into the stereo version.

References

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