“Mama, I Wanna Be James Brown”

Mama I don’t wanna grow up to be an astronaut

I don’t wanna grow up to be a clown

Mama, I don’t wanna grow up to be a doctor

I just wanna grow up to be James Brown

Mama, I don’t wanna be a politician

Climbin’ up while pushing others down

Mama, I don’t need to turn into some kind of magician

I just wanna grow up to be James Brown

Drink only the best and pour out all the rest

When life is done I won’t wear a frown

Cuz I’ll know each day I walked out on that stage

And sang and danced just like I was James Brown

Mama, I don’t wanna grow up to get married

I don’t wanna wear that wedding gown

Mama, I don’t think I’m strong enough to carry

Anyone but myself as James Brown

There’s people wanna spend their life fishing

Others getting rich, some painting the town

I hope they all get what they’re wishing

Long as I can grow up to be James Brown

Mama I’m on the floor and I’m bleeding

I don’t know why but it makes me wanna laugh out loud

Jubilation! ha, I guess some folks just be needing

To grow up in a world without James Brown