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What song are these the lyrics from Mama, I just killed a

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What song are these the lyrics from? "Mama, I just killed a man! but it's not bohemian rapsody by Queen, it's a black male artist
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Entertainment
Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hello, and welcome to Just Answer.

This line is from the lyrics of the song of the same title: "Mama I Just Killed a Man", by Mic Geronimo:

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Edited by Cher on 12/31/2010 at 8:13 AM EST
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
<p>That's not the song. Mic Geronimo came up on my google search. The song I'm looking for is not a rap, it's more like a slower ballad. played on black radio stations in the 90's.</p><p> additonal the song, the man is singing from jail. my apologies...maybe the lyric is "shot a man" not killed a man</p>
Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hi again, and thanks for your reply with additional information.

I will research this further for you based on your new information and let you know what I find. Thanks for your patience.

Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hi again,

When you mentioned that in the song, the man is singing from jail, the first thing that came to mind was Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison Blues', which does contain this line, "I shot a man". Of course this was not initially done in the 90's, but maybe it was a remake which you heard on the radio. I found a remake made by Everlast and DJ Muggs, but it seems to be from the 2000's not the '90's.

Folsom Prison Blues

I hear the train a comin'
It's rollin' 'round the bend,
And I ain't seen the sunshine,
Since, I don't know when,
I'm stuck in Folsom Prison,
And time keeps draggin' on,
But that train keeps a-rollin',
On down to San Antone.

When I was just a baby,
My Mama told me, "Son,
Always be a good boy,
Don't ever play with guns,"
But I shot a man in Reno,
Just to watch him die,
When I hear that whistle blowin',
I hang my head and cry.

I bet there's rich folks eatin',
In a fancy dining car,
They're probably drinkin' coffee,
And smokin' big cigars,
But I know I had it comin',
I know I can't be free,
But those people keep a-movin',
And that's what tortures me.

Well, if they freed me from this prison,
If that railroad train was mine,
I bet I'd move out over a little,
Farther down the line,
Far from Folsom Prison,
That's where I want to stay,
And I'd let that lonesome whistle,
Blow my Blues away.

Please let me know if this is the song you had in mind, and if not, I will continue to research it for you. If you can remember any other details re: the artist (you're positive he's black?), this will help.


Edited by Cher on 12/31/2010 at 9:59 PM EST
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
sorry but that's not the song. 99.9 sure the artist is black. black radio station and definitive african-american sound. the song has an apologetic tone (to mom). I think it is from the 2000's, I'm not good with dates or time frames but now that I'm remembering more details...
Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hi again,

Thanks for your reply. I'll keep searching for you......... Smile

Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hi again,

I wasn't able to find the name of this song, so I will opt out and leave your question open for other experts at this time.

Sorry I couldn't help further.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thanks for trying
Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
You're most welcome!

If I come across this info in the future, I'll be sure to let you know.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

hello, do any other experts have any ideas?

Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hi again,

If any other experts have an answer, they will post it here. Your question was moved back to the 'open' or 'available' question list, when I opted out, enabling other experts to see it. If you should receive no other answers, that would indicate that no other expert was able to find the information you are requesting.