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Your Mama Don't Dance

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B-side  "Golden Ribbons"
Genre  Rock
Label  Columbia
Released  November 1972
Length  2:48
Recorded  1972 at Columbia Studios, Los Angeles

"Your Mama Don't Dance" is a hit 1972 song by the rock duo Loggins and Messina. Released on their self-titled album Loggins and Messina, it reached #4 on the Billboard pop chart and #19 on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart as a single in early 1973.


This song, whose refrain and first verse is done in a blues format, deals with the 1950s and 1960s lifestyle concerning the generation gap, where the parents oppose the Rock and Roll Revolution, of the younger generation, which includes the rebelliousness against the old society that monitors curfews on dating, as well as being arrested for making love with a girl in the back seat of a car, during a drive-in movie, which happens during the bridge section of the song.

When released as a single, it was the duo's biggest hit as well as their only Gold single.

"Your Mama Don't Dance" was covered in 1973 by Australian band The Bootleg Family Band. It made the top 5 in Australia. "Your Mama Don't Dance" was covered in 1985 by the rock band Y&T, in 1988 by the rock band Poison, and it was the fourth single from their second album Open Up and Say...Ahh!. The Poison version released as a single in 1989 on Capitol Records reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #39 on the Mainstream rock charts and has since gone Gold in the US. The song also charted at #21 on the Australian charts and #13 on the UK Singles chart. The single's B-side is "Tearin' Down the Walls".


"Your Mama Don't Dance" is on the following albums:

  • Loggins and Messina
  • The Best of Friends
  • Kenny Loggins' 1993 Solo Album:

  • Outside: From the Redwoods
  • The Poison version is available on:

  • Open Up and Say...Ahh!
  • Swallow This Live (live version)
  • Poison's Greatest Hits: 1986-1996
  • Crack a Smile...and More! (Unplugged)
  • The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock
  • Open Up and Say...Ahh! - 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Poison'd
  • The Y&T version is available on:

  • Down for the Count
  • Personnel

    Loggins & Messina version

  • Kenny Loggins - vocals, electric guitar (plus solo)
  • Jim Messina - vocals, electric guitar
  • Jon Clarke - baritone saxophone
  • Al Garth - alto saxophone
  • Larry Sims - bass, backing vocals
  • Merel Bregante - drums, backing vocals
  • Michael Omartian - piano
  • Milt Holland - congas, cowbells
  • Weekly singles charts

    Poison version:


    Your Mama Don't Dance Wikipedia