When Mama Says No

Story Behind The Song

Subtitle: The Walmart Song. Kids are always asking mommy and daddy to buy things and parents are always saying the same thing. NO. Now parents don't have to say it...they can SING it!

Song Description

This is a fun song for families. Kids love to dramatize their part and parents now have a mantra to say "no" to their begging children. Bridge offers homespun wisdom for all ages.

Song Length 3:25 Genre Blues - General, Blues - General
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Mixed Vocals
Mood Stressed, Heated Subject Mother, Baby, Children
Similar Artists Laurie Berkner, Raffi Language English
Era 2000 and later


CHILD: Mommy, I want it!
I gotta gotta have it.
Mommy, buy it.
All the kids have got it.
Mommy, mommy, mommy,
mommy, mommy, mommy PLEASE!
Mom: No
Child: But Mom!

When Mama says no, mama means no.
What part of NO don't you understand?
When Mama says no, Mama means no.
No means No all over the land.

Daddy, I want it!
I gotta gotta have it.
Daddy, buy it.
All the kids have got it.
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy,
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy PLEASE!
Dad: No
Child: But Dad!

When Daddy says no, daddy means no.
What part of no don't you understand?
When Daddy says no, Daddy means no.
No means no all over the land.

Sometimes Love says Yes.
Sometimes Love says No.
You'll get that figured out
By the time that you are grown.
But if you work real hard and do your chores
And if we approve of what you're asking for....
We might say YES!

CHILD: When daddy says yes, OOO that's the best.
When daddy says yes, well it makes me smile
When daddy says yes, OOO that's the best.
DADDY: Yes, Oh Yes my sweet honey child!

CHILD: When mama says yes, OOO that's the best.
When mama says yes, well it makes me smile.
When Mama says yes, OOO that's the best.
Yes Oh Yes my sweet honey child.

Clever take on theme, relatable to families, brings a smile to the face of everybody who knows what kids are like - interesting style mix -- almost a Romani style in some of the turnarounds, song could have a place in proper movie or TV scene that is covering the literal topic with the kids needing a lesson in "no"

Great intro. Good balance of voices and background.

Very enjoyable lil diddy.It is cute and would be interesting to music supervisors for commercials! LC team

Very enjoyable kids track.

way too cute i enjoyed it and kids will love it
don't see any changes needed good luck

This song deserves 5 stars because it is so darn funny and true. I've never quite hears it put in this format, but I really enjoyed it and believe it's a good message. The instrumentation is very well played from top to bottom. The guitar work is top notch.

Did you like specific instrumental parts-Yes I enjoyed the instruments and the instrumental sections.

lyrics--I enjoyed the duet and call and response between mommy and daddy and the children.

Nice intro. Short. Nice harp lick and chimes to get us into the song. Nice use of kids voices. GREAT SUBJECT! Well constructed lyric. What parent hasn't experienced this? Great use of the harp throughout. I like mommy's growl on the word "understand". Likewise on mommy and daddy singing together on the bridge part.
Great instrumentation and mix. I listened four times and heard something new each time.I love the line "no means no all over the land".

Cute children's song. Give the kids something, wouldja?

Margie, Is thiat you? Love the cool intro and although not a "traditional" blues tune you guys nailed it! Great musicianship ship, keep it up!

great stuff, wonderful performance by everyone involved. good recording, good playing, fun song. I think I know who this is ?? we'll see.

LMAO! I love it! Very original and well done! Gutsy. Love the Blues harp (my favorite instrument). Great rhythm and pace. Definitely a "niche" audience on this one. Potential for pick up in TV or Film for a very specific need.

Got a Niche!

This is clearly a song intended for children, the recording and performances are all solid and professional .. I'm not the best guy to review children's songs, but from a musicians standpoint, it's a well played minor key country blues and likely has an audience.

Lyrics Kate Carpenter Music Kate Carpenter
Producer Jamie DeFrates Publisher Kate Carpenter
Performance Kate Carpenter Label Kate Carpenter
This track is on 1 Member Playlists
Playlist Creator Playlist Name Date Added
DeDe WedeKind Fun Jammin Songs 3/11/2023

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