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The Mamas & the Papas Mansions Lyrics

Last updated: 04/19/2010 11:00:00 AM

Sitting in our mansion,
Guarded by expansion,
Questioning our motives and our means;
Wondering why this isnt like the dream.

Walls of wealth surround us;
People cannot hound us.
A gentle Spanish lady cooks our meals,
But we never ask her how she feels.

Limousines and laughter,
Parties everafter.
If you play the game, you pay the price---
Purchasing a piece of paradise.

Fog and rain...
(false whims and dreams...)
Londontowns the same...
(On the road again....)
Borrowing time from friends...
(Dirges and pain...)
Circles have...
(Circles have...)
No end.

Paris and Rome---
Making their scene,
but missing our own.
Beatles and Stones---
Then on the phone
And come back home.

Nothing left to bind us;
People cannot find us.
You live your life a
And live it as you please.
(Please, please, please)
Live your life exactly as you please.
(Please, please, please)
Live your life and live it as you please
(Please, please, please).
Live your life exactly as you please
(Please, please, please)
Please, live your life just as you please.

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Mansions -- (From "The Papas & The Mamas - 1968) | Reviewer: Brian | 11/1/09

This is one of the standout tracks from the album (the other being "Dream a Little Dream of Me" which ultimately starts out Cass Elliot's solo career). The album is unlike any other album The Mamas & The Papas made. It deals with darker more personal lyrics. It also shows John Phillip's true writing potential. An example of the personal lyrics is in the song "Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)". Its about when John and Michelle were living in New York and they faced a chapel with a clock that was stuck on 12:30. The song "Mansions" has some catchy lyrics: "Limousines and laughter, parties ever after". All in all its one of my favorite songs from "The Papas & The Mamas" album. This is also the last studio album The Mamas & The Papas make until their reunion album in 1971 called "People Like Us" which in my opinion wasn't the strongest album (due to the fact that Cass isn't vocally present on the album, outside of the track "Pearl" in which she duets with love intrest Denny Doherty. But its still one of my favorite albums).