When You're Good to Mama – Queen Latifa

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When You’re Good to Mama by the beautiful Queen Latifa from the musical movie Chicago 2002

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  1. Ask any of the chickies in my pen
    They'll tell you I'm the biggest mother hen
    I love them all and all of them love me
    Because the system works, the system called reciprocity
    Got a little motto
    Always sees me through
    When you're good to Mama
    Mama's good to you
    There's a lot of favors
    I'm prepared to do
    You do one for Mama
    She'll do one for you
    They say that life is tit for tat
    And that's the way I live
    So, I deserve a lot of tat
    For what I've got to give
    Don't you know that this hand
    Washes that one, too?
    When you're good to Mama
    Mama's good to you
    If you want my gravy
    Pepper my ragù
    Spice it up for Mama
    She'll get hot for you
    When they pass that basket
    Folks contribute to
    You put in for Mama
    She'll put out for you
    The folks atop the ladder
    Are the ones the world adores
    So boost me up my ladder, kid
    And I'll boost you up yours
    Let's all stroke together
    Like the Princeton crew
    When you're strokin' Mama
    Mama's strokin' you
    So what's the one conclusion
    I can bring this number to?
    When you're good to Mama
    Mama's good to you (ah yeah)

  2. I'm an alto, which this part calls for – I can't sing like that, though! I can hit the notes, but that's it! (I look like an old hippie broad – can barely imagine myself in a low-cut dress, 'cause I'm a scrawny old bird!)

  3. [Announcer]
    And now, ladies and gentlemen
    The Keeper of the Keys, the Countess of the Clink
    The Mistress of Murderers Row
    Matron Mama Morton
    [Mama]
    Ask any of the chickies in my pen
    They'll tell you I'm the biggest mother hen
    I love them all and all of them love me
    Because the system works, the system called reciprocity

    Got a little motto
    Always sees me through
    When you're good to Mama
    Mama's good to you

    There's a lot of favors
    I'm prepared to do
    You do one for Mama
    She'll do one for you

    They say that life is tit for tat
    And that's the way I live
    So, I deserve a lot of tat
    For what I've got to give

    Don't you know that this hand
    Washes that one, too?
    When you're good to Mama
    Mama's good to you

    If you want my gravy
    Pepper my ragù
    Spice it up for Mama
    She'll get hot for you

    When they pass that basket
    Folks contribute to
    You put in for Mama
    She'll put out for you

    The folks atop the ladder
    Are the ones the world adores
    So boost me up my ladder, kid
    And I'll boost you up yours

    Let's all stroke together
    Like the Princeton crew
    When you're strokin' Mama
    Mama's strokin' you

    So what's the one conclusion
    I can bring this number to?
    When you're good to Mama
    Mama's good to you (ah yeah)

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