“Mother-in-law” Performed by Ernie K. Doe (1961)

October 3, 2007

Ok, so I have already told you two of my favorite “humorous complaint” songs, “If You Wanna Be Happy” and “You Talk Too Much”. But may I please just tell you about one more? Then I promise to move on to some thing else for a while. OK?

If you have never heard this oldie (which I would find very hard to believe) then you are in for a treat. IMHO this is classic R&B cut. The Old School Rock and Roll songs were generally light hearted and fun and made you feel good just like this one does. That is what is missing from today’s music and that is why I almost exclusively listen to the type of music. And that is why I am sharing here with you on this blog so you can listen, enjoy and be happy too.

Mother-in-Law.  U.S. Chart: #1 / U.K. Chart: # 29

Mother-in-law, mother-in-law
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law
The worst person I know,
Mother-in-law, mother-In-Law,
She worries me so,
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law
If she leaves us alone
We would have a happy home,
Sent from down below,
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law

Satan should be her name,
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law
To me they’re about the same,
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law
Every time I open my mouth,
She steps in and tries to put me out,
How could she stoop so low,
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law

I come home with my pay,
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law
She asks me what I made,
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law
She thinks her advice is a contribution,
But if she will leave that will be the solution
And don’t come back no more,
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law
Mother-in-law, mother-in-law

Some Ernie K. Doe Trivia:

  • K-Doe’s real name is Ernest Kador, Jr.
  • Written by producer Allen Toussaint when he was playing around on the piano during a session by the Harmonizing Four. K-Doe claimed he fished the song, Mother-in-Law, out of Toussaint’s trash can and recorded it because he related strongly to its sentiments — his mother-in-law was living in his house at a time of marital turmoil.
  • Success caused a running argument between K-Doe and bass singer Benny Spellman as to who was responsible for the hit. Spellman prevailed upon Toussaint to write a song for him to record, “Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette).” When Spellman recorded it, K-Doe sang backup vocals.
  • This was the only Top 50 record for K-Doe.
  • His widow, Antoinette, maintains his web site.
  • A well written obituary from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Thanks for listening and reading,


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1 jan September 27, 2010 at 12:07 am

do you remember a song with words–somethin gonna jump out the bushes and grab a ab you–
i do but no one else does and they think i am nuts
thanks jan


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