Traditional - Mama Don't Allow No Guitar Picking

First performance: 08/03/1973


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song only once:

1973-09-08 - FLAGSTAFF HILL, SCHENLEY PARK, PITTSBURGH, PA

One afternoon show, triple bill, with Springsteen and band playing between Estus and the headliner Buzzy Linhart. The setlist under would seem to consist of the complete performance, and is supplied by a visitor to the Killing Floor website and is unverified, but plausible. "Mama Don't Allow No Guitar Picking" is a traditional bluegrass song first recorded in the 1920s but is probably based on earlier songs including "Mr. Crump Don't Allow No Easy Riders" (from 1907) and "Mama Don't Allow No Low Down Hangin' Around". Also known under other titles including "Mama Don't Allow" and "Mama Don't Allow No Guitar Playing Around Here". Although intended as a social event for students returning from summer vacation, this was a free concert that was open to the general public. Sponsored by the University's Penn Program Council and held outdoors on the lawn of the Flagstaff Hill section of Schenley Park (next to the Botanical Gardens). The event was covered in The Pitt News, but sadly the reporter does not offer any details about Springsteen's set. Albee recently noted that there were not a lot of people in attendance but it was a great show.
 

Songinfo

Traditional. First recorded in the 1920s but is probably based on earlier songs including "Mr. Crump Don't Allow No Easy Riders" (from 1907) and "Mama Don't Allow No Low Down Hangin' Around". Also known under other titles including "Mama Don't Allow" and "Mama Don't Allow No Guitar Playing Around Here".
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Mama don't allow no music playin' round here
Mama don't allow no music playin' round here
Well, we don't care what Mama don't allow
Gonna play that music anyhow
Mama don't allow no music playin' round here

Mama don't allow no guitar playin' round here
Mama don't allow no guitar playin' round here
Well, we don't care what Mama don't allow
Gonna play that guitar anyhow
Mama don't allow no guitar playin' round here

Mama don't allow no singin' round here
Mama don't allow no singin' round here
Well, we don't care what Mama don't allow
Gonna sing that song anyhow
Mama don't allow no singin' round here

Mama don't allow no hand clapping here
Mama don't allow no hand clapping here
Well, we don't care what mama don't allow
We're gonna clap our hands anyhow
Mama don't allow no hand clapping here

Mama don't allow no foot stompin' round here
Mama don't allow no foot stompin' round here
Well, we don't care what Mama don't allow
Gonna stomp my feet anyhow
Mama don't allow no foot stompin' round here