Mama Said (album)

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Mama Said
Studio album by Lenny Kravitz
Released April 2, 1991
Recorded 1990–1991
Genre Funk rock, hard rock, psychedelic soul
Length 52:38
Label Virgin
Producer Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz chronology
Let Love Rule
Mama Said
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Singles from Mama Said
  1. "Always on the Run (featuring Slash)"
    Released: March 8, 1991
  2. "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"
    Released: June 6, 1991
  3. "Fields of Joy"
    Released: July 16, 1991
  4. "Stand by My Woman"
    Released: August 13, 1991
  5. "What the Fuck Are We Saying"
    Released: September 28, 1991
  6. "Stop Draggin' Around"
    Released: December 27, 1991
  7. "What Goes Around Comes Around"
    Released: January 29, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C−[2]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

Mama Said is the second studio album by American rock musician Lenny Kravitz, released in April 1991 by Virgin Records. Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash co-wrote and played on the song "Always on the Run". He also played on the song "Fields of Joy". The song "All I Ever Wanted" was co-written by Sean Lennon.

Mama Said became Kravitz's first U.S. Top 40 album, reaching #39 on the Billboard 200, and going on to sell 1.88 million copies in the US (as of November, 2002). Although the album has sold enough copies to be certified double platinum, the RIAA still has it listed as platinum. In the UK, the album reached #8 on the UK Albums Chart. The album sold over 3 million copies worldwide and established Kravitz's worldwide popularity two years after his debut album Let Love Rule. In 2012, Virgin Records released an expanded, double-disc version of the album with a number of remixes and bonus tracks.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Lenny Kravitz, except where noted.

  1. "Fields of Joy" (Michael Kamen, Hal Fredericks) – 3:57
  2. "Always on the Run" (Kravitz, Slash) – 3:53
    • Featuring Slash
  3. "Stand by My Woman" (Kravitz, Henry Hirsch, Stephen Mark Pasch, Anthony Krizan) – 4:16
  4. "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" – 3:55
  5. "More Than Anything in This World" – 3:43
  6. "What Goes Around Comes Around" – 4:40
  7. "The Difference Is Why" – 4:48
  8. "Stop Draggin' Around" – 2:37
  9. "Flowers for Zoë" – 2:45
  10. "Fields of Joy (Reprise)" (Kamen, Fredricks) – 3:59
    • Arranged by Kravitz
  11. "All I Ever Wanted" (Kravitz, Sean Ono Lennon) – 4:04
  12. "When the Morning Turns to Night" – 2:58
  13. "What the Fuck Are We Saying?" – 5:13
  14. "Butterfly" – 1:50


  • Engineering by David Domanich and Henry Hirsch
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound Studios
  • Mixed by Henry Hirsch at Waterfront Studios
  • Art direction by Melanie Nissen
  • Artwork design by Tom Bouman
  • Photography by James Colderaro


  1. ^ "Mama Said - Lenny Kravitz". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Farber, Jim (1991-04-12). "Mama Said Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Lenny Kravitz". Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Elysa (1991-04-18). "Lenny Kravitz: Mama Said : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Official Lenny Kravitz page for the expanded version". Retrieved 2014-03-19.