Words of Love (The Mamas & the Papas song)

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"Words of Love"
Single by The Mamas & the Papas
from the album The Mamas & the Papas
Released November 1966
Format Vinyl record (7") 45 RPM
Recorded 1966
Genre Psychedelic pop, folk rock
Writer(s) John Phillips
Producer(s) Lou Adler
The Mamas & the Papas singles chronology
"I Saw Her Again"
"Words of Love"
"Dancing in the Street"

"Words of Love" is a song appearing on the album The Mamas & the Papas. The song was written by John Phillips, and featured Cass Elliot as the primary vocalist. It was released as a single in November 1966 (backed with a cover of Martha and the Vandellas's "Dancing in the Street") and reached No. 5 in the United States.[1] Overseas, it peaked at No. 47 in the United Kingdom.

The mono single, while approximately the same running time as the stereo version, contains a horn section overdub not heard in the stereo mix, extra backing vocals, and a more prominent piano; Elliot's vocals fade out a bit sooner near the end. This was the only song by the band which does not include a vocal contribution from either Phillips or Denny Doherty.

Michelle did contribute her high pitched "NO" right before the Chorus.

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 2008, Nicole Atkins did a cover for an exclusive Barnes & Noble three track promotional sampler CD "Introducing Nicole Atkins" in conjunction with her appearance for their "Upstairs at the Square" series held in Manhattan.[citation needed]

Cultural references[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 392. 
  2. ^ Leeds, Sarene (May 20, 2013). "'Mad Men' Recap: Monday Morning Coming Down". Rolling Stone.