I'm Born Again / Bahama Mama

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"I'm Born Again" / "Bahama Mama"
Boney M. - I'm Born Again (1979).jpg
Single by Boney M
from the album Oceans of Fantasy
Released 16 November 1979
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1979
Genre Pop, Euro disco
Label Hansa Records (FRG)
Producer(s) Frank Farian
Boney M singles chronology
"El Lute / Gotta Go Home"
"I'm Born Again / Bahama Mama"
"I See a Boat on the River / My Friend Jack"

"I'm Born Again" / "Bahama Mama" is a double A-side single by German band Boney M. It was the second single from their fourth album Oceans of Fantasy (1979), not withcounting a promotional-only single release of "Let It All Be Music" and the album title track. Not as successful as previous singles, the ballad "I'm Born Again" peaked at #7 in Germany. In the UK, it stalled at No. 35 after 9 consecutive Top 20 singles. Boney M. would use the double A-side format over the next years, typically with the A1 being the song intended for radio and A2 being more squarely aimed at discos. The sides would usually be switched on the accompanying 12" single.

I'm Born Again[edit]

"I'm Born Again" was based on an Irish folksong 'Buachaill Ón Éirne', the lyrics reflecting lead singer Liz Mitchell's growing religious belief. The single featured a different and slightly longer mix than the album version.


Chart (1979) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[1] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[4] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 6
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[6] 35

Bahama Mama[edit]

This disco track was also featured in a slightly longer mix than the album pressings. The snarling, spoken passage in the middle (the voice of "Bahama Mama") was done by Linda Blake who had also done the voice of Ma Baker.


Chart (1979) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[1] 12


7" Single

  • "I'm Born Again" (Single mix) (Helmut Rulofs, Fred Jay) - 4:17 / "Bahama Mama" (Single mix) (Frank Farian, Fred Jay) - 3:35 (Hansa 101 101-100, Germany)
  • "Bahama Mama" (LP mix) - 3:17 / "I'm Born Again" (LP mix) - 4:08 (Atlantic P-513A, Japan)

12" Single

  • "Bahama Mama" (Long Version) - 5:12 / "I'm Born Again" - 4:17 (Hansa 600 166-213, Germany)


Chart (1979) Peak
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[7] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 7


  1. ^ a b "Austriancharts.at – Boney M – I'm Born Again" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc_Austria_Boney_M" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Boney M – I'm Born Again". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  3. ^ "Chart Track: Week 19, 1979". Irish Singles Chart.
  4. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Boney M – I'm Born Again". Singles Top 100.
  5. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Boney M – I'm Born Again". Swiss Singles Chart.
  6. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com[permanent dead link] (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  7. ^ "i'm born again/bahama mama - boney m". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Archived from the original on 9 April 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2013.  Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 1
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Boney M search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.

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