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Song title: Ricky wants a man of her own


Ricky wants a man of her own - Tracks

Well look out Mama your little girl she has changed
She cut her baby curls
and she’s got her act rearranged
Look out Daddy what she needs now
she can’t find at home
Oh Ricky wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Ricky wants a man of her own

Mama says her little girl won’t talk to her anymore
She just goes in her room,
turns on the radio and shuts the door
She’s got her own bathroom, TV, stereo, extension phone
Oh, but Mama, Ricky wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Ricky wants a man of her own

Well Daddy says when he drop her off Friday night at the gym
She slides way down in the front seat
So the kids won’t see her with him
She don’t do no work
She won’t tell nobody when she’s coming home
And she makes poor Daddy wait down on the corner
At midnight all alone

She used to like me to take her to a ball game
Or to a movie show
She used to make daddy take his little girl
Where she wanna go
Now we’re left peeking through the curtains
Everytime that we hear a horn blow
Well i guess ricky wants a man of her own

Well my folks say: “son, talk to her, she’ll listen to you”
Yeah, she listens real nice and she does what she wants to do
Well Daddy says: “She wears her jeans so tight
Well, you change ‘em or you’re staying home”
Ah, but daddy, Ricky wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Ricky wants a man of her own
She’s almost grown

Ricky wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Ricky wants a man of her own

Notes: These lyrics refer to the ‘Tracks’ take, recorded 16/7/1977 at the Power Station. Other takes exist with minor differences


Ricky wants a man of her own - Out-take 1

Well look out Mama your little girl she has changed
She cut her baby curls
and she’s got her act rearranged
Look out Daddy what she needs now
she can’t find at home
Oh Ricky wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Ricky wants a man of her own

Mama says her little girl won’t talk to her anymore
She just goes in her room,
turns on the radio and shuts the door
She’s got her own bathroom, TV, stereo, extension phone
Oh, but Mama, Ricky wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Ricky wants a man of her own

Well Daddy says when he drop her off Friday night at the gym
She slides way down in the front seat
So the kids won’t see her with him
She don’t do no work
She won’t tell nobody when she’s coming home
And she makes poor Daddy wait down on the corner
At midnight all alone

Well Daddy’s pullin’ out his hair
He says that girl ain’t got no direction
She don’t care to bring her boyfriends home
to pass Daddy’s inspection
Now we’re left peeking through the curtains
Everytime that we hear a horn blow
Well I guess Ricky wants a man of her own

Mama says: “Son, talk to her, she’ll listen to you”
Yeah, she listens real nice and she does what she wants to do
Well Daddy says: “She wears her jeans so tight
Well, you change ‘em or you’re staying home”
Ah, but daddy, Ricky wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Ricky wants a man of her own
She’s almost grown

Ricky wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Ricky wants a man of her own

Notes: This is the out-take known before "Tracks"


Ricky wants a man of her own - Out-take 2

Well look out Mama your little girl she has changed
She cut her baby curls
And she's got her act rearranged
Look out Daddy what she needs now she can't find at home

Oh Rickie wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Rickie wants a man of her own

Mama says her little girl won't talk to her anymore
She just goes in her room, turns on the radio and shuts the door
She's got her own bathroom, TV, stereo, extension phone

Oh but Mama, Rickie wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Rickie wants a man of her own

Well daddy says when he drops her off Friday night at the gym
She slides way down in the front seat
So the kids won't see her with him
She don't do no work
She won't tell nobody when she's coming home
And she makes poor Daddy wait down on the corner
At midnight all alone

She used to like me take her to a ballgame or a movie show
She used to make Daddy take his little girl where she wanted to go
Now we're left peeking through the curtains
Every time we hear a born blow
Well I guess Rickie wants a man of her own

Mama says "Son, talk to her, she'll listen to you"
Yeah she listens real nice and she does what she wants to do
Well Daddy says "She wears her jeans so tight
Well, change 'em or you're staying home"
Ah but Daddy, Rickie wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Rickie wants a man of her own
She's almost grown

Oh Rickie wants a man of her
She wants a man of her
Rickie wants a man of her own

Notes: This is the out-take known before "Tracks"


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Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 24/08/2008 Sprint Center, Kansas City,MO ,USA during the Magic tour

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Unique known live performance: 24/08/2008 Sprint Center, Kansas City,MO ,USA

Song 'history':


Studio recordings have surfaced from the THE RIVER sessions, but the song was not used for that album.
The TRACKS studio out-take collection included for the first (official) time this song.
One only performance during the Magic tour (24/08/2008 Sprint Center, Kansas City,MO ,USA)
The song was then included in the THE TIES THAT BIND Anniversary Box, released in 2015.
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