Wanda Jackson – Fujiyama Mama

I’m letting my regular format rest this weekend and contine what I started Friday, a foray into some rockabilly. I hope you stay with me. Let start off this Saturday morning with one of the best…Wanda Jackson.

After posting about Joyce Green a while back I started hunting around for more rockabilly songs. The vocal that Jackson has on this is great. Hard to believe she was a teenager when did this.

Fujiyama Mama is a song written by Jack Hammer. It was first recorded in 1955 by Annisteen Allen. In 1957 rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson recorded it. It did not chart in the United States, but Jackson’s recording peaked at #1 in Japan for several months in 1958.

So why wasn’t this a hit in America? Wanda said “Nobody would play it,” she insists. “They barely had accepted Elvis and the other ones, and they weren’t too sure about accepting a teenage girl singing this kind of music..” 

Others have said America wasn’t too happy about the sexual meaning of the lyrics being delivered by a teenage girl. The Japanese enjoyed hearing familiar places in the song much more than the memory of the war. It’s still a cult favorite in Japan.

Wanda Jackson: I’m going to go back now to the year 1958. … Finally, I got a number one song in rock and roll. [Applause.] Thank you, but it wasn’t in America. [Laughs.] It took them a little bit longer to find me. But Japan found me in ’58 and made this song number one for a whole summer. And those people still sing it today—I can’t believe it. Like an evergreen song, you know? Every generation. It’s amazing.

Fuijyama Mama

I’ve been to Nagasaki, Hiroshima too
The things I did to them baby, I can do to you

‘Cause I’m a Fujiyama Mama
And I’m just about to blow my top
Fujiyama-yama, Fujiyama
And when I start erupting
Ain’t nobody gonna make me stop

I drink a quart of sake, smoke dynamite
I chase it with tobbacy and then shoot out the lights

‘Cause I’m a Fujiyama Mama
And I’m just about to blow my top
Fujiyama-yama, Fujiyama
And when I start erupting
Ain’t nobody gonna make me stop

Well you can talk about me, say that I’m mean
I’ll blow your head off baby with nitroglycerine

‘Cause I’m a Fujiyama Mama
And I’m just about to blow my top
Fujiyama-yama, Fujiyama
And when I start erupting
Ain’t nobody gonna make me stop

Well you can say I’m crazy, so deaf and dumb
But I can cause destruction just like the atom bomb

‘Cause I’m a Fujiyama Mama
And I’m just about to blow my top
Fujiyama-yama, Fujiyama
And when I start erupting
Ain’t nobody gonna make me stop

I drink a quart of sake, smoke dynamite
I chase it with tobbacy and then shoot out the lights

‘Cause I’m a Fujiyama Mama
And I’m just about to blow my top
Fujiyama-yama, Fujiyama
And when I start erupting
Ain’t nobody gonna make me stop