4. Doing the Best I Can Ron E. Beck
©Arbe Music ASCAP
Produced by: Ron E. Beck
Mixed by: Vinson Hudson / Ron E. Beck
Drums/ Programming / Rhodes / Lead Vocal: Ron E Beck
Guitar: Tim Landis
Organ: Robbie Benson
Background Vocals: Tammi Brown / Skylark
Foley: Carol Rogers / Jeanne Rogers


4. Doing the Best I Can
Reminiscing his childhood, Beck’s sister, Carol supplied the Foley intro while paying homage to their Mother and Grandmother. This is a throwback to ghetto childhood in the 60s.



Doin’ the Best That I Can
- Ron E Beck

Mama used to tell me
I’m Doing the Best That I Can
I didn’t understand

Now I remember struggling young
We were so poor we didn’t know
Grandma and Mama both were strong
They did their best so it don’t show
Happy with what little we had
We were just children trying to grow

Big Mama would kiss us first thing in the morning
Before she left the house to go to work
Cooking, cleaning houses for a living . . .
And she sure could cook!

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Mama used to tell me
I’m Doing the Best That I Can
Now I understand

We went to school sometimes
And stood in line just to get fed
By the time Grandma got home
You knew you better make your bed
Just watching Captain Kangaroo
Visions of toys dance in our head

Mama would go to school and get her learning
Study at the University
Take a nap then go to work that evening . . .
And she sure could sing!


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Mama used to tell me I’m Doing the Best That I Can,
that’s what she used to say

Mama used to tell me,
Boy don’t you go outside without your jacket on
Mama used to tell me,
Don’t hit your Sister,
love your Brother
Mama used to tell me,
Boy, clean your room up and do your homework
Mama used to tell me,
I love you Son and your brothers and sisters . . .

Mama used to tell me
Mama used to tell me
Mama used to tell me
I’m Doing the Best That I Can