The song was written by Genesis members, Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford. “Mama” was released as the first single in 1983 from their self-titled album. It was released on August 22, 1983 with “It’s Gonna Get Better” on the B-Side. “Mama” remains the band’s most successful single in the UK, peaking at No. 4 on the official UK Singles Chart. “Mama” also reached the top 10 in Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Austria, Norway, Ireland and the Netherlands.
The music video for the song shows Collins singing to a mysterious woman while Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford play in the background. The video is shot in a sepia tone until halfway through when colour fades in. A live version of the song is included on Genesis albums “The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts” and “Live Over Europe 2007”, and their DVDs Genesis “Live at Wembley Stadium” and “When in Rome 2007″. The song also appears on the 1985 home video release T”he Mama Tour”. The song was covered by the American rock band Magellan on the 1996 Genesis tribute album “Supper’s Ready”