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MELANIE - WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY SONG, MA (SONG)
Entry:04/1971 (Position 9)
Last week in charts:14/1971 (Position 11)
Peak:6 (1 weeks)
Weeks:11
Place on best of all time:1529 (140 points)
Year:1970
Music/Lyrics:Melanie Safka
Producer:Peter Schekeryk
World wide:
no  Peak: 6 / weeks: 11

7" Single
Buddah H 610 055 (nl)



7" Single Olides But Goldies
RCA PB 60009



7" Single
Buddah 610 055 (fr)



7" Single
Buddah 610 055 (fr)



7" Single
Buddah LL-2421-DA (jp)



7" Single
Buddah 610 055 (fr)



7" Single
Buddah 2011 072 (pt)



7" Single
Buddah FD-2049 (jp)



7" Single
Buddah 20 11 041 (es)


TRACKS
1970
7" Single Buddah H 610 055 [nl]
1970
7" Single Buddah 610 055 [fr]
1971
7" Single Buddah LL-2421-DA [jp]
1. What Have They Done To My Song, Ma
4:02
2. Ruby Tuesday
4:31
   
1970
7" Single Buddah 2011 072 [pt]
1. What Have They Done To My Song, Ma
2. Beautiful People
   
1970
7" Single Buddah 20 11 041 [es]
1. What Have They Done To My Song, Ma
2. Alexander Beetle
   
1977
7" Single Buddah FD-2049 [jp]
1. What Have They Done To My Song, Ma
2. Melanie & The Edwin Hawkins Singers - Lay Down
   
1978
Olides But Goldies - 7" Single RCA PB 60009
1. What Have They Done To My Song, Ma
4:03
2. Nickel Song
3:42
   

04/1971: N 9.
05/1971: 10.
06/1971: 7.
07/1971: 6.
08/1971: 7.
09/1971: 7.
10/1971: 7.
11/1971: 8.
12/1971: 8.
13/1971: 11.
14/1971: 11.
AVAILABLE ON FOLLOWING MEDIA
VersionLengthTitleLabel
Number
Format
Medium
Date
4:02Candles In The RainBuddah
BDS 5060
Album
LP
1970-05-09
4:28Ruby TuesdayBuddah
2011 038
Single
7" Single
1970-08-14
4:02Candles In The RainBuddah
2318 009
Album
LP
1970-09
What Have They Done To My Song, MaBuddah
2011 072
Single
7" Single
1970
What Have They Done To My Song, MaBuddah
20 11 041
Single
7" Single
1970
4:02What Have They Done To My Song, MaBuddah
H 610 055
Single
7" Single
1970
4:02Do It Now - 20 Giant HitsRonco
1001
Compilation
LP
1970
Ruby TuesdayBuddah
2204 017
Single
7" EP
1971
4:02Nickel SongBuddah
BDA 268
Single
7" Single
1972-01-22
4:02PortraitBuddah
DALP 2/1701
Album
LP
1972
4:02The Very Best Of Melanie [1973]Buddah
2318 080
Album
LP
1973
4:04Stop! I Don't Wanna Hear It AnymoreBuddah
VIP 7901
Single
7" EP
1973
Live4:10Melanie In Concert At MontreuxBuddah
2318 089
Album
LP
1973
4:02The Story Of PopBuddah
27 364 ET
Album
LP
1975
4:02Ruby Tuesday [Die Grossen Vier]Buddah
2607 301
Single
7" Single
1975
3:58Brand New KeyABC
17 300 AT
Single
7" Single
1976
3:57Pop ChronikABC
27 436 XCT
Album
LP
1976
4:0520 Best Of MelanieBuddah
67.010
Album
LP
1977
What Have They Done To My Song, MaBuddah
FD-2049
Single
7" Single
1977
Lay DownBuddah
BD 104
Single
12" Maxi
1977
4:02The OriginalBuddah
47 006
Album
LP
1977
4:0520 SuperhitsBuddah
6.23488 AP
Album
LP
1978
4:03What Have They Done To My Song, Ma [Olides But Goldies]RCA
PB 60009
Single
7" Single
1978
4:17Ballroom StreetsTomato
TOM-2-9003
Album
LP
1978
4:05LiederbuchPolydor
2679 091
Album
LP
1978
4:05ProfileBuddah
6.24022 AL
Album
LP
1979
4:02Portrait [1981]Telefunken
6.28547 DO
Album
LP
1981
4:05The Best Of Melanie - Ruby TuesdayBuddah
6.24714 AG
Album
LP
1981
4:05Die weisse SerieBuddah
6.25208 AL
Album
LP
1982
4:05Ruby Tuesday [Amiga Quartett]Amiga
5 56 035
Single
7" EP
1982
4:04The Very Best Of Melanie [1985]BR
BRLP 23
Album
LP
1985
4:02Candles In The RainRepertoire
RR 4043-C
Album
CD
1990
4:02Greatest Hits Of 1971Elap
1971LP
Compilation
LP
1991
4:08All The Hits ... And MoreElectrola
8272362
Album
CD
1993-09-02
4:08The Best Of Melanie [1993]Castle Communications
MAT CD 276
Album
CD
1993
Unplugged4:17Silver AnniversaryHypertension
HYCD 200 136
Album
CD
1993
4:05Hot Hits Of The 70's, Volume 4Castle Communications
STCD 109
Compilation
CD
1994
4:08Hit Collection International '71EMI
8324152
Compilation
CD
1995
5:16Old Bitch WarriorCreastars
74321293572
Album
CD
1996-02
Unplugged4:18UnpluggedDisky
DC 879982
Album
CD
1997
4:02The Beat Goes On - The Greatest Hits Of The 60's And 70's CD 2Disky
BX 888222
Compilation
CD
1998
4:18Millenium CollectionMCPS
20.4036-MI
Album
CD
1999-12-24
Live3:57Recorded Live @DES
00499
Album
CD
1999
Version '993:59Beautiful PeopleBrilliant
BT 33023
Album
CD
1999
Live6:40These NightsMango Gang
120647
Album
CD
2001
4:05The Best Of Melanie [2003]Camden
828765 32462
Album
CD
2003-08-08
4:03Theater van het sentiment - De jaren 70Sony BMG
88697279212
Compilation
CD
2008-06-30
4:03The Pop Years - 1970-1971Crimson / Demon
CRIMPOP701
Compilation
CD
2009-04-24
4:05The Woodstock YearsSony
88697575382
Compilation
CD
2009-08-10
4:07100% Singer & Songwriter - The Songs Of A DecadeTCD
2642
Compilation
CD
2009
4:03Radio 2 - De Topcollectie '70 vol. 2Sony
88697806932
Compilation
CD
2010-10-25
4:03Top 40 Hitarchief - 1971Sony
88697659472
Compilation
CD
2011-03-28
4:04Pure... Singer/SongwriterSony
88697962902
Compilation
CD
2011-10-10
4:02Candles In The RainTalking Elephant
TECD 277
Album
CD
2015-02-16
4:05Magic Bus - Summer Of LoveUniversal
5370209
Compilation
CD
2016-06-17
MUSIC DIRECTORY
MelanieMelanie: Discography / Become a fan
MELANIE IN NORWEGIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
What Have They Done To My Song, Ma04/1971611
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Candles In The Rain48/1970202
The Good Book22/1971201
Gather Me06/1972255
SONGS BY MELANIE
A Kiss From The Heart
A Song For Robert Johnson
Abuse
Afraid Of The Dark
Again
Ain't No Sunshine
Alexander Beetle
All The Right Noises
Almost Like Being In Love
Am I Real To You
And We Fall
Angel Watching
Animal Crackers
Another Lie
Any Guy
Any Time At All
Any Way That You Want Me
Apathy
Arrow
As I See It Now
As Long As We Stand
As Tears Go By
Autumn Lady
Babe Rainbow
Baby Day
Baby Guitar
Ballerina
Beautiful People
Beautiful People (Pop In Wonderland & Melanie)
Beautiful Sadness
Between The Road Signs
Big Big Bear
Birthday Of The Sun
Bitter Bad
Bitterblue
Bo Bo's Party
Bon Apetite
Boy Nex Door
Brand New Key
Brand New Key [2003]
Broken Wings
Buckle Down
California Dreaming
California On My Mind
Candles In The Rain
Carolina In My Mind
Celebrate The Day (Albert West & Melanie)
Center Of The Circle
Cerulean Blue
Chances
Chant
Chart Song
Chords Of Fame
Chosen Few
Christmas Lullaby
Christopher Robin
Citiest People
Close To It All
Come All Ye Faithful
Come Away Come Go
Come Softly To Me
Coming For Your Love (Mitch & Melanie)
Count The Days You're Gone
Coventry Carol
Crack Seeks The Edge
Crazy Love
Cut The Cord
Cyclone
Dance To The Music
Deep Down Love
Deserts Of Blue
Detroit Or Buffalo
Didn't You Ever Love Somebody
Do You Believe
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Don't Think Twice It's All Right
Don't You Wait By The Water
Dream Seller (Meet Me On The Corner)
Dust In The Wind
Ears To The Ground
Elements
Estate Sale
Every Breath Of The Way
Every Breath You Take
Extraordinary
Eyes Of Man
Fallen Angel
Foolin' Yourself
For My Father
For What It's Worth
Free The People
Freedom Knows My Name
Friends And Company
Garden In The City
Get Together
Getting Out
God's Only Daughter
Gone With The Wind
Good Guys Hymn
Good King Wenceslaus
Groundhog Day
Hallelujah
Happy Birthday
Hard Rain
Here I Am
Here We Go Again
Holdin' Out
How Can I Help You Say Goodbye
Hushabye
I Am Being Guided
I Believe (The Edwin Hawkins Singers & Melanie)
I Believe (Secret Of Darkness)
I Can Do This...
I Can't Help But Wonder
I Don't Eat Animals
I Don't Know What Love Is (Melanie feat. Jonathan Edwards)
I Got My Mojo Working
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
I Never Had A Clue
I Really Loved Herold
I Saw Three Ships
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
I Think It's Going To Rain Today
I Tried To Die Young
I Will Get Over
I Will Survive
Ich will keine Schokolade
I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love
If I Needed You
If My Heart Should Lose It's Way
If You Go Your Way
I'll Never Find Another You
I'm Back In Town
I'm In Love
I'm Not A Poet
I'm Not In Love Anymore
I'm Saving Everything You Do
I'm So Blue
Imaginary Heroes
In My Rock And Roll Heart
In The Hour
Isn't It A Pity
It Don't Matter Now
It Hurts When Love Is Deep
It's A Fine World
It's Christmas
It's Me Again
Jammin' Alone
Jig Saw Puzzle
Johnny Boy
Jukebox Magazine
Just An Old Song
Kansas
Knock On Wood
La Bamba
Last Call
Lay Down (Melanie & The Edwin Hawkins Singers)
Lay Down / Candles In The Rain
Lay Down Sally
Lay Lady Lay
Lay Your Hands Across The Six Strings
Leftover Emotion
Leftover Wine
Let It Be Me
Life Will Not Go Away
Little Bit Of Me
Live Cool
Lonesome Eyes
Long Long Time
Long Train Runnin'
Love In My Mind
Love To Live Again
Love To Lose Again
Love You To Loath Me
Lover Of My Friend
Lover's Cross
Lovers Lullaby
Lovin' Baby Girl
Lovin' The Boy Next Door
Loving My Children
Make It Work For Me
Mama Mama
Marvelous Toy
Maybe I Was
Maybe I'm Lonely
Maybe Not For A Lifetime
Medley: Hearing The News / Seasons To Change / Peace Will Come
Merry Christmas
Miranda
Missing You
Momma Momma
Monongahela River
Moon-Ray (Pop In Wonderland & Melanie)
Moronghela River
Motherhood Of Love
Mr. Tambourine Man
Music! Music! Music!
My Beautiful People
My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean
My Father
My Rainbow Race
My Surprise
Nickel Song
Nickel Song / Music, Music, Music
No Time To Smell The Flowers
Nothing Is Real
O Holy Night
Oh Boy
Ol' Man River
Old Bitch Warrior
On The Lam From The Law
One More Try
Only Goes To Show You
Ordinary Rain
Over The Rainbow
Peace Train
Peace Will Come (According To Plan)
Pebbles In The Sand
People Are Just Getting Ready
People Got To Be Free
People In The Front Row
Perceive It
Photograph
Pine And Feather
Please Love Me
Poet Is King
Prematurely Grey
Pretty Boy Floyd
Pretty Boy, Dear One
Private Parts
Prize
Prone To Wander
Psychotherapy
Punishment Fits The Crime
Purple Haze
Put A Hat On Your Head
Racing Heart
Rag Doll
Railroad
Rain Dance
Rainbow Race
Record Machine
Record People
Remember Me Good
Right About Now
Ring Around The Moon
Ring The Living Bell
Roadburn
Rock In The Road
Rock 'N' Roll Heart
Ruby Tuesday
Ruby Tuesday [Special Mix '89]
Ruby Tuesday '99
Runnin' After Love
Saddest Thing
Sandman
Save Me
Save The Night
Secret Of The Darkness (I Believe)
Seeds
Shine On
Ships In The Harbor
Show You
Sign On The Window
Silence Is King
Silent Night
Smile
Some Body Love
Some Say (I Got Devil)
Somebody Loves Me
Someday I'll Be A Farmer
Someday I'll Be An Old Record
Something Warm
Son Of A Rotten Gambler
Song Of The South
Soul Sister Annie
Spunky
Standing On The Other Side (Of Your Love)
Stars Up There
Steppin'
Stoneground Words
Stop! I Don't Wanna Hear It Anymore
Summer Of Love
Summer Weaving
Sun And Moon
Sweet Misery
Take Me Home
Taking A Bath
Tell Me Why
The Actress
The Ballad Of Crazy Love
The First Noel
The Good Book
The Good Guys
The Letter
The Natural Man (San Bernadino)
The Prize
The Saddest Thing
The Sun And The Moon
The Sun Will Shine On You And Me
The Wonderer
These Nights
They Can Find You In Your Dreams
This House
Those Were The Days
Till They All Get Home
Tin Star
To Be A Star
To Be The One
To Love Somebody
Together Again
Together Alone
Tonight's The Kind Of Night
Too Late
Too Late To Go
True Believers
Tuning My Guitar
Unchained Melody
Undertow
Unfinished Business
Uptown And Down
Uptown Down
Uptown Down Again
Virgin Mary / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
We Can Work It Out
We Don't Know Where We're Going
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Wear It Like A Flag
We've Got Tonight
Whamp Bomp Song
What Child Is This
What Do I Keep
What Have They Done To My Song, Ma
What Have They Done To The Rain
What Wondrous Love
When I Need You
When The Clock Strikes Twelve
When You're Dead And Gone
Where's The Band
Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed
Why Didn't My Mother Tell Me
Wild Horses
Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Window Pain
Wonderer
Working Legend
Yankee Man
Yes Sir, That's My Baby
You Call Yourself A Writer
You Can Find Anything Here
You Can Go Fishin'
You Can't Hurry Love / Mama Said
You Could Have Had Me For A Nickel
You Don't Know Me
You Keep Me Hangin' On
You're Not A Bad Ghost, Just An Old Song
ALBUMS BY MELANIE
20 Best Of Melanie
20 Superhits
All The Hits ... And More
All The Right Noises
Am I Real Or What
Antlers (A Christmas For True Believers)
Arabesque
As I See It Now
Ballroom Streets
Beautiful People
Best Of
Born To Be
Candles In The Rain
Cowabonga Never Turn Your Back On A Wave
Crazy Love
Die weisse Serie
Ever Since You Never Heard Of Me
Freedom Knows My Name
Garden In The City
Gather Me
Lay Down (Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers)
Leftover Wine
Liederbuch
Live At Carnegie Hall
Live At Carnegie Hall [1973]
Lowcountry
Madrugada
Melanie
Melanie (The Dutch Album)
Melanie [2016]
Melanie In Concert At Montreux
Millenium Collection
Moments From My Life
Old Bitch Warrior
On Air
Paled By Dimmer Light
Phonogenic: Not Just Another Pretty Face
Photograph
Please Love Me
Pop Chronik
Portrait
Portrait [1981]
Precious Cargo
Profile
Recorded Live @
Ruby Tuesday
Ruby Tuesday [2009]
Seventh Wave
Silence Is King
Silver Anniversary
Stoneground Words
Sunset And Other Beginnings
The Album
The Best Of Melanie
The Best Of Melanie - Ruby Tuesday
The Best Of Melanie [1993]
The Best Of Melanie [2003]
The Four Sides Of Melanie
The Good Book
The Original
The Story Of Pop
The Very Best Of Melanie [1973]
The Very Best Of Melanie [1985]
These Nights
Unchained Melanie
Unplugged
Victim Of The Moon
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 5.08 (Reviews: 53)
******
Erstaunlicherweise keine Hit Platzierung in D oder USA, nur eine Woche Platz 39 in UK. Trotzdem ein Klassiker, den noch sehr viele Menschen kennen. Ein Kulthit für mich und meiner alten Freundin Christiane. Auch schön, die deutsche Version von Daliah Lavi (Wer hat mein Lied so zerstört, Ma?) - die es aber auch auf Englisch aufgenommen hat.
Last edited: 11.02.2009 13:55
******
Single 1970. Schon unglaublich, dass dieser geniale, witzige Song, geschrieben und interpretiert von Melanie Safka, bei uns nicht in die Hitparade kam.
Daliah Lavis deutsche Aufnahme erfolgte im selben Jahr, die englische Version lieferte sie 1971 nach.
Last edited: 26.02.2004 00:35
*****
Gilt für so manchen Song hier ;-)) Eins der frühen Lieblingslieder von meinem Bruder.
******
> LarkCGN
******
Ein genialer und einfacher Song! Die Steigerung in der Instrumentierung und die Möglichkeit mitzugrölen erhöhen den Spassfaktor unglaublich.
*****
5 points
*****
Gut
******
Ein echter Klassiker mit hohem Kultfaktor aus den frühen 70er Jahren.
******
A great song. One of her best songs.
***
Gab ja viele Leute, die Melanies Stimme so toll fanden - ich nicht; hört sich brüchig an. Finde es außerdem langweilig, 4:02 Minuten immer nur die gleiche Phrase zu hören, im Prinzip wird ja ständig der Refrain wiederholt, oder anders: Der Titel besteht nur daraus!
Sorry, halte ich seit Jahrzehnten für überbewertet.
******
Den hörte ich früher immer. Habe eine Oldies CD mal im Abfall gefunden. Seit da kenne ich das Lied
*****
Nettes Lied aus dem späten 1970, das binnen eines Vierteljahres auch noch von The New Seekers gecovert und zum Hit wurde, als ob Melanie dies geahnt hätte. Die zerbrechliche, traurige Stimme von Melanie Safka passt allerdings - wie ich finde - in der Tat besser zu dem Lied. Auch Daliah Lavi coverte den Song noch im gleichen Jahr in deutscher Übersetzung "Wer hat mein Lied so zerstört" - und gar nicht so schlecht.
Last edited: 16.01.2006 23:09
*****
die hippie-prinzessin war ihrer zeit immer voraus - zeitlos!
******
Ein zeitlos schöner Popsong!
******
zeitlos..Klassiker
*****
klassiker...
******
die stimmte gefiel mir schon immer und dann noch dieser song...
*****
Klassiker
******
prima zum mitsingen....steigert sich gegen Ende mächtig.... ils ont schanschee ma schansoon....herrlich
*****
Schön, schön, schön!
*****
Passte absolut zur Stimme Melanie Safka's.
******
Die New Seekers stahlen Melanie in der USA mit diesem Song die Show und kamen bis Platz 14. Das Stück hat Melanie angeblich geschrieben, weil sie mit dem Arrangement ihres Rolling-Stones Covers 'Ruby Tuesday' nicht einverstanden war. Feiner Ohrwurm.
Last edited: 17.11.2017 13:18
*****
Ja, der Anticoverversionsong ;-)
*****
Sehr stark ihre eigene Interpretation des Songs. Lebt auch durch ihre eigenwillige, nicht glatte Stimme.
P.S. Dachte ich mir doch, dass dieser Song hier sein müsste. Auf meiner Single (B-Seite zu Brand New Key) wird er so geschrieben, sonst:
"What They've Done To My Song, Ma".
Last edited: 29.06.2009 20:51
******
Echt sehr guter Titel einer viel zu wenig beachteten Sängerin. Gerade weil die Stimme nicht so perfekt und steril klingt hat sie einen hohen Wiedererkennungswert. Einfach ehrlich und authentisch. Ich finds klasse!
******
die fledermaus...
liebt diesen song!

Ww^.^wW
***
gleicher Auffassung wie bandito: ein überaus langweilig gesungener Titel und ihre Stimme gefällt mir an bestimmten Stellen überhaupt nicht - 3+ für diesen Song aus anfangs der 70er...
Last edited: 10.05.2013 21:18
*****
... stark ...
******
Melanie hatte einfach eine riesen Röhre.
Hier einer ihrer Auftritte im Musikladen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8s7HaM3zI8
******
Wunderbar!
*****
ein echter Klassiker
****
nicht schlecht, aber von Daliah Lavi gefällt mir das Stück besser...
******
der wolf heult auch!
*****
... sehr gut ...
*****
Ein sehr schöner Oldie.
*****
....sehr schönes Stück....
*****
Klassiker, nur knapp keine 6*
eventuell später
******
Geniaal.
Last edited: 20.11.2014 13:20
*****
Just love it!
*****
leckerlecker!
******
...großartiger Song...
*****
sehr gutes Original
*
Ce style est horrible.
*****
... sehr schöner und, unvergesslicher Song, der mir auch in der Interpretation von Dalih Lavi mit am besten gefällt ...
****
Zum schluß überdreht sie stimmlich wieder einmal. Sonst ist das ein herrlicher Song. Mir gefallen darum auch fast alle andere Versionen davon besser. 4+
*****
Schöner Oldie!
******
6+ keine Ahnung wie oft ich den schon gehört habe oder vom wem am Meisten. Jedenfalls immer wieder großartig.
****
▒ Géén slecht, maar ook geen top nummerke uit 1970 door de nu inmiddels 70 jarige Amerikaanse zangeres en songschrijfster: "Melanie Anne Safka / Schekeryk" !!! Ruim voldoende ☺!!!
*****

Sehr gut Frau Safka.
**
Klingt ähnlich debil wie den Song, den ich zuvor gehört habe (Can Can Rave). Der hat wenigstens ein bisschen Spaß gemacht. Hier höre ich nur ein Gejaule und wie oben bemerkt ein langweiligen Refrain, der sich dauernd wiederholt. 2+
****
Mir gefallen die deutsche Version von Daliah Lavi und die französische Version von Dalida wesentlich besser.
****
Sicher ziemlich bekannt, doch hatte die Künstlerin auch wesentlich besseres Material.
*****
...unvergessener Ohrwurm - Melanies Stimme .... man mag sie oder eben nicht...
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