Johnny Winter - Mean Town Blues - Live 1970
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Johnny Winter - Mean Town Blues - Live 1970




"Mean Town Blues" is a song from The Progressive Blues Experiment that was the debut album by Johnny Winter.


The Progressive Blues Experiment was originally issued on Austin's Sonobeat Records label in 1968. When Winter signed to Columbia Records, the rights were sold to Imperial Records who reissued the album in 1969.


Winter plays here in a trio with his late-sixties band. Several blues artists are covered including B.B. King ("It's My Own Fault"), Sonny Boy Williamson ("Help Me"), and Slim Harpo ("I Got Love If You Want It").






Lyrics



Lord my mother she done told me and my father done told

me

My father told me too, yeah my mother she done told me

And my father done told me, my father told me too, it's a mean old town to live

in by yourself

Yeah, work for a dollar or several thousand, could not save a

dime

You know I worked for a dollar, or several thousand, man couldn't save a

dime

Ain't nobody worried and there isn't nobody's crying

Yeah, I got my hands outside to get a hold on, try to get some of my

cash

Lord I try to get my hands outside to get a hold on, try to get some of my

cash

It's those great big smiles to keep us out of that trash

So I packed up my suitcase and I move on down, hit that lonesome

road

You know I packed up my suitcase and I hit that lonesome, move on

down

I'm still crying to make it when the day was done



Songwriters: Johnny Winter

Mean Town Blues lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC





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