"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").
Lord my mother she done told me and my father done told
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
You know I worked for a dollar, or several thousand, man couldn't save a
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
Lord I try to get my hands outside to get a hold on, try to get some of my
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
You know I packed up my suitcase and I hit that lonesome, move on
I'm still crying to make it when the day was done
Songwriters: Johnny Winter
Mean Town Blues lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC