Mean Woman Blues

Album: Loving You (1957)
  • I got a woman,
    Mean as she can be
    I got a woman,
    Mean as she can be
    Sometimes I think
    She's almost mean as me

    A black cat up and died of fright
    'Cause she crossed his path last night
    Oh, I got a woman
    Mean as she can be
    Sometimes I think
    She's almost mean as me

    She kiss so hard, she bruise my lips
    Hurts so good, my heart just flips
    Oh, I got a woman
    Mean as she can be
    Sometimes I think
    She's almost mean as me

    The strangest gal I ever had
    Never happy 'less she's mad
    Oh, I got a woman
    Mean as she can be
    Sometimes I think
    She's almost mean as me

    She makes love without a smile
    Ooh, hot dog that drives me wild
    Oh, I got a woman
    Mean as she can be
    Sometimes I think
    She's almost mean as me. Writer/s: JOHN LEE HOOKER
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 7

  • G from SwedenI'm surprised to find John Lee Hooker credited as writer. That seems very unlikely, as he never recorded it himself and I have never heard of him writing song for other artists. Wikipedia states it was Claude Demetrius who wrote it.
  • Babbling Babette from Tulsa OkThanks to Songfacts for the history on Mean Woman Blues. I never heard any other version, except the Roy Orbison version from '63. Since then, I've heard Elvis's version & it is a bouncy rocker. I prefer Orbison's hit because it's a "full tilt" rock & roll powerhouse.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 23rd 1957, Elvis' second motion picture, "Loving You", had its United Kingdom premiere in London, England...
    One month earlier on July 9th, 1957 it had its world premiere in the U.S.A.
    "Mean Woman Blues" was never released as a single, but two other songs featured in the movie made the Top 100; "Teddy Bear" {peaked at #1 for seven weeks & stayed on the Top 100 for almost a half-year, 25 weeks} and "Loving You" {it reached #20}...
    Roy Orbison's covered version peaked at #5 {for 2 weeks} on October 27th, 1963...
    R.I.P. to The King {1935 - 1977} and to 'The Big O' {1936 - 1988}...
    Both left us way too soon!
  • Rotunda from Tulsa, OkI'm familiar with many versions of "Mean Woman Blues." My uncle owned a big record store for 35 years here & I heard these versions of "Mean Woman Blues." Uncle Hornie doesn't have his record store now, but I still remember many of his rare records. I even recall the Cliff Richard version very well. Still - I gotta say that I seriously think the best version is by Roy Orbison. It was released in 1963 (summertime, b/w "Blue Bayou") and was a huge hit for the BIG O. That guitar break in Orbison's version is a real killer! Ya gotta check it out. Orbison did a live version of the song on his "Black and White Night" live concert on VHS back in the 90s. Great version by great star.
  • Randy from Fayettevile, ArYep - I've checked out all the other versions. Indeed, Elvis does rock on his version. However, I consider the best version is by The Big O - Roy Orbison! What a voice & what an arrangement!! The Big O really blows the roof off in his version!
  • Mark from Dublin, Irelandcheck out cliff richard and the shadows version on cliffs second album "cliff sings"...its a great rocking version equal if not better than roy orbison and jerry lees version
  • George from Belleville, NjThis song seems to capture the essence of the rocking sound that Elvis was famous for during that era of the fifties.i would say it's a blend of blues,r&b,rock and pop all rolled into one.it captures sort of a rebellious style that was projected in that time in his career.
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