Feelin' Alright

Album: Traffic (1968)
Charted: 123
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  • Seems I've got to have a change of scene
    Cause every night I have the strangest dreams
    Imprisoned by the way it could have been
    Left here on my own or so it seems
    I've got to leave before I start to scream
    But someone's locked the door and took the key.

    You feelin' alright?
    I'm not feelin' too good myself
    Well, you feelin' alright?
    I'm not feelin' too good myself.

    Well, say, you took me for one big ride
    And even now I sit and wonder why
    That when I think of you I start to cry
    I just can't waste my time, I must keep dry
    Gotta stop believin' in all you lies
    Cause there's to much to do before I die.

    You feelin' alright?
    I'm not feelin' too good myself
    Well, you feelin' alright?
    I'm not feelin' too good myself.

    Don't get too lost in all I say
    Though at the time I really felt that way
    But that was then, now it's today;
    I can't get off so I'm here to stay
    Till someone comes along and takes my place
    With a different name and, yes a different face.

    You feelin' alright?
    I'm not feelin' too good myself
    Well, you feelin' alright?
    I'm not feelin' too good myself. Writer/s: Dave Mason
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 20

  • Todd Mather from Tahoe City CaWho plays sax on this? Not Bobby Keys….?
  • Sandy from Vancouver, CanadaI watched Dave Mason at Richards on Richards after MNF and he did a fantastic set which included some Traffic stuff. Beautiful version of Sleepwalk was also included. $5.00 entry because I was already seated after the football game. Amazing!!!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 14th 1970, Derek and the Dominos appeared in concert for the first time when they performed at the Lyceum Theatre in London, England...
    They played a set list of five songs; "Blues Power", "Bottle of Red Wine", "Cross Road Blues", "Spoonful", and "Feelin' Alright"*...
    Just under five months later on November 9th, 1970 the group's only album, "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs", was released and eventually it peaked at #16 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    * Dave Mason accompanied the band on "Feelin' Alright", the song was composed by Dave Mason and originally recorded by Traffic, of which he was a member.
  • Doug from Boston, MaThe story behind the piano hook from the Joe Cocker version is told by Artie Butler here: http://www.artiebutler.com/feelin.html

    I always thought it was Leon Russell too, since Leon put together the Mad Dogs and Englishmen band, but no, it comes from the studio record. It is surprising that Steve Winwood was actually on that record, but not the Traffic cover. Artie Butler was very proud of the piano hook, and rightfully so. Although I love the Traffic version, I also love it when another act re-interprets a song in an original way.

    Oh, and to answer Jim, Winwood was the only member of Traffic to guest appear on Cocker's "A Little Help From My Friends" album. But Jimmy Page and Albert Lee contributed as well.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 27th 1969, Joe Cocker and the Grease Band performed "Feelin' Alright" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    (See next post below concerning chart info).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 2nd, 1972, "Feelin' Alright" by Joe Cocker entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 6th it peaked at #33 (for 2 weeks) and spent 9 weeks on the Top 100...
    He originally charted with it three years earlier in 1969, at that time it reached #69 and stayed on the Top 100 for 6 weeks...
    The 1972 version was a 'live' version from his 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' album...
    Two other covered versions have charted; Mongo Santamaria (#96 in 1969) and Grand Funk Railroad (#54 in 1971)...
    R.I.P. Mr. Santanmaria (1922 - 2003) and Mr. Cocker, born John Robert Cocker, will celebrate his 70th birthday this coming May 20th.
  • Gary from Sunderland, MaDidn't Leon Russell write the piano riff that sets Cocker's version apart from Traffic's?
  • Joel from Downs, KsI'm surprised that nobody has made this into a drug song. Not that I'm complaining. I have this on my I-pod and play it when I am really feeling down. In other words I play this song a lot along with It's Been A While by Stained.
  • Joel from Buffalo, NyThis particular Joe Cocker song was also featured on the medical drama "House".
  • Peter G. Brown from London, United KingdomJoe Cocker was only one of many people to record this song. It is a popular live song world wide in pubs and nitespots as it is easy to learn since it only has 2 chords, so easy to jam.
  • Scott from Boston, MaI like Traffic's original version better.
  • Juan from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaThis song belongs to Dave Mason (Traffic's gtr player). Maybe he played on Cocker's record.
  • Dave from Oak Park, MiAnd most important of all was that "Makeshift L.A. Studio Band", backing up Joe Cocker on his Mega-Hit, "Feelin' Alright"--accompanied by guitarist David Cohen, bassist Carol Kaye, drummer Paul Humphrey, percussionist Laudir de Oliveira, background vocalists Merry Clayton and Brenda & Patrice Holloway, and that's Artie Butler of HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES? fame, on piano; in-between his longtime duties as a music arranger for many other artists...
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandIt's under Joe cocker because Joe cocker covered it
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis is faster then most Joe Cocker songs.
  • Jaym from The Dark Side Of The MoonWhy is this under Joe Cocker on songfacts? It should be under Traffic.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyBelushi's "dueling deuet" with Cocker took Joe totally by surprise and he (Cocker) didn't know what to make of it. After the show, Cocker was told that Belushi's imitation of him was one of the show's most popular bits, so Cocker took it as a compliment. When Paul McCartney was visiting Los Angeles in the late 1970's he called Belushi's manager to offer to pay for Belushi to come to LA and do his "Joe Cocker" bit at a party Paul was throwing. Belushi declined.

  • Rob from Vancouver, CanadaSaw him back up Stevie ray Vaughn......he was so good that SRV paled by comparison
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiasaw Joe when he came to Australia "absolutely bloody fantastic"
  • Jim from Rochester, NyI thought at least two members of Traffic played on Joe Cockers version? Anybody have the facts?
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