Mean Woman Blues

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Words & Music: Claude DeMetrius
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
Recorded: 1957/01/13, first released on Loving You

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Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 14, 2013report abuse
They are treated totally differently, but I like Roy Orbison's version and Elvis's equally. Great scene (is that Trouble playing on the juke box), in a film which comes nearest to showing our boy performing live concerts in the early days.
Great drive and power from start to finish which captures a significant time in his career.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2013report abuse
Great guitar playing by Moore, but even better singing by Elvis on this great track.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2012report abuse
One of my all time favorites. First song of my first long playing album on vinyl for those who still remember what vinyl was or is. The ultimate version of this song in 1957. When Elvis was truly at the top of his game.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 9, 2009report abuse
The 1950s were my favourite Elvis period and Loving You one of my top 3 Elvis films. Having said this I never went overboard with the song itself. I think Elvis' version is no better than Jerry Lee Lewis' or Roy Orbisons' A good song but nothing special.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 9, 2009
Invisible because there was abuse of the keyboard
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 9, 2009report abuse
A fine performance using the jukebox as "playback". A few reason for the change in his post army voice might be: He went trough the tragedy of losing his mother, he went through another maturing process while serving for two years abroad, even with his family it wasn't Tennessee anymore, all these experiences supply another color to ones voice...and don't forget, that he met with Charlie Hodge who heolped him to improve his vocal technique on the bas of his vocal knowledge
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 9, 2009report abuse
This song is Outstanding, and the film performance is Elvis The Pelvis in all his glory! Amen!
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 9, 2009report abuse
Listen to this rocker and get the feeling what it is all about. Elvis' performance of this is as almost everything from that period outstanding. That's what made him the indisputable King. The joy, the passion and the power combined with his youthfullness creates that uplifting feeling in the mind and body urging one to move and jive. Oh those fabulous fifties were unique in man's history.
Dixieland Rock (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 9, 2009report abuse
This song & the film performance are on my short list of absolute favorites by Presley. I think to pinpoint what it was about this song is that Elvis is so laid back here & getting to be himself. Plus the song gave him great material to work with. The musicians were in fine form & his delivery was what gave the song it's punch. The only time I've seen Elvis come close to this style performance in the movies is in "Tickle Me" when he did "It Feels So Right". Both songs are fine film performances.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 3, 2009report abuse
Best version of this song ever. This is the 50's Elvis I love. This identifying trait in his voice was gone forever once Elvis returned from the Army. I cant pinpoint what it is exactly but I never heard it again after the 50's even on the great rockers he recorded in the early 60's. Maybe it was just youth, but he never sounded quite like this ever again.

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