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Mean Woman Blues

Rating:
4.3 / 5

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

Recordingdate: 1957/01/13, first released on: Loving You (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Mean Woman Blues:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(piano)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)

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Steve V wrote on February 03, 2009
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.
Dixieland Rock wrote on March 09, 2009
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.
Natha wrote on March 09, 2009
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.
Pedro Nuno wrote on March 09, 2009
This song is Outstanding, and the film performance is Elvis The Pelvis in all his glory! Amen!
sitdown68 wrote on March 09, 2009
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
GEORGE (GK) wrote on March 09, 2009
I Love Elvis, tremendiously, but I never cared for the song.. "Mean Woman Blues" It just doesn't.. flow, for me. (same goes for "Hot Dog" & "Lonesome Cowboy") I think Roy Orbison, does the song, a bit better. However, I think the song, is a good candidate for a remix.
old shep wrote on March 09, 2009
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.
Cruiser621 wrote on April 19, 2012
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.
sugartummy wrote on April 07, 2013
Great guitar playing by Moore, but even better singing by Elvis on this great track.
Gorse wrote on June 14, 2013
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.
Troubleman wrote on November 06, 2014
Definitely one of his best rock/blues songs. Probably would have been another number 1 hit if it had been released as a single. TCB
ElvisSacramento wrote on November 06, 2014
This is such a splendid, fun, groovy and unique song and the best rendition of it is definitely by Elvis. It should've been a smash hit for Elvis, but sadly it wasn't a hit for Elvis at all. It's a masterpiece of a song and Elvis' rendition of it is a masterpiece too. RCA should've issued Elvis' rendition of it as a single too. It would have certainly been a major hit for Elvis had RCA issued his rendition of it as a single. 5 Stars.
Deano1 wrote on May 03, 2015
Not one of my personal favorites, but one that I never skip. Fun in the movie, although Elvis' lip syncing is at its worst and raw and raucous on record. There was something in Elvis' voice on this song that would for the most part disappear after he returned from the Army. I do hear it however on "It Feels So Right", "Such A Night", "Little Sister" and oddly on "She's A Machine". It also reappears on a couple of the Memphis sessions songs, "Power Of My Love" and "Wearin' That Loved On Look". He really became a polished singer after he returned from the service and I think that cut a bit of the grit out of his voice. As far as Roy Orbison, I honestly don't know how an Elvis fan could compare his version with Elvis'. Orbison's version doesn't have any punch and the female background singers give it a gimmicky feel (like the female voices that almost ruin Elvis' version of "What I'd Say"). Roy was a great singer on ballads, but did not offer much on up tempo tunes other that "Pretty Woman".
bajo wrote on May 03, 2015
This is one of Elvis' greatest rock'n roll tunes. It should have been a hit on it's own. It's nice to see that it was included in 2nd To None, because it deserves hit status. I never skip this one. Elvis' got the edge, Roy's going nowhere. When I first heard Roy's version I though it was a different song! The movie version is great in the movie, but I stay with the record version when I want to listen to it!
JerryNodak wrote on May 16, 2019
Elvis doesn't do it for me on this one. I prefer the Roy Orbison version.
doctorcmp wrote on May 16, 2019
Great song, and great number on the screen. Along with Jailhouse Rock and Bossa Nova Baby one of his top screen music numbers.
marty wrote on November 20, 2020
Not one of his best 50's rockers but still a great performance. When Elvis was rocking in the 50's, masterpieces were created. It would have been a big hit if it were released as a single. 4 1/2 stars
Miknik7077 wrote on December 21, 2020
This should have been a bigger hit. Elvis at his rocking best and IMO the best rock music scene in movie history. Brilliant.
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