Thursday, January 17, 2013

Have You Ever Been Mistreated?

... then you know just what I'm talkin' about.

This blues standard, called "Five Long Years" written and performed by Eddie Boyd, went to number one in the Billboard R&B charts in 1952. This song was covered by dozens of artists, such as Freddie King and Eric Clapton.

It describes the normal working man, coming home to his woman, who as most women do, had the nerve to throw him out, despite his hard efforts to please her.

Here's the live version performed by Boyd himself in 1965:

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