Remembering Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker was an English singer known for his gravelly voice and shaking mannerisms. He suffered from alcoholism and died of lung cancer on 22 December 2014, age 70. He still is the greatest non-black soul singer known.

The first two videos are of the same song, ‘Feelin’ Alright’, at an early then later (2001?) stage. Lyrics follow.

The third video is from 2006. ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’ was written by Randy Newman and concerns relationships. “Embarking on relationships involves a kind of mutual disrobing, often in stages, but not always equal, and not necessarily physical” . Lyrics follow.

Seems I’ve got to have a change of scene
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
For someone’s locked the door and took the key

Feeling alright
I’m not feeling too good myself
Feeling alright
I’m not feeling that good myself

Boy you sure took me for one big ride
And even now I sit and I wonder why
That when I think of you
I stop myself from crying
I just can’t waste my time
I must keep trying
I’ve got to stop believing in all your lies
‘Cause there’s too much to do before I die

Feeling alright
I’m not feeling too good myself
Feeling alright
I’m not feeling that good myself

Don’t you get too lost in all I say
But at the time you know, I really felt that way
But that was then and now you know it’s today
I can’t get set so I guess I’m here to stay
Till someone comes along and takes my place
With a different name oh and a different face

Feeling alright
I’m not feeling that good myself
Feeling alright
I’m not feeling that good myself

Feeling alright
I’m not feeling that good myself
Feeling alright
I’m not feeling good myself
Feeling alright
I’m not feeling too good myself
Feeling alright
I’m not feeling that good myself

Baby, take off your coat…real slow
Baby, take off your shoes…here, I’ll take your shoes
Baby, take off your dress
Yes, yes, yes
You can leave your hat on
You can leave your hat on
You can leave your hat on

Go on over there and turn on the light…no, all the lights
Now come back here and stand on this chair…that’s right
Raise your arms up in to the air…shake ’em
You give me a reason to live
You give me a reason to live
You give me a reason to live

Suspicious minds are talking
Trying to tear us apart
They say that my love is wrong
They don’t know what love is
They don’t know what love is
They don’t know what love is
They don’t know what love is
I know what love is

Don Matthews
December 2020


Published by donmatthewspoetry

I just like playing round with words. And having fun

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