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Mean Woman Blues

Written by Claude Demetrius

Album This song officially appears on the Biker Like An Icon (Promo) EP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1993

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Mean Woman Blues” is a 12-bar blues song written by Claude Demetrius. It was recorded by Elvis Presley as part of the soundtrack for his 1957 motion picture, Loving You. Presley also released the song on Side 2 of a four-song EP record. The Elvis Presley version of “Mean Woman Blues” went to #11 on the R&B charts.

In 1959, Cliff Richard and The Shadows recorded a studio version on their Cliff Sings album.

1950s rockabilly artist Glen Glen from Los Angeles recorded a version of this song for England’s Ace label which was released on the album “Everybody’s Movin’ Again” (ACde CD Ch403, scan # 029667140324) using the same musicians from his 1950s Era records.

In 1963, the song was recorded with “Blue Bayou” as a 45rpm single by Roy Orbison that went to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 music charts.

Jerry Lee Lewis made his version of the song in the live album Live at the Star Club, Hamburg. He also recorded it in 1957 and this was the b-side to the UK release of his hit “Great Balls of Fire.” Jerry Lee’s version differed a lot lyrically to the Claude de Metrius composition. Roy Orbison’s version used the lyrics from the Lewis version. […]

From The Beatles Rarity:

[…] “Mean Woman Blues” is a 12-bar blues song recorded by Elvis Presley for the 1957 soundtrack to his movie Loving You. It’s possible that the reason this song was excluded [from the “Unplugged” album] was that it was considered a “warm-up” number – since it was actually the show opener. It did actually get a release though as a b-side to a 1993 promo-only CD single released in the U.K. for Paul’s Off The Ground number “Biker Like An Icon.” It’s never been released in the U.S. or commercially anywhere […]

Extra info: Paul has a few other known performances of “Mean Woman Blues” from the early nineties. He included it in a show on May 10th, 1991 at “The Mean Fiddler” in Harlesden (a district of London), U.K. and also as part of his soundcheck for a gig in Winnipeg, Canada on May 21, 1993.

Last updated on September 22, 2016

Lyrics

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

Officially appears on


Biker Like An Icon (Promo)

EP • Released in 1993

3:03 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Percussion (?)
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies
Paul Wickens:
Piano (?)
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart:
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie:
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw:
Monitor engineer

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991

Bootlegs


Plugged and Unplugged

Unofficial live • Released in 1992

3:02 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Percussion (?)
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies
Paul Wickens:
Piano (?)
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart:
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie:
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw:
Monitor engineer

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991



Codename Falconer

Unofficial live

3:48 • Live

Concert From the concert in Copenhagen, Denmark on Jul 24, 1991



Dome In Rehearsal

Unofficial live

6:53 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Fukuoka, Japan on Nov 18, 1993


Videos

Live performances

“Mean Woman Blues” has been played in 9 concerts and 8 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Mean Woman Blues” has been played


The Buddy Holly Week

Sep 09, 1992 • United Kingdom • London







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