Born under a Bad Sign

It’s pouring rain here all day and night, and I am cooped up inside. I did have a visitor today, bless her heart, a lovely women named Jeanne, who stayed and chatted for a few hours. She’s gone now and I’m listening to the music of my generation. Yes, I was born under a bad sign. My mama told me it was a beautiful spring day when I was born, but I now know better. I always loved the blues and it’s no wonder why.

Born Under a Bad Sign was recorded by some of the greats, Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker), the phenomenal late Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Albert King, among others. I just discovered a most awesome version by the high priestess of soul, Nina Simone. I’ll offer three versions here, Nina Simone (you shouldn’t miss this if you know her voice and her music), a rare cut with the late great Stevie Ray Vaughn playing with Albert King, and the one by Cream, the British band from the 1960’s and 70’s, whose influence was far and wide.

This is how I’ve been feeling today. It’s still raining, cold and it’s dark outside, and I am trying to feel some heat. 

 

Born under a bad sign.
I’ve been down since I began to crawl.
If it wasn’t for bad luck,
I wouldn’t have no luck at all.

Bad luck and trouble’s my only friend,
I’ve been down ever since I was ten.

Born under a bad sign.
I’ve been down since I began to crawl.
If it wasn’t for bad luck,
I wouldn’t have no luck at all.

You know, wine and women is all I crave.
A big bad woman’s gonna carry me to my grave.

Born under a bad sign.
I’ve been down since I began to crawl.
If it wasn’t for bad luck,
I wouldn’t have no luck at all.

Bad luck and trouble’s been my only friend,
I’ve been down ever since I was ten.

Born under a bad sign.
I’ve been down since I began to crawl.
If it wasn’t for bad luck,
I wouldn’t have no luck.
If it wasn’t for real bad luck,
I wouldn’t have no luck at all.

Born under a bad sign.
Born under a bad sign.

 

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