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Mean Old World
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T-Bone (Aaron Thibeaux) Walker

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Date Performance 1965-10-20
Running Time 2:30
Performers Doctor (Isaiah) Ross (Vocals), Doctor (Isaiah) Ross (Harmonica)
Commentsby Doctor Isaiah Ross. Mono Version. Recorded at the Bedford Corner Hotel, Tottenham Court Road, London. Original Release: Blue Horizon #LP 1 ('The Flying Eagle'). Courtesy of Bob Yates. Source: Original analogue tape.
Appears On
The Blue Horizon Story 1965-1970 Vol. 1 (1997)
Various Artists

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This is a mean old world, try livin' by yourself
This is a mean old world, try livin' by yourself
Can't get the one your lovin' have to use somebody else

I got the blues, gonna pack my bags and go
Yes, I got the blues, gonna pack my bags and go
Yes, I guess you really don't love me
I'm just an unlucky so and so.

solo

Sometimes I wonder why - can your love be so cool
Yeah, sometimes I wonder why - can your love be so cool
Yes, I guess you don't really don't love me
I'm just an unlucky so and so

As performed by Peter Green on BBC Session:

This is a mean old world,
try and live in by yourself,
This is a mean old world,
try and live in by yourself,
Canít get the one youíre loviní
Yes, you got to use somebody else

You know, I hate to remember
what a fool I used to be
yes, I hate to remember
what a fool I used to be
I give you all my loviní
Look how you mistreat me

Break

You know, I smile to keep from worrying
And I laugh to keep from crying
Yes, I smile to keep from worrying, people
You know, I laugh to keep from crying
And thatís soís I donít let the public know
Whatís on my worried mind

Someday baby,
When the blood runs cold in my veins
I said someday baby,
When the blood runs cold in my veins
You wonít have to hurt old me no more
ĎCause my heart wonít feel no pain

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    Other Performances »
Performance #1:
Date Performance 1968-10-23
Running Time 3:45
Performers Christine McVie (Vocal), Christine McVie (Piano), Stan Webb (Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass Guitar), Dave Bidwell (Drums), (Big) Walter (Shakey) Horton (Harmonica), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Blue Horizon (Records) (Production), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Recording Engineer)
CommentsIntro: 0:33 Track: 3:12 Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Appears On
O.K. Ken (1968)
Chicken Shack
Performance #2:
Running Time 3:54
Performers Stan Webb (Guitar), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass), Dave Bidwell (Drums)
Appears On
From The Vaults (1997)
Chicken Shack
Performance #3:
Date Performance 1968-10-23
Running Time 3:45
Performers Christine McVie (Vocal), Christine McVie (Piano), Stan Webb (Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass Guitar), Dave Bidwell (Drums), (Big) Walter (Shakey) Horton (Harmonica), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Blue Horizon (Records) (Production), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Recording Engineer)
CommentsIntro: 0:33 Track: 3:12 Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Appears On
The Collection (1986)
Chicken Shack
Golden Era Of Pop Music (1977)
Chicken Shack
The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2006)
Chicken Shack
Performance #4:
Date Performance 1970-10-02
Running Time 3:50
Performers Eric (Patrick) Clapton (Vocals), Eric (Patrick) Clapton (Guitar), Duane Allman (Guitar), Tom Dowd (Produced By)
Commentsby Eric Clapton & Duane Allman. Recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida during the LAYLA sessions. (P) 1972 Polygram International Music B.V.
Appears On
Crossroads (1988)
Eric (Patrick) Clapton
Performance #5:
Date Performance 1968-00-00
Performers Peter Green (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass)
CommentsBBC session track
Appears On
Mean Old World (1994)
Fleetwood Mac
Blues With A Feeling (1989)
Fleetwood Mac
Show Biz Blues: Live At The BBC & More (0000)
Fleetwood Mac

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Arc Music (BMI)/Marada/Maxada Music Ltd.

Adapted by B. B. King (Peter most likely worked his interpretation from King's version)

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    Last Modified »
2009-01-02

    Discography Credits »
Lyrics contributed by Ron Chambliss & Richard J. Orlando.