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Born Under A Bad Sign: The song and its story

Born Under A Bad Sign the song and its story


The famous song ”Born Under A Bad Sign” was first recorded in 1967 by the 6′ 4” left-handed blues guitarist and singer Albert King. The lyrics were written by William Bell and the music by Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & the M.G.’s) in collaboration, and the piece is in the list of the “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll”.

“Born Under a Bad Sign” became a hit and reached number and later on was included on his first album with the label Stax Records. There are many different versions of the song, a quick Google search gives at least 52 versions from 1967 to 2014!!!

Albert-King

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

Hard luck and trouble
Been my only friend
I’ve been on my own
Ever since I was ten

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

I can’t read
I didn’t know how to write
My whole life has been
One big fight

Born under a bad sign
I’ve been down since I began to crawl
If it wasn’t for bad luck
I say, I wouldn’t have no luck at all
That ain’t lie, ah, oh

You know, if it wasn’t for bad luck
I wouldn’t have no kinda luck
If it wasn’t for real bad luck
I wouldn’t have no luck at all

You know wine
And women is all I crave
A big legged woman
Gonna carry me to my grave

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

Yeah, I’m a bad luck boy
Albert King version – Born Under A Bad Sign

Cream recorded a rockier version of ”Born Under A Bad Sign” for their two disc vinyl album ”Wheels Of Fire” which hit number 1 in the US and number 3 in the UK. Jack Bruce combining two verses and Eric Clapton played an epic guitar solo. The album was released in 1968, and Cream also released a couple of live versions of the song with two version of the album: Wheels of Fire (In the Studio) and Wheels of Fire (Live at the Fillmore).

cream

Born under a bad sign
I’ve been down since I began to crawl
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, who 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 troubles, they’re 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

Cream version – Born Under A Bad Sign

Cheers!
TheoE-Mute

Drummer, songwriter, singer & pianist.
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