Joe Cocker’s Feelin’ Alright

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Joe Cocker's Feelin' Alright

Blues Rock

The song was written by singer, songwriter, musician Dave Mason, who at the time was with the English band Traffic. They recorded it for their 1968 album Trafffic. The band included Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, Jim Capaldi, and Mason. Joe Cocker’s version charted at #69 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1969 and then re-charted at #33 in 1972. The personnel for Cocker’s version were Joe Cocker (lead vocals), David Cohen (guitar), Carol Kaye (bass guitar), Artie Butler (piano), Paul Humphrey (drums), and Laudir de Oliveira (percussion). The backing vocals were by Brenda Holloway, and Merry Clayton.

There have been numerous covers of the song, including ones by Mongo SantamarĂ­a, Grand Funk Railroad, Three Dog Night, Rare Earth, Lulu, Lou Rawls, Chairmen of the Board, the 5th Dimension, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Jackson 5 alone and with Diana Ross, Isaac Hayes, and many more.

Joe Cocker was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He was known for his gravelly voice, charismatic performances, and halting body movements as well as great covers of popular songs. He had many hits, including “With a Little Help from My Friends, “You Are so Beautiful, ” and “Up Where We Belong” to name a few. Cocker is on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Singers.” He died in 2014 at the age of 70.

Here are the lyrics to “Feelin’ Alright” by Joe Cocker:

“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
But someone locked the door and took the key


You feelin’ alright?
I’m not feelin’ too good myself
Feelin’ alright?
I’m not feelin’ that good myself

Boy, you sure took me for one bad ride
And even now I sit and wonder why
That when I think of you I start myself to cry
I just can’t waste my time; I must get by
Gotta stop believin’ in all your lies
‘Cause there’s too much to do before I die


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


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