Five Long Years, Eddie Boyd (Eddie Boyd), 1951

Original recording:  Eddie Boyd (Piano and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Chess Records in 1951. This is one of the great blues standards.

Lyrics:

Have you ever been mistreated?
You know just what I’m talking about.
Have you ever been mistreated?
You know just what I’m talking about.
I worked five long years for one woman,
She had the nerve to put me out.

I got a job in a steel mill, shucking steel like a slave.
Five long years, every Friday
I come straight back home with all my pay.
Have you ever been mistreated?
You know just what I’m talking about.
I worked five long years for one woman,
She had the nerve to put me out.

I finally learned my lesson,
Should a long time ago.
The next woman that I marry,
She gonna work and bring me the dough.
Have you ever been mistreated?
You know just what I’m talking about.
I worked five long years for one woman,
She had the nerve,
She had the nerve,
She had the nerve,
She had the nerve to put me out. 

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