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Joe Cocker — The Letter
Album: Mad Dogs & Englishmen
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Released: 1970
Length: 4:11
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Gimme a ticket for an aeroplane
Ain't got time to take a fast train
Lonely days are gone
I'm a-goin' home
My baby just a-wrote me a letter

I don't care how much money I gotta spend
Got to get back to my baby again
Lonely days are gone
I'm a-goin' home
My baby just a-wrote me a letter

Well, she wrote me a letter, said she couldn't live without me no more
Listen mister, can't you see I got to get back to my baby once more?
Anyway, yeah

Gimme a ticket for an aeroplane
Ain't got time to take a fast train
Lonely days are gone
I'm a-goin' home
My baby just a-wrote me a letter

Well, she wrote me a letter, said she couldn't live without me no more
Listen mister, can't you see I got to get back to my baby once more?
Anyway, yeah

Gimme a ticket for an aeroplane
Ain't got time to take a fast train
Lonely days are gone
I'm a-goin' home
My baby just a-wrote me a letter
My baby just a-wrote me a letter
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I wonder what joe though of John Belushi’s imitation?
Digging deep today! Last comment was 9 years ago!
70 er  da war doch . was . ? . . WALDBÜHNE !Berlin ! YahMan  das war joe  echt super super fine{#Roflol}
This is the 6th track Bill must have loaded onto RP (look at the song_id above)

I am betting it is one of his favourites. . .  

 rp1125 wrote:
Every cover he's done is as good or better than the original.
 

You know what, you maybe right.

This song great all versions.{#Meditate}


Most excellent classic, IMHO {#Cheers}
"Mad Dogs and Englishmen" came out in my most musically formative years. It's still one of my favorites even though it may not have been as influential as some of the other great groups of that day, possibly because it borrowed heavily from them.

This is a fantastic cover.  
Vanna, pick me a letter!

Most enjoyable Cocker classic. A full 7.
I like Joe and I want to like this, but the horns make me wince.
YES!!!
 walk wrote:

If you don't rate this 9 or 10 you don't have ears that work.


 
Or a brain, one.....

If you don't rate this 9 or 10 you don't have ears that work.


 fredriley wrote:
"My baby wrote me a letter" - evocative and romantic.  Can you imagine "I'm comin' home, my baby texted me a message"?  F*ckin' love those horns! 8 from the Nottingham jury.
 
{#Notworthy}


"My baby wrote me a letter" - evocative and romantic. Can you imagine "I'm comin' home, my baby texted me a message"? F*ckin' love those horns! 8 from the Nottingham jury.
Every cover he's done is as good or better than the original.
 audiolizard wrote:
I think the rest of the band deserves at least as much credit as Joe for this excellent song.
 
And a damned good band it was, too - a virtual who's who of studio pros and touring greats. Rita Coolidge, Don Preston, Leon Russell, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon - the list goes on and ol.

I think the rest of the band deserves at least as much credit as Joe for this excellent song.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen!
 Stingray wrote:
WONDERFUL DRIVE...

all lost in those times!
just incredible (and I am anything but a Cocker-fan)

 
Joe is a force of nature.

WONDERFUL DRIVE...

all lost in those times!
just incredible (and I am anything but a Cocker-fan)

This is the best interpretation of this song. Straightforward, speedy, absolutely great! One of the songs i'd take on an lonely island. 10/10
Mad Dog & Englishmen... great party album.
What a voice. I remember seeing him here when he sang  barefoot and at the end came back for an encore "because there is no beer backstage." but there was was on stage. He was pretty hard to watch in those days splitting everywhere as he sang. Blowing his nose on stage (without any tissues) But close your eyes and the band was tight and he was hitting all the notes.
I would be surprised if his career is duplicated in my lifetime.
not enough dancing bananas for this....
Or Depeche Mode.

 
vit wrote:


It would be so funny if he covered a bunch of Ray La Montagne's stuff.

 


FrankMc wrote:
Somebody once said that when Cocker covered something, he owned it. This is one of those cases.


It would be so funny if he covered a bunch of Ray La Montagne's stuff.

Somebody once said that when Cocker covered something, he owned it. This is one of those cases.
RP track #6.  joyful. solid 8!
Damn. Music like this is life blood.
Joe Cocker makes me happy. {#Sunny}
What is there to "get"?  Joe, Leon — Play it boys!!!!!!!!  Don't need to get it — just ENJOY!
 biodiesel wrote:
Beyond comparison!
 

This is just a tribute to the POWER of MUSIC!!! 100 years ago this man would have been a "gimp", an english slumdog....we have thankfully come along,...and have a long ways to go.

I wanted to rail that I hate Joe Cocker, but then I thought about the 25 minute Jethro Tull sides we occasionally hear on RP, and I concluded that the Cocker deserves a "ho hum." I'm just so angry right now. I mean...why couldn't I have won that trip to Costa Rica, dammit?
i HATE joe cocker.{#Puke}
 suddenchad wrote:


"From which this was originally from?" Sorry for my terrible grammar.
 
Yes and no. The album Mad Dogs and Englishmen was a live album, but this particular song was from a rehearsal sound check, if I recall correctly.

Interesting note...besides using Chris Stainton's Grease Band, Cocker lifted pretty much all of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett's road band (Jim Gordon, Jim Price, Bobby Keys, Carl Radle, and Rita Coolidge), for what became the Mad Dogs tour. The Bramletts were livid. They were on a break but had planned to continue touring after the immensely popular "...& Friends" tour (with Clapton, Dave Mason, and George Harrison at various times). With no touring band left, whatever momentum the Bramletts had built up virtually evaporated, tho' they had a hit with Motel Shot the following year (1971).

I'd be happy if we could just skip the Joe Cocker stuff altogether.  Not a fan...


See the film Mad Dogs And Englishmen - which this version is from - it's a 1970 US tour with Cocker, Leon Russell, Bobby Keyes and a raggle taggle of hippy hangers on. It's brilliant, and a kick arse band.

Nice to hear this on RP.
Now THIS is a great cover, and a kick-ass live performance to boot.
 jmsmy wrote:
Hey everybody dont feel bad about airplane ticket prices. That airplane ticket in 1970 would cost more then it does now 38 years latter.
 

...you wouldn't be stuck spending three hours on each end checking in and out of the airport, though...
Hey everybody dont feel bad about airplane ticket prices. That airplane ticket in 1970 would cost more then it does now 38 years latter.
Unfortunately, in this day and age, you'd be better off with the fast train Joe, if you want to get somewhere.

(And good old American bumped me from a flight just this afternoon)
 sdn wrote:
Elocution.  It can work for you too!

 
The only singer I ever knew who had perfect elocution was Mister Rogers. Kinda says it all, no?

 Captn_Pea wrote:
Mad Dogs and Englishman

 

Right on, fellow 'Gander!
Elocution.  It can work for you too!
burdell wrote:
I don't get Joe Cocker. I just don't. This is a great song until he opens his mouth. If J Geils was singing this and they dropped those awful background singers, this could be awesome.
That'd be something--as J Geils doesn't sing. Peter Wolf does, though. And, like Joe Cocker--he's got buckets o' soul.
He doesn't so much sing a song as upholster it.
Mad Dogs and Englishman
suddenchad wrote:
"From which this was originally from?" Sorry for my terrible grammar.
"But if this ever-changing world in which we live in..." -Paul McCartney, Live and Let Die.
I don't get Joe Cocker. I just don't. This is a great song until he opens his mouth. If J Geils was singing this and they dropped those awful background singers, this could be awesome.
I think this rolls along quite nicely. A nice take on a well written song.
I have never been really thrilled with Joe Cocker, some of its good.
Sounds like someone slaughtering a sheep
Love the orignal version of this song. Joe however Cockered this one up in an aweful way.
Very clever segue, Bill!
Would it sound as good if she "wrote me an email"?
Damn, this rocks!
Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
I can't hear Joe Cocker without remembering John Belushi doing him on SNL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cINjzu5773M
:roflol:
I can\'t hear Joe Cocker without remembering John Belushi doing him on SNL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cINjzu5773M
radiozep wrote:
Must be Bill's favorite song. Song ID = 6, the lowest ID in the catalog...
Hmm, now that you pointed that out, I just had to look. There's another Joe Cocker song at ID 4, (but nothing at 1-3 or 5), called "The Weight" from "The Long Voyage Home Sampler." It's never been played though.
Must be Bill's favorite song. Song ID = 6, the lowest ID in the catalog...
go, Joe! I love how he wiggles all over and sweats all over the stage!
suddenchad wrote:
What an awful cover. I don't mean the song, I mean the actual album cover. Yeesh. Hideous. Worst sort of late 70s/early 80s design, although I am sure it's more recent than that. Sorry, I'm nitpicking, but I wish the "Mad Dogs and Englishman" cover from which this was originally from was posted instead.
"From which this was originally from?" Sorry for my terrible grammar.
What an awful cover. I don't mean the song, I mean the actual album cover. Yeesh. Hideous. Worst sort of late 70s/early 80s design, although I am sure it's more recent than that. Sorry, I'm nitpicking, but I wish the "Mad Dogs and Englishman" cover from which this was originally from was posted instead.
:bananapiano:
:motor:
This song was written by an old schoolmate of mine, Wayne Carson, or Wayne Carson Thompson. He is the only guy from my little hometown of Walnut Grove, Missouri to make it big in the music business. He is one of the great songwriters of our era.
Trumps the Box Tops original by a mile. Joe never turned a bad phrase.
This song kills me. In a good way. Does that make sense?!
Great cover tune (The Box Tops did the original), wonderful singer, sloppy rockin' classic live album. God love ya, Joe, Leon and the ragtag Mad Dogs. Delta Lady, from the same album is a classic too.
Get the man some Ex-Lax, for the love of...
This rocks, pure and simple. A true classic!!!!
chair dance time sh*7 I just messed up my code doing a ray charles.
meghan89 wrote:
Its a 10, it's only a 10. If you rate it less than a 10 then you have to eat worms.
I gave it a 3 because he seems sincere and I was in a charitable mood.
Man when this cover came out it was a barn-burning scorcher! It was as if Zeppelin had covered Everly Brothers.
Everytime this is played, I fall onto the floor of my office, and have a cocker-esque seizure with the little flailing claw-hands bit and grimaces!
biodiesel wrote:
Beyond comparison! :music: :sunny: :clap:
I agree.... not in a good way.
I still love this after all these years!!!! :bananapiano:
physicsgenius wrote:
The only musician's name funnier than "Cocker" is "Cockburn". Hehe, "cockburn".
I always thought the name Englebert Humperdinck was droll.
The master of covers....
physicsgenius wrote:
The only musician's name funnier than "Cocker" is "Cockburn". Hehe, "cockburn".
YOUR HUMOUR SUCKS PG!
Quite good, but I prefer the original Box Tops version. Then again, apart from the lyrics they're almost completely different.
hip o select has relesed a 5 or six CD box set of mad dogs and englishmen-its on y christmas list!
pure emotion!
JC always make a good song better,this one even more so because it is Live.I promise to buy 10 RP Tshirts on the spot if Bill announce 24hr Live Music Only!
Fantastic! :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:
The number of people who could carry off a career by singing mostly covers is about as long as the list of white guys who can sing with soul and not sound ridiculous. Joe Cocker succeeds on both counts.
"thewiseking" Heh, sarcasm, right?
insane energy here
I'm loyal to the Boxtops version, but this is pretty good, too.
Beyond comparison! :music: :sunny: :clap:
simpleCypher wrote:
Does this song ever get old?
Yep. :frustrated:
thewiseking wrote:
very dated 70s shtick. raspy white guy tryin to sound black. strictly for the boomers
He's "trying" to sound like himself - learn your musical history. And I'm not a boomer, just someone who appreciates all kinds of music. He's also the inspiration for one the funniest skits ever performed on Saturday Night Live - that alone earns him a place in pop culture history!
The only musician's name funnier than "Cocker" is "Cockburn". Hehe, "cockburn".
meghan89 wrote:
Its a 10, it's only a 10. If you rate it less than a 10 then you have to eat worms.
I ain't eating no worms. Up to a 10 as I draw the ire of my co-workers for blasting this song as loud as my little Dell will handle.... :dance: :dance:
This song should be heard in the context of the original live album (Mad Dogs and Englishmen). Along with Live at Leeds and Allman Bros at Fillmore, one of the all-time greatest live albums ever. :devil_pimp:
thewiseking wrote:
very dated 70s shtick. raspy white guy tryin to sound black. strictly for the boomers
His voice has always been like that. He's not 'trying to sound..' anything except himself.
Its a 10, it's only a 10. If you rate it less than a 10 then you have to eat worms.
Joe Cocker. This man is the consumate artist at performing the songs of others in a manner that makes them truely unique and original. I dig his stuff!
this guy is the man! can a man get some "space captain?"
Death_to_Clear_Channel wrote:
Dude, my speechlessness to your comment should be enough of a hint for you to never post again.
I suggest you keep your speechlessness to yourself. This is a great song, arrangement and performance.
Glad Cocker didn't do the jet-plane sounds with his mouth like in the original. Of course, if he had've, spit would've gone all over the front row.
oppy wrote:
Saw him open for Tina Turner's farewell tour. He was better than ever! My life long dream was to be one of Joe Cocker's back up singers... :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Dude, my speechlessness to your comment should be enough of a hint for you to never post again.
He simply is great ! :notworthy:
Saw him open for Tina Turner's farewell tour. He was better than ever! My life long dream was to be one of Joe Cocker's back up singers... :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
This is about the only "Cocker Song" I can tolerate. He really needs to find some of his own material to sing. Living a life of performing other people's songs is what you do while playing in your high school garage band.
very dated 70s shtick. raspy white guy tryin to sound black. strictly for the boomers
Bill, out of curiosity, is this your favorite song? It has an song_id of '6', the lowest ID with an actual song attached to it.
Wow, I'd never heard this version of this song. Rock on Joe! :drummer:
Man, when those ladies kick in, watch out! Joe's pretty good too.
cptbuz wrote:
It reminds me of Belushi doing Cocker w/Cocker on SNL....CLASSIC
lordy! i'd forgotten. *laugh*
This cat can SING. :notworthy:
This tune really has it all....... almost all anyway... makes you want more and MORE
Joyfulchristine wrote:
This song makes me strut around the room like Mick Jagger!
It reminds me of Belushi doing Cocker w/Cocker on SNL....CLASSIC
joempie wrote:
oh yes it does. what's a letter? my baby always writes me e-mails :rolleyes:
Too bad, it makes it easy for her to delete you from her list!!!! :stop: Mr. C is the man and this song is the ultimate live tune!! :jump: