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Joe Cocker — Feeling Alright
Album: With a Little Help from My Friends
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Total ratings: 983









Released: 1969
Length: 3:56
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Seems I've got to have a change of scene
'Cause 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
Won't someone lock the door and turn the key

Feeling alright
I'm not feeling too good myself
Feeling alright
I'm not feeling that good myself

Boy you sure took me for one big ride
And even now I sit and I wonder why
That when I think of you
I stop myself from crying
I just can't waste my time
I must get down
I've got to stop believing in all your lies
'Cause there's to much to do before I die

Feeling alright
I'm not feeling too good myself
Feeling alright
I'm not feeling that good myself

Don't you get to lost in all I say
But at the time you know, I really felt that way
But that was then and now you know its today
I can't get safe I guess I'm here to stay
Till someone comes along to take my place
With a different name and a different face

Feeling alright
I'm not feeling that good myself
Feeling alright
I'm not feeling that good myself

Feeling alright
I'm not feeling that good myself
Feeling alright
I'm not feeling good myself

Feeling alright
I'm not feeling too good myself
Feeling alright
I'm not feeling that good myself
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Rating this a 2 because it is such a step down from the plaintive original. The Traffic lyrics are better than the  Cocker lyrics posted here on the RP website. The Traffic chorus poses a question "You feelin' alright I'm not feeling too good myself". Makes way more sense and fits the atmosphere of the Traffic original composition.
sorry to hear about that very painful experience, sutcliff... sad it's connected to some great music, and sad for joe's pain too.  
 sutcliff wrote:
"When I was a much younger man I knew an equally young woman who though the sun rose and set on this ‘artist'.

She found out he was playing in Cedar Rapids Iowa one February day back in the early 70's. Promises were made {that are yet to be fulfilled} if only I would take her to see him. I sold my '66 Mustang notchback sedan to pay for the trip, get the tickets, and a motel room.

As we left beautiful northwest Wisconsin the weather started to worsen. By the time we got to Cedar Rapids it was a full fledged blizzard. I thought for sure the show would be cancelled. It was not. We went into the nearly empty civic center and listened to what ever local band they had open. They sucked. Eventually after the local talent had miserably played everything in their repertory Joe was helped to the stage.

You could tell he was under the influence of something. His band on stage all looked pretty well disgusted and for good reason.

He started out with ‘She came in through the bathroom window' made it part way through lost where he was started again then threw up and passed out in his own vomit right there in the middle of the stage.

His band left him there. There were many Boo's. Some from his band.

Eventually someone helped him off stage.
The management came out and said there would be no refunds.

The local band came out again and started to play the same stuff they had already done and everyone left.

We got to our room and my date was very disappointed so naturally she decided to drink all the beer and booze we brought along. There were some other mind altering substances in her purse so she consumed them too.

After she passed out it wasn't much fun anymore so I just went to sleep in the other bed and left her alone. She would not have noticed or enjoyed my affections anyway.

It was well afternoon before she could do anything but mimic her idol‘s most recent stage performance.

Eventually the motel manager called and told us that we either had to leave or pay for another day. I had to work the next day so we left.

Ever travel with a woman who has to stop and puke on every stop sign and telephone pole on a 300 mile trip?

Not a real good time.

I despise the man to this day.

Whenever I hear one of his 'songs' all I can think of is him blowing lunch all over the stage."

----from another Cocker thread

:eek:
 

Whoa that type of experience will leave a Mark!
Coincidentally The lyric here is somewhat apropos …."Feelin alright~Not feelin too good myself"(LOL)
 bachbeet wrote:
Never liked Joe very much.  Traffic's original is way better.
 
The first karaoke superstar.
 kaybee wrote:
Joe was certainly influenced by Ray Charles in this song...really brings back a lot of memories for me.

 
Amen.  {#Bananapiano}
I don't know if it was SNL, David Letterman, Johnny Carson or some silly commercial (during a super bowl), but this song always pops in my head. Love it!!!
 ImaOldman wrote:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feelin%27_Alright%3F 

 
Would have guessed Leon Russell
I see it was Carol Kaye on bass, would have guessed it was her on guitar.
Geez I'm way off today.

Catchy name there ImaOldman....... 
Feelin Alright in a '65 Impala (mom's) with the 8 track cranked up to this song..yeah feelin alright !
 lanceasimon wrote:
Who's playing the Rock and keyboards on that cut? Is it actually Joe Cocker?

 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feelin%27_Alright%3F 

I saw Joe live a few years ago at a local casino with a smallish venue; Joe rocked it big time.  He was about 65 at the time.  Unbelievable rocking voice.  RIP Joe!

 


turn it up and dance.
{#Bananajam}
Sorry, I went Album Cover- Alec Baldwin - Recent SNL skits and lost the plot...
A modicum of talent transformed by energy and enthusiasm - always time to dance when Cocker is playing.
Who's playing the Rock and keyboards on that cut? Is it actually Joe Cocker?
Rock and roll baby...this is a great party rock{#Dancingbanana_2}
Joe was certainly influenced by Ray Charles in this song...really brings back a lot of memories for me.
Probably my favorite Joe Cocker piece.
Sadly missed.  Joe Cocker was a very unique rocker.
{#Clap}
On FIRE today!
Yes, feelin' o-right, Joe! Thanks for that voice, man. Cheers! {#Cheers} {#Dance}{#Sunny}
 Alexandra wrote:
This was one of my favorite by him....
 
 
RIP Joe  

 
Ditto!!
Another slice of the groovy hippie days gone from the stage. 
And he lived in ... Colorado?
 
This was one of my favorite by him....
 
 
RIP Joe  
{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana_2}
 voodoodaddy wrote:
Ahhhhh .... Joe Cocker.  Feelin' Alright indeed. The groove, the style, the bongos. It still works after all these years.  {#Dancingbanana_2}


 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhIO3bU9HA my sentiments entirely
Everyone at the asylum loves this song and are dancing fools!{#Drummer}
 sutcliff wrote:
"When I was a much younger man I knew an equally young woman who though the sun rose and set on this ‘artist'. She found out he was playing in Cedar Rapids Iowa one February day back in the early 70's. Promises were made {that are yet to be fulfilled} if only I would take her to see him. I sold my '66 Mustang notchback sedan to pay for the trip, get the tickets, and a motel room. As we left beautiful northwest Wisconsin the weather started to worsen. By the time we got to Cedar Rapids it was a full fledged blizzard. I thought for sure the show would be cancelled. It was not. We went into the nearly empty civic center and listened to what ever local band they had open. They sucked. Eventually after the local talent had miserably played everything in their repertory Joe was helped to the stage. You could tell he was under the influence of something. His band on stage all looked pretty well disgusted and for good reason. He started out with ‘She came in through the bathroom window' made it part way through lost where he was started again then threw up and passed out in his own vomit right there in the middle of the stage. His band left him there. There were many Boo's. Some from his band. Eventually someone helped him off stage.
The management came out and said there would be no refunds. The local band came out again and started to play the same stuff they had already done and everyone left. We got to our room and my date was very disappointed so naturally she decided to drink all the beer and booze we brought along. There were some other mind altering substances in her purse so she consumed them too. After she passed out it wasn't much fun anymore so I just went to sleep in the other bed and left her alone. She would not have noticed or enjoyed my affections anyway. It was well afternoon before she could do anything but mimic her idol‘s most recent stage performance. Eventually the motel manager called and told us that we either had to leave or pay for another day. I had to work the next day so we left. Ever travel with a woman who has to stop and puke on every stop sign and telephone pole on a 300 mile trip? Not a real good time. I despise the man to this day. Whenever I hear one of his 'songs' all I can think of is him blowing lunch all over the stage." ——from another Cocker thread
 
Wow, man, you got tooled. You just watched her consume all that crap? sounds like Toby Maguire in The Ice Storm.On the bright side, it sounds like a great movie plot - know any screenwriters?
nothing wrong with that

 
jules44 wrote:
who can listen to this song and not think of John Belushi!?
 
True story.  Mid-seventies I walk into a room and on the TV is what I thought was Joe Cocker, rocking out.  He went to take a drink and poured the liquid all over his face and then fell into a fit on the stage, writhing around.  I was aghast that the camera didn't cut away out of decency.  Yep—it was SNL and Belushi.  I was completely taken in.
who can listen to this song and not think of John Belushi!?
 voodoodaddy wrote:
Ahhhhh .... Joe Cocker.  Feelin' Alright indeed. The groove, the style, the bongos. It still works after all these years.  {#Dancingbanana_2}

 
Can I get an amen on that

 Poacher wrote:
This song was the 10th Bill loaded onto the RP database (add_comment&song_id=10)

I have an idea it is one of his faves. 
 

How do you know this?
I much prefer the Grand Funk version..
Ahhhhh .... Joe Cocker.  Feelin' Alright indeed. The groove, the style, the bongos. It still works after all these years.  {#Dancingbanana_2}

This song was the 10th Bill loaded onto the RP database (add_comment&song_id=10)

I have an idea it is one of his faves. 

Seems I've heard this song
A million times
Everyone covered this tune
Spoke it's rhymes
Early 70's saturday morning
TV shows
Would have a band play the song
That everybody knows
I'm not complaining
It doesn't bother me
But I think Dave Mason has made more than his fair share
Of Royalties

Feelin' Alright
I've heard it every week
Feelin' Alright
40 years past it's peak

A house in the rising sun
Painted whiter than pale
Copyright issues could fill a book
Even after they sease their sales
"Headkeeper", "Only you know and I know"
"Don't you know it's you"
There are many other things
We could easily choose
Or, maybe, when the song is played
It brings the DJ's good luck
So the next time play the best
The one by Grand Funk!

Feelin' Alright
I've heard it every week
Feelin' Alright
40 years past it's peak


 pablo_valenta wrote:

man, i usually dislike negative comments on songs or people played on rp...  but this is something else. 

 sutcliff wrote:

"When I was a much younger man I knew an equally young woman who though the sun rose and set on this "artist."

. . .
 
 
Agreed.  I nominate sutcliff's post to the RP Song Comment Hall o' Fame.  Great story.  Wonder where that Mustang is now...

Never liked Joe very much.  Traffic's original is way better.
One of my favorite Dave Mason songs and probably one his most covered songs.  Never heard a version I didn't like.  Still don't know if I like it better with Traffic or on Dave's first solo album. 

So, even though this is Joe, I got to bump it from a long standing 7 to an 8.  So it's taken me 35 years to like this version a little more, at least it gets better with age.

 pablo_valenta wrote:

man, i usually dislike negative comments on songs or people played on rp...  but this is something else. 

 sutcliff wrote:

"When I was a much younger man I knew an equally young woman who though the sun rose and set on this ‘artist'.

She found out he was playing in Cedar Rapids Iowa one February day back in the early 70's. Promises were made {that are yet to be fulfilled} if only I would take her to see him. I sold my '66 Mustang notchback sedan to pay for the trip, get the tickets, and a motel room.

As we left beautiful northwest Wisconsin the weather started to worsen. By the time we got to Cedar Rapids it was a full fledged blizzard. I thought for sure the show would be cancelled. It was not. We went into the nearly empty civic center and listened to what ever local band they had open. They sucked. Eventually after the local talent had miserably played everything in their repertory Joe was helped to the stage.

You could tell he was under the influence of something. His band on stage all looked pretty well disgusted and for good reason.

He started out with ‘She came in through the bathroom window' made it part way through lost where he was started again then threw up and passed out in his own vomit right there in the middle of the stage.

His band left him there. There were many Boo's. Some from his band.

Eventually someone helped him off stage.
The management came out and said there would be no refunds.

The local band came out again and started to play the same stuff they had already done and everyone left.

We got to our room and my date was very disappointed so naturally she decided to drink all the beer and booze we brought along. There were some other mind altering substances in her purse so she consumed them too.

After she passed out it wasn't much fun anymore so I just went to sleep in the other bed and left her alone. She would not have noticed or enjoyed my affections anyway.

It was well afternoon before she could do anything but mimic her idol‘s most recent stage performance.

Eventually the motel manager called and told us that we either had to leave or pay for another day. I had to work the next day so we left.

Ever travel with a woman who has to stop and puke on every stop sign and telephone pole on a 300 mile trip?

Not a real good time.

I despise the man to this day.

Whenever I hear one of his 'songs' all I can think of is him blowing lunch all over the stage."

——from another Cocker thread

 
What a bummer, man ... another role of the dice.
 


yep...must be 4:20 in paradise
His songs can be interpreted differently.  Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4_MsrsKzMM

man, i usually dislike negative comments on songs or people played on rp...  but this is something else. 

 sutcliff wrote:

"When I was a much younger man I knew an equally young woman who though the sun rose and set on this ‘artist'.

She found out he was playing in Cedar Rapids Iowa one February day back in the early 70's. Promises were made {that are yet to be fulfilled} if only I would take her to see him. I sold my '66 Mustang notchback sedan to pay for the trip, get the tickets, and a motel room.

As we left beautiful northwest Wisconsin the weather started to worsen. By the time we got to Cedar Rapids it was a full fledged blizzard. I thought for sure the show would be cancelled. It was not. We went into the nearly empty civic center and listened to what ever local band they had open. They sucked. Eventually after the local talent had miserably played everything in their repertory Joe was helped to the stage.

You could tell he was under the influence of something. His band on stage all looked pretty well disgusted and for good reason.

He started out with ‘She came in through the bathroom window' made it part way through lost where he was started again then threw up and passed out in his own vomit right there in the middle of the stage.

His band left him there. There were many Boo's. Some from his band.

Eventually someone helped him off stage.
The management came out and said there would be no refunds.

The local band came out again and started to play the same stuff they had already done and everyone left.

We got to our room and my date was very disappointed so naturally she decided to drink all the beer and booze we brought along. There were some other mind altering substances in her purse so she consumed them too.

After she passed out it wasn't much fun anymore so I just went to sleep in the other bed and left her alone. She would not have noticed or enjoyed my affections anyway.

It was well afternoon before she could do anything but mimic her idol‘s most recent stage performance.

Eventually the motel manager called and told us that we either had to leave or pay for another day. I had to work the next day so we left.

Ever travel with a woman who has to stop and puke on every stop sign and telephone pole on a 300 mile trip?

Not a real good time.

I despise the man to this day.

Whenever I hear one of his 'songs' all I can think of is him blowing lunch all over the stage."

——from another Cocker thread


 


Sutcliff—  I really couldn't blame you (blame isn't the right word, but I can't think of another at the moment) for that opinion with an association like that! If I had had that experience, I'm pretty sure I would feel the exact same way!!
For those who wondered what Joe was singing at Woodstock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4_MsrsKzMM
"When I was a much younger man I knew an equally young woman who though the sun rose and set on this ‘artist'.

She found out he was playing in Cedar Rapids Iowa one February day back in the early 70's. Promises were made {that are yet to be fulfilled} if only I would take her to see him. I sold my '66 Mustang notchback sedan to pay for the trip, get the tickets, and a motel room.

As we left beautiful northwest Wisconsin the weather started to worsen. By the time we got to Cedar Rapids it was a full fledged blizzard. I thought for sure the show would be cancelled. It was not. We went into the nearly empty civic center and listened to what ever local band they had open. They sucked. Eventually after the local talent had miserably played everything in their repertory Joe was helped to the stage.

You could tell he was under the influence of something. His band on stage all looked pretty well disgusted and for good reason.

He started out with ‘She came in through the bathroom window' made it part way through lost where he was started again then threw up and passed out in his own vomit right there in the middle of the stage.

His band left him there. There were many Boo's. Some from his band.

Eventually someone helped him off stage.
The management came out and said there would be no refunds.

The local band came out again and started to play the same stuff they had already done and everyone left.

We got to our room and my date was very disappointed so naturally she decided to drink all the beer and booze we brought along. There were some other mind altering substances in her purse so she consumed them too.

After she passed out it wasn't much fun anymore so I just went to sleep in the other bed and left her alone. She would not have noticed or enjoyed my affections anyway.

It was well afternoon before she could do anything but mimic her idol‘s most recent stage performance.

Eventually the motel manager called and told us that we either had to leave or pay for another day. I had to work the next day so we left.

Ever travel with a woman who has to stop and puke on every stop sign and telephone pole on a 300 mile trip?

Not a real good time.

I despise the man to this day.

Whenever I hear one of his 'songs' all I can think of is him blowing lunch all over the stage."

----from another Cocker thread

:eek:
Wisecrowe wrote:
When I think of this tune, I think of Cocker's version. He smokes it. Black Crowes cover it well. They did it on Letterman back in Amorica era.
:yes:
This is smokin like a Cippolata on a barbeque
And a tip of the Stetson to Leon Russell, Master of Space and Time.
:dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:
drtjdel wrote:
Cocker's aged OK. He's still touring.
More than OK. His performance of "Come Together" in the movie "Across the Universe" was dead on brilliant. A real highlight of a film I liked a lot.
When I think of this tune, I think of Cocker's version. He smokes it. Black Crowes cover it well. They did it on Letterman back in Amorica era.
eastcoast wrote:
Never been a huge Joe Cocker fan, this is an ok version. I enjoy Dave Mason's version better
This version has more grit and soul
Fat_Man_Flo wrote:
in continuation from the last post re: Huey Lewis opening for SRV, anyone see the movie Duets where Huey sings this in a kareoke bar... Gwenyth Paltrow in movie too, and sings beautifully.
Paltrow's Dad directed the movie and died soon after.
This stuff is kinda funky..., which lets me like it that much. :bananajam: :drummer: :guitarist:
This is what Marc Cohn ould sound like if he could sing...ooops. In praise of Joe Cocker.
Never been a huge Joe Cocker fan, this is an ok version. I enjoy Dave Mason's version better
Listening to this, I'm thinking of his live-lp "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" and the movie they made of it. Beautiful memories. How time flies.
GreenJello wrote:
JC never did anything except covers. Let's get some real artists in here.
Since when are singing and song interpretation not arts? The idea that a performer should be a writer is a pretty new idea. Before Dylan, no one thought that a singer should write or that a writer should sing.
slartibart_O wrote:
The image of Belushi doing Cocker was the first thing that popped into my head when this song came up. Still miss him and wonder how he would have aged.
Cocker's aged OK. He's still touring.
We need an emoticon of a shooting star for tunes like this one that are completely burned out.
:bananapiano: This morning's set is rockin!
Absolutely GREAT!!!! My day has finally begun with excellent music....
This guy's voice makes me feel alright! :good-vibes: alright! ... and the chorus girls :heartkiss: well?
Wait. Ray did this too... didn't he?
in continuation from the last post re: Huey Lewis opening for SRV, anyone see the movie Duets where Huey sings this in a kareoke bar... Gwenyth Paltrow in movie too, and sings beautifully.
beckysbear wrote:
I saw Joe Cocker play in Raleigh a couple years ago. I found the show musically boring, and to be honest, Mr. Cocker seemed very sedate onstage. He was nothing like the wild man he appeared to be on my Woodstock tape (the original Woodstock, Aug 1969). I think he's calmed down a lot overall
The word 'duh' springs to mind, but thanks for stating the obvious. Much appreciated.
JC wasn't a plumber, but a steamfitter.
daveesh wrote:
The image of Belushi doing Cocker was the first thing that popped into my head when this song came up. Still miss him and wonder how he would have aged.
Mugro wrote:
It takes balls to build your whole career on covers, though!
Well, that, or a lack of originality. ;-) I like Joe, and his on-stage seizures were legendary, but this tune's only decent in my book.
Pyro wrote:
If you've ever seen Joe in concert, you understand why he earned the (local) nickname of Joe Slobber........gotta give him credit, he puts his ALL into singing.........
I saw Joe Cocker play in Raleigh a couple years ago. I found the show musically boring, and to be honest, Mr. Cocker seemed very sedate onstage. He was nothing like the wild man he appeared to be on my Woodstock tape (the original Woodstock, Aug 1969). I think he's calmed down a lot overall, and in some interview I saw on VH1 or something, he attributed his past onstage wackiness to *drugs*.
A 9 for the plumber who's built a mighty career singing other people's songs...and done a damn good job at it. Minus 4 points for the overplayed/classic rock radio syndrome.
Johray63 wrote:
Peculiar opinion concerning an artist who's known as "the cover king". There are quite a few songs which he made definitely his own. I can't listen to the original versions without thinking of his renditions. With a Little Help of My Friends is of course a classic example. To change a song in such a dramatic and convincing way is an accomplishment in itself! The Letter is also a good example of a song which got a tremendous boost because of Joe Cocker's take on it in such a strong, bluesy and groovy way.
I did not like the Beatles cover (Friends), but then again, I didn' like the original either!! I think that he REINTERPRETED this song -- it is very different from the original. It is good! I enjoy "The Letter" and especially "Delta Lady". Some of his covers, though, and ALL of his recent work, is crap, I am afraid. It takes balls to build your whole career on covers, though!
:drummer: :guitarist: :music:
Yeah... go Joe. :)
I love this song...feelin alright..listening RP :bounce:
JC never did anything except covers. Let's get some real artists in here.
2 J C's in 3 hours.Don't wear him out.
I swear, I used to think this was Mr. Ray Charles, before I heard.... Joe must be all about style because of all the covers he did.
RobRyan wrote:
I can't think of a single song ever covered by Joe Cocker that was improved by his treatment. This is no exception. I'd so much rather hear Traffic or Dave Mason perform it.
Peculiar opinion concerning an artist who's known as "the cover king". There are quite a few songs which he made definitely his own. I can't listen to the original versions without thinking of his renditions. With a Little Help of My Friends is of course a classic example. To change a song in such a dramatic and convincing way is an accomplishment in itself! The Letter is also a good example of a song which got a tremendous boost because of Joe Cocker's take on it in such a strong, bluesy and groovy way.
Awww yeeeaaahhhh. Classic! :roflol:
If you've ever seen Joe in concert, you understand why he earned the (local) nickname of Joe Slobber. He looks retarded on stage, hanging onto a piano leg, bodily fluids slinging everywhere. I gotta give him credit, he puts his ALL into singing. Unfortunately, that's pretty much the biggest compliment I can give him.
Overplayed. ruined. enough already. This isn't a classic rock station
RobRyan wrote:
I can't think of a single song ever covered by Joe Cocker that was improved by his treatment. This is no exception. I'd so much rather hear Traffic or Dave Mason perform it.
Here's one: "My Love is Alive," by Gary Wright. Cocker smolders on that cover.
I can't think of a single song ever covered by Joe Cocker that was improved by his treatment. This is no exception. I'd so much rather hear Traffic or Dave Mason perform it.
Perfect Friday music! God bless Joe.
Thank \"Whomever It is that You Consider the Great One\" (damn political correctness!) I never saw THAT commercial. I would\'ve hated for one of my most all time favoritest songs to have been ruined! (and yes, I am aware of my grammatical errors -- call it creative license.)
The commercial ruined it for me.